Venues across Coventry and Warwickshire are hosting a mix of indoor, al fresco and at-home events to celebrate Father’s Day 2021 now indoor hospitality and visitor attractions have reopened.
Shakespeare’s England members are planning a wide range of activities and events from brewery tours and a pub lunch for beer-loving dads to live theatre, takeaway afternoon teas or picnics and gift vouchers to use at a later date – with something for everyone.
Helen Peters, Chief Executive of Shakespeare’s England, said: “I am delighted our members are now able to host a variety of indoor and outdoor Father’s Day events for families to celebrate this occasion on the actual weekend or afterwards, as all restrictions are currently due to end after June 21.
“I would encourage everyone to take a look and see what they have on as it is a great way to support our hospitality, tourism and culture industries which have been hugely hit by this pandemic.”
The full list includes:
The Belgrade Theatre, Coventry – Absurd Person Singular, June 23-26. Alan Ayckbourn’s comic masterpiece of social climbing in 1970s suburbia fuses a potent mix of farce and black comedy. Part of London Classic Theatre’s UK tour directed by Michael Cabot. For further details click here.
Bonds Lifestyle, Stratford-upon-Avon – the lifestyle and furniture store is throwing open its doors during the evening for Bonds Summer Celebration, to say a special thank you to all of their loyal customers, new customers and friends on June 24, 6pm – 10pm. Prosecco and canapes will be served on arrival, with entertainment in the evening. Check out their social media for further details.
Coombe Abbey Hotel – Afternoon tea isn’t just for mums. The Knight’s Afternoon Tea is perfect for dads of all ages as it offers a freshly-made savoury selection including smoked ham croque Monsieur, mini-Merguez chipolatas sausage & mustard mash, a Malt Kiln pork pie and buttermilk fried chicken & chipotle slider. Pre-book in advance. Details here.
The Abbot’s Afternoon Tea is more traditional with feature finger sandwiches, mini cakes, scone and freshly-brewed loose-leaf tea. Pre-book in advance. Details here
Crowne Plaza, Stratford-upon-Avon – this 4-star hotel has a selection of online gift vouchers to stay or to dine at the hotel if you are looking to treat your dad to a meal, overnighter or weekend break in Shakespeare’s Birthplace.
The Cross at Kenilworth – Looking for a special foodie Father’s Day gift? The Michelin starred restaurant is already fully booked with families treating their dads on the weekend of June 20, but this year you can rely on the chefs at Antona at Home for a delicious dine in three-course meal delivered to your door or summer BBQ Feast Box.
For the Father’s Day weekend highlights include lobster and red pepper soup, rump of Cornish lamb and treacle tart. For vegetarian dads there is cauliflower soup, a main of aubergine, baby artichoke, red pepper, black olive and balsamic vinegar sauce and treacle tart. The three-course menus are priced at £45 per person. The ever-popular beef wellington three course menu for two is also available for a special treat priced at £110.
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Antona at Home’s BBQ Feast Box for four contains everything outdoorsy dads need for the ultimate garden party, including nibbles, salads, home-made dips, carefully sourced meat options such as satay chicken kebabs, beef burgers, lamb koftas, and 28-day British sirloins. A bottle of Corzetti Prosecco is also included. This impressive box is priced at £185.
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Antona at Home has also teamed up with Warwickshire’s award-winning brewery, Purity Brewing Co. by offering three of its delicious beers to accompany the meals: Pure Gold, a refreshing, crisp and zesty golden ale, Lawless, an unfiltered lager with a smooth flavour and refreshing citrus kick and Jimbo, a best bitter brewed in memory of Purity’s co-founder.
Eden Hotel Collection – Takeaway Afternoon Tea at Home or Takeaway picnic options are available, plus a range of gift vouchers to use later in the year.
Mallory Court, Leamington Spa – Takeaway Afternoon Tea at Home
The Arden Hotel, Stratford-upon-Avon – Takeaway Afternoon Tea at Home or Takeaway Picnic Afternoon Tea
Go Cotswolds has a Cotswolds Trails & Villages tour on Sunday June 20 (and every Wednesday and Sunday). For the beer-loving dad, their Brewery, Pub Lunch & The Cotswolds tours will resume from Sunday July 3 – gift vouchers are available for this and all tours.
Magic Alley, Stratford-upon-Avon – Looking for a Father’s Day family outing? In May half term Magic Alley launched their new interactive quest, The Enchanted Treasure, exploring a magical world of dragons, fairies, wizards, time travel and pirates. Visitors will also meet the newest member of the Magic Alley family – Willow, a pony-sized unicorn.
Sam Jenkins, Head of Events, said: “Willow is definitely a great addition to the Magic Alley family. We have no doubt that children or all ages will be enchanted by her.
“The Enchanted Treasure Trail involves solving magical riddles and puzzles as you move through all the different themed rooms finding treasure as you explore- there will be video clues and some invisible symbols to find – with the help of a UV torch of course!”
The event is suitable for anyone over five-years-old. Children who successfully completes the quest will each receive a prize and a certificate. Tickets can be booked in advance at http://www.magicalleystratford.com/eventsand pre booking is vital for weekends and school holidays.
A teaser video for The Enchanted Treasure Trail can be viewed here https://youtu.be/_vJuB40VVc0
Shakespeare’s Schoolroom & Guildhall, Stratford-upon-Avon – reopens to the public on Monday June 28. Visitors will be able to step into William Shakespeare’s shoes and enjoy a Latin lesson, quill writing, Tudor games and a family trail. Advance tickets can be booked here with daily opening from 11am to 5pm.
Heritage lovers can now purchase the venue’s newly launched Scholars of Shakespeare’s Schoolroom & Guildhall membership as a Father’s Day (June 20) gift this year. Membership gives the opportunity to both discover and support this Tudor treasure, which has stood at the heart of Stratford for more than 600 years. Last it was forced to close just ahead of its 600th birthday.
Lindsey Armstrong, General Manager of Shakespeare’s Schoolroom & Guildhall, said: “Our newly launched membership scheme is the ideal way to support an independent heritage attraction at a vital time in its recovery.
“We are guardians of one of the world’s most important locations in the story of William Shakespeare, but we are also a small team and rely upon our supporters, visitors and volunteers. With Father’s Day falling just ahead of our reopening, we hope the gift of membership proves to be a popular idea.”
Membership includes unlimited visits and discounts in the gift shop and on events when they are able to restart including a programme of talks and activities. Adults £25; concessions £20; children (5-16) £15; families (2 adults and 2 children) £60. Further details here: shakespearesschoolroom.org/become-a-member.
For further information on Shakespeare’s Schoolroom & Guildhall visit shakespearesschoolroom.org
For further information on what to do in Shakespeare’s England click here.