Enjoy an action-packed summer in Shakespeare’s England!

With summer around the corner now is a great time to plan a break to Shakespeare’s England.

Have a go at camel trekking with Joseph’s Amazing Camels. The 3 hour experience starts with refreshments followed by grooming and tacking up the camels. The trek lasts just over an hour and finishes with a drink and strawberries. Minimum booking is 2 people. Cost is £95 a head for up to 4 people. Treks take place throughout the year weather permitting.

Visit Ragley Hall for their Summer House Sounds Concerts from 12 – 14 July with 3 outdoor concerts from Tom Jones, Madness & Il Divo. The popular Game Fair returns from 27 – 29 July whilst the Battle Proms Picnic Concert takes place on 11 August. Camper Calling festival returns on the August Bank Holiday weekend from 24 – 27 August and will be headlined by Mel C, Scouting for Girls, Feeder and The Coral.

Explore the magical world of Teletubbyland live on stage as The Teletubbies head to the Belgrade Theatre with their first ever theatre show on 18 and 19 July.

The annual Big Picnic takes places at Anne Hathaway’s Cottage on 22 July, plus a whole programme of outdoor theatre performances and their Summer Arts Project – a crowd-curated installation based on Romeo & Juliet.

Experience perilous stunt riding, fearless jousting and epic special effects never before seen in the UK at War of the Roses Live! at Warwick Castle every Saturday and Sunday and every day from 21st July to 2nd September.

Watch Dragon Slayer, the new evening show at Warwick Castle from 3rd August. Showcasing the journey of Guy of Warwick as he battles beasts to win the heart of Princess Felice, the Earl of Warwick’s daughter, Dragon Slayer is the first night-time spectacular created exclusively by the Castle. Combining fire jousts, equestrian acrobatics, stunts and performances, the show includes an interactive procession through the grounds to the Courtyard.

The final battle comes to life through a projection and light show and concludes with an epic battle of man versus dragon featuring real flames and dazzling pyrotechnics.

Get set for a summer packed with time-travelling fun and even learn the ingenious secrets of castle-building with the Hands on History Crew at Kenilworth Castle from 25 July – 31 August. Some exclusion dates apply – check the website for more details. Tickets will be available to purchase on the day. On 26 & 27 August the Castle will re-create the 1266 Siege of Kenilworth Castle. Expect thrilling re-enactments and one almighty attack as the castle is besieged. Cost is £14.30 for adults and £8.60 for children.

See a performance of Miss Littlewood by the Royal Shakespeare Company which runs from 22 June – 4 August at the Swan Theatre. With book, music and lyrics by Sam Kenyon and directed by Deputy Artistic Director, Erica Whyman, Miss Littlewood tells the story of Joan Littlewood, the anarchic revolutionary of 20th century theatre.

Wander through the Maize Maze which returns from 21 July for the summer holidays at Cotswold Farm Park. Venture down the rabbit hole into the Wonderland themed maze and find the White Rabbit. If you find your way to the middle there will be a delightful Tea Party plus you may spot The Mad Hatter. There will also be various games and puzzles.

Step back in time to the 13th Century when the Battle of Evesham is re-enacted on the 4 & 5 August. The free to attend event, takes place in the Heart of Evesham, featuring a mediaeval festival and camp with life-demonstrations of cookery, weapons and medicine, plus the main battle re-enactment.

The award winning 10th Stratford River Festival returns to the banks of the River Avon on the 30 June & 1 July. It is the largest family friendly free event held in Stratford with over 70,000 visitors expected to enjoy events on and off the river, market stalls, entertainment and fireworks display.

The Stratford Town Centre Food Festival will take place on 22 & 23 September with over 100 stalls spread throughout the historic streets.

Warwick Folk Festival takes place from 26 – 29 July bringing together leading names from around the world including Show of Hands, Jon Boden & Remnant Kings, Korrontzi, Gordie MacKeeman & His Rhythm Boys and Granny’s Attic. There are also ceilidhs, plenty for families with circus skills, storytelling, theatre and crafts.

On 11 August at Hill Close Gardens, Kenilworth folk group Romany Pie present a First World War anthology of songs, readings and poems. Plus there’s the opportunity to see an exhibition about life on the home front in Warwick. Tickets: £11.

The Warwick Court Leet Beer, Cider & Music Festival will be taking place on 13 & 14 July. Enjoy live music on both days plus 85 different ales and 26 different Cider varieties!

Escape Arts will be hosting FabFest on 22 and 23 July and taking their Art and Media bus to the Old Tramway in Stratford upon Avon from 12noon – 5pm.

Escape at Art in the Park takes place at Jephson Gardens in Royal Leamington Spa on 5 & 6 August. Entry is free and there are lots of stalls selling art, plus live music, food and art activities.

Visit Chedhams Yard on 11 August and learn all about Bees, Honey and Hives with local beekeepers. On 25 August the Yard will host its Flower Festival with Elizabeth’s Flowers showing what can be done with flowers from your garden or the local florist store.

Celebrate Land Rover’s 70th birthday at the British Motor Museum and take part in the summer holiday fun from 21 July – 2 September.  Follow the Land Rover Explorer Trail, design your own model car and discover AutoScience LIVE – a 25 minute show full of cool interactive demonstrations with ‘mad scientists’ Professor Pickle and Doctor Pumpkin! Or wander around the new exhibition at  featuring cars from National Geographic’s popular motoring TV show Car S.O.S which runs until the end of February 2019.

Enjoy a £99 summer spa break at Ardencote with use of the Spa facilities, a 3-course dinner, Lime & Lemongrass Back Wrap (25min), overnight accommodation, full English breakfast, free-flow refreshments and 10% off additional pre-booked Spa treatments. Valid Sun – Fri from 1 June to 31 July. Based on 2 adults sharing a twin/double bedroom.

Visit The Almanack on 7 July for an evening celebrating rubs, meats and all that is slow ‘n’ low. Bourbon and craft beer meet smoked meats, chops and BBQ glazes. Plus, don’t miss their Bank Holiday Party on 26 August for rum cocktails, jerk chicken plus reggae music to get the Caribbean vibes going!

Elmfest takes place on 11 August from 12pm – late at The One Elm with live music all day, streetfood, outside bars, plus face painting for the kids.

A Gin & Rose Party is hosted by The Rose & Crown on 26 August with guest gins, rosé wine, ice cream, cones of fish and chips and live music from Thom Kirkpatrick late afternoon.

For more suggestions on things to do plus recommended accommodation and restaurants in the area see: www.shakespeares-england.co.uk.

Father’s Day in Shakespeare’s England

With Father’s Day weekend just around the corner, Shakespeare’s England is geared up to offer the special Dad in your life a fantastic day!

From afternoon tea to delicious lunches and unforgettable days out, you can rest assured he will be feeling pretty special this Sunday 17th June.

Step back in time on Sunday to Shakespeare’s Schoolroom and Guildhall where all Dads and Grandads go in free (when accompanied by paying children and or grandchildren). Learn about the influences around young William as he embarked upon a path that would lead him to become the world’s most famous playwright. Quote ‘Dads Go Free’ at the reception desk!

Compton Verney are also offering free admission to all Dads and Grandads when visiting with their families this Sunday, plus they receive a free slice of cake with every main meal in the Compton Kitchen!

Celebrate Father’s Day in style with a speciality afternoon tea at Coombe Abbey from 12:30pm – 4pm. Recently voted by Telegraph experts as one of the 30 best places for afternoon tea’s, you’ll be sure to impress here. Call 02476 450 450 to book.

If he loves the countryside, take Dad for a fun day out at Cotswold Farm Park where he’ll get in free on Saturday 16th and Sunday 17th June only! Make sure you book online and Dad’s ticket will be free when accompanied by a paying child, toddler, adult or senior ticket.

Treat your dad to a three course Sunday lunch from 12:30 – 4pm at The Welcombe, followed by a complimentary 18-hole round of golf for the man himself! £30.00 per adult, £15.00 per child (aged 5-12) and under 5’s eat free.

The Globe, Warwick are serving up an indulgent selection of specials this Father’s Day including Rib-eye Steak served with a Bacon & Leek sauce, green beans and a potato Fondant. Book a table before they’re all gone!

Admire a feast of classic cars with Dad at the ‘Best of British Classic Cars’ at Kenilworth Castle. Between 11am and 5pm, enjoy the castle grounds, a live brass band and he can even make his own toy car to take home! Adults: £11.30, children: £6.80 or members go free.

Visit Hilltop Farm for a Father’s Day BBQ feast this Sunday! Treat Dad to a hearty platter of food, a free pint and live music, it’s the perfect way to spend quality time with the family! Food served from 1pm – 4pm. Cost is £20 per person or £10 for under 12s. Booking is essential.

Woodside, Kenilworth is offering a three-course lunch prepared by their award-winning team of chefs plus a free pint or a glass of wine for each Dad within your party. Cost per person is £26. Children 2-12 years old are half price and under 2s are free.

Looking for something unique to do with Dad this weekend? The Stratford Butterfly Farm are calling all Dads to take part in a special ‘Meet the Mini-Beast’ handling session. If he’s not afraid of creepy crawlies, bring him to the Discovery Zone at 12pm this Sunday 17th June!

Spoil Dad to a two (£21.95) or three (£25.95) course meal from the special Father’s Day menu at The Townhouse and he’ll receive a complimentary All Hail Ale gift set, featuring 2 x 500ml Brakspear Ale and Tankard Pint Glass. RRP: £10. Book your table now.

Head to Ardencote for a special 3 course Father’s Day lunch. Enjoy stunning views around the gardens, free parking and a contemporary family setting. Cost is £21.95 per person, £12.95 per child aged between 5-12 and under 5s eat free. Booking is essential.

From 10am – 5:30pm, get creative with the whole family at The MAD Museum. Receive 20% off a family ticket (£17.60) or 20% off an individual ticket for Dad (£6.24). Don’t forget to say “Dad wants to be a designer” when you arrive at the museum’s reception desk to redeem your discount.

Join The One Elm for lunch or dinner and get a lovely Father’s Day treat from Purity Beer for him to enjoy! Or dine after 6pm and enjoy 2 roasts for £20 – bargain!

Or there’s delicious food and a free pint waiting for all Dads this Sunday lunchtime at The Glebe Hotel for just £25.95 per person. Be sure to book your table in advance!