SHAKESPEARE’S ENGLAND FATHER’S DAY 2021 EVENTS IN COVENTRY & WARWICKSHIRE

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, CoventryAbsurd 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.

View gift vouchers here.

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.

For further information click here. 

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.

For further information click here.

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 SpaTakeaway Afternoon Tea at Home

 

 

The Arden Hotel, Stratford-upon-Avon Takeaway Afternoon Tea at Home or Takeaway Picnic Afternoon Tea

Alternatively, gift vouchers valid for 12 months can be purchased for Mallory Court (here ) and The Arden Hotel (here )

 

 

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. 

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!

National Vegetarian Week in Shakespeare’s England

This week (14 – 20 May) marks National Vegetarian Week and here at Shakespeare’s England, we want to celebrate some of the great veggie food our region has to offer.

Whether you’re cutting down on meat, in the process of turning veggie or just want to try some delicious vegetarian recipes, you’ll be spoilt for choice in Warwickshire.

Edward Moon host an exclusive ‘Vegetarian Evening’ on the first Thursday of every month from 5 – 9:30pm. Some of their unique dishes include; Asparagus and Mushroom Suet Pudding, Butternut Squash and Feta Tagliatelle and Spiced Poached Pear Salad. What’s not to love?

Don’t miss out on the next Vegetarian Evening on Thursday 7th June!

If you can’t wait until then, pop in and sample their a la carte menu which features more than enough tasty options, such as; Butternut Squash and Coconut Curry, Asparagus, Pea and Wild Mushroom Tagliatelle and a Cauliflower Cheese Tart.

The varied menu from Boston Tea Party (BTP) is bound to make any vegetarian smile! In addition to several veggie options, almost any dish on their all-day menu can be altered to be meat free. But if you’re looking for something different to try this week, we recommend the BTP Veggie Burger. It’s packed with sweetcorn fritters, feta, avocado, chilli, coriander, tzatziki and cos in a sesame bun. We promise it’s not too good to be true but don’t just take our word for it!

Got a celebration coming up? The Rooftop Restaurant at the Royal Shakespeare Theatre offers a vegetarian high afternoon tea from 11:30am – 3pm Monday to Friday, 1:45pm – 3pm Saturday or 11:30am – 3:30pm Sunday. Take in the views of Stratford Upon Avon with a selection of meat free sandwiches and scrumptious cakes with your choice of tea or coffee – you could even add a glass of fizz! Or for dinner, why not try the Sri Lankan cauliflower, squash and cashew curry from their a la carte menu? Make sure you book in advance.

The Cross at Kenilworth, the only Michelin starred pub restaurant in the region, features a vegetarian tasting menu that even the meat eaters will be jealous of!

With a selection of tantalising savoury dishes, accompanying wines, cheeses and dessert, you certainly won’t go hungry from this vegetarian dining experience. If the tasting menu isn’t for you, the main veggie menu is also available. We recommend the Sauté Wild Mushrooms with braised barley, hispi cabbage and red wine sauce!

Café Catalan should not be missed if you fancy giving vegetarian tapas a try. Take your pick from ten different small plates that feature a selection of marinated vegetables, halloumi cheese, omelette and fried potatoes. There’s even veggie paella!

Vegetarian or not, we hope we’ve proven that plant-based food in Shakespeare’s England is far from boring!

To explore more places to eat and drink in the region, visit: https://shakespeares-england.co.uk/places/eat-drink/.

You can find out more about National Vegetarian Week here.