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The Queen and us – our royal connections

18th April 2016

Queen Elizabeth at Shakespeares Birthplace, Stratford-upon-Avon

In honour of Queen Elizabeth II’s 90th birthday on 21st April, we thought we’d delve into the archives to have a look back at Her Majesty’s many and varied connections with our corner of Warwickshire.

Like many members of the Royal Family, the Queen has been a frequent visitor to Shakespeare’s England during her record-breaking reign.

Shakespeare 400: celebrating a lasting legacy

14th April 2016

Shakespeare400 exhibition at Collegiate Church of St Mary, Warwick Shakespeare's Schoolroom and Guildhall

Just two years ago Stratford-upon-Avon put out the bunting to celebrate Shakespeare’s 450th birthday in style. This year the historic market town has another major series of events planned to mark 4OO years since the Bard’s death, which also happens to fall on 23rd April.

Happy birthday ‘Capability’ Brown!

11th April 2016

Capability Brown 300 Festival at Compton Verney Warwick Castle Capability Brown Tour

As anyone with an interest in horticulture will know, 2016 marks the 300th birthday of Lancelot ‘Capability’ Brown – the most eminent landscape architect of the 18th century.

What’s with the fool on April Fools’ Day?

31st March 2016

April Fools Day

April 1st is widely known as April Fools’ Day, when it’s customary for people to play pranks and sometimes quite elaborate hoaxes on unsuspecting ‘victims’.

But when and where did the practice start? And what’s the connection with Shakespeare’s England?

Pick ‘n mix Easter treats

25th March 2016

Cadbury Easter Egg hunt at Upton House Eggs Extravaganza at Hill Close Gardens

 

Looking for ways to entertain the children over the Easter holidays? You’ll find plenty to pick from here in Shakespeare’s England. In addition to a bonanza of Easter fun taking place in Stratford-upon-Avon, the rest of the region has lots going on too.

Bumper Easter bonanza in Stratford-upon-Avon

19th March 2016

River cruise at Stratford-upon-Avon Stratford-upon-Avon Butterfly Farm

If you’re looking for things to do over the Easter holidays – with or without children – there’s certainly plenty of choice on offer in Shakespeare’s Stratford.

Four hotels for Shakespeare fans

15th March 2016

Mallory Court Hotel Cherry Trees Garden Suite

Emma Field from The Good Hotel Guide recommends her top hotels in Shakespeare's England

Olde world charm at The Fleece Inn

22nd February 2016

The Fleece Inn Fleece Inn, Bretforton

There are many fine pubs in Shakespeare’s England but The Fleece Inn at Bretforton has got to be one of the very best.

This quintessential picture postcard of a pub is the embodiment of a traditional English hostelry, with a claim to fame as being the first in the UK to be owned by the National Trust.

The Falcon Hotel surprises on every level

13th January 2016

Main meal raspberry dessert

Local Head Chef Carl Aspinwall reviews the restaurant at the Falcon Hotel

Be brave, let the Chef decide

04th December 2015

Brasserie & Champagne bar Dessert at The Arden

The Arden Hotel is top of the billing for a pre-theatre meal.

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