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Fabulous festivals for foodies

09th May 2016

Alcester Food Festival Great British Food Festival at Ragley Hall

With the advent of the sunshine and longer days, our thoughts inevitably turn to al fresco dining and entertaining family or friends. Where better to find inspiration for new dishes or to discover new produce than at a food festival?

 

And there are certainly plenty of local food-and drink-related events taking place this summer around Warwickshire to tickle your taste buds and quench your thirst.

 

May Day! May Day!

26th April 2016

May Day Warwickshire

References to May Day can be rather confusing. May Day itself is officially 1st May, but the May Day Bank Holiday is widely referred to as ‘May Day’. Always the first Monday in May, it can fall on anything up to six days later; this year it’s 2nd May.

May Day originally had Pagan roots, marking the start of summer when cattle were driven out to summer pastures. Various rituals were performed to protect both the cattle and crops, and to encourage growth.

BY GEORGE!

22nd April 2016

st george slaying a dragon St George's Flag

23rd April is a very special day in these parts. We’re celebrating not one but two great British heroes as it’s Shakespeare’s birthday, as well as St George’s Day.  

“Cry God for Harry, England, and St George!” ~ William Shakespeare (Henry V)

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

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