Although best known for its literary connections, Shakespeare’s England also has an artistic side with numerous art-based events taking place throughout the year.

If you’re looking for original pieces of art for yourself or for Christmas gifts, you’re spoilt for choice with two fabulous fairs.

First off is the Warwickshire Open Studios Autumn Art Fair this weekend, which brings 35 local artists to the contemporary surroundings of Warwick Arts Centre. You can also enjoy the free photography exhibition in the Mead Gallery and take in the excellent campus Sculpture Trail.

A week later, it’s the turn of the Contemporary Arts Fair at Stratford-Upon-Avon Town Hall. This exciting and eclectic arts fair gathers together the very best local and regional artisanal work.

Other shopping opportunities are available at the Gallery at the Guild in Chipping Camden – a co-operative with 28 members offering a broad range of arts and crafts – and Whitewall Galleries in Stratford.

Those who’d prefer to do or make, rather than buy, also have plenty of options.

Every Wednesday during November you can take part in one of Escape Arts’ Christmas craft workshops at The Old Slaughterhouse in Stratford. Choose from ceramic figures, willow angels, cake sugarcraft or Christmas stockings.

Throughout October Leamington Spa Art Gallery & Museum is hosting The Big Draw: Invention – Interventions, which is all about STEAM – Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Maths. Meanwhile this Saturday, younger visitors can join in with family art and craft sessions using the mobile Art Cart.

Last but by no means least, don’t forget you can view a diverse range of art at one of the region’s museums and art galleries, such as Compton Verney and Leamington Spa Art Gallery & Museum. The permanent exhibitions sit alongside temporary ones, so there’s always something new to see.

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