Press and Trade Pass

Many of the attractions and hotels in the area are pleased to offer free admission / hospitality to visitors representing the tourism industry, including Press and Visit Britain travel agents.

The Press Pass allows free entry to the bearer and an accompanying person. It can be used only once at each of the attractions listed below. The pass is to be used during normal opening hours only. The pass may not be copied and is not transferable. Further proof of identity may be required upon arrival. Please note that the Press Pass does not include entry on special events or bank holidays, so please check with us before visiting.

Shakespeare’s England also operates a Trade Pass for individuals working in the travel and tourism industry.

If you are in the Trade, a journalist visiting the area or for general press enquiries please email Ryan Merriman at or call 02476 633 636.

Press & Media

Shakespeare’s England Easter events

Easter adventure trails, plenty of egg hunts and chocolate-themed activities for all the family are on offer across Warwickshire during the holidays. Members of Shakespeare’s England are offering a whole host of ‘egg-citing’ Easter-themed events to keep children and parents entertained during the break. Young adventurers are being encouraged to crack the family Easter Adventure […]

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Shakespeare Edition of Trivial Pursuit is launched

A Shakespeare Edition of the popular game Trivial Pursuit was launched on Monday, 8 April, 2019. It has been devised by the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust, the independent and self-sustaining charity that cares for the world’s greatest Shakespeare heritage sites in his home town of Stratford-upon-Avon, in partnership with games company, Winning Moves. There are 600 […]

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Shakespeare’s 455th Birthday Celebrations

To mark Shakespeare’s 455th birthday, the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust has planned a special programme of celebrations in honour of Stratford’s most famous son and the world’s greatest playwright, with a vibrant mix of entertainment and performance. The free, family-friendly programme will run all day in Henley Street, right in front of the very house where […]

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English Tourism Week in Shakespeare’s England

Exclusive offers, special events and a taste of local produce will take place across the region to help promote Warwickshire and celebrate English Tourism Week. Members of Shakespeare’s England are offering a whole host of discounts exclusively for Warwickshire locals to encourage them to visit tourist attractions, restaurants and shops in the region. English Tourism […]

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Coventry & Warwickshire business tourism at International Confex

Coventry and Warwickshire has successfully attracted future interest in the region following one of the UK’s leading events shows. The team representing the region secured more than 120 leads to pursue at International Confex, all of which could bring people to the area and further drive investment. A selection of the region’s top business tourism […]

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Go Ape to open at Coombe Abbey

Work has begun on a new tree-top obstacle course at Coombe Abbey which is on track to open to the public next month. Go Ape will officially open at the venue in April giving thrill-seekers a chance to tackle the high ropes adventures and test their bravery. The attraction, which will be based in the […]

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Shakespeare Distillery opens state-of-the-art Gin School

An independent distillery in Stratford-upon-Avon is launching every gin lover’s dream day out after rehoming its base of operations. Shakespeare Distillery has officially opened its doors to the public for the very first time after moving to new premises and bookings for the state-of-the-art Gin School are being taken. The new home on Drayton Manor […]

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Shakespeare’s Schoolroom & Guildhall launches Annual Pass for Stratford-upon-Avon residents

Shakespeare’s Schoolroom & Guildhall is encouraging local people to get out and about in Stratford-upon-Avon this spring with the launch of a new annual pass for CV37 residents. From Monday 1st April 2019, visitors who live within the ‘CV37’ postcode will receive the pass when they purchase an entry ticket to visit Shakespeare’s Schoolroom & […]

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Colour Walk brings spring to Bicester Village

On 7 March Bicester Village welcomed the bright and beautiful Colour Walk, and with it launched the Village’s ‘Spring Fever’ campaign, inspired by Maryam Eisler’s Voices East London and celebrating the artists and designers of this burgeoning creative hub. Moving from London Marylebone to Bicester Village and led by East End art doyenne Sue Kreitzman, […]

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Primary schools use Shakespeare and the arts to develop vital language skills in children

The Shakespeare Birthplace Trust, the charity behind the success of the annual Shakespeare Week celebration (18 – 24 March) for primary school children, has established a network of Shakespeare Hub Schools across England using Shakespeare to deepen and enrich the arts experiences of children. Six hubs have been established across the country with 40 primary […]

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Apprentice joins Shakespeare Birthplace Trust gardening team

Apprentice George Gregoriou is the newest member of the gardening team at the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust, the independent charity that cares for the world’s greatest Shakespeare heritage sites in Stratford-upon-Avon, and promotes the enjoyment and understanding of his works, life and times all over the world. Aged 48, he is studying a Level 2 Horticulture […]

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Hill Close Gardens Trust awarded Heritage Lottery Fund

The Trustees of Hill Close Gardens Trust are pleased to announce the award by Heritage Lottery Fund of a £78,000 grant towards the Trust’s project “Transforming the Visitor Experience” (TVE). The total value of the project is £ 167,744, and the Trustees are grateful to Warwick District Council, the Garfield Weston Foundation, Warwick Town Council, […]

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