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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 RMerriman@advent-communications.co.uk or call 02476 633 636.

Press & Media

Warwickshire coach operator is helping to restart the local economy

A Warwickshire coach operator is helping to restart the local economy by devising a new service to get the region’s workforce safely back in operation. Johnsons Coaches, which operates more than 50 coaches across the West Midlands, has drawn up new social distancing guidelines for its fleet to provide a safer alternative to other forms of public transport and […]

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A top tourism leader is urging the government to “throw away the rule book”

A top tourism leader is urging the government to “throw away the rule book” and introduce some innovative measures to help save the sector from long term decline. Helen Peters, Chief Executive of Shakespeare’s England, the Destination Management Organisation for South Warwickshire, is calling on the government to introduce measures to prevent tourism businesses from […]

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The first deliveries of a new hand sanitiser created by a Warwickshire gin distillery

The first deliveries of a new hand sanitiser created by a Warwickshire gin distillery have gone out to local community groups, businesses and frontline NHS staff. The first batch of hand sanitisers produced by Shakespeare Distillery based in Stratford-upon-Avon have been sent to NHS staff and the local Shakespeare Hospice, with local community groups and […]

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Connecting Coventry – Belgrade launches new lockdown projects for Mental Health Awareness Week

Connecting Coventry: Belgrade builds up Between Stages programme Online workshops, Zoom playreading sessions and interactive warm-ups to stay creative under lockdown With 18-24 May marking the Mental Health Foundation’s Mental Health Awareness Week, the Belgrade Theatre has announced a range of lockdown activities to help people stay connected during our shared isolation. Aimed at bringing […]

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Warwick District Council Weekly Update

Weekly Update from the Leader and Chief Executive Warwick District Council Dear Friends, Welcome news this week that the Government have eased the lockdown, albeit in limited and targeted ways. This important step also marks the beginning of our road to recovery, when we expect to encounter further challenges and opportunities. In Warwick District our […]

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The region’s key tourism businesses attended the first virtual tourism forum

The region’s key tourism businesses attended the first virtual tourism forum, for key updates on the sector. The Destination Management Organisation (DMO) for South Warwickshire, Shakespeare’s England, hosted its first online tourism forum, with the industry’s leaders in the region gathering for the virtual update. Over 40 businesses were represented at the online event, which […]

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Coronavirus Time Capsule: Belgrade and Grapevine team up on youth project

Coronavirus Time Capsule: Belgrade and Grapevine team up on youth project A national initiative led by Company Three will be facilitated in Coventry for local teenagers With the closure of schools, cancellation of exams and the recent extension of lockdown regulations, the coronavirus outbreak has resulted in a period of massive upheaval for teenagers around […]

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The Story of Stratford Butterfly Farm

The Story of Stratford Butterfly Farm Over 35 years ago Clive Farrell had a dream to create an attraction that would introduce visitors to the wonderment of butterflies. This dream became a reality in July 1985 when Stratford-upon-Avon Butterfly Farm opened its gates to the public. The Stratford Butterfly Farm has been welcoming visitors to […]

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Seeds for the Future: Belgrade Theatre seeks ways to stay connected

Artistic Director Hamish Glen takes courage from Coventry’s history of resilience as the theatre launches its Autumn Season Tickets for the Belgrade Theatre’s Autumn Season go on general release today with a whole range of exciting productions to look forward to when the lockdown is lifted. Highlights of the forthcoming season include the return of […]

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Closure for the first time in Shakespeare’s Schoolroom & Guildhall’s 600 year history

Closure for the first time in Shakespeare’s Schoolroom & Guildhall’s 600 year history reveals fascinating past Built in 1420 Shakespeare’s Schoolroom & Guildhall has contributed richly to life in Stratford-upon-Avon and been witness to countless fascinating chapters of history. However, ironically, it is as a result of the current Covid-19 outbreak that it has had […]

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RSC launch new celebration

David Tennant joins forces with the Royal Shakespeare Company for launch of #RoyalShakespeareCommunity #ShareYourShakespeare – A Global Celebration in partnership with Folger Shakespeare Library This Spring, the Royal Shakespeare Company will hand over its channels to the global community, in the largest ever celebration of Shakespeare by audiences in its history. Launching on 15 April, […]

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Community Support

Local businesses have come together to support front-line NHS workers and provide crucial necessities for their communities. Companies across the region have shown their support for key workers and vulnerable people with donations of surplus food, drinks and free treats for NHS staff. With companies coming together to help the most vulnerable during this global […]

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