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

Christmas Tree Festival at St Mary’s Church, Warwick

The Collegiate Church of St Mary in Warwick is the beautiful setting for the annual Christmas Tree Festival, which opens on Warwick Town Victorian evening, Thursday 29 November and continues until Sunday 9 December 2018. This year the community led ‘Warwick Poppies’ display runs alongside the Festival and marks the 100 year anniversary of the […]

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Christmas at Fairytale Farm

Fairytale Farm is inviting families to join them for a fabulous Christmas Fairytale this year on Saturdays and Sundays from 1st to 23rd December and on Christmas Eve. The Farm's owner, Nick Laister, is excited about this year's event, which sees a massive expansion from previous years: "At our magical event, visitors can enter our […]

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Vintage Trains brings The Polar Express™ to the heart of Birmingham

Vintage Trains is proud to host THE POLAR EXPRESS™ in Birmingham for Christmas 2018. Prepare to experience the magic and charm of the 2004 motion picture, theatrically re-created on a steam train so that the whole family can immerse themselves in the sights and sounds of this classic children’s tale. • Full theatrical re-creation of […]

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Birmingham Airport wins UK Best Airport

Birmingham Airport has been crowned ‘UK Best Airport’ for its size by the industry trade body, the Airport Operators Association (AOA). The achievement for best airport handling more than 10 million passengers a year, was presented at a glitzy awards event in London on Monday evening (29/10/18). It recognises excellence and achievement across a whole […]

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Royal Proclamation naming Gunpowder Plotters goes on display in Stratford-upon-Avon

The 413-year-old Royal Proclamation that named the chief conspirators of the failed attempt to blow up the Houses of Parliament, King James I and the Prince of Wales will be on display at Shakespeare’s Birthplace in Stratford-upon-Avon this week. The two-page document is among the one million museum, library and archive items held in the […]

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Popular Arts Fair ‘Discover:Gather:Give’ returns to Stratford-upon-Avon for fifth year!

There are some things worth travelling for and the Contemporary Arts Fair Discover:Gather:Give based in Stratford-upon-Avon historic Town Hall is one of them. Not only does it have an eclectic range of artists exhibiting their glorious work over two floors, it also has the Golden Cup Café that is a joy in which to savour […]

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Anne Hathaway returns home

Anne Hathaway is being brought back to life by the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust as part of a month of special events that will celebrate the women in Shakespeare’s life and works. Throughout November, the woman who married William Shakespeare will be back at her family home — the world-famous Anne Hathaway’s Cottage in Shottery, Stratford-upon-Avon […]

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Coombe Abbey to host paranormal convention

A Warwickshire-based hotel which is rumoured to be haunted is set to be investigated by paranormal experts as part of a UK convention. Now in its third year, Sage Paracon will be going ahead from November 8 till 11 and this year Coombe Abbey Hotel will be hosting the event. Dubbed ‘the most exclusive paranormal […]

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ShoeMed launches The Shakespeare Shoe

The world’s first shoe dedicated to William Shakespeare has been created in his birthplace of Stratford-upon-Avon to honour his legacy in the region. The Shakespeare Shoe is a real leather shoe which is decorated with select quotes from the Bard and will be sold exclusively in the town of his birth. The idea came from […]

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Shakespeare Birthplace Trust collections help tell survival stories of the first British women to settle in America

Four rare items from the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust’s world-class museum collection in Stratford-upon-Avon, England, are to feature in an exhibition in America that tells the story of the first women to arrive in the British colony of Jamestown in West Virginia over 400 years ago. A white linen sheet, which was among the possessions of […]

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Thumbs up for children’s menu at 3 pubs in Warwickshire & West Midlands

For some time, Oakman Inns – the pub group which operates The Globe in Warwick (which is re-opening following a substantial refurbishment on 12th October), The Four Alls in Welford-on-Avon and The Beech House in Solihull - has been concerned that the limited choices on children’s menus might be discouraging young diners from trying new […]

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Plenty of Festive Family Fun on offer at the British Motor Museum!

The British Motor Museum is inviting families to join in with plenty of motoring-themed festive fun from 8 - 23 December. Activities include a Christmas Trail, Elf Tours, Christmas craft weekends and ‘Meet the Explainers,’ whilst in the New Year there is lots on offer including a brand new Mini Trail celebrating the iconic car’s […]

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