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

Coombe Abbey Hotel shortlisted for CHS Awards

A historic Warwickshire hotel is hoping to continue its winning streak after being shortlisted for another national award. Coombe Abbey Hotel has been announced as finalists in four categories for this year’s CHS Awards. The event, which is organised by national meetings and events industry specialist CHS Group, recognises the nation’s best hotels and venues […]

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Stratford-upon-Avon through a local lens

A new photographic exhibition at the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust will present a fresh perspective of Stratford-upon-Avon. Living with History is a collection of 14 photographs by William Mulryne that will be on display at Hall’s Croft café, between 18 May and 29 September. Hall’s Croft is the Jacobean home of William Shakespeare’s daughter, Susanna, and […]

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Help bring the UK’s premier road race back to Warwickshire

Businesses and potential partners are being called upon to help bring the UK’s premier cycling event back to Warwickshire. The OVO Energy Women’s Tour will head to the region for the fourth year running in June, and Warwickshire County Council is on the lookout for a partner to make sure that the men’s edition follows […]

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May Half Term in Shakespeare’s England

Discover things to do during May half term in Warwickshire Art workshops, family activities and the chance to see behind-the-scenes of Antiques Roadshow will keep families entertained across the May half term holidays. Members of Shakespeare’s England are offering a whole host of unique activities to keep children and parents entertained during the break. At […]

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Johnsons win gold at UK Coach Awards

Johnsons Coach Travel of Henley-in-Arden took home gold for their Domestic Coach Travel Brochures at the UK Coach Awards on Thursday 2nd May 2019. The eleventh annual UK Coach awards were presented in front of a record-breaking audience of 400 people in a glittering ceremony at Viva Blackpool, the resort's stunning Vegas-style venue. Johnsons were […]

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Woolly Week at Mary Arden’s Farm

The resident Tudors and some special guests at Mary Arden’s Farm — the childhood home of William Shakespeare’s mother — will be spinning some yarns when they host Woolly Week during May Half-Term (25th May to 2nd June). Watch traditional sheep shearing demonstrations using Tudor hand shears, and take part in wool crafts like weaving on a […]

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New coaches at Johnsons will help the environment

Johnsons Coach & Bus Travel of Henley-in-Arden welcomed four new coaches to their fleet recently as part of their fleet renewal programme, which will maximise their contribution to air quality improvements and help reduce the harmful emissions attributed to diesel engines. The four new coaches are equipped with the latest ‘Euro 6’ engines. As the […]

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Shakespeare’s Birthday Celebrations Success

Despite the windy weather, the crowds turned out for Stratford-upon-Avon’s biggest celebration weekend to celebrate the town’s most famous former resident and his legacy. Visitors from around the world gathered in Stratford for this year’s Shakespeare’s Birthday Celebrations at the weekend. The proceedings were headed by Mr Shakespeare who lead the traditional celebration parade from […]

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Stratford Literary Festival celebrates its glorious 12th year!

The Stratford Literary Festival celebrates its glorious 12th year with a superb line-up of speakers and events. The eight day spring festival, which kicks off on 28 April, includes speakers debating science and ideas, mental health and women’s issues, medicine and the news, as well as welcoming some of the most celebrated literary fiction authors […]

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Popular Arts Festival goes from strength to strength at historic Stratford Town Hall

The popular and free to enter family friendly Arts Festival continues to go from strength to strength when it takes place from 1 – 2 June at the historic Stratford Town Hall. This year the Festival has attracted 40 award winning artists and craftspeople who will be showcasing a selection of high-quality paintings, prints, jewellery, […]

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British Motor Museum re-launches its MICE facilities

Following a four-year absence from the MICE market, the British Motor Museum is delighted to announce that its conference and meeting rooms will re-open for corporate hire from 1 July. During these four years the spaces have been exclusively used by their close neighbours, Jaguar Land Rover. The company has rebranded from the Heritage Motor […]

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Plan your happily ever after with Hotel du Vin Stratford

Whether you're looking to say yes to the dress, size up the perfect suit, capture your day in perfect detail or find the blooms for you, Hotel du Vin is bringing together Stratford-upon-Avon’s best wedding experts for one night only. On Thursday 30 May, the boutique hotel is inviting bride and grooms-to-be to get set […]

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