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

Warwickshire’s drive to become major cycling destination

Warwickshire’s drive to bring the top two UK cycling events to the county could lead to it becoming a major destination for pedalling enthusiasts. The county hosted the OVO Energy Women’s Tour in June, and in September a key stage of the OVO Energy Tour of Britain will start and finish in the county for […]

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New awards to celebrate best of West Midlands’ tourism offer

New regional awards celebrating the success of the West Midlands’ £12 billion tourism industry have been launched and are open for entries. The West Midlands Tourism Awards will promote the strength of the local visitor economy by celebrating its venues, people, experiences and accommodation. They are free to enter, with the ceremony taking place in […]

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Go World Travel Magazine visits top Warwickshire attractions

An international travel journalist with over 5 million global readers has visited Warwickshire to put the region’s top tourist attractions in the international spotlight. The Destination Management Organisation for South Warwickshire, Shakespeare’s England, organised the trip with Janna Graber, the Editor of Go World Travel Magazine and a writer for the Epoch Times, to promote […]

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Go Ape! Coventry launches Axe Throwing

Go Ape! Coventry has launched Axe Throwing, a fun and challenging 60-minute activity in the great outdoors, for those who want to get their lumberjack kicks in the forest. Designed to offer a competitive ground-based activity which can be combined with time in the trees, Axe Throwing is perfect for those who want to extend […]

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Celebrating the arrival of ‘the modist’ at Bicester Village this summer

Great news for fashion lovers this summer – from 12 August to 24 September, leading modest fashion ecommerce site The Modist the will open its first ever European pop-up at Bicester Village. The Modist is the first global online destination for luxury modest fashion, dedicated to women who like to express their style in a contemporary, fashionable yet modest […]

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Warwick Conferences host Frontline Summer Institute

Four hundred trainee social workers from across England are taking their first step into the profession in Coventry and Warwickshire over the summer with the largest training programme of its kind returning to the area. The new recruits are embarking on an intense learning programme being held at Warwick Conferences, the award-winning residential conference venue […]

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New events added to 2019 After Hours programme

The Shakespeare Birthplace Trust has announced the second half of this year’s After Hours programme of events, where visitors are invited to enjoy a range of unique talks and creative workshops in the surroundings of the historic Shakespeare Family Homes, once they are closed to the public. This is an exciting opportunity for visitors to […]

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Warwickshire College Group receives student visa upgrade

Overseas students undertaking courses at a group of leading local colleges will now be able to work in the area thanks to a reform in student visas. WCG (formerly known as Warwickshire College Group) regularly welcomes more than 400 international students from over 40 countries, with the majority based at its two centres in Leamington […]

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Warwick Racecourse staff to attempt Ireland racecourse challenge

Staff from Warwick Racecourse are preparing for an attempt to run around every racecourse in Ireland in just three days. The challenge will see the team of four dash around 26 racecourses, completing a total running distance of 284 furlongs or 35 and a half miles in the process. To add to the running there […]

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The Car. The Future. Me. exhibition opens at the British Motor Museum

This exciting, topical new exhibition exploring the future of the car is now open and will run until July 2020. Over the past 100 years, the motor car has made a big difference to social mobility around the world. Today our streets are more congested than ever and the car makes a significant contribution to […]

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Stratford’s future through innovative giant binoculars

Stratford-upon-Avon residents of all ages and backgrounds are invited to contribute their hopes, dreams and imaginings for the future of their town in a series of free creative workshops as part of an innovative playable art project. I See the Future explores how people who live in Stratford imagine the future of their town in 100 […]

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‘Beauty’ flies into Stratford Butterfly Farm this summer!

Several stunning new butterflies and tropical birds have taken up residence at the Stratford Butterfly Farm in time for the summer holidays. After months of careful sourcing from their tropical butterfly farmers, the Butterfly Farm has introduced several butterfly species that have seldom been on display before. These include the ‘Dero Clearwing’, also known as […]

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