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

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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Shakespeare Birthplace Trust Scoops Best Companies Award

The Shakespeare Birthplace Trust, the independent charity which cares for the five historic Shakespeare houses and world-class collections in Stratford-upon-Avon, is among the country’s 100 Best Not-for-Profit organisations to work for according to the Sunday Times. The independent charity ranked 76th in the Sunday Times’ 100 Best UK Not-for-Profit Organisations to Work For list, in […]

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Easter at the Shakespeare Family Homes, Stratford-upon-Avon

The Shakespeare Birthplace Trust is a world class educational facility with the finest Shakespeare collections in the country, offering visitors the opportunity to immerse themselves in all things Shakespeare. We invite you to join us for some exciting, fun and unique events taking place across the famous Shakespeare Family Homes this Easter: make an origami […]

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280 or not 280?

Modern day bards are being challenged to reproduce the finest works of Shakespeare in just 280 characters as part of his birthday celebrations. Shakespeare’s 37 plays averaged around 22,500 words per play, but now organisers of his birthday celebrations are appealing for more modern versions of his works. Tens of thousands of people will flock […]

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British Motor Museum awarded VisitEngland Welcome Accolade

The British Motor Museum has been awarded a VisitEngland Visitor Attraction Welcome Accolade. The Accolade is only awarded to a small percentage of venues each year as part of the Visitor Attraction Quality Scheme. The Accolade is testament to the high standards achieved at the British Motor Museum which the assessor felt were truly deserving […]

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Travel experts get a taste of the tourism and exhibition industry in Coventry & Warwickshire

A taste of the tourism, exhibition and conferencing industry across Coventry and Warwickshire has been given to leading travel experts. Top venue and event organisers from across the country were invited to explore some of the leading hotels, tourist attractions, and conference and exhibition spaces in the region. The two-day event was hosted by Shakespeare’s […]

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