Local restaurants, cafes and tourist attractions are creating new online offers, non-contact drive-through options and online videos to keep people entertained during self-isolation and social distancing.
With people stuck at home following Government advice on the Covid-19 pandemic, businesses are creating ingenious ways for people to experience the region’s top restaurants and attractions.
Many of the region’s restaurants and cafes such as The Globe in Warwick, Hooray’s Gelato Kitchen in Stratford and The Farm are offering delivery services and non-contact collection on all your favourite foods to enjoy a taste of normality during isolation.
Working with Marquee TV, the RSC is offering a free 30-day trial, meaning people can watch 18 Shakespeare productions for free, including a ‘premiere’ of Christopher Luscombe’s 2017 production of Twelfth Night on April 11 and virtual tours of how the RSC brings plays to life.
Alongside this, Shakespeare fans can uncover free resources and virtual tours of all the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust’s houses on the website, which includes online exhibitions and blogs to bring the Bard to life.
There’s also plenty of free outdoor spaces to explore across the region, with the Lord Leycester Hospital Gardens open for those looking to explore Warwickshire’s beautiful scenery.
Other hospitality businesses are offering free drinks to NHS workers on the front-line of the pandemic, with Shakespaw Cat Café offering free entry and Hotel Indigo Stratford providing free tea and coffee.
Helen Peters, CEO of Shakespeare’s England, said: “This is an incredibly tough time for the tourism and hospitality industry, but it’s great to see so many of our members creating solutions to the problems we are facing – it’s incredible how creative people are being and great to see the sense of community.
“They really are bringing a taste of Warwickshire to people in isolation and offering an alternative way for people to ‘visit’ the local tourist attractions, and stay entertained during this difficult time.
“There’s also plenty of stunning countryside in Warwickshire for people who have not been advised to self-isolate to get out and enjoy some exercise in the beautiful surroundings.”
Here is the full list of offers:
- Purity Brewery – Is here to sort all your beer needs with the online shop and courier service, click and collect from the brewery with a contact-free drive-through option. The delivery charge has also been reduced to just £5 for those looking to stock up and free delivery for orders of two or more cases. https://puritybrewing.com/
- WCG – Moreton Morrell College’s Lambing Weekend was cancelled but the event will now take place online where people can watch videos of lambs being born this week, and see the new-born lambs getting used to life on the farm –ac.uk/lambing
- Kenilworth Castle – Although the Castle is currently closed, free-to-enter English Heritage sites are remaining open, for the full list visit https://eht.social/2DAm3dH The best stories from England’s history will also be shared on the English Heritage Facebook page.
- Stratford Visitor Information Centre – Will be temporarily closed but if you have any questions, the team can be reached via 01789 264293 or email@example.com
- Leamington Spa Museum and Art Gallery – Will be sharing highlights of their latest new exhibition (which was due to open on Friday) on their social media channels. https://www.facebook.com/LeamingtonSpaArtGalleryandMuseum/
- Market Hall Museum – Will be sharing images of the museum’s collections, archives and stories online along with online packs for families to download. http://heritage.warwickshire.gov.uk/museum-service/
- The Cotswolds Distillery – The Outstanding Natural Spirits will be available for delivery free, directly to your doorstep within 25 miles of the distillery. https://www.cotswoldsdistillery.com/?gclid=EAIaIQobChMIq_y7lIap6AIVirHtCh29eAIREAAYASAAEgKopfD_BwE
- Go Cotswolds – Gift vouchers for its award-winning Cotswolds Day Tours and Brewery & Pub tours are available for up to two years, which will allow you to book a 2021-2022 tour at 2020 prices. These are also a great idea for Mother’s Day or birthday presents – gocotswolds.co.uk/shop.
- Crowne Plaza, Stratford-upon-Avon – Book with peace of mind with the relaxed cancellation policy for new enquiries on Meetings and Events bookings- https://www.cuckoodesign.com/emails/VAL/J02307/index.html.
- FarGo Village – Dirty Kitch is moving to delivery via Deliveroo, for the full list of traders, visit: https://www.fargovillage.co.uk/covid-19/
- Holy Trinity Church, Stratford-upon-Avon – Live streaming of the Mothering Sunday service on Facebook as this will not be open to the public –https://www.facebook.com/HTCStratforduponAvon/
- Mallory Court Hotel and Spa – Extending its vouchers so that they are now valid for 18 months across all hotels at the Eden Hotel Collective, the perfect gift idea – https://www.edenhotelcollection.com/gift-vouchers/
- Stratford Butterfly Farm – Is offering advance discounted gift tickets to use in the future and will be posting a variety of vlogs on social media so you can see all the insects and animals up close. https://www.butterflyfarm.co.uk/attraction/
- Shakespeare’s Schoolroom and Guildhall – Despite being closed, the team is continuing to work on plans to mark the 600th anniversary of this remarkable building in 2020. In the meantime, extracts from its unique story will be shared on social media using the #ShakespearesSchoolroom600.https://www.shakespearesschoolroom.org/
- Royal Fusiliers Museum, Warwick – Online videos of a performance piece about the remarkable story of Hannah Snell, a female soldier, are available and some PSHE educational pages are available for students – http://bitly/ws/84gA
- Hooray’s Gelato Kitchen – Takeout menu available and free delivery (within five miles of Stratford) on all orders over £10. http://www.hooraysgelato.com/
- Shakespeare’s Birthplace Trust – While the five Shakespeare family homes in Stratford-upon-Avon are temporarily closed, its virtual doors are wide open and there are lots of ways to encounter and enjoy Shakespeare’s wonderful works, life and times on the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust’s digital platforms. Enjoy a video tourof the five historic sites, discover fascinating online exhibitions which reveal treasures from the Trust’s world-class collections, educational resources for learners of all ages including over 300 free Shakespeare Week resources for primary school children, and of course Shakespedia for a glimpse into the life of the man behind the works.
- Royal Shakespeare Company – Working with Marquee TV, the RSC is offering a free 30-day trial, meaning people can watch 18 of the Shakespeare productions for free. This will include a ‘premiere’ of Christopher Luscombe’s 2017 production of Twelfth Night on 11 April. People can sign up here: tv. There’s also the Shakespeare Learning Zone, which has a large range of fun and educational information about Shakespeare’s plays and themes for children and students https://www.rsc.org.uk/shakespeare-learning-zone, or watch scenes from plays and short films about making theatre on their YouTube Channel https://www.youtube.com/user/theRSC/videos. Take a virtual tour of how the RSC bring plays to life https://www.rsc.org.uk/about-us/how-we-make-theatre/
- Shakespaw Cat Café – is remaining open with strict hygiene levels and spacing tables in place, but is also offering free entry to all NHS staff http://www.shakespawcatcafe.com/
- Hotel Indigo Stratford – Free tea and coffee for all NHS staff and day-use hotel rooms to be used as an office for guests who are unable to work from home, for only £25. https://stratford.hotelindigo.com/h
- The Four Alls (Welford) and The Globe (Warwick) – Open as long as possible and a collection and delivery service is available, including Mothering Sunday lunches and gift vouchers which are redeemable for when the restrictions are over. https://www.theglobewarwick.co.uk/
- The Farm, Stratford – Is offering a Call and Collect service for sourdough pizzas, priority shopping hours and home delivery bundles. https://www.thefarmstratford.com/
- Lord Leycester Hospital – The stunning gardens are free and open for those looking to get outside and exercise, open 10.00am-4.00pm Tuesday-Sunday through the side entrance. https://www.lordleycester.com/
- Warwick Visitor Information Centre – is temporarily closed but can still be contacted via email firstname.lastname@example.org
- Leamington Spa Visitor Information Centre – is temporarily closed but can be contacted by email email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org
- Hilton Warwick – Rooms are available for individual working or small meetings. https://www.hilton.com/en/hotels/warhnhn-hilton-warwick-stratford-upon-avon/
- The Fleece Inn – Takeaway and free (non-contact) local deliveries available, including the Gold Award winning pies and Friday night wood-fired pizzas are available every day. There’s also a real ale delivery service as well as the bottles and hot drinks. Asparagus specials will be available next month, and the Famous Fleece Asparagus Auctions will now be online. A virtual pub is being built, which will expand our “Tales from the Fleece” series of videos, include Asparagus recipes, live streaming of gigs and interactive folk sessions. There’s also the Community Mutual Aid group with other villagers – staff are doing some volunteer shifts in the village Community Shop and we hosting the Bretforton Community Helpline here. https://thefleeceinn.co.uk/
- Mercure Walton Hall Hotel – Facetime or telephone appointments for wedding couples and social banqueting event guests, for ‘business as usual’ without having to travel outside your home. The grounds are still open for local people to walk around for fresh air in open non-populated space. https://all.accor.com/hotel/A0I8/index.en.shtml
- Stratford-upon-Avon College – offers a range of free distance learning courses to help you progress and up-skill in a variety of roles. These courses can be studied flexibly at home around work and family life to suit you.