Puppet show adventures, family festivals and outdoor theatre performances are all on offer during the summer across Warwickshire.
Members of Shakespeare’s England are offering a whole host of exciting activities to keep children and parents entertained over the next few months and during the holidays.
Ragley Hall will be hosting the much-loved Camper Calling family festival for the fourth year on August 23 which will include graffiti workshops, ukulele workshops, a silent disco and performances from the likes of Tony Christie and even Mr Motivator.
Arty tots can join Captain Codswallop in his hunt for Redbeard’s treasure puppet show and get involved with some exciting pirate themed crafts to take home at St Johns House Museum in Warwick.
One of David Walliams’ best-selling novels, Gangsta Granny, has been adapted for the stage and will be coming to Coombe Abbey for an Outdoor Theatre performance for all the family, along with Wuthering Heights performed against the backdrop of the stunning former Cistercian Abbey.
Families can meet the mini-beasts at Stratford Butterfly Farm with the giant African millipede, African land snail, stick insects and even a Madagascan hissing cockroach along with a new species of butterfly from Columbia, the Dero Clearwing all on display.
Here is the full list and details of events:
- Shakespeare’s Schoolroom and Guildhall – A new interactive experience to vividly bring to life Shakespeare’s story as you take part in an interactive lesson with Tudor Schoolmaster, Master Thomas Jenkins before trying the family quiz and having a go at dressing up, quill writing and traditional games. To book visit https://www.shakespearesschoolroom.org/
- Shakespaw Cat Cafe Midlands – first Cat Cafe at 10am any morning & enjoy a complimentary drink of your choice, visit http://www.shakespawcatcafe.com to book. Shakespaw is centrally located in Stratford with the friendliest hosts in town!
- Warwick Folk Festival – July 25-28, one of the best family music festivals in the UK headlined this year by Billy Bragg. To book tickets visit https://www.warwickfolkfestival.co.uk/line-up-2019
- Stratford River Festival – July 6-7, the riverside comes alive and 2019’s event will feature more free events and activities than ever before, to book tickets visit https://www.stratforward.co.uk/events/stratford-river-festival
- Pub in the Park – July 5-7, bringing together brilliant food from the likes of The Cross at Kenilworth, live music headlined by Will Young and Scouting for Girls, and Michelin-starred chefs all in St Nicholas Park, Warwick. To book visit https://www.pubintheparkuk.com/
- Kenilworth Castle – Visit the Elizabethan Pageant and celebrate all that is Elizabethan on the July 13 and 14, 11am-5pm and witness the battle of Kenilworth castle on August 20 and 26. For more details visit english-heritage.org.uk/visit/places/kenilworth-castle/
- Go Cotswolds – Take the minibus tour of the Cotswolds discovering its natural beauty during every month of the summer holidays on Wednesday, Fridays and Sundays. To book tickets visit gocotswolds.co.uk
- Wootton Park – Summer glamping holidays are on offer with the brand-new Aquarius Pods/Super pods available from June 15, with summer glamping parties also on offer. More information can be found on woottonparkpods.co.uk
- Warwick Royal Fusiliers Museum – Family free event on June 29 to celebrate Armed Forces Day and illustrated talks by military authors. Details for the events found at warwickfusiliers.co.uk
- Venture House – New Co-working Club is being trailed over the summer on July 4, July 16, August 1 and August 20, information on the new Co-working Club can be found at venturehousestratford.co.uk/what-we-offer/co-working-club/
- Stratford Manor/ Shakespeare’s Hospice – Take part in the happiest and most colourful run, Shakespeare Hospice Rainbow Run on August 18. Information on the run found at theshakespearehospice.org.uk/Event/285/rainbow%20run
- British Motor Museum – The new ‘The Car. The Future. Me’ exhibition opens this summer with summer holiday activities available every day, to book visit britishmotormuseum.co.uk/events/family-activities
- Compton Verney – Tea in the Park on August 18, for details on all the events taking place in the summer visit, comptonverney.org.uk
- Fairytale farm – Find out what aliens invade the farm in the annual charity alien invasion, the Sc-Fi weekend takes place on July 20 and 21 from 10am-5pm, with the fairy-tale festival also running every day from July 25 – September 2. Tickets available at fairytalefarm.co.uk
- Orchestra of the Swan – Drop into the Stratford-upon-Avon music festival, Escape Arts and the Stratford literary festival for the OOTS’s living orchestra, a 2-hour performance on September 14, from 2.30 – 4.30pm. To book tickets visit ticketsource.co.uk/orchestra-of-the-swan
- Ragley Hall – The Adventure Bike Rider Festival comes to Ragley Hall, with fantastic trails and off-roading with live music on July 12- 14 as well as the Battle Proms on August 10 for a summer celebration with music, spitfires, cannons, cavalry and fireworks, for more information visit https://www.ragley.co.uk/upcoming-events/
- MAD Museum – MAD marble track and design competition for all age groups to win goodie bags full of MAD treats and the winning track part will be made into a real piece to go on the museum’s Marbles wall with the winner’s name also being printed on the new track piece, for tickets visit https://themadmuseum.co.uk/
- Dallas Burston Polo Club – Equestrian Day on August 11 will include exciting displays, demonstrations and rural attractions and Polo in the Park on September 1, welcoming everyone to enjoy the polo. https://dbpoloclub.com/
- Stratford Town Walk – regular town walks from 11am every day and Saturday evening ghost walk at 7:30pm, tickets include discounts for the Butterfly Farm, Shakespeare’s School, the Shakespeare Houses and more: stratfordtownwalk.co.uk/.
- Coombe Abbey – Outdoor Theatre events Wuthering Heights and Gangsta Granny plus exclusive packages Stay and Go Ape across the holidays. For full details visit https://www.coombeabbey.com/.
- Fargo Village – Burgers, Beats and Beers event on July 20, Fargo Food Festival on August 17 and 18 and Rum & Reggae evening on August 2. For the full list of events visit https://www.fargovillage.co.uk/
- Bicester Village – Discover the Extraordinary Sale until July 21 with incredible savings in some of your favourite boutiques including Under Armour, Hackett, Anya Hindmarch, Ted Baker, Tory Burch and many more. bicestervillage.com
- Warwick Castle – This summer, Dragonslayer returns along with the new show The Falconer’s Quest! To book visit https://www.warwick-castle.com/
- Johnsons Coaches – Express Days Out departing every day during the school holidays from the depot from just £22 per person to locations across the country. https://www.johnsonscoaches.co.uk/
- RSC –The return of Inside Out brings back outdoor pop-up theatre with a range of storytelling, music, magic, and Shakespeare-themed mini performances and the new Summer Escapes Pass offering a trip up the Tower, a guided theatre tour, a look at the exhibition The Play’s The Thing and tickets for any of the Summer Season plays for just £20. https://www.rsc.org.uk/
- Cotswolds Distillery – Gin Festival on Saturday, August 17 from 12pm-8pm including live music, locally-produced food and outstanding natural spirits. Early bird discounted tickets for a limited time only at £20 per person, more information can be found at: https://www.cotswoldsdistillery.com/blogs/news/the-cotswolds-distillery-festival
- Stratford Butterfly Farm – Meet the Mini-Beast handling sessions held daily at 11.30am-2.30pm, open weekends, bank holidays and throughout the school holidays (10.00am-4.00pm).
- Shakespeare Birthplace Trust – Open-air theatre, live talks and demonstrations, award-winning poetry and sing-along-Sundays all taking place this summer. For full details visit https://www.shakespeare.org.uk/visit/whats-on/
- Purity Brewery – Brewery tours every Saturday at 2.30pm https://puritybrewing.com/brewery-tours/?v=79cba1185463
- Chedham’s Yard – Open at 11am every Saturday with live demonstrations by the blacksmith and wood turners, for the full list of events taking place, visit https://www.chedhamsyard.org.uk/events
- Hill Close Gardens, Warwick – Visit the eco-visitor centre, plant nursery, weekend tearoom and go on a guided tour this summer: http://hillclosegardens.com/
- The Chocolate Shed – Chocolate workshops available for children (and adults!) of all ages to make a selection of deliciously chocolate treats to take home and enjoy, book now at thechocolateshed.com
Helen Peters, CEO of Shakespeare’s England, the Destination Management Organisation for South Warwickshire said: “It can be difficult for parents to keep children entertained across the summer holidays but members of Shakespeare’s England are offering a massive number of events to keep families busy!
“With arts and crafts events, new exhibitions and plenty of festivals planned for the summer, the whole of Warwickshire will be buzzing with activities for all the family.
“We’re looking forward to keeping both local and international visitors entertained during their visit to Warwickshire this summer!”