By Ann Evans


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Bank Holiday Weekend is fast approaching. Ann Evans discovers lots to do in and around Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire – Shakespeare’s England.


If you’re looking for things to do this coming Bank Holiday weekend, 26th-28th August, then Warwickshire has lots on offer. Stratford-upon-Avon is a beautiful town to explore at any time of the year, but over the weekend you could learn more about Anne Hathaway’s role at Anne Hathaway’s Cottage before she was swept off her feet by William. Discover how she would have managed the farm and how she helped her father with book keeping. Celebrate National Dog Day in the gardens on Saturday 26th. Take your, a picnic and join in the fun with plenty of activities for your furry friends. In fact if you take your dog and get 20% off admission!


Visit Shakespeare’s Schoolroom & Guildhall to see an exhibition that features SuperBard, Quilliam Shakespeare and Atmos-peare. These are just some of the artistic creations by students of King Edward VI School of William Shakespeare which features in the Shakespeare Busts exhibition that

runs until 3 September.


Over in the gardens of Shakespeare’s Birthplace you could help design a South Asian-inspired performance space based on The Tempest. Working in collaboration with artists from the Sonia Sabri Company, visitors are invited to create Rangoli-designed waves across the garden using a range of colourful materials, setting the scene for a special performance of The Tempest by the

in-house actors on 26 August at 10am, 12pm and 2pm.


Go on an evening Ghost Walk on 26 August from 7:30pm – 9pm around the ‘haunted’ streets of Stratford with Stratford Town Walk. Discover the ancient buildings, seeping with tales of ghosts, witches, murder and mayhem. The guides are professional entertainers or actors and deliver the ghost walk in their own unique style. Booking is necessary.


Throughout the Bank Holiday weekend, the Royal Shakespeare Company’s outdoor theatre in Stratford-upon-Avon, ‘The Dell’, will play host to a range of student, community and semi-professional productions.  Performances continue until 27 August. The Dell is situated on the banks of the River Avon in Avonbank Gardens. Entrance is free.


If you’re venturing beyond Stratford-upon-Avon, then War is coming to Warwick Castle until 3 September with a horseback jousting spectacle.  Families must pledge allegiance to either the House of York or the House of Lancaster and join a 2,000-strong cheering crowd in the jousting arena as the pummelling of horses’ hooves and the splintering of lances reverberates throughout Wars of the Roses – Live! The spectacle is included in castle admission at no extra cost.

Ragley Hall Alcester,

At the beautiful Ragley Hall ‘Camper Calling’ returns from 25 – 27 August. This year the Family Festival is headlined by Cast, Reef and The Lightning Seeds. You can listen to amazing music, enjoy family entertainment, adventure playgrounds, activities including craft workshops, lake activities and tasty food & drink.


At the atmospheric Kenilworth Castle over the Bank Holiday weekend visitors can witness an action contest as Knights battle it out for victory armed only with clubs and shields, strength and skill. In this adrenalin-fuelled combat only one team will triumph. Soak up the atmosphere in the medieval encampment as musicians play, while budding knights can test their skills in battle drills. On the Friday, you can step inside the Big Top and into a fairy-tale world where ancient stories come alive with music, dance and acrobatics.


There’s so much more to see and do. Why not visit the Lord Leycester Hospital in Warwick on 28 August for its Garden open day. The gem of this 500 year old garden is open from 10am – 5pm.


You could also join in one of Trivia Trails 90 minute quiz trails for a mix of historical, observational and fun questions in Stratford-upon-Avon on 26 August (2pm) and 28 August (12noon) and in Warwick on 27 August (2pm).  Adults cost £10; Child aged 9-16: £3, Child aged 0-8 is free.


Visit The Howard Arms in Ilmington on 27 August for live music with the talented Matt Bates from 3:30pm – 5:30pm.  Visit the pubs Pimms and Fizz Bar at the Ilmington Village and Horticultural Show on the Bank Holiday Monday with plenty to entertain the children and judging of home-made drinks!


Or head over over to The Bell at Alderminster on 27 August to listen to the amazing Corrine Lucy who will play from 5pm – 7.30pm.


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