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Celebrate Literary Heroes

21st February 2017

Jane Austen Evenings Stoneleigh Abbey

With several major anniversaries being celebrated this year – including the 200th anniversary of Jane Austen’s death and 20 years since publication of the first Harry Potter book – 2017 is set to be a bumper year for literary lovers.

Doors open wide for Heritage Open Days

05th September 2016

Heritage Open Days Warwickshire

This week sees the return of the popular Heritage Open Days - with so much to choose from, the only question is what will YOU discover?

Kenilworth under siege!

26th August 2016

The Siege of Kenilworth Castle

The good citizens of Kenilworth are preparing for battle this Bank Holiday weekend as the town celebrates the 750th anniversary of the longest siege in English history.

Fine dining – from Tudors to today

31st May 2016

Fawkes Feast at Coughton Court The Dining Room at Mallory Court

We might think it’s a 21st century preoccupation, but did you know that people in Shakespeare's England were also obsessed with food?

The Queen and us – our royal connections

18th April 2016

Queen Elizabeth at Shakespeares Birthplace, Stratford-upon-Avon

In honour of Queen Elizabeth II’s 90th birthday on 21st April, we thought we’d delve into the archives to have a look back at Her Majesty’s many and varied connections with our corner of Warwickshire.

Like many members of the Royal Family, the Queen has been a frequent visitor to Shakespeare’s England during her record-breaking reign.

Shakespeare 400: celebrating a lasting legacy

14th April 2016

Shakespeare400 exhibition at Collegiate Church of St Mary, Warwick Shakespeare's Schoolroom and Guildhall

Just two years ago Stratford-upon-Avon put out the bunting to celebrate Shakespeare’s 450th birthday in style. This year the historic market town has another major series of events planned to mark 4OO years since the Bard’s death, which also happens to fall on 23rd April.

What’s with the fool on April Fools’ Day?

31st March 2016

April Fools Day

April 1st is widely known as April Fools’ Day, when it’s customary for people to play pranks and sometimes quite elaborate hoaxes on unsuspecting ‘victims’.

But when and where did the practice start? And what’s the connection with Shakespeare’s England?

Olde world charm at The Fleece Inn

22nd February 2016

The Fleece Inn Fleece Inn, Bretforton

There are many fine pubs in Shakespeare’s England but The Fleece Inn at Bretforton has got to be one of the very best.

This quintessential picture postcard of a pub is the embodiment of a traditional English hostelry, with a claim to fame as being the first in the UK to be owned by the National Trust.

Warwickshire Races

14th September 2015

Warwick Races Warwick Racecourse_Queen Mother

A look back on one of Warwickshire's most noble pursuits at Warwick Racecourse