Shakespeare Country hosts festive activities

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Anne Hathaway’s cottage with its own festive covering of snow
Anne Hathaway’s cottage with its own festive covering of snow

A multitude of events are to be hosted in Shakespeare County this holiday season, with Christmas lights, festive markets, traditional carols, candlelit tours, storytelling, craft fairs, cake decorating workshops, nativity shows, ghost stories and a Royal Shakespeare Company performance of The Heart of Robin Hood all on offer.

The Christmas lights in Royal Leamington Spa, Stratford and Kenilworth are being switched on – November 20, 24 and 25 respectively. The Leamington Christmas Market will be held every Sunday from November 20 to December 18, and every Thursday in Stratford from November 24 until Christmas. The popular Warwick Victorian Christmas Evening takes place on November 24 from 17:00-21:00,  with over 60 craft stalls, traditional entertainment and attractions.

The RSC’s ‘The Heart of Robin Hood’ is premiered on November 18 and is running until January 7. This new play is based on the myth of Robin Hood, but with a certain twist as Maid Marian takes centre stage. Backstage tours are available, as is the lift to the top of the 32 metre-high theatre tower, which provides an excellent look-out overthe Christmas lights of Stratford.

Warwick Castle begins its  Christmas activities on December17, with the Great Hall and State Rooms decked out Christmas fit for a King!

Festive food and drink will be served in the 13th Century Undercroft. Visiting children will be able to meet Santa in the State Rooms.

Anne Hathaway’s Cottage will be beautifully decorated and ready to teach visitors about festive traditions from Tudor to Victorian Times. The Shakespeare Houses will be dressed for Christmas from December 1 to January 6. Shakespeare’s Birthplace will be illuminated by Christmas lights and candlelit tours will be available, as well as a glass of mulled wine and a mince pie for the special entry price of £1.


For accommodation, special offers and more information visit or call Shakespeare Country on 01926 471 329