26th May, 2022

Plenty of virtual half-term activities for Coventry and Warwickshire families

LOCKDOWN will not stop Warwickshire residents from enjoying the half-term holiday.

So says tourism body Shakespeare’s England which has collated a list of attractions and activities on residents’ doorsteps.

They include walks, online markets, streams of classic plays and much more.

Chief executive Helen Peters said: “Once again we are experiencing another holiday in a full lockdown.

“While this isn’t ideal after weeks at home, it is great to see so many members have events taking place to keep all ages entertained for the week.

“It also acts as a reminder that we have so many fantastic attractions right here in Warwickshire and once we can, please show your support for them.

“If you are going out to enjoy the beautiful countryside in your local area, remember to post photos on social media, tag Shakespeare’s England and use the hashtag #DiscoveryourDoorstep to showcase our wonderful area.”

Members of the destination management organisation offering virtual treats include:

Gaydon’s British Motor Museum is running online activities for Future Fuels with a wordsearch and science show to enjoy from home.

VidiGuides, in partnership with Shakespeare’s England, has created a ‘Self-Guided Podcast Tour’ to take visitors around Stratford, see the key places of William Shakespeare’s life, and learn more about one of history’s most important writers.

Kenilworth Castle’s grounds will be open for people to enjoy some exercise.

The Royal Shakespeare Company’s 2018 production of Romeo and Juliet is available on BBC iPlayer now.

Warwick District Council is hosting Interactive Futures 2021 aimed at the gaming industry, people wanting a career in the games industry, students, school children and parents and it is a virtual event this year.

Stratford-on-Avon District Online Business Course is running for budding entrepreneurs and small businesses. Those under 18 are also welcome. www.popupbusinessschool.co.uk

Orchestra of the Swan has a number of concerts to stream including Luna. Wind, Sand & Stars and Doubles.

Compton Verney’s grounds will be open to visitors with a membership pass and a ‘wellie walk’ challenges people to spot a new set of decorated wellies in various locations in the park for people to spot. Admission slots must be booked in advance.

The team has also launched a new digital campaign this month called Love Compton Verney which includes a series of short films.

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