Eateries and attractions across Warwickshire are offering non-contact alternatives and digital solutions to keep us all entertained during self-isolation.
Local restaurants, cafes and tourist attractions are creating new online offers, non-contact drive-through options and online videos to keep people entertained during self-isolation and social distancing.
With people stuck at home following Government advice on the COVID-19 outbreak, businesses are creating ingenious ways for people to experience the region’s top restaurants and attractions.
Many of the region’s restaurants and cafes such as The Globe in Warwick, Hooray’s Gelato Kitchen in Stratford and The Farm are offering delivery services and non-contact collection on all your favourite foods to enjoy a taste of normality during isolation.
Working with Marquee TV, the Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC) is offering a free 30-day trial, meaning people can watch 18 Shakespeare productions for free, including a ‘premiere’ of Christopher Luscombe’s 2017 production of Twelfth Night on April 11 and virtual tours of how the RSC brings plays to life.
Alongside this, Shakespeare fans can uncover free resources and virtual tours of all the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust’s houses on the website, which includes online exhibitions and blogs to bring the Bard to life.
There’s also plenty of free outdoor spaces to explore across the region, with the Lord Leycester Hospital Gardens open for those looking to explore Warwickshire’s beautiful scenery.
Other hospitality businesses are offering free drinks to NHS workers on the frontline of the pandemic, with Shakespaw Cat Café offering free entry and Hotel Indigo Stratford providing free tea and coffee.
Helen Peters, CEO of Shakespeare’s England, said: “This is an incredibly tough time for the tourism and hospitality industry, but it’s great to see so many of our members creating solutions to the problems we are facing – it’s incredible how creative people are being and great to see the sense of community.
“They really are bringing a taste of Warwickshire to people in isolation and offering an alternative way for people to ‘visit’ the local tourist attractions, and stay entertained during this difficult time.
“There’s also plenty of stunning countryside in Warwickshire for people who have not been advised to self-isolate to get out and enjoy some exercise in the beautiful surroundings.”
Here are a few of our top picks:
Although Kenilworth Castle is currently closed, free-to-enter English Heritage sites are remaining open. Some of the best stories from England’s history will also be shared on the English Heritage Facebook page over the coming weeks.
Leamington Spa Museum and Art Gallery will be sharing highlights of their latest new exhibition (which was due to open on Friday) on their social media channels.
The Cotswolds Distillery’s outstanding, natural spirits will be available for delivery free, directly to your doorstep within 25 miles of the distillery.
Dirty Kitch at FarGo Village is moving to delivery via Deliveroo. For a full list of trader information, visit fargovillage.co.uk/covid-19/.
Stratford Butterfly Farm is offering advance discounted gift tickets to use in the future and will be posting a variety of videos on social media so you can see all the insects and animals up close.
Despite Shakespeare’s Schoolroom and Guildhall being closed, the team is continuing to work on plans to mark the 600th anniversary of this remarkable building in 2020. In the meantime, extracts from its unique story are being shared on social media using the hashtag #ShakespearesSchoolroom600.
While Shakespeare’s Birthplace Trust’s five Shakespeare family homes in Stratford-upon-Avon are temporarily closed, its virtual doors are wide open.
Enjoy a video tour of the five historic sites, discover fascinating online exhibitions which reveal treasures from the Trust’s world-class collections, educational resources for learners of all ages including over 300 free Shakespeare Week resources for primary school children, and of course Shakespedia for a glimpse into the life of the man behind the works.
For theatre lovers, the Royal Shakespeare Company is working with Marquee TV to offer a free 30-day trial, meaning people can watch 18 of the Shakespeare productions for free. You can sign up at marquee.tv.
The Farm, Stratford is offering a Call And Collect service for sourdough pizzas, plus priority shopping hours and home delivery bundles.
Free tea and coffee for all NHS staff is on offer at Hotel Indigo Stratford, plus day-use hotel rooms to be used as an office for guests who are unable to work from home, for only £25.
For more, visit shakespeares-england.co.uk/corona-virus-update/.