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Spring themed adventures in Shakespeare's England!

1st January 2018

Enjoy a host of exciting spring themed adventures during the half term from 17 – 25 February and throughout the spring months in Shakespeare’s England. Take part in a chocolate workshop, see live lambing, experience new exhibits at The MAD Museum and explore star cars at the British Motor Museum!



Cotswold Farm Park opens from 10 February with live lambing taking place every day in the state of the art animal barn right up until Easter. Established in 1971 and the home of rare breed conservation, Cotswold Farm Park offers a fun day out for visitors of all ages. Visitors can interact with the animals in the Barns and on the ‘Rare Breeds through History’ walkway. There’s also a wildlife walk, adventure playground, indoor play, farm safari, jumping pillows and several food outlets to enjoy.

Children can take part in a chocolate workshop at Henley Chocolates on 22 February at 11am. There’s plenty of hand crafting chocolates, tasting and lots of fun to be had, plus everything will be packed up to take home and enjoy. Cost is £15 per person.



Kenilworth Castle hosts its Royal Academy from 19 – 23 February when budding courtiers can transform themselves into a Lord or Lady with tips on everything mediaeval from curtsies to combat.



See two new spring exhibitions at Compton Verney which run from 17 March - 10 June. Created in Conflict: British Soldier Art from the Crimean War to Today will explore creativity in conflict with a focus on artwork made by British Armed Forces personnel. Ravilious & Co: The Pattern of Friendship. English Artist Designers 1922-1942 will tell a story that has never been told before. This exhibition of the prolific artist and designer Eric Ravilious (1903-1942) also coincides with the 75th anniversary of his death.



Stay the night in one of Warwick Castle’s luxury themed lodges in the castle grounds. Each Lodge is fully set-up with a double bedroom, two bunks and an optional truckle bed. Equipped with a wet room, shower and towels, there is also cable TV, free WiFi and heating. Prices start from £38.25 per person, per night including breakfast and free second day entry to the castle plus parking. Guests can dine like a King in the Evening All-You-Can-Eat Mediaeval Dinner Feast at £18.95 per adult and £9.95 per child.

Visit The MAD Museum, ‘Warwickshire’s Best Museum’ as voted on Trip Advisor. Experience new exhibits which are even more interactive and twice as much fun. Interact with new weird and wonderful inventions and build marble runs. The quirky museum takes about 1 – 2 hours to experience so is perfect for a morning or afternoon.

Enjoy ‘Star Car’ Family Fun at the British Motor Museum which runs for 2 weeks from 10 - 25 February. Join Parker and Penelope on a family tour and explore the collection of Star Cars. Get creative with ‘Star Car’ crafts and Lego building, and have a go at the ‘Star Car’ family trail. All activities are suitable for 3+ years.

Observe the life-cycle of a butterfly within the Emerging Case and you may even see a butterfly hatch at Stratford Butterfly Farm! Minibeast Metropolis is teeming with life and home to a variety of creatures including a leafcutter ant colony, one of the largest on display in the UK. During half term the Education Team will be holding twice daily Meet the Mini-Beast handling sessions - a fantastic opportunity for all the family to find out about the creatures that live within the Butterfly Farm.



On 19 February, Kate’s Storytree will be taking root at Shakespeare’s Schoolroom & Guildhall and Stratford Library when children are invited to join her and let their creativity grow wild in an immersive Shakespearean storytelling session. Families have a choice of two sessions in this free half term event, with the first taking place at 10:30am and a second event at 2:00pm. Utilising everything from wooden building blocks to colourful fabrics, Kate intends to build her story as she tells it, transporting children magically back in time.



Visit Leamington Spa Art Gallery & Museum and take part in the Holiday Art Club on 22 February when children can make pottery tea lights. Suitable for children up to 12 years. £1.50 per child. Or enjoy ‘Art Cart Family Fun’ on 24 February. Free, drop in and join in.



Market Hall Museum will host Arty Tots on 20 February featuring fun, games and crafts. Suitable for 5 and under. £2.50 per child. Look behind the scenes at the Warwickshire Museum store at Montague Road on 21 February. See some of the fossils and treasures of Warwickshire’s Jurassic past with Curator of Natural History, Jon Radley, and have a go at making a Jurassic treasure to take home. Cost is £5. Take part in dino crazy games and crafts at Market Hall Museum on 22 February. Explore the museum for dino bones and meet the Warwickshire Dinosaur. £2.50 per child.



See Milkshake! Live ‘The Magic Story Book’ at the Royal Spa Centre on 17 February at 12 noon and 3.30pm. This all singing, all dancing, musical masterpiece will take audiences on a journey through the world's favourite fairy tales. The Milkshake! cast will be singing songs and sharing stories that audience members, young and old, will know and love. Tickets cost £15, £13.50 concessions, family of 4 is £53, and under 2’s go free.



Chesford Grange, a delightful 4 star hotel situated on the outskirts of Kenilworth is offering a special half term package including tickets to Warwick Castle. The 2 night break costs £238 for two guests for 2 nights including a 2 day pass to Warwick Castle, full English breakfast each morning, an evening meal worth up to £28 per person on the first night of their stay and complimentary upgrade to a Superior room (subject to availability). Please note the tickets do not include parking charges at the castle.



For more suggestions and family friendly accommodation in Shakespeare’s England visit http://shakespeares-england.co.uk

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