Warwick district is gearing up to celebrate its unique tourism offer as part of English Tourism Week.
Taking place from 30 March to 7 April and organised by Visit England, English Tourism Week celebrates the quality and vibrancy of England’s thriving tourism industry.
Throughout the week, various events will take place across Warwick district, showcasing its unique and diverse attractions. There’s a packed programme of events celebrating Warwick’s history including the Historic Warwick Walk and a talk on Oliver Cromwell’s letter at the County Record Office, and Leamington will be focussing on its royal heritage with a Queen Victoria tour on Saturday 30 March at 2pm.
Shops and tourist attractions across the district will also be taking part, with shop windows displaying the ‘English Tourism Week’ vinyl and coffee shops decorating their drinks with the English rose using their very own Visit England stencil.
Dave Barber, Head of Development Services at Warwick District Council, said: “The tourism industry brings over 3.8 million people to the district each year with a combined spend of over £282.6m and accounts for 6.3% of all employment in the district. We have such a diverse history and heritage offer, from a medieval castle to Georgian architecture to a modern and vibrant hospitality offering, with so much more on our doorstep. This week allows us the opportunity to celebrate the places that see new and returning visitors coming to us each year.”
Helen Peters, Chief Executive of Shakespeare’s England, said: “There are so many unique tourist attractions, hotels and restaurants in our region and English Tourism Week is the perfect way to help celebrate and promote these and start the 2019 visitor season off with a bang.
“With exclusive events, offers and promotions available to locals during this week, Tourism Week also aims to encourage locals to visit those attractions in their area that they might not otherwise take the time to visit or constantly pass saying ‘I must go there some day’ so it will be great to see more people getting involved with our area’s top attractions.”
Philippa Rawlinson, chair of Shakespeare’s England Warwickshire Destination Management Plan Steering Group, said, “Tourism is one of the key drivers of economic growth in South Warwickshire and surrounding areas, and we welcome the platform that English Tourism Week provides to champion the wealth of our offer here. We are almost halfway through a 10-year plan that will further develop and promote Shakespeare’s England in order to generate even more growth by attracting new investment, value-added jobs and new talent, and stimulating innovation in our visitor economy."
What's On in Warwick
To see the full range of events taking place in Warwick, download the English Tourism in Warwick leaflet.
Queen Victoria Walk
The Queen Victoria Walk takes place on Saturday 30 March at 2pm, meeting at the Queen Victoria statue outside the Town Hall. The walk will last approximately 1 hour and 15 minutes.