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Weekend Picks: Disabled Access Day

Disabled Access Day: 12th March (Anne Hathaway's Cottage & Gardens, Stratford-upon-Avon)

Visitors are being invited to Anne Hathaway’s Cottage for a fun day of multi sensory activities Credit: The Shakespeare Birthplace Trust

This Saturday visitors are being invited to Anne Hathaway’s Cottage for a fun day of multi sensory activities.

The family friendly event includes making lavender bags, braiding and weaving, brass rubbing, identifying bird song, and playing Tudor games. Activities will take place in the cottage, in the accessible marquee and around the grounds.

Shakespeare Birthplace Trust is putting on the event to provide opportunities for vulnerable older people and anyone with disabilities to experience all that the cottage has to offer.

“One of our main aims of the day is to provide opportunities for vulnerable older people and those with disabilities, together with their families and carers, to find real enjoyment from their visit to the cottage and gardens.

Working with iconic historic venues creates some challenges in terms of access, however the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust is focussed on making sure Shakespeare can be available to and enjoyed by all.”

– Becky Cund, Director of HR & Administration at the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust

For prices, opening times and more information visit: www.shakespeare.org.uk

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Woman, 20, found stabbed to death, was 'a source of great joy and laughter'

The family of a 20-year-old woman who was found stabbed to death in an attack in Stratford-upon-Avon have described her as a 'loving daughter.'

Bethany Hill as found with wounds to her neck Credit: Warwickshire Police

Bethany Hill was pronounced dead on February 3 after paramedics were called to an address in Hertford Road, Stratford-upon-Avon.

Her family have paid tribute to her describing her as bubbly girl with a 'heart of gold.

Jack Williams, 20 and Kayleigh Louise Woods, 22, who are accused of killing Miss Hill, have been remanded in custody at Leamington Spa Magistrates' Court.

"Beth, a loving daughter, sister and auntie, was a source of great joy and laughter. She was very bubbly with a heart of gold. Her laugh is something we will never forget. Her family were so important to her and everyone who knew her loved her.....She loved baking, music, fashion and make-up and she treasured the times she spent with her family....This has sent a shockwave through the family and we are all absolutely devastated......Rest in peace Beth until we meet again, we will always love you."

– Family tribute

Two in court over Stratford-upon-Avon murder

Two people have appeared in court charged with murdering a 20-year-old woman who died after suffering a neck wound.

Bethany Hill was found with wounds to her neck Credit: Warwickshire Police

Jack Williams, 20 and Kayleigh Louise Woods, 22, who are accused of killing Bethany Hill, were both remanded in custody at Leamington Spa Magistrates' Court.

Miss Hill was pronounced dead last Wednesday after paramedics were called to an address in Hertford Road, Stratford-upon-Avon.

A court spokesman said Williams, of Redlands Crescent, Stratford, and Woods, of Hertford Road, are both due to reappear before a judge at Warwick Crown Court on Tuesday.

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Woman arrested on suspicion of murder

Detail of Police officers Credit: Joe Giddens / PA Archive/Press Association Images

A 22-year-old woman has been arrested on suspicion of murder and is currently being questioned after a 20-year-old woman was found with wounds to her neck.

Police were called at 7.06pm yesterday to an address in Hertford Road, Stratford-upon-Avon.

Paramedics from West Midlands Ambulance Service attended, but she was pronounced dead shortly afterwards.

The woman has not been formally identified but her next of kin have been informed.

Anyone with information about the woman's death is asked to call the police on 101 or phone Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Weekend Picks: Shakespeare Steps

Shakespeare Steps: Sat 30th - Sun 31st January (Stratford-upon-Avon)

400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death Credit: PA

Visitors will be able to step into Shakespeare’s shoes and witness mini scenes from his life and works in a new interactive installation.

The Royal Shakespeare Company has commissioned the self-guided interactive tour to mark the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death.

The free self-guided tour involves eight locations and will run alongside Stratford’s historic spine.

At each stop visitors can follow footsteps and speech bubbles painted on pavements that work as instructions for acting out mini dramas.

For prices, opening times and more information visit: www.rsc.org.uk/shakespearesteps

Stratford-Upon-Avon named 'one of the best global destinations' for 2016

The birthplace of William Shakespeare Credit: PA

Stratford-upon-Avon has been named one of the best global destinations for 2016 in a new Lonely planet guide.

The town in Warwickshire, and birthplace of William Shakespeare, is running events this year to mark 400 years since his death.

Events include the reopening of New Place where Shakespeare lived for the last 19 years of his life and the Royal Shakespeare Company will host a 'major' new exhibition immersing visitors in the history of Shakespeare and theatre in Stratford-upon-Avon.

People on the River Avon Credit: Joe Giddens/PA

The book features 31 of the 'best new openings and attractions across the globe for 2016.

Travel Update: Trains delayed due to sheep on tracks

All train lines have been reopened between Shirley and Stratford-Upon-Avon after a delayed caused by sheep on the train tracks at Wythall.

Trains are running at a reduced speed which is causing delays of up to 20 minutes between Shirley and Stratford-upon-Avon until approximately 6:00pm.

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