Arts and Culture

Warwickshire is a county rich in creativeness. Home to world-renowned theatre and literary greats, you have the opportunity to walk in the footsteps of writers and artists who have inspired generations of readers and art lovers throughout history.

Literary Links in Warwickshire

Every visit to Warwickshire inspires a story, some of Britain’s most loved literary legends have been influenced by their time here - some as residents, and others while paying a visit. Discover the life and times of William Shakespeare in his hometown of Stratford-upon-Avon. Visit his family home, his schoolroom, and take in a performance of his works by the Royal Shakespeare Company. 

Charles Dickens considered Kenilworth as an ideal spot for a lazy summer holiday and once described it as “beautiful beyond expression”, while Sir Walter Scott used the town’s majestic Kenilworth Castle as inspiration for his romance novel named after the town itself.

Jane Austen’s descriptions of Sotherton Court in Mansfield Park are said to be inspired by the writer’s visits to Stoneleigh Abbey in 1806, whilst novelist George Elliot revealed vivid memories of her early life spent in North Warwickshire and Nuneaton in many of her novels.

Inspirational Art and Creative Spaces

Visit Warwickshire to immerse yourself in creative artworks displayed in inspiring galleries and exhibition spaces that are steeped in heritage, or built for the modern age.

Step out of the ordinary and into 120 acres of art, nature, and creativity at Compton Verney. An extraordinary place filled with inspiration and imagination, outside and in. Whether you are looking for fine art or forest art, family time or me time, Compton Verney is a place of endless possibilities. 

The Regency town of Royal Leamington Spa is home to some of the world’s leading technology specialists thanks to its growing reputation as a regional hub for the UK’s video game industry. A stark contrast to the town’s rich history which you can discover within the historic Royal Pump Rooms and the Leamington Spa Art Gallery & Museum. 

The Herbert Art Gallery & Museum is the perfect place to engage with the art and culture that contribute to Coventry’s rich history. Just a short stroll from Coventry Cathedral, the Herbert takes you back through 1500 years of the city’s history, and beckons you into the present day with its ever-evolving artistic displays, installations, and visiting exhibitions.

Journey through Rugby’s rich cultural history and learn the story of how one of the world’s favourite games was born at Rugby Art Gallery & Museum. Experience a blend of old and new in the three changing gallery spaces that host a selection of modern and contemporary art as well as showcasing the work of local artists and craftspeople.

Celebrating Arts and Culture in Warwickshire

Shakespeare’s England hosts a busy calendar of arts and culture festivals throughout the year. The annual Stratford Literary Festival attracts favourite writers and wordsmiths from across the globe, and the Contemporary Arts Festival Discover, Gather, Give brings together exciting, lively and eclectic arts and crafts creatives every June and November. Coventry’s FarGo Village celebrates independent makers and creatives with a host of events and festivals all year round for shopping, music, comedy, food, and much more besides.

Let Shakespeare's England Inspire You

How will you be inspired by art and culture in Warwickshire? Use the listings below or our events diary to find out What’s On, and start planning your visit today.

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