RESIDENTS are being urged to discover the tourist attractions on their doorsteps as they begin to reopen.
Warwick Castle, Kenilworth Castle and Compton Verney have started to reopen the grounds and gardens for visitors with social distancing measures in place.
And Shakespeare’s England – which promotes tourism in the region – is calling on people to support businesses in their area.
The organisation has launched the ‘discover your doorstep’ campaign, which urged people to share images of the pubs, attractions, restaurants and parks that they have nearby, rather than travelling to other areas when they can reopen.
Shakespeare’s England chief executive Helen Peters said: “We want to highlight the fantastic attractions right here on our patch. In more normal times we often travel the country to visit attractions while perhaps not going to ones which are local on our doorstep.
“The priority is encouraging locals to stay nearby and to explore safely, adhering to social distancing regulations but also enjoying all the local area has to offer, once it is safe to do so.
“Our local residents are key to the long-term sustainability of tourism in south Warwickshire so our focus is on getting these locals to actually visit the places they walk past daily, but have never actually ventured into.
“Shakespeare’s England includes hotspots like Stratford, Warwick and Kenilworth, and the industry is worth over £777 million, employing 13,000 people so it really needs to be supported by local people to keep these businesses going.”
Visit shakespeares-england.co.uk for more information.