ELIZABETH I will be in familiar surroundings this weekend.
St Mary’s Church in Warwick hosts The Good Queen Bess Fest in partnership with the town’s Lord Leycester Hospital, Kenilworth Castle and Charlecote Park.
All of the venues will be celebrating the Virgin Queen visiting Warwickshire, from Saturday through to Monday, with a free shuttle bus operating between the historic locations.
In Warwick, The Queen and her entourage will lead a procession from The Globe in Theatre Street to St Mary’s at 11am on Saturday and on Bank Holiday Monday, and on the Sunday at 1pm.
Kenilworth Castle will stage An Elizabethan Day Out on Sunday and Monday.
The event will aim to bring to life the pomp and pageantry of Elizabeth’s historic 1575 visit to Kenilworth with entertainment fit for a queen. Visitors are invited to step back in time 441 years as they join in the revels, enjoy displays of horsemanship and falconry, and the stupidity of The Queen’s court jester.
St Mary’s is currently hosting a Shakespeare 400 exhibition with copies of two of the most influential books ever published – a first edition King James Bible (1611) and a Shakespeare First Folio (1623).
Entry is £3.50 (£2.50 concession, under 16s free). Visit www.stmaryswarwick.org.uk for further details.
Visit www.english-heritage.org.uk/visit/places/kenilworth-castle/ for further details of An Elizabethan Day Out.