The Essential Guide was set up for a purpose - to provide visitors to Stratford-upon-Avon with a one stop, easy to manage booklet with easy to read maps directing people to some of the many popular attractions and activities as well as restaurants, bars, supermarkets and other local amenities.
The Essential Guide is a popular choice with local hoteliers and guest house owners and regularly features some of the area’s biggest attractions including The Shakespeare Birthplace Trust and The Royal Shakespeare Company.
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The Essential Guide is produced by Your Call Publishing Ltd, a local family-run company who have been producing a number of local publications since 2005, including 15 community magazines called ‘Your Call Magazine’ in Coventry and Warwickshire.
The Essential Guide is delivered to over 50 local locations in and around Stratford, ensuring that every copy has the opportunity to be picked up and used by visitors and tourists.
Stratford is a town steeped in history which offers many award winning attractions, restaurants, shops, activities and services.
1,000s of visitors come to Stratford each week for either a short break or a day visit.
If you run a local Stratford business, let visitors to Stratford know about it, by being featured in The Essential Guide. Prices start from just £50 + VAT for four months advertising! The Essential Guide offers the perfect opportunity to publicise what is on offer in both the town and the surrounding area in an easy to use format.
The Stratford-upon-Avon Essential Guide has become an integral part of my 'welcome to Stratford' for the guests at my Bed & Breakfast. It enables me to quickly and clearly show where all restaurants and attractions are on its clear and easy to read map in the middle pages. Its vouchers and special offers are always a hit with guests. Its size is perfect for pocket or handbag so can be carried round town and is usually taken onward due to its other map covering the Cotswolds and Warwick. It really is an ESSENTIAL guide. Thanks Sharon!
William Bruce, Moss Cottage B&B
The Essential Guide is a fantastic tool we use to enhance our guests experience when visiting Stratford. The excellent map clearly shows the major tourist attractions so it makes it very easy to show them their way around the town. It’s an added bonus that our favorite restaurants often advertise in it so we can easy direct them to our recommendations. We love it when local attractions/restaurants offer discounts in the guide so we can offer these to the guests.
Rob Iles, Avonlea B&B
This B&B could not operate without it. Guests love the map is so clear, and is full of information to help with their stay.
Sue Cowan, The Adelphi B&B