The Great Shakespeare Ride 2020

23 August 2020

Due to the current Covid-19 outbreak, The Great Shakespeare Ride 2020 is currently under review. Please keep checking back for updates and news. We thank you for your patience and understanding in this difficult time. 


The Great Shakespeare Ride IS BACK for its 10th year - on 23rd August 2020!

The Great Shakespeare Ride starts at Walton Hall Hotel and Spa near Warwick and rolls out through South Warwickshire villages and into the heart of the North Cotswolds, right down to Stow-on-the-Wold (100 mile Sportive). 

It really does offer something for cyclists of all abilities. The challenging ‘100 mile Sportive‘ will take you to your limit, while the ‘100 km Challenge‘ is a tough undulating route, but definitely achievable.

New for 2020, and in celebration of The Shakespeare Hospice’s 21st Anniversary is a ‘Friendly 21 mile‘ special Anniversary Ride – a beautiful, flatter route along quiet roads and the perfect choice for those new to cycling or who want to celebrate with us – perfect for those supporters looking for a ‘21 Challenge‘.

Here are some quotes from previous years - 

"I have ridden in lots of similar events & this one was very efficiently organised. The massage at the end was an added bonus & great idea before sitting in a car for a few hours. The WI support was also appreciated"

"The Marshalls, feed station and signage was exceptionally. Well done everyone concerned. A great event."

"Great event with superb and friendly organisation!"


We would love you to come along with your team mates, cycling pals, friends and family to enjoy a day of cycling across rolling hills through the beautiful Cotswolds countryside.

Visit our Great Shakespeare Ride site to find out everything you need to know about the ride. 


In accordance with government advice, The Shakespeare Hospice has taken the decision to postpone all fundraising events up to the end of June until further notice. The Fundraising team have taken precautions to safeguard members of the public by issuing guidance to anyone taking part in any activities being organised in aid of by our supporters, to limit the potential spread of Covid-19. You can also download a copy of this guidance here.

Please observe the following measures to limit the potential spread of Covid 19 before attending the event or fundraising activity:

- If you have a persistent new cough and/or a high temperature please self-isolate for 7 days, telephone NHS 111 if symptoms worsen, please do not attend the event

- If you have travelled abroad and recently returned, please do not attend the event.

- If you have any underlying health conditions, we advise you to consider not attending this event.

What we will do:

- Ensure hand washing facilities are available

- Provide hand sanitizers for use on arrival at the event

- Issue leaflets prior to an event or on arrival with NHS guidance.

- Ask event participants to confirm that they have not travelled abroad recently or displayed symptoms of a persistent new cough and/or a high temperature

The Shakespeare Hospice recognises the impact of Covid 19 will have to many businesses and charities, we will now be operating in very challenging times to maintain the financial stability for the Hospice. We will continue to work hard to raise the funds we desperately need. On behalf of our staff and patients, thank you for your continued support.

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