Near the touristy Stratford-upon-Avon, famous for all things Shakespeare, is the quieter Alcester, Warwickshire. It is known for the wide variety of real ale available. Alcester has a variety of stately buildings, Roman ruins, and churches including Coughton Court and the 14th century Kinwarton Dovecote.
The sculpture collection of the Jerwood Foundation is housed in Ragley Hall in Alcester.
There have been several archaeological digs in the area and thus the Roman settlement that gave birth to Alcester is well understood and documented.
Severn Lamb, a firm which makes large-scale systems for theme parks and spectacles such as the 2004 Olympics opening and closing ceremonies, employs some of Alcester's 9,000 residents.
The Court Leet charity market, the Mop Fair, and the Alcester and Forest of Arden Food Festival are annual events.