Puma Hotels venues’ links to historical figures highlighted

A range of Puma Hotels' portfolio venues that have links to famous historical names have been highlighted in the run-up to St George's Day on April 23rd.

A Shakespeare-themed treasure hunt has been put in place at Stratford-upon-Avon's Billesley Manor Hotel, for example, in celebration of the Bard's 450th birthday.

Shakespeare was, of course, himself born on St George's Day, at least as far as many people suppose.

The hotel has large grounds around it, on which also stand All Saints Church, which is the spot where some think Shakespeare married Anne Hathaway.

There's also legend talking of how the Bard visited the manor hotel on a regular basis.

Meanwhile, another famous writer, Charles Dickens, is said said to have penned some of Barnaby Rudge at The Old Ship in Brighton, the town's oldest inn and a spot Dickens visited often.

Vanity Fair author William Thackeray, meanwhile, penned some early parts of his famous novel at the same inn.

Sir Winston Churchill visited The Imperial Hotel, Blackpool, during the 1950s and there's now a meeting room there named after him marking this event.

And Agatha Christie took inspiration from Torquay's The Imperial Hotel for several of her novels, including the last ever Miss Marple story, Sleeping Murder.

The Puma Hotels Collection features these and 17 other hotel venues based in the UK.

As anyone in hotel hospitality jobs will know, it's always a good idea to make people aware of exciting events in the location's history.

Not all venues are old enough to be linked to well-known figures from history, of course, but a sense of a hotel – or the place it is based in – having an exciting past can be one of the things that draws people to a venue.

Berkeley Scott is a specialist hospitality recruitment agency.

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