Shakespeare Birthplace Trust

Birthday Celebrations

23-25 Apr 15

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Stratford’s tradition of the Birthday Celebration dates back more than 100 years and brings together residents and visitors in a vibrant mix of pageantry and performance. This year's grand Birthday Procession takes place in Stratford-upon-Avon on Saturday 25 April, winding through the historic spine of Stratford and finishing with the laying of flowers on Shakespeare’s grave at Holy Trinity Church.  

Here at Shakespeare's family homes we'll be celebrating from 23-25 April with a variety of special activities, including a free balloon and slice of cake for every visitor on Saturday 25 April (while stocks last). 


Thursday 23 April

Head to Shakespeare's Birthplace on 23 April and celebrate his birthday by listening to our Tudor storyteller on the hour from 10am - 5pm, and writing a birthday message from 11am - 3pm.

Be sure to stop in at Harvard House too, where you can create a greetings card to wish Will a very happy birthday from 11am - 3pm.



Saturday 25 April


Shakespeare's Birthplace

Meet the Yarnsmith of Norwich (10am - 5pm)

Listen to our storyteller share Tudor tales suitable for all ages, on the hour from 10am - 5pm in the garden.

Act Up with Shakespeare Aloud! (11am - 3pm)

Dress up in our fabulous Tudor costumes and star in a 5 minute performance opposite our Shakespeare Aloud! actors. Will you play one of Shakespeare's villains or do you prefer to take the romantic lead?


Hall’s Croft

Knights and Nymphs Toddlers Party (1pm - 2pm)

Come and join the fun at our annual Knights & Nymphs toddler party! Families with children under 5 can enjoy free entry to Hall's Croft gardens to celebrate Shakespeare's birthday with us. Bring a picnic and enjoy a fun day out with face painting, crafts, Gnomeo hunt and lots of fairy fun! 


Harvard House

Make Will a Birthday Card (11am - 3pm)

Get crafty and create your own greetings card to wish William Shakespeare a happy birthday.



*Normal admission applies unless otherwise stated, so activities are free to valid ticket-holders!




Related links:

Shakespeare's England - Birthday Celebrations

Shakespeare's Celebrations; Stratford-upon-Avon