Have a Spooky Half Term at the Shakespeare Houses


We’re busy planning an exciting week of extra special family activities for half term week from 26 October to 3 November.


10 September 2013

With Halloween coming up there’s no better place to get into the spooky spirit than our unique houses steeped in hundreds of years of history. We’ve created a range of spooky things to do at each of the Shakespeare Houses every day during half term, so come and join in the fun as part of your normal admission price (unless otherwise stated).

If you’re visiting the Birthplace, follow the clues taken from the famous speeches of Shakespeare’s nastiest villains and then see them performed by our very own troupe of actors, Shakespeare Aloud! There will also be a specially abridged version of Macbeth in the garden at 3pm on 3 November.

At Anne Hathaway’s Cottage, discover the Macbeth Trail in the gardens and listen to scary stories at 11,30am and 2.30pm on 31 October; Halloween itself (suitable for children aged 7 years and over).

Half term is your last chance to visit Mary Arden’s Farm before it closes for the winter, so there will be plenty going on to help us end the year with a bang. Learn about the tradition of soul cakes and how it turned into modern day trick-or-treating, then have a go at baking one of your own! Carve a ghoulish pumpkin and create a plague charm to protect yourself from the Black Death.

The very brave may even dare to join us at Mary Arden’s Farm for our Friday Fright Night on 1 November from 6-8pm, where our creepy farmhand will take you on a night-time tour of the farm to meet some of the ghosts of years gone by. Then round up the evening with a serving of hot pottage and freshly baked bread. Fright Night is suitable for children aged 10 years and over, tickets cost £5 adults/£4 concessions and are sold separately.

If even that isn’t scary enough for you then perhaps you would like to join us for an Evening Ghost Walk around Stratford-upon-Avon, ending with wine and hot drinks at Hall’s Croft. In partnership with Stratford Town Walk, ghost walks are suitable for children aged 10 years and over and will take place on 26 and 31 October at 6.00pm, 6.45pm, 7.30pm and 8.00pm.

For more information on these events and more, visit our What’s On page.