Shakespeare's Birthday Celebrations

Part of  Shakespeare's Birthday celebrations

Celebrate Shakespeare's birthday in Stratford-upon-Avon!

23-26 April 2015

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.

On Sunday 26 April a special Shakespeare Service takes place at Shakespeare's final resting place of Holy Trinity Church.

Find out more about Stratford's birthday celebrations.


Celebrate with us at Shakespeare's family homes!


Thursday 23 April

Wish William Shakespeare a happy birthday by writing a special message at Shakespeare's Birthplace and creating a greetings card at Harvard House from 12 - 4pm.

Plus, don't miss our Tudor storyteller in the garden at Shakespeare's Birthplace, on the hour from 10am - 5pm.

Don't forget to share your celebrations and say #HappyBirthdayShakespeare on social media!



Saturday 25 April

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

Stratford-upon-Avon residents (CV37 – proof of residency required) can enjoy free entry to Shakespeare's family homes and gardens on 25 & 26 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! (12 - 4pm)

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? 

A Potted Performance of Henry V (1pm and throughout the day)

Watch our Shakespeare Aloud! actors perform an abridged version of Henry V as we prepare to mark the 100 year anniversary of the battle of Agincourt later this year.


Hall’s Croft

Knights and Nymphs Toddlers Party (12 - 4pm)

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 music, face painting, crafts and lots of fairy fun! 


Harvard House

Make Will a Birthday Card (12 - 4pm)

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