October Half Term

Spooky fun for all the family during the school holidays

25 October - 02 November 2014

  • Family Fun

We've got extra family friendly activities taking place at Shakespeare's Family Homes from 25 October - 2 November, so come and join in the fun! Events are included in admission (unless otherwise stated), so if you already have a valid ticket you can come to the houses for free!


Shakespeare's Birthplace

Ay thou Poor Ghost: 25 Oct - 2 Nov

Hunt for Shakespearian spectres hidden in the rooms of his birthplace. Can you find them all?


Mary Arden's Farm

Hallow Hallow! 25 Oct - 2 Nov

Join us for our All Hallows Eve celebrations and get involved with lots of practical activities for all ages to enjoy. Carve a pumpkin*, bake a soul cake and protect yourself by making your own plague charm, learning the fascinating history behind each activity at the same time. Hear the story of Stingy Jack and find out how he ended up as 'Jack o' the Lantern' after playing tricks on the devil.

Daily activities:

  • 11.00-12.00  Make a Plague Charm (Mary Arden’s House)
  • 11.00-12.30  Pumpkin carving* (Mary Arden’s House)
  • 11.30  Bird of Prey display (Falconer’s Field)
  • 12.00  Meet the horse (Falconer’s Field)
  • 1.00  Tudor dinner (Palmer’s Farmhouse)
  • 1.30  Bird of Prey display (Falconer’s Field)
  • 2.00-3.00  Pumpkin carving* (Mary Arden’s House)
  • 3.00-4.00  Make a Soul Cake (Palmer’s Farmhouse)
  • 3.30  Bird of Prey display (Falconer’s Field)
  • 4.00  Hear the Legend of Stingy Jack (Great Barn)

*A small additional charge applies


Hall's Croft

Fire Burn and Cauldron Bubble: 25 Oct - 2 Nov

Eye of newt, toe of frog? The Hall's Croft hag has lost the ingredients for her spell! See if you can help her to find them hiding around the house.

Stratford Town Ghost Walks: 31 Oct & 1 Nov (additional charges apply)

Take a walk around the haunted streets of Stratford-upon-Avon, if you dare. Discover terrible tales of ghosts, witches, murder and misery on the Stratford Town Ghost Walk and finish with a talk at Hall's Croft. For more information or to book a place visit StratfordTownWalks.co.uk


Anne Hathaway's Cottage & Gardens

The Path of the Plague: 25 Oct - 2 Nov

Discover what Tudor England was really like during the plague as you wander through our woodland walk.

Spooktacular Puppet Show: 31st October, from 11.30am

Prepare to be scared at our haunting Halloween Puppet Shows, with regular shows throughout the day from 11.30am (suitable for all ages)


New Place & Nash's House

All Hallows Eve: 25 Oct - 2 Nov

Celebrate the harvest end and prepare to welcome winter. Get into the Hallow spirit and find out the true meaning of Halloween and Gaelic festival 'Samhain'.