Heritage Open Days

Part of  Heritage Open Days

Gardens and Gardening - Free pop up exhibition and guided tours of the gardens at Shakespeare's New Place.

10-11 September 2016

Shakespeare's Birthplace

  • General interest

 Come along to the Heritage Open Days at The Shakespeare Centre with a free pop-up exhibition on the theme of gardening, and enjoy guided tours by our Gardens Team of the gardens of Shakespeare’s New Place.

Our drop in exhibition looks at plants, gardens and gardening in Shakespeare’s time, the gardens of Shakespeare’s family homes and in his plays, explored through our world class library, archive and museum collections. Come along and meet collections staff and volunteers and see Tudor gardening implements, early printed herbals and gardening books, historic photos, theatre archives and local archive documents and drawings. 

Our Gardens Team will also be offering special guided tours of the gardens at Shakespeare’s New Place. Pre-bookable tours start at 10am and 11am each day (booking opens at the end of August). Tours at 2pm and 3pm each day can be booked at our pop-up exhibition in The Shakespeare Centre on the day. (Max 15 people per tour. Please note that this event is not suitable for children under the age of 5.)

This year we will also be offering a range of children's activities in the Queen Elizabeth Hall to accompany our display of collections treasures.  Come along and design a Tudor knot garden, get a picture of yourself as a Tudor gardener, make a lavender bag or learn how to use the intriguing Tudor "tinkler". Suitable for visitors aged 3 upwards, we suspect that many of our adult visitors might also want to join in!

Location: The Shakespeare Centre, Henley Street, Stratford-upon-Avon, CV37 6QW