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Christmas at the Shakespeare Family Homes

The most wonderful time of the year

Fierce Sisters
Fierce Sisters at Shakespeare's New Place

Christmas is a magical time to visit the Shakespeare Family Homes in Stratford-upon-Avon. Enjoy our breathtaking immersive production –Fierce Sisters; hear fascinating tales and traditions of Christmases past, or embrace your inner creativity in our festive craft workshops, there’s something for all the ages to enjoy.  Highlights include:   

Fierce Sisters
A dazzling, immersive winter experience at Shakespeare’s New Place, Stratford-upon-Avon
11 - 15 December, 5pm, 6pm & 7pm 

This winter, Mimbre, an innovative all-female acrobatic theatre group will shine a light on the women of Shakespeare’s plays in a visually enthralling spectacle performed in the contemporary gardens of Shakespeare’s New Place, Stratford-upon-Avon from 11 – 15 December.

Step into the world of Fierce Sisters, as they weave their spell with breathtaking acrobatics, evocative choreography and contemporary soundscapes to explore the essence of Shakespeare’s female characters, bursting out of their stories to claim their own space in today’s world. 

The promenade performance will lead you through the gardens to startling scenes of ambition, strength and passion, each inspired by Shakespeare’s work. Playful interactive stations invite you to explore these themes and contribute your thoughts and feelings on how women are interpreted and portrayed, then and now.  

This energetic, witty and immersive experience will captivate audiences, raise questions that resonate today, and ignite conversations between generations.

Fierce Sisters is commissioned by the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust and supported using public funding by Arts Council England. 

Tickets: £15 adult, £10 child (suitable for ages 8 and over), £13 concession/SBT Friends, £40 Family (2 adults + 2 children) Discounted preview tickets for 11 December available online. 

Other festive events taking place across the Shakespeare Family Homes – full listings www.shakespeare.org.uk/events.

Christmas Decoration

Time Travelling Father Christmas
15 & 16 December, 12pm - 4pm
Hall's Croft, Old Town

Father Christmas has travelled back in time to teach the Jacobeans the wonders of Christmas. Little boys and girls can meet him and receive a bespoke gift. The festive experience continues in the café where children can decorate their very own Christmas biscuits to take home, or enjoy there and then!  Tickets: Child: £10, Adult £5 to include tour of the house. (Timed-entry, advance booking advisable.)  

A Wassailing We Go 
19 - 30 December, 12pm - 4pm
Shakespeare's Birthplace, Stratford-upon-Avon 

Go on a fascinating guided tour of Shakespeare’s Birthplace and discover stories of traditional Tudor Christmases William would have enjoyed as a boy. Get into the festive spirit and enjoy a glass of traditional Wassail – alcoholic and non-alcoholic options available. Meet the Tudor cook and learn about traditional recipes worthy of a Tudor feast. 

Tudor Spice
8 December, 12pm - 4pm
Hall's Croft, Old Town

Step into Suzanna’s kitchen and meet our resident Jacobean cook. Immerse yourself in the day to day workings of a Jacobean kitchen - learn about the traditional Christmas spices used in recipes and you can even taste some of the more interesting flavours. 

Table of Plenty Christmas Garland Workshop
10 November, 12pm - 3pm
Shakespeare's Birthplace, Stratford-upon-Avon 

Embrace your inner creativity and create a wonderful display of festive garlands using a mixture of fruits, nuts and foliage. Drop-in on the hour, and take part. 

Hathaway’s Christmas
6 December - 6 January 2019, 10am - 4pm
Anne Hathaway's Cottage, Shottery

Marvel at the traditional festive table displays through the ages, decorated with garlands of food and flowers to reflect the different time periods of the Hathaway family living at the cottage – from Elizabethan to Victorian eras. 

Songs and Sonnets
14 & 20 December, 12pm - 4pm
Hall's Croft, Old Town 

Join special guest actor, Jasmine Earnshaw as she reads your chosen Shakespeare sonnet to accompanying music. Choose a mask to wear and have a go at some light dancing. 

Tudor Music and Mince Pies
15 & 16 December, 10am - 4pm
Shakespeare's Birthplace, Stratford-upon-Avon 

Enjoy traditional Tudor music playing in Shakespeare’s childhood home. Learn about musical instruments of the period, how these evolved into the contemporary instruments we play today, all whilst nibbling on Tudor-inspired mince pies. 

Meet the Experts
17 December, 12pm - 4pm
Shakespeare's Birthplace, Stratford-upon-Avon 

A rare opportunity to meet our Collections team as they showcase rarely seen, Christmas related items from our internationally-designated museum and archive collection.