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Mary Arden’s Farm re-opens for springtime fun

On Saturday 10 March Mary Arden's Farm re-opens for the season

Mary Arden's Farm goats

Mary Arden’s Farm, the award-winning Tudor farm and childhood home of Shakespeare’s mother re-opens for the season on Saturday 10 March. Located in the picturesque Warwickshire village of Wilmcote, Mary Arden’s Farm will be throwing open its doors with some new additions for visitors to enjoy, including a new outdoor play area, craft den, woodland trail and Tudor crop field.

Visitors are invited to experience the sights, sounds and smells of an organic working Tudor farm for a fantastic family day out. Come and meet the gorgeous new arrivals on our Rare Breed accredited farm. See the incredibly cute Mangalitza piglets, fluffy goat kids and watch our rare breed Cotswold, Portland and Norfolk Horn lambs bounce their way through the 23 acre farm.

Meet the Tudors who run the farm as they go about their daily tasks of cooking, tending crops in the newly-planted Tudor crop field and feeding the rare breed animals, just like Shakespeare’s mother would have done.  Learn about the different produce such as spring wheat and mangel that sustained the animals and the family in Tudor times and today.

New equipment has been installed in the outdoor play area with a climbing frame tower complete with bridges, ropes to swing from and a new scramble wall, ready to welcome mini adventurers. The craft barn has also been rejuvenated and filled with a range of activities for visitors of all ages to enjoy. Learn how to weave willow, have a go at spinning wool and even try your hand at whittling a spoon.

The re-opening also marks the return of family-favourite daily activities including falconry demonstrations, archery displays, fun activity trails and the daily traditional Tudor dinner where you can learn about table manners and dining rituals.  

Abi Moore, Mary Arden’s Farm Manager said: “We are really excited to welcome visitors back to Mary Arden’s Farm. We’ve been busy throughout the winter making improvements across the site, including our fantastic new outdoor play area and craft barn. Spring really is a wonderful time of year to visit, with adorable new arrivals and new activities for the whole family to enjoy!”

Don’t forget to stop by our café for a selection of fresh meals and snacks that have received a Gold standard Food for Life Award from the Soil Association. Enjoy sandwiches with artisan breads, Tudor-inspired specials and healthy children’s lunchboxes.  Sample our organic meat fresh from the farm, or feel free to pack a picnic and use our picnic tables around the farm. Every meal or refreshment purchased helps us continue to care for and conserve the Shakespeare’s Family Homes.

Tickets to Mary Arden’s Farm are great value with free unlimited entry for the season: £15.00 for adults, £10.00 for children (under 3s go free) and £40.00 for families (2 adults and up to 4 children). Book online to save 10% on your tickets. For more information and to plan your visit, see www.shakespeare.org.uk