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Shakespeare Birthplace Trust announces programme of outdoor family events for summer 2021

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Outdoor theatre, Tudor family experience days, storytelling and children’s trails are among the special activities taking place at Shakespeare’s family homes in Stratford-upon-Avon this summer.

As part of a wider summer programme of family-friendly activities across the Shakespeare family homes, Mary Arden’s Farm – the childhood home of Shakespeare’s mother, will reopen for a limited number of specially-curated events, offering families a taste of life in Shakespeare’s time.

Rachael Boyd, director of visitor experience at the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust, said, “With the summer holidays upon us and the lifting of legal COVID-19 restrictions in England, we’re pleased to be able to gradually introduce a programme of events and activities for families to reconnect and enjoy Shakespeare’s work, life and times. Our teams have planned a number of special events at Mary Arden’s Farm as well as additional activities bringing Shakespeare’s story alive across our sites this summer and we look forward to safely interacting with families again.”

In response to feedback from our staff, visitors and volunteers and to ensure everyone’s safety, the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust continues to maintain a number of COVID-19 safety measures across its sites including carefully managing capacity, recommending safe distancing and expecting all our visitors to wear face coverings whilst indoors or where social distancing isn’t possible, unless medically exempt.


Mary Arden’s Farm

Tudor Family Experience Days

19 and 25 August 2021, 10am - 3pm

Join us for a special Tudor experience at Mary Arden’s Farm – the home of Shakespeare’s grandparents in the picturesque village of Wilmcote. A small number of families will have exclusive use of the farm throughout the course of the day where they can take part in an exciting range of hands-on and creative activities including designing a Tudor wall hanging, writing with quills, participating in an interactive storytelling of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, playing Tudor games and meeting the rare-breed animals. Children can also let off steam and have fun in the adventure playground.

This day offers the perfect introduction to life in Shakespeare’s time with activities suitable for ages 4 and up. Tickets are £17.50 per person (under 3s go free). Activities start at 10am and run until 3pm, please bring a picnic lunch. For more information and to book tickets, see www.shakespeare.org.uk/whats-on.

Oddsocks Productions present - The Comedy of Errors

27 August 2021, 7.30pm – 9.30pm

Make the most of the lighter evenings and enjoy an open-air performance of slapstick, music and outrageous characters in a family-friendly adaptation of Shakespeare’s classic – The Comedy of Errors, presented by Oddsocks Productions. Audiences are encouraged to bring their own picnic blankets or camping chairs. Tickets £17 adult, £10 child, £15 concession available at www.shakespeare.org.uk/whats-on

Anne Hathaway’s Cottage

Of Merry Tales and Music

Every Saturday and Sunday from 31 July – 5 September, 12pm – 4pm

Join us for storytelling and Tudor music in the enchanting orchards of Anne Hathaway’s Cottage, the quintessential English thatched cottage where William wooed his bride-to-be. Bring a picnic or treat yourself to snacks, drinks and ice cream from our newly opened refreshments kiosk.

PLUS children’s trails at Shakespeare’s Birthplace, Shakespeare’s New Place and Anne Hathaway’s Cottage, available free of charge from 31 July – 5 September.

  • Shakespeare’s Birthplace: Back to school, Tudor-style. Help William get ready for school by finding the items he would need to put in his satchel. Can you spot the differences between going to school in Tudor times and today?
  • Shakespeare’s New Place: Will's Workout. Take part in a series of physical challenges as characters from Shakespeare's plays and then have a go at playing some traditional games, with a Shakespearian twist.
  • Anne Hathaway's Cottage: Will's I-Spy. Spot Shakespeare's characters hiding in the orchard and then have a go at solving the riddles associated with his plays.

For more information and to book tickets, please see www.shakespeare.org.uk/whats-on.