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Bookings & Enquiries

Information for education courses at the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust

We have a range of exciting new digital courses for all key stages available to book online.

We also have a number of on-site workshops available for key stages 1 & 2 at Mary Arden’s Farm - a safe, secure and fun site with special access for primary schools.

To book or to enquire about any of our courses, please fill in our online booking form.

Useful Information for on-site workshops

To help your visit go smoothly please consider the following:

  • Check your confirmation letter and booking details for useful information regarding the schedule of your day.
  • Ensure all adult helpers accompanying the group know the schedule and activities for the day.
  • Bear in mind roads around the town can be busy and allow sufficient time for your journey.
  • On arrival, you will be met by one of the Learning Team.
  • Make sure the pupils have been divided into any sub-groups (where applicable) prior to arrival to ensure minimal delays on the day.

FAQs for on-site workshops

Is parking available for coaches and minibuses?

Yes, we offer coach parking at Mary Arden's Farm.

Whilst coaches are welcome to remain on site at the farm, we do not have separate refreshment or toilet facilities for the drivers to access. There is another coach park by the leisure centre in Stratford-upon-Avon town centre, 11 Warwick Crescent, CV37 6YY they may prefer to wait at.

When are payments due?

For education sessions the confirmation letter you receive upon booking serves as the invoice, and payment is due one week before your visit.

What teacher/student ratio do you require?

Please see individual course pages for teacher/student ratios. Teachers accompanying groups are free of charge.

Are there any guidelines for teachers and pupils?

We do expect teachers to stay with their pupils at all times while visiting. We expect groups to behave and be supervised appropriately, and we reserve the right to ask your group to leave if the behaviour of any member of your party is considered continually disruptive or unruly. Schools and SBT to comply with current Government COVID guidance regarding educational visits and activity as well as schools’ individual policies.

Are your teaching spaces accessible to visitors with disabilities?

Wheelchair access including toilet access. Due to the nature of the farm site we do not have a hearing loop system in place.

What are your arrangements for first aid?

We have trained first aiders on site in the event of a medical emergency. However if you have any pupils/students in the group with specific medical needs, please ensure you have staff who can take responsibility for administering any medication should the need arise.

Is there an indoor space for us to eat lunch?

Yes. Schools can either eat in their designated teaching space or in their designated picnic area. We suggest children put uneaten food back in their lunchboxes but rubbish bins are also provided.

What is your cancellation policy?

For the remainder of 2021 and as a result of the uncertainty around COVID-19, the cancellation fee will be waived should the workshop be unable to go ahead due to further Government restrictions or any other COVID-19 related issue. You must however provide as much notice as possible of any cancellation and we would ask that you do so by email to [email protected] Likewise we will notify you as soon as possible should we need to make any previously unforeseen changes to the booking.

As a prerequisite of waiving the cancellation fee we would ask that the session is rescheduled within the same academic year. If this is not possible then we reserve the right to charge a cancellation fee.

How do we find Mary Arden’s Farm?

Mary Arden’s Farm is 3.5 miles outside of Stratford-upon-Avon in the village of Wilmcote. Coach parking is also available at the site. Wilmcote is also a stop on the main railway from Birmingham to Stratford-upon-Avon.

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For more information about how to access our learning resources, visit our resources page.

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