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Bookings & Enquiries

Information for education courses at the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust

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Contact our learning team with all enquiries, or to book a course.

Now Taking Bookings for September 2019 onward

Book now for the Autumn/Winter term and give your students the best experience of Shakespeare with us!

Useful Information

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 the town centre can be busy and allow sufficient time for your journey. If you are running late for any reason, please call (01789) 204016 with your estimated time of arrival 
  • On arrival, the group leader should report to reception, which is located through the far left hand door of the Shakespeare Centre. The group leaders will be given visitor lanyards to wear whilst on site, these should be returned to reception at the end of the visit
  • Make sure that any sub-groups (where applicable) have been divided into prior to arrival to ensure minimal delays on the day

Educational Booking FAQs

Is parking available for coaches and minibuses? 

Yes, we offer coach parking in Stratford-upon-Avon town centre and at both Mary Arden's Farm and Anne Hathaway's Cottage. Visit our Educational Visits planning page for more details and downloadable maps. 

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. For Residential Courses an invoice is issued in advance of the start of the course.

When we arrive for our education talk/session, where do we sign in?

On arrival, please report to reception located in the Birthplace visitor centre entrance.  You will be asked to sign in on behalf of your group.

Do I need to book a time slot if I plan to visit the houses in addition to the booked education session?

We strongly recommend that you book a timed slot through us in order to avoid unnecessary delays. Please ensure you allow sufficient travel time to allow a prompt start for the session/visit you have booked.  If you are delayed for any reason do please call us on (01789) 204016 so that where possible, adjustments to the schedule may be made ahead of your arrival.  

What Teacher/student ratio do you require?

For pupils aged 5-11 (UK key stages 1 and 2) we recommend a ratio of one teacher for every six students. Teachers of this age group are free of charge.

For pupils aged 11 (UK key stage 3) and above, we recommend a ratio of one teacher for every ten students. One teacher is free with every ten students.

What about Public Liability and Risk Assessments?

In addition to holding public liability insurance, we have carried out session-specific risk assessments for the various school activities we offer, teaching spaces and other Trust sites.  Whilst these can be provided for guidance purposes, we recommend wherever possible that group leaders carry out their own group-specific risk assessments for their time with us.  

Can I do a pre-visit?

To help you when planning your visit, and undertake any risk assessments you may need to complete. We can offer free familiarisation visits to any of the Shakespeare houses. 

Are there any guidelines for teachers and pupils?

We do expect teachers to stay with their pupils at all times while visiting. As the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust’s sites are used by multiple groups of visitors, 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.

Are your teaching spaces accessible to visitors with disabilities?

All of the teaching spaces at the Shakespeare Centre are accessible by lift. There are also accessible toilet facilities on the ground floor. It would be helpful to know in advance if there are likely to be any access issues so that we can advise you appropriately.  

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?

We do not have a separate space at the Shakespeare Centre for groups to eat their lunch so you will need to make your own arrangements. 

Are all the Shakespeare houses located within walking distance?

Mary Arden’s Farm is 3.5 miles outside of the town centre and is accessible via a short walk and quick train ride from Stratford-upon-Avon to Wilmcote. Anne Hathaway’s Cottage is about 20 minutes’ walk from town. Coach parking is also available at both sites.

Do you offer goody bags for school groups?

We offer pre packed goody bags when ordered in advance alongside an education session or workshop. You can place a request by downloading our Goody Bag Order Form and sending it to [email protected]

How do I access teaching resources?

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

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