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Getting to Know Will

A window into William Shakespeare's world

This hands-on workshop offers a fascinating window into William Shakespeare's world in Warwickshire, allowing children to learn about the playwright from cradle to grave.

The session captures imaginations as children discover what life was like for William as a schoolboy, actor and playwright, and why he is as relevant today as he was 400 years ago.

Children will undertake a number of hands-on activities including:

  • writing with a quill, creating parchment tags and making wax seals
  • investigating plague remedies with the apothecary
  • learning how to stage a dramatic sword fight
  • having fun with William's wonderful words and staging a snippet performance using his original text
  • becoming immersed in the world of Shakespeare's imagination and language
  • playing with Shakespeare's rhyming couplets and iambic pentameter, whilst demystifying his language
  • exploring a Tudor farmhouse and the historic site of Mary Arden's Farm
  • walking in William's footsteps and discover more about his life and legacy.

Venue: Mary Arden’s Farm, Wilmcote, CV37 9UN
Duration: Full day

Price: £13 per pupil. All staff go free.

A minimum charge equivalent to 20 pupils applies to all workshops.

One member of staff is required to accompany every eight children.

Price includes a follow up Digital pack of supporting materials with worksheets, facts and further teaching ideas.

Workshop group sizes may vary depending on the time of year. Please contact us to find out more and we will work with you to find the best way to accommodate your needs.

Many schools choose to visit Stratford-upon-Avon as part of their residential trip. Why not stay at Stratford's Youth Hostel and then book a workshop at Mary Arden's Farm. Contact the Learning Team to find out more.

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