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Our plans for Autumn/Winter 2021

As part of a phased and measured approach to opening the Shakespeare family homes in Stratford-upon-Avon, the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust has set out its operating plans for autumn and winter 2021.

From Saturday 2 October 2021, Shakespeare’s Birthplace will extend its opening hours to seven days a week, from 10am – 4pm. This enables us to continue our mission of sharing Shakespeare’s rich heritage with visitors to Stratford-upon-Avon and serves as an important support for the town’s economic and cultural recovery.

Following a successful period of welcoming local and regional primary schools to Mary Arden’s Farm, we will continue to operate the site predominantly as an outdoor learning facility with special access for schools during the autumn/winter term. By operating the site in this way, we are able to deliver our important curriculum-based living history workshops and engage students with Shakespeare, including our Department for Education-funded Museums and Schools programme. In addition, we are exploring opportunities to welcome the public to Mary Arden’s Farm with a programme of seasonal events and activities, as recently trailed with our successful summer family experience days.

Reflecting on the quieter tourism season, Anne Hathaway’s Cottage and Shakespeare’s New Place will close from 30 September 2021 until 26 March 2022. During this time both sites, along with Hall’s Croft, will undergo essential care and maintenance in line with our charitable objectives.

We continue to review and plan our operations based on tourism trends and within the context of the pandemic, and will announce our 2022 plans in due course. In the meantime, audiences can access and enjoy Shakespeare’s work and his enduring legacy online via our digital programming, including podcasts, curated online exhibitions and an abundance of free learning resources.

Thank you for your continued support.

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