Days Out With Kids
How to make the most of your family day out in Stratford-upon-Avon
Shakespeare's Family Homes are fun for all ages and provide the perfect place to spend time with your family; learning and interacting with Shakespeare, enjoying the beauty of the countryside and getting involved with exciting events and activities to entertain and inspire.
A perfect way to begin a family day out and to establish a relationship with Shakespeare is with an hour or so's visit at Shakespeare's Birthplace.
Our exhibition, Famous Beyond Words is a fascinating and accessible introduction to the man and the writer for both young and old. The house itself includes an illustrated children's trail to bring history to life and our costumed guides and resident acting troupe, Shakespeare Aloud! will be enjoyed by the whole family. Shakespeare’s Birthplace offers a truly memorable introduction to Shakespeare and his works
Let your children run off steam in the Great Garden at Shakespeare’s New Place whilst adults enjoy the surrounding contemporary art and sculpture trails. Our beautiful and extensive garden areas are the ideal place to enjoy a family picnic and participate in garden games, on the site of Shakespeare’s very own family home.
Shakespeare’s New Place is educational in a colourful, contemporary setting and will appeal to both younger and older children. Why not snap some shots in popular photo spots, including the stunning Knot garden or Jill Berelowitz’s sculpture, His Minds Eye, and share your photos with us on social media?
Both exhibitions, downstairs and upstairs, are fully accessible with intriguing artefacts including Shakespeare’s sword and signet ring, as well as interactive areas for children, with a dress up table, building blocks and many more exciting activities.
Just a short walk from the centre of Stratford, Anne Hathaway’s Cottage has sweeping woodlands to explore. Make memories building a den, visiting the Hedgehog Hotel and strolling through our Woodland Walk. From March to October our ‘Activities Marquee’ offers crafts and other nature themed activities for all ages to enjoy over a couple of hours.
Discover the story behind Anne Hathaway’s Cottage stunning garden, designed by Victorian horticulturalist, Ellen Willmott. Please ask our garden staff for more information and learn all about the work they do in the historical garden.
Be sure to stop at the Moon Seat, our giant wicker sculpture overlooking Anne Hathaway's garden and cottage - it provides the perfect photo opportunity to commemorate your family day out.
Head to Mary Arden’s farm late morning for a truly unique experience. Spend the day at our completely organic farm featuring costumed guides and interactive activities to transport you to Tudor times. See our resident Tudor’s prepare an authentic Tudor Dinner and share the customs of the day , meet the rare-breed animals and the new born animals or see birds of prey up in daily falconry displays. There’s always something exciting going on for parents and children alike.
If you prefer to plan your own adventure in the great outdoors then Mary’s Arden’s provides 23 sweeping acres of woodland, farmland and orchards to explore, to go bird watching, visit the playground and then wind down the day with some traditional Tudor dishes in our cafe (ingredients sourced from the farm!)
After an energetic day outdoors take some time to relax in Hall’s Croft, enjoying the quietness of the walled garden and learning about the home of Shakespeare’s oldest daughter, Susanna and her husband Dr John Hall.
Learn more about Tudor medical practices in our fascinating exhibition, 'Method in the Madness', study John Hall’s ‘Little Book of Cures’ and even handle an amputation saw.
Little ones will love to dress up in our educational rooms as you gain further insights from our guides.
Visit our What's On page to find out more about upcoming family friendly events.
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Discover Shakespeare's family homes
Discover Shakespeare's family homes