Shakespeare Through The Seasons
How to spend your day in Shakespeare's Family Homes, come rain or shine
Our homes offer something new all year round. Whether you want to make the most of the sunshine or need a plan for a rainy day our heritage sites provide exciting ways to enjoy all four seasons.
When the sun is shining, spend a day outdoors in our impressive gardens. Bring a picnic or enjoy authentic Tudor food in our cafes at Mary Arden’s Farm, Hall's Croft and Anne Hathaway's Cottage. Whether you want to unwind or fill the day with fun activities, we have plenty to offer.
Start your day at Shakespeare’s Birthplace. Immerse yourself in our historical site and relax in the garden while our actors deliver the best of William Shakespeare’s plays and poems to you, outside his childhood home.
Afterwards, stroll over to Shakespeare’s New Place (a four minute walk), which features specially commissioned sculptures and displays to inspire you. Get some shade under the arbour of the Knot Garden and enjoy the spectacular views of the garden in bloom. The Great Garden is the perfect spot to picnic, or let little ones run off some steam around our enchanting sculpture trail.
Escape the bustling town centre with a pleasant 25 minute walk to Anne Hathaway’s cottage, where you can relax in the picture perfect garden, designed by Victorian horticulturalist Ellen Wilmott and bursting with colour and history. Beyond the garden stretches nine acres of land where you can follow the Woodland Walk or the Sculpture Trail to explore the romantic countryside of Shakespeare’s wife. In the summer check out events in our activities marquee for new and exciting ways to spend your day.
Mary Arden’s Farm features plenty of quirky and creative ways to make the most of your day, as our costumed guides bring to life an organic, working Tudor farm. Adventure waits in the wildflower meadow and our 23 acres of rustic farmland are the ideal place for all our exciting, interactive events. Get involved in outdoor games and Falconry, meet the newborn farmyard animals and immerse yourself in the Tudor lifestyle. Observe the Tudor Dinner at 1pm as our guides tell you all there is to know about our functional organic farm and share with you the Tudor experience. There is always something to return for with activities changing to reflect the seasons. From Woolly Week in the Spring to Apple Days in the Autumn, join in the traditional Tudor celebrations which shaped their year.
See our gardens in a whole new way and take shelter in our historic homes. What better place to warm up than in the home and hearth of William Shakespeare?
At Shakespeare’s Birthplace our Famous Beyond Words exhibition offers an innovative exploration of Shakespeare’s life and works. Be inspired by creative displays and our copy of the First Folio of Shakespeare's collected works, printed in 1623. Explore the archives and Reading Room at the Shakespeare Centre and spend a day indoors, learning from our extensive reading materials and sources.
Shakespeare’s New Place remains enchanting throughout the winter months, our gardens and sculptures sparkle with frost and low autumnal light and our indoor exhibition features exciting historical artefacts, including Shakespeare’s sword and signet ring.
Wrap up warm and enjoy a winter walk at Anne Hathaway’s, crunching through colourful autumn leaves. The garden continues to surprise with a range of plants and vegetables and the romance of the Hathaway household is related by our fantastic guides and fascinating artefacts, including the Hathaway bed and ‘courting chair’. Complete your visit with coffee and cake in Anne Hathaway’s cafe, overlooking the cottage and stream in the crisp winter sunshine.
Hall’s Croft is a place to learn about Shakespeare’s daughter, Susanna and her husband John Hall. Our exhibition, Method in the Madness explores the Tudor’s understanding of mental and physical health. Read from John Hall’s ‘Little Book of Cures’ and examine Tudor medical instruments. Leave the hustle and bustle behind in Hall’s Croft garden for a perfect, serene escape and warm back up with hot chocolate in Hall’s Croft’s cosy café.
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