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After Hours

Try something different in 2019

Join us after hours for a special programme of unique events throughout 2019

When the crowds have left and our beautiful buildings are quiet, we invite you to try something different. Sample a wide range of specially programmed talks and workshops, from drawing to flower arranging, interior design to ale tasting. 

After Hours Events 2019:

Drawing the Collection - 9 February -Start the year with a still life drawing workshop led by drawing and watercolour artist Ed Isaacs. Let Ed guide you to create something special with the simplicity of pencil, using the beautiful pieces from Shakespeare Birthplace Trust's hidden collections to inspire you.

Sitting Comfortably with Lee Lapthorne - 9 March - Meet our artist is residence Lee Lapthorne as he unveils two pieces of bespoke furniture inspired by the historic interiors of our Family Homes and our world-class collections. This intimate, first look will continue with a Q&A, where Lee will discuss new ways of reinventing old pieces of furniture and textiles to create something unique.

Giving Birth to the Tudors - 13 April - To celebrate the month William Shakespeare was born we are welcoming Lesley Smith back to talk about all things ‘birth’ during the Tudor period. We invite Lesley to enlighten you on all the weird and wonderful advice doctors would give, the medicine they would 'prescribe' and the tools that were used to help women give birth – Tudor style!

‘Here’s flowers for you’ - 11 May - Join award winning florist Carole Patilla and learn how to create a colourful floral bouquet, using beautiful handpicked flowers. Take it home to admire or give as a unique gift to someone special.

All Hail the Ale - 13 Jul - Join Bob Yates from Tunnel Brewery in our beautiful garden at Shakespeare’s Birthplace who will offer top tips and tasters on what treats go best with your drink of choice, then sip away, while we take you back to 1647 in the Swan and Maidenhead Inn and unveil how ale was a big part of Tudor life. 

We are busy working on the rest of our After Hours programme for 2019 - so keep checking this page for updates


All After Hours events are on Saturdays from 5.30-7pm.  

For ticket prices and event locations please look at each of the individual After Hours events.

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