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October Half Term

at Shakespeare's Family Homes

Enjoy a whole week of half term fun with hands on activities!

Activities take place from 12-4pm, unless otherwise stated, and are included in general admission. So if you already have a valid pass you can come along for free!

Shakespeare's Birthplace

Spooky Tudor Superstitions /  12noon & 2pm 

Find out about Tudor superstitions as our guides welcome you through the Birthplace, and prepare yourself for Shakespeare's Scares with resident actors Shakespeare Aloud as they perform some of Shakespeare’s darker works in the garden throughout the day.

Find the Familiars!  / All day

Some magical visitors have hidden themselves around Shakespeare's Birthplace. Find the witch's familiars and learn their mysterious, mystical names.

Hall's Croft

ZooLab UK, 26 October / 12-4pm

The brilliant ZooLab return with their highly-entertaining animal encounter workshops giving you a chance to meet a motley collection of creatures.  Find out how they were used in medicine as an alternative to herbal remedies, and learn what life was like when Shakespeare was growing up.

Shakespeare's New Place

'Something Wicked this way comes'  / 12-4pm

Macbeth comes to New Place this half term, where there will be potion making in our witches' cave - plus your chance to learn about gunpowder and treason in James I's dungeon.

Murder and Mayhem / 2pm, daily

New Place was the site of two murders that could have been plucked from one of Shakespeare's plays. Hear the stories of 'murder most foul' as they happened on the Bard's doorstep.

The Gunpowder Treason and Plot, 3 November / 12noon & 1pm

Live 'n' History will deliver two 30 minute costumed presentations on the story of the Gunpowder Plot and its failure, plus the dramatic aftermath and how the plotters escaped into Warwickshire.

Anne Hathaway's Cottage

Spell-tastic Crafts / 12-4pm

Head into our Family Activity Marquee and make some spooky crafts to take home. We have all the ingredients you need to craft a creepy Halloween.  

ZooLab UK, 1 November / 12-4pm

The brilliant ZooLab return with their highly-entertaining animal encounter workshops giving you a chance to meet a motley collection of creatures.  Find out how they were used in medicine as an alternative to herbal remedies, and learn what life was like when Shakespeare was growing up.

Don't miss!...Bonfire Night with a Twist, 3 November / 5.30-8pm

Join us round the bonfire to enjoy Tudor tales from the Yarnsmith of Norwich. Click here to book tickets £8/£6.

Mary Arden's Farm

Enjoy a fun day out at Mary Arden’s before it closes for winter.  

Pumpkin Carving / 12-4pm

Get creative and come up with your own pumpkin designs in our carving sessions.  Small charge applies (£1.50-£3, depending on the size of the pumpkin!)

ZooLab UK, 29 October / 12-4pm

The brilliant ZooLab return with their highly-entertaining animal encounter workshops giving you a chance to meet a motley collection of creatures.  Find out how they were used in medicine as an alternative to herbal remedies, and learn what life was like when Shakespeare was growing up.

Castle Small Puppet Theatre / 12.30pm & 2.30pm

Castle Small Puppet Theatre returns to the farm to perform a special Halloween show guaranteed to enchant the little ones. Performances start at 12.30 and 2.30.



Plus...

Don't miss our fabulous family trails that bring each of the houses to life with extra puzzles and treasures hunts for children of all ages.

Discover all this and more at Shakespeare's family homes this October half term.

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