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October Half Term

at Shakespeare's Family Homes

Enjoy a whole week of family fun with hands on activities!

Activities are included in general admission, unless otherwise stated.  So if you already have a valid pass you can come along for free!

Shakespeare's Birthplace

Fire burn and cauldron bubble, 28 October / 12-4pm 

Gather round the cauldron and brew your own potions that feature in Shakespeare’s plays with the help of the fantastical Mad Science team.  Watch the show in the Marble Hall then have a go at making your own fizzing, foaming, smoking and popping potions!

Everyday / 12-4pm

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

Plus, little witches and wizards can join the hunt to find the hiding creatures on our familiar trail in the Birthplace. 

Hall's Croft

Use a quill to prescribe Tudor medicine to cure your ailments., every day / 12-4pm

The Barber's Surgeon, 21 October / 11am-4pm

Discover what it was like to be a Jacobean Barber Surgeon with the Live ’n’ History team.  See and touch the tools the surgeon would have used and hear the grizzly tales of the procedures they would have carried out.  

Zoolab UK, 26 October / 12-4pm

 The brilliant Zoolab returns giving visitors the chance to meet the Tudor street urchin and her cute yet creepy creatures.  

Shakespeare's New Place

Shadow Puppets, every day / 12-4pm / 

Create your own shadow puppet inspired by The Tempest and perform a scene from the play in our shadow theatre.

Spooky Tales from Tudor Times

27 - 28 October / 12-4pm - Enjoy spooky Tales in the garden with Tudor Storyteller The Yarnsmith of Norwich.

28 October / 6-7.30pm / Tickets £8, £5 Friends 

The Halloween Tudor Storyteller, The Yarnsmith of Norwich presents a mix of spooky and comedic tales from 400 years ago.  Join him for a journey through he gardens, learn how the Tudors dealt with suspected witches and find out about ancient Halloween customs.  Gather round to hear the creepiest of Halloween tales.  (May not be suitable for children under 12 years of age).

Anne Hathaway's Cottage

Spooky Crafts, every day / 12-4pm

Head to the spook-tacular activity tent if you dare!  Make your own spooky spider or natural bird feeder by utilising the apples in the stunning orchard. 

National Apple Day,  21-22 October / 10-4pm

Bring the family to celebrate the quintessential English fruit on National Apple Day.  Make apple-y crafts, enjoy apple juice using the press and take home some recipes.  Mix your potion and cast your spell in our spell casting clearing.  Follow our woodland trail and discover some of the ingredients that were used in Tudor potion brewing. Apples will be on sale from the heritage orchards, all proceeds go towards the conservation of Anne Hathaway’s Cottage.  Dressing up is encouraged with a free orange Halloween cup cake for anyone who comes in costume!

Spice Workshop, 23 October / 12-4pm

Join Pario Gallico in the 17th century kitchen and watch the maestro at work.  Create your own pomander bags, filled with spices and herbs to protect you from ‘bad air’ and Tudor diseases.

Zoolab UK, 24 October / 12-4pm

Georgie Jeffies and the Zoolab critters will be stopping by.

Mary Arden's Farm

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

Feast of All Hallows, every day / 12-4pm

Celebrate the feast of All Hallows day and discover Tudor traditions of the holiday., and try your hand at some pumpkin Carving (small charge applies). Fancy dress encouraged!

The Friendly Witch, 23 October / 12pm & 2pm

Castle Small Theatre will perform The Friendly Witch in the Great Barn.  Performances start at 12pm and 2pm.

Zoolab UK, 25 October / 4 shows between 12-4pm

Bring your Shakespearian learning to life with the help of some curious creatures at the Zoolab Tudor storytelling Workshop.  See, meet and touch the animals that would have crossed Shakespeare’s path.


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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