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Summer Holiday Activities

at Shakespeare's Family Homes

Enjoy a fun programme of activities this Summer!

All activities are included in general admission so if you already have a valid pass you can come along for free!

Shakespeare's New Place

Gastrell on trial
21 July - 2 September, 12 pm - 4 pm

In 1759, the house at Shakespeare's New Place was demolished. But was the owner, Francis Gastrell a victim or a villain? Join us every weekend this summer as we put the man behind the demolition of Shakespeare's New Place on trial. We will be hosting a debate and a mock trial on Saturdays and Sundays, where both sides of the arguments will be put across and we invite you to choose a side. Look out for Gastrell as he makes an appearance to fight in his defence. 


Celebration Party
19 August, 12 pm - 4 pm

Join us as we mark the second birthday of Shakespeare's New Place opening. To celebrate there will be face painting, a magician, live music and a dressing up competition where there will be a prize for the best dressed.


Anne Hathaway's Cottage

Big Picnic
21 July, 12 pm - 4 pm

Come along to our annual Big Picnic celebrations. Enjoy garden games, face painting and an outdoor puppet theatre performance. For an extra special treat, why not tuck in to our sizzling barbecue delights?  Free entry for CV37 residents (with proof of address).  


Shakespaw's Day
25th August, 12 pm - 4 pm

Come and celebrate your four-legged friends with treats and demos. Bring a dog and get 30% off a single house ticket (including family tickets - up to 2 adults and 4 children).


Peter Pan
11th August, 2.30pm

Immersion theatre invite you to soar away to Neverland as they proudly bring their trademark energy to their most magical music to date, Peter Pan. Pricing and booking information will follow shortly. 


Threads of the Unsaid: A crowd-scripted immersive retelling of Romeo and Juliet
21 July - 1 September, 12 pm - 4 pm
Finale, 1 September, 12 pm - 4 pm

This summer play your part in an experimental art installation based on Romeo and Juliet.  This immersive retelling of Shakespeare's tale of love, loss and reconciliation will feature collective responses from visitors which will grow and unfurl into a tunnel of scarlet red threads woven around the orchards of Anne Hathaway's Cottage.  Online contributions to the project are also welcome #giveascript.

Contributions collected during the summer, will be woven into an amazing immersive retelling of Romeo and Juliet on the 1st September.

Threads of the Unsaid: Meet the Artist
1 September, 12 pm - 4 pm - Anne Hathaway's Cottage

Join us for the finale of Threads of the Unsaid and be part of an amazing retelling of Romeo and Juliet.  Celebrate the fledgling peace that ends the play and family friendly fun on the theme of peace and reconciliation.  From traditional hair braiding and meditation classes to our unique wandering Poet of Peace.


Mary Arden's Farm

Romeo and Juliet and The Tempest
Romeo and Juliet, 27 July, 7.30 pm
The Tempest, 28 July, 7.30 pm

Oddsocks Productions return to Mary Arden's Farm with a Shakespearean double bill. Oddsocks are delighted to be breathing new life into Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet by giving it a musical Mods and Rockers twist on Friday 27, and on Saturday 28 Shakespeare’s tale of illusion and revenge is brought vividly to life in Oddsocks’ musical, sci-fi adaptation of The Tempest.


Bird of the Week
21st July - 2nd September 12 pm - 4 pm

An exciting opportunity to meet a speciality bird of prey at the farm during the Summer holidays. A different guest bird will be featured each week of the holidays.


Stonemason demonstrations
30th July - 2nd September (Mondays-Fridays), 12 pm - 4 pm

The master stonemason will be onsite on Mondays - Fridays during the 6 week summer holidays. Watch him demonstrating his craft and try your hand at carving your initials in special workshops running through the day.


Hall’s Croft

Spice spice wonderful spice 
26 July, 30 August, 12 pm - 4 pm

Come and explore our Jacobean kitchen and discover the many foods and dishes consumed on a daily basis, as well as those created to impress at feasts and great occasions. Learn about the importance of spices and sugar, along with other ingredients and recipes which are less familiar 


Surgical grooming Live'n History 
15 August, 12 pm - 4 pm

Talk to the barber surgeon and discover how medicine and surgery was done in the Jacobean period.


Shakespeare's Birthplace

Activities to be revealed shortly... 


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

All events take place from 21 July - 2 September, 12 pm - 4 pm and included in admission. Book online to save 10% off tickets to Shakespeare's family homes.

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