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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

Was Gastrell a victim or a villain? Join us this summer as we put the man behind the demolition of Shakespeare's New Place on trial. Every weekend this summer we will be hosting a debate and a mock trial where both sides of the arguments will be put across. Look out for Gastrell as he makes an appearance to fight in his defence. 

21 July - 2 September, 12 pm - 4 pm

Celebration Party

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.

19 August, 12 pm - 4 pm

Anne Hathaway's Cottage

Big Picnic

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).  

21 July, 12 pm - 4 pm

Shakespaw's Day

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).

25th August, 12 pm - 4 pm

Peter Pan

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. 

11th August, 2.30pm

Summer Art Project

Join us during the summer holidays to  contribute to our unique and curious communal recreation of Romeo and Juliet, Shakespeare's tragic tale of loss and reconciliation. Seek out our amazing story-collecting machine, which will be at one of our five properties every day throughout the summer holidays. Contributions collected during the summer will be woven into an amazing immersive retelling of Romeo and Juliet during our Peace Festival on the 1st September at Anne Hathaway's Cottage

21 July - 1 September, 12 pm - 4 pm
Finale, 1 September, 12 pm - 4 pm

Peace Festival

Join us for a host of different experiences, from meditation sessions to craft activities, all with the aim of celebrating personal and interpersonal peace.

1 September, 12 pm - 4 pm

Mary Arden's Farm

Romeo and Juliet and The Tempest

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.

Romeo and Juliet, 27 July, 7.30 pm

The Tempest, 28 July, 7.30 pm

Bird of the Week

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.

21st July - 2nd September 12 pm - 4 pm

Stonemason demonstrations

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.

21st July - 2nd September (Mondays-Fridays), 12 pm - 4 pm


Hall’s Croft

Spice spice wonderful spice 

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 

26 July, 30 August, 12 pm - 4 pm

Surgical grooming Live'n History 

Talk to the barber surgeon and discover how medicine and surgery was done in the Jacobean period (15 August).

15 August, 12 pm - 4 pm

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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