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Summer Talks and Tours

Discover something new!

Enjoy a range of talks and tours delivered by our knowledgeable guides.

On visiting Shakespeare's family homes, be sure to listen to the fascinating stories told by our guides. Here's a taster...

  • Listen to tales of Shakespeare's family life at Shakespeare's Birthplace.
  • At Shakespeare's New Place, hear about why the house was demolished over 250 years ago.
  • Learn more about the origins of Anne Hathaway's Cottage as a medieval farmhouse and the difficulties Anne and William overcame to marry.
  • At Hall's Croft, hear about this Jacobean house and its owner Physician John Hall and his wife Susanna.
  • Meet and listen to the stories of our Tudors at Mary Arden's Farm who run the farm just as Shakespeare's mother would have done.

We also offer special interest talks which explore a broad range of interesting topics and help to bring this fascination history to life.  

Shakespeare's Language of Gender
10 July, 5-6pm, FREE event (booking not required)
The Shakespeare Centre, Henley Street
Celebrated actor Dame Harriet Walter explores to what extent Shakespeare's language designates the gender of a character, and asks how far we regard it as gender-neutral.

After Hours: All Hail the Ale!
13 July, 5.30-7.30pm
Shakespeare's Birthplace
Travel back in time to 1647 and visit the Swan and Maidenhead Inn to find out why ale was an important part of Tudor life, and enjoy a sampling session led byBob Yates from Tunnel Brewery.
Tickets £15 adults, £12 concessions, £10 Friends of SBT.  Book your ticket.

The Hall's Herbs
31 July, 12-4pm
Hall's Croft
Join our historical re-enactors from Live'n'History as they reveal all about how Susanna Hall, Shakespeare's daughter, would have distilled herbs to make tinctures to help treat the patients of her husband, physician John Hall.

The Natural Language of the Hand
14 August, 5-6pm, FREE event (booking not required)
The Shakespeare Centre
Deaf poet Raymond Antrobus (Ted Hughes Award winner 2019) will discuss John Bulwer's book The Natural Language of the Hand (1644), which was an early attempt to document a home-spun sign-language by an author whose adopted daughter was deaf. This event will be BSL interpreted.

Pario Gallico and the Master Carver
21 August, 12-4pm
Hall's Croft
Get a unique insight into how a wealthy household would have employed a Master Carver to impress their guests. Find out how each meat would have been carved, and learn about Jacobean cooking and where the spices came from.


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