Welcome To Shakespeare Week

What is Shakespeare Week?

A national annual celebration of Shakespeare

Coordinated by the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust, Shakespeare Week provides the tools for schools, home educators, families and cultural organisations to offer children across the UK enriching and enjoyable early experiences with Shakespeare.

We passionately believe that Shakespeare is not only for all time, but for everyone, and that every child should have the opportunity for a great first experience with Shakespeare. That’s where Shakespeare Week comes in.

Thousands of schools, home educators, families and organisations have registered to celebrate with us - we hope you'll do the same. 

Discover what Shakespeare Week has to offer you:

For Teachers
For Home Educators 
For Families 
For Organisations 

Why Celebrate Shakespeare?

Shakespeare is a named author on the curriculum in 65% of countries, studied by around half of the world’s schoolchildren every year. He has been hailed as the UK’s greatest cultural export, and the foremost reason why people are proud to be British. Yet many British children encounter Shakespeare only in their teens as a mandatory subject studied for exams. Many grow up to regard Shakespeare as difficult, and not for them, and in turn are very unlikely to introduce their own youngsters to his works. 

This is why Shakespeare Week is so important because it opens the door to Shakespeare and ensures that children have a great first experience with one of the world’s most famous playwrights.

What does Shakespeare Week have to offer?

Shakespeare Week offers cross-curricular resources and activities to educators and families, inspiring them to explore Shakespeare in creative and cross curricular ways. All participating teachers and home educators can access hundreds of resources covering the breadth of the curriculum.  

Shakespeare Week is supported around the UK by a range of cultural partners who offer exciting events for schools and families in their localities. Participating partner organisation are able to access inspiring ideas for events and to list all relevant events on our website.

Together, we have already helped bring Shakespeare to life for an estimated 2 million children across the UK. 


Find the answers to other common questions on our FAQs page.