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Joint Open Day for Warwickshire schools

Celebrate Shakespeare Week in Stratford-upon-Avon

The Shakespeare Birthplace Trust and partners, The RSC, Shakespeare's Schoolroom & Guildhall, Holy Trinity Church, The Orchestra of the Swan, the Town Hall and The Guild Chapel, will offer FREE events to Warwickshire primary schools on 22 March.

11 Jan 2019

In celebration of Shakespeare Week 2019 (18-24 March), The Shakespeare Birthplace Trust and its partners around the town will open their doors in a 'Joint Open Day' on Friday 22 March 2019. There will be a number of exciting FREE workshops and activities on offer. Please note that bookings for each session will be made on a first come, first served basis. However, in the interests of fairness and to allow as many Warwickshire primary schools to take part as possible, the workshops will be limited to one per school or form of entry initially. If there is availability for more than one workshop nearer the time, we will notify you.

The workshops 

The Shakespeare Birthplace Trust is offering four workshops for up to 30 primary school children per time slot. In an active and interactive language workshop, children will meet Will's Word Warriors for a fun session exploring Shakespeare's language. These workshops will take place at the Shakespeare Centre and will be scheduled as follows:

10.00 to 10.45am
10.45 to 11.30am
11.30am to 12.15pm
12.45pm to 1.30pm

The Shakespeare Birthplace Trust is also delighted to welcome author and illustrator, Marcia Williams and fellow patron, William Shakespaw (a therapy dog) for an author talk and cartoon illustration demonstration, with lots of information about Shakespeare's life. This session can hold up to 200 children. There will be a book signing (and paw shaking) opportunity at the end of the session. This session runs from 1.30pm-2.15pm with book signing from 2.15pm onwards

In addition, you can also visit two of the Shakespeare town houses free of charge. These include Shakespeare's Birthplace and the re-imagined site at Shakespeare's New Place, his final home in Stratford-upon-Avon.


The Royal Shakespeare Company is offering six practical workshops on As You Like It for up to 30 primary school children per workshop. No prior knowledge of the play is necessary. These workshops will take place at the Clore Learning Centre on Waterside and be scheduled as follows:

Workshops

10.00 to 11.00am - 2 workshops
11.30am to 12.30pm - 2 workshops
1.30 to 2.30pm - 2 workshops.

Tours

Children are also invited to get closer to the world of theatre on a guided tour of the RSC. This is not recommended for Key Stage 1 groups.

10.00 to 11.00am - 36 people
11.45am to 12.45pm - 42 people
1.30 to 2.30pm - 42 people

Tower visits

The RSC can offer tower visits from 10.00am to 4.30pm in 15 minute intervals. Maximum group size is 19 please. 

All of these activities are subject to availability and need to be booked in advance.


In Shakespeare's Schoolroom & Guildhall children will be able to discover where William Shakespeare was educated and inspired to become the world’s greatest playwright. Classes can participate in a Tudor lesson with Schoolmaster, Master Thomas Jenkins. 

The timings for these sessions will be as follows:

10.00 to 10.45am 
10.45 to 11.30am
11.30am to 12.15pm
1.00 to 1.45pm
1.45 to 2.30pm. 

At The Guild Chapel, Schools can also work with professional musicians from the Orchestra of the Swan to explore the music inspired by Shakespeare’s plays. The timings of these sessions are as follows:

10.00 to 10.45am
10.45 to 11.30am
11.30am to 12.15pm
1.00 to 1.45pm
1.45 to 2.30pm 

Children are also invited to drop in and discover the secrets of The Guild Chapel – and the medieval wall paintings Shakespeare’s father was ordered to hide! Shakespeare passed this chapel on his way to school – and would have known it all his life.


Holy Trinity Church will be giving free drop-in tours throughout the day including an exciting opportunity to view rarely seen old Church records from the time of William Shakespeare, who was baptised and buried at the church. Come and see the font that Shakespeare was baptised in and visit his grave with its mysterious curse.

Participate in a Council meeting in the beautiful, historic Council Chamber at The Town Hall. The timings of these sessions are as follows:

10.00 to 10.45am
10.45 to 11.30am
11.30am to 12.15pm
1.00 to 1.45pm
1.45 to 2.30pm 

In addition all children participating in the Open Day can follow in Shakespeare’s footsteps with a beautifully illustrated sticker book to uncover hidden gems on a Stratford-upon-Avon town trail. This wonderful sticker book has been specially designed for Shakespeare Week. 

To book or register interest please email: learning@shakespeare.org.uk or phone 01789 201805