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Shakespeare Week 2019 in Stratford-Upon-Avon

What's happening in Stratford-upon-Avon for Shakespeare Week 2019?

Shakespeare Week begins on Monday 18 March! Here in Stratford-upon-Avon, we'll be hosting a plethora of activities for Primary aged children.

15 Mar 2019

Shakespeare Week is very nearly upon us! On Monday 18 March the nationwide celebrations will begin. In Stratford-upon-Avon, all the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust houses will be hosting activities for Primary aged children.

Shakespeare's Birthplace will be hosting a new interactive storytelling workshop based around A Midsummer Night’s Dream for schools, as well as a full day film-making workshop with Reel Access Media that allows home educators to work with children to complete the Arts Award Discover qualification. During the weekend of Shakespeare Week (23-24 March), the Marble Hall at Shakespeare's Birthplace will be commandeered by Word Warriors and the railings on Henley Street will be adorned with a Will’s Word Web. One of our exhibition spaces will  have a display of the wonderful artwork created by the children from our Oxford Shakespeare Hub.

There will also be a Twelfth Night Drama workshop at Anne Hathaway’s Cottage, as well as an opportunity for local school children to create their own book-art based on Shakespeare’s Forgotten Words. On the weekend of Shakespeare Week, our ever-popular family activity tent will be reopening with an exciting new theme! The tent will be filled with new activities for all ages based around three of Shakespeare’s best known plays, The Tempest, Romeo and Juliet, and A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

Hall’s Croft will be inviting families to create their own ruffs and wands, and Shakespeare's New Place will be putting up their teepee to host storytelling sessions for local schools. Celebrated children’s author Marcia Williams and therapy dog William Shakespaw will also be popping into New Place for a cartoon drawing workshop. 

Out at Mary Arden’s Farm, there will be an opportunity for visitors to make their own puppet theatre, learn Tudor Dance and get hands on with Tudor instruments.

We'll also be holding our Joint Open Day across Stratford, with over 800 Warwickshire children attending activities on Friday 22 March. The Shakespeare Birthplace Trust has joined up with cultural partners across the Town (The Royal Shakespeare Company, Shakespeare's Schoolroom & Guildhall, Holy Trinity Church, The Orchestra of the Swan, the Town Hall and The Guild Chapel) to host a range of free workshops that celebrate Stratford’s most famous son.

So please do come and join the Shakespeare Week celebrations in Stratford-upon-Avon if you can! Find out more about Shakespeare Week activities at Shakespeare's family homes.