Celebrate May half term at the Shakespeare Family Homes. From 27 May – 4 June 2017 there’s lots of fun activities for all the family to enjoy. Watch traditional sheep shearing demonstrations at Mary Arden’s Farm, learn how to become an expert Tudor pouncer and have a go at making your very own Tudor gingerbread. Half-term 27th May – 4th June; activities included in admission, unless otherwise stated:

  •  Woolly Week



Mary Arden’s Farm, Wilmcote

Woolly Week – it’s shearing time at the farm this May half term. Come and see traditional sheep shearing demonstrations daily, learn how to felt wool and make a felt bead to take home.

  • Garden Games



Shakespeare’s Birthplace, Stratford-upon-Avon                                                                                                             

Enjoy the sunshine in our blooming garden this half term. Take part in our Tudor games on the lawn and follow our colourful flower trail around the garden.


  • Pouncing Portraits

12pm – 4pm daily                                                                                                                                                                                                Shakespeare’s New Place, Chapel Street, Stratford-upon-Avon

Learn the Tudor technique of copying portraits called pouncing. Have a go at pouncing a portrait of William Shakespeare to take home.

Anne’s Country Relatives

12pm – 4pm daily                                                                                                                                                                                                 Anne Hathaway’s Cottage, Shottery

Discover how the family of Anne’s brother, Bartholomew Hathaway lived throughout the ages and find out how life at the Cottage was so different to William’s and Anne’s family life in Stratford.

  • Conjuring Creature Hunt

12pm – 4pm


Hall’s Croft, Old Town, Stratford-upon-Avon       

Explore the grounds of Hall’s Croft and track down Croft’s conjuring creatures.  Join the hunt in the garden to find beasts of Shakespeare’s times.


  • Tudor Handfasting

Monday 29 May, 12pm-4pm

Mary Arden’s Farm, Wilmcote

Learn about the traditions of handfasting in the Elizabethan age, watch a handfasting ceremony take place and join in the festivities with our Tudor residents.

  • Tudor Spice Workshop with Pario Gallico

Wednesday 31 May, 12pm – 4pm                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Hall’s Croft, Old Town, Stratford-upon-Avon       

Join Pario Gallico in the 17th century kitchen. Watch a Tudor and Elizabethan spice trade display and recipes, you can even have a go at making your very own Tudor gingerbread.

Ticket prices

Tickets to all five Shakespeare family homes and gardens are great value and best of all, valid for 12 months with unlimited entry. Activities included in admission, unless otherwise stated. Tickets costs £26.25 for adults, £17.00 for children, £24.75 for concessions and £69.50 for families (2 adults & up to 4 children – under 3s go free). Plus, book online in advance and save 10%. For more information and to plan your visit, see www.shakespeare.org.uk.


Text and images provided by the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust


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