Combining history, atmosphere, drama and more, there couldn’t be a better Father’s Day outing than a trip to Shakespeare’s Schoolroom & Guildhall.
This year we are marking the occasion by inviting all Dads and Grandads (accompanied by paying children and or grandchildren) to enjoy free entry to Stratford’s award-winning attraction, enabling them to explore the story of Shakespeare’s life as a young boy.
Shakespeare’s Schoolroom & Guildhall provides the perfect opportunity to learn about the influences around young William as he embarked upon a path that would lead him to become the world’s most famous playwright.
It’s also the one building in Stratford-upon-Avon that was central to the life of William and his father John, making it a particularly apt Father’s Day destination.
For John Shakespeare it was the place where he served in a variety of roles from the 1550s to the 1570s.
Ale-taster, Constable and Alderman were just some of the positions he held, but it was his role as Bailiff (Mayor) that is likely to have given William his very first experience of professional theatre. For in the role, John was required to assess performances by visiting actors seeking a license to stage their shows.
Young William, four or five at the time, is said to have sat with his father watching some of the country’s finest actors perform in the Guildhall.
Bringing to life Shakespeare’s school days, early life and influences to help understand how he became the writer that he did, are the Schoolroom’s volunteers, that work alongside the guides, and who recently won the Pride of Stratford Team of the Year Award.
Visitors can also experience first hand the kind of education young William would have received, with a recreated Latin lesson all part of the interactive fun.
Quill writing, dressing up and a family trail are also included; ensuring there are plenty of activities to keep all ages amused.
Shakespeare’s Schoolroom & Guildhall is open daily from 11am to 5pm, with last admissions at 4:30pm. Quote ‘Dads Go Free’ at the reception desk on Father’s Day and both Dads and Grandads will enjoy free entry (when accompanied by paying children and or grandchildren).