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The Shakespeare Birthplace Trust is a world class educational facility with the finest Shakespeare collections in the country, offering visitors the opportunity to immerse themselves in all things Shakespeare.

We invite you to join us for some exciting, fun and unique events taking place across the famous Shakespeare Family Homes this Easter: make an origami swan, decorate an Easter egg, go on a journey with Prospero from The Tempest, and sit on our jury as The Reverend Francis Gastrell goes back on trial 260 years after knocking down Shakespeare’s New Place; there’s something for everyone to enjoy!

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13-28 April, daily between 10am-4pm
Shakespeare’s Birthplace, Henley Street, Stratford-upon-Avon
Add your origami swan to our collection as we aim to fill the Birthplace with as many paper birds as possible to mark the 455 birthday of William Shakespeare, the man nick-named by his friend and contemporary Ben Jonson as the ‘Sweet Swan of Avon’.

‘O, brave new world’

13-28 April, daily between 12pm-4pm
Shakespeare’s New Place, Chapel Street, Stratford-upon-Avon
Journey to Prospero’s island to discover a magical new world. Dreaming up your own stories and legends, write a message in a bottle and design your own dream island.

Gastrell Returns

19-22 April, daily between 12pm-4pm
Shakespeare’s New Place, Chapel Street, Stratford-upon Avon
The Reverend Francis Gastrell returns to contest the verdict of visitors, who last year judged him to be a villain for knocking down New Place in 1759. Gastrell will be back to stand trial at 2pm on each of the four days. Become a member of the jury at the trial, presided over by our guides, as this much maligned man of the cloth defends himself against these accusations.

Dig for your dinner

13-28 April, daily between 12pm-4pm
Anne Hathaway’s Cottage, Cottage Lane, Shottery, Stratford-upon-Avon
Discover how nature’s helpers such as worms and ladybirds help things grow at the childhood home of William Shakespeare’s wife, Anne. Plant your own seeds in a pot to take home.

Easter egg decorating

13-28 April, daily between 12pm-4pm
Mary Arden’s Farm, Featherbed Lane, Wilmcote, near Stratford-upon-Avon
Be inspired by traditional Tudor designs and decorate your own Easter egg.

Knights and Nymphs Garden Party

27 April, 12pm-4pm
Hall’s Croft, Old Town, Stratford-upon-Avon
Celebrate Shakespeare’s Birthday in style, dress up as a Knight or a Nymph, enjoy garden games, a slice of birthday cake, a barbecue with burgers and Tudor recipe sausages, shortbread biscuits, sparkling wine and strawberries, as well as a face painting and storytelling, plenty of family fun, free entry for all Stratford-upon-Avon (CV37) residents (proof of address required).

Mouse hunt

13-28 April, daily between 11am-4pm
Hall’s Croft, Old Town, Stratford-upon-Avon
Find each of the mice that are hiding throughout the Jacobean home of William Shakespeare’s daughter, Suzanna, and her physician husband, Dr John Hall.

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