The Shakespeare Birthplace Trust cares for the five historic Shakespeare properties in his hometown of Stratford-upon-Avon. It is also a world-class educational facility with the finest Shakespeare collections in the country that offers visitors the chance to immerse themselves in all things Shakespeare, across our five historical sites.
February Half Term (16-24 February) will see a series of special events held across the five Shakespeare Family Homes: act out your own play in our Puppet Theatre, see the supermoon from the gardens at Shakespeare’s New Place, and find out about Shakespeare’s influence on modern day films.
Shakespeare and Sci-fi, Tuesday, 19 February, 12pm and 2pm
Listen to our guides talk about Shakespeare’s influence on the science-fiction genre, and then attempt to read out extracts from the Klingon translation of Hamlet!
Beneath the Visiting Moon, Tuesday, 19 February, 6pm-8pm, entry free
In this 50th anniversary year since the moon landing, join us for a spot of stargazing in the Great Garden on the night of the closest and largest of three full supermoons expected in 2019, accompanied by our in-house acting troupe Shakespeare Aloud! who will perform soliloquies inspired by the cosmos! Wrap up warm and bring a blanket — and your telescope.
Shakespeare in Emojis, Daily between 12pm and 4pm
Take the spotlight in our puppet theatre and act out your favourite Shakespeare play in emojis.
Draw the Model, 16 and 23 February at 2pm
A guided tour around the New Place house model to learn all about Tudor interiors and what life was like at home with the Shakespeares.
From Africa to Outer Space: Shakespeare Aloud! at the Movies, Daily between 10am and 4pm
Join our in-house acting troupe as they explore the universal themes of Shakespeare’s plays, and how they have influenced modern film.
Hall’s Croft, Stratford-upon-Avon
Sweet Meats and Suckets, Daily on the hour between 12pm and 4pm
Find out how the Jacobeans entertained and showed their wealth with an array of delicate and decorative sugar work and sweet foods; learn about their origins, peculiar names, and methods of creation in our 17th century kitchen.
Mouse Hunt and Quiz, Daily between 11am and 4pm.
Find the mice that are hidden throughout the house.
Anne Hathaway’s Cottage, Shottery
We’re Going on a Nature Hunt, Daily between 10am and 4pm
Follow one of our new nature hunt trails through nine acres of woodland and orchards, and share your finds with us on social media.
OTHER SPECIAL EVENTS IN FEBRUARY
A Sculpture Inspired by Shakespeare, Shakespeare’s New Place, Chapel Street, Stratford-upon-Avon, Saturday, 9 February, 11am
Join sculptor Jill Berelowitz as she shares how Shakespeare inspired her to create His Mind’s Eye, which is the focal point at Shakespeare’s New Place, and listen as she explains how the tree was moulded to create something which stands at nearly five metres high.
Valentine’s Day at Hall’s Croft, Old Town, Stratford, Thursday, 14 February
Write a love note to your partner and hang it up in the parlour of the Jacobean home of Shakespeare’s daughter, Susanna, and her husband, the physician John Hall.
Activities included in admission, unless otherwise stated, see www.shakespeare.org.uk/whatson