October Half Term at Shakespeare Houses

Shakespeare Houses gear up for spooky half-term family fun this October.

10 September 2013

The Shakespeare Houses & Gardens are gearing up for an exciting week of half-term family activities next month. Visitors are being invited to follow clues of famous speeches made by some of the nastiest of Shakespeare’s villains and can then see them performed by the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust’s resident acting troupe Shakespeare Aloud! As part of the charity’s week long half-term events, which run from 26October to 3 November, families can enjoy an array of spooky fun including an abridged version of the Scottish play Macbeth performed live at Shakespeare’s Birthplace on 3 November at 3pm. Both events are included in the ticket price.                                                  

Half-term family activities continue with a Macbeth Trail at Anne Hathaway’s Cottage and Gardens, where children aged seven and above can enjoy hearing scary tales set against the back drop of Shakespeare’s sweetheart’s childhood home on 31October at 11.30am and again at 2.30pm. Events are included in the ticket price.

Experience All Hallows at our real working Tudor house Mary Arden’s Farm before it closes for winter and make a soul cake – a tradition going back to the Middle Ages where plain cakes were baked to celebrate the dead. As part of All Hallows children are also invited to carve pumpkins and make plague charms to protect themselves from the Black Death. Families can take part in Friday Fright Night on 1 November from 6 -8pm, where they can join the farmhand and meet the ghosts of times gone by. This evening event includes hot pottage and fresh baked bread. Tickets cost £5 for adults, £4 for children and concessions and the event is not recommended for those under ten years of age. To book contact the house on 01789 293455.

And the fun doesn’t end there as visitors looking for an extra scare can take part in Evening Ghost Walks around Stratford-upon-Avon which end at the Jacobean house Hall’s Croft for wine and hot drinks. The events which take place on 26 and 31 October are at 6pm, 6.45pm, 7.30pm and 8pm and are run in partnership with Stratford Town Walkand are suitable for anyone aged ten and over. To book visit www.stratfordtownwalk.com

Nash’s House and New Place are also running some extra spooky activities for families where visitors can find some top Shakespearian quotes and win a Halloween Bear as part of Bear Where Art Thou? Events are included in the ticket price.

Head of Operations, Philippa Rawlinson, said “There is plenty going on at the five Shakespeare Houses & Gardens for families looking to enjoy a feast of half-term fun and activities. Our houses are steeped in hundreds of years of history and evoke a really spooky atmosphere which makes them the perfect setting for people looking to enjoy some ghoulish and ghostly entertainment.”

For more information visit the What’s On page at www.shakespeare.org.uk




Notes to editors:

Press release date: 10 September 2013. For more information please contact Press and Public Affairs Officer Nurinder Mantell on 01789 207136 or email Nurinder.Mantell@shakespeare.org.uk

Pic cap: Carve a pumpkin – Families can enjoy a feast of Halloween activities at all five Shakespeare Houses & Gardens this October half-term. 

The Shakespeare Birthplace Trust is the independent charity that cares for the world’s greatest Shakespeare heritage sites in Stratford-upon-Avon, and promotes the enjoyment and understanding of Shakespeare’s works, life and times all over the world. The charity runs formal and informal educational programmes for people of all ages. It holds the world’s largest Shakespeare-related museum and archives open free to the public, a collection which is designated as being of international importance. The Shakespeare Birthplace Trust receives no public subsidy or direct government funding; it depends on income generated through the support of visitors, donors, volunteers and Friends.