Friends


A rewarding way to support the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust. Friends of the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust is for anyone who is passionate about Shakespeare. And for those who want to learn more about his works, life and times.

Shakespeare Aloud! perform in the garden of Shakespeare's Birthplace.


The Friends of the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust is a lively and supportive group that helps with the ongoing care and interpretation of the five Shakespeare Houses. The income generated by the Friends scheme helps enrich our collections, supports the work of the Learning and Education department and provides an enjoyable experience for all our visitors. More information on how Friends support our work

Who joins the Friends?

Our friends include local residents, families who love to visit Mary Arden's Farm, students and scholars who come to research our library of rare books, theatre lovers and Shakespearians from around the world who simply want to keep in touch with the place where it all began.

A fantastic range of benefits

In return for your support, we offer Friends an unrivalled insider’s view of the Trust that most visitors cannot hope to have. We will keep you in touch and informed through special events including exclusive behind the scenes tours, talks and our regular programme of newsletters and on line communications. Full list of benefits

Here's what some of our current Friends have to say:

  • "I have found my life membership a wonderful benefit to my own work and connection to Shakespeare and Stratford"
  • "Our family membership is a fantastic way to introduce the grandchildren to Shakespeare"
  • "I think the Trust and the Friends do a marvellous job and wish I could be involved more"

Please support us by becoming a Friend of the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust .