Mary Arden's Farm



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Mary Arden's Farm

Palmer's Farm


Mary Arden's Farm is open from March - November

 There is so much to see and do at Mary Arden's Farm! Step back in time for all the sights, smells and sounds of a real Tudor farm and explore the house where Shakespeare's mother, Mary Arden, grew up.

Experience for yourself the daily routine, skills and crafts that the young William would have known from visits to his grandparents in the 1570s. 

Highlights at Mary Arden's Farm

In the morning, watch the farmer's wife prepare her home-grown food over the fire in the farmhouse kitchen and learn about Tudor table manners when the Tudors gather to eat their dinner at 1pm.

Help with tasks like skep-making and basket-weaving and 'earn your keep' at Palmer's Farm with traditional chores such as threshing, bread-making, gardening and animal-tending.

During the summer holidays, try your hand at Tudor games such as Quoits, Loggits and even Frog Flinging! 10.30–12.30 and 1.30–3.30.

Daily activities around the farm:

10.00 Geese led out and horse led in

10.30-12.30 Tudor Games (summer holidays only)

11.00 Working animal display

11.30 Falconry display

12.00 Horse work

1.00 Tudor dinner

1.30 Falconry display

1.30-3.30 Tudor games (summer holidays only)

2.00 Join in with Tudor activities

3.00 Tudor housewives (demonstrating traditional skills)

3.30 Falconry display

4.00 Milking the goat

Activities and times may vary so look out for the daily activity boards during your visit

 

Even more to explore:

  • Discover our exhibition celebrating 500 Years at Mary Arden's Farm
  • Try your hand at have-a-go archery (school and bank holidays)
  • See our rare breed animals
  • Explore our nature trails, discovering abundant wildlife including woodpeckers and rabbits along the way
  • Enjoy refreshments and light meals, including our Tudor inspired specials in the cafe
  • Kids under 10 can enjoy our timber framed adventure playground

 

Mary Arden's Farm is a working farm, open from March - November. With a full calendar of seasonal activities and Tudor events, there are lots of reasons to visit time and time again to make the most of your 12 month pass.

See a map of the farm.

 

 

Keep up with the latest

Visit our very own Mary Arden's Farm blog or follow us on facebook to keep with all of the latest news and events from down on the farm.

 

Tickets, directions and opening times

If you are visiting the area between March and November then a Shakespeare Five House Pass (which now includes a visit to Shakespeare's grave) offers great value for money.  You save between £7.00 - £29.50 compared to a Shakespeare Birthplace Pass and get entry to Mary Arden’s Farm and Anne Hathaway’s Cottage & Gardens.

Mary Arden's Farm is located in Wilmcote, just 3.5 miles from Stratford-upon-Avon town centre, and a short walk from Wilmcote train station. The postcode reference for sat nav is CV37 9UN.

Please note that due to the range of free roaming residents at Mary Arden's Farm we are unable to welcome dogs amongst our visitors, other than assistance dogs. Apologies for any inconvenience this may cause.

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What's On

Take a Video Tour of Shakespeare's Family Homes

 

Check out this lovely review of a weekend spent at Mary Arden's Farm, and leave your own feedback on our Trip Advisor page!

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Tudor rural life

Highlights at Mary Arden's Farm

Experience Tudor farm life as it would have been in Shakespeare's day and look out for rural events throughout the year.

Rare breed goats

Highlights at Mary Arden's Farm

 

Feed the rare breed animals on the farm.

 

What do people think?

If you have visited any of the Shakespeare Houses & Gardens, attended a literary event or participated in one of our courses we would love to know what you think. 

Do let us know and feel free to send us any pictures from your visit.

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