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Shakespeare 400: February Half Term Activities for Kids

Celebrating Shakespeare’s life didn’t immediately strike us as the most obvious thing to do with the kids this February Half Term… but with a legacy of delightfully engaging plays, creative language and stories that have stood the test of time, Shakespeare is unsurprisingly a huge hit with children. Layer on top of that the fact that learning about the Tudors is one of their favourite subjects at school, and you’ve got yourself a winner.

This February Half Term with Shakespeare Birthplace Trust in Stratford-Upon-Avon is extra special as it kicks off an incredible series of events to mark 400 years since Shakespeare’s death.

Without further ado…

Tudor Toys at Shakespeare’s Birthplace

Henley Street, Stratford-upon-Avon, CV37 6QW

Visit Shakespeare’s Birthplace to discover the toys young William would have played with when he was a boy. Put your hands into the feel boxes to work out what is hidden inside, and then have a go yourself!

Crack the Code at Hall’s Croft

Old Town, Stratford-upon-Avon, CV37 6BG

Can you crack the secret code? Come to Hall’s Croft to figure out secret messages, and write your own in invisible ink – just like spies did in World War 1! Head to the exhibition to see how it was really done in 1914.

Build Shakespeare’s Houses at Harvard House

26 High Street, Stratford-upon-Avon, CV37 6AU

You’ve visited the Shakespeare houses, and now you can build them yourself! Learn how Tudor houses were built, and help the team build their own miniature versions!  Learn about mucky wattle and daub, and the dangers of a thatched roof.

Shakespeare Birthplace Trust. Harvard House interiors

Baking Day at Anne Hathaway’s Cottage

22 Cottage Lane, Shottery, CV37 9HH

Visit Anne Hathaway’s Cottage to learn about baking ‘the old fashioned way’. Dress up as a Victorian descendent of Shakespeare’s wife, Anne Hathaway, and have a go at cutting your own biscuits.

Anne Hathaway Cottage - Shakespeare Birthplace Trust © Amy Murrell 2011-59

Shakespeare Birthplace Trust: Visitor Information

The Shakespeare family homes and gardens, plus Harvard House is open 363 days a year (Shakespeare’s Birthplace opens every day except Christmas Day; seasonal opening at Mary Arden’s Farm – closes 2 Nov 2015, reopens 12 Mar 2016). Activities are included in admission fees.

Ticket prices:

Adults range from £9.90 – £24.90

Children range from £5.90 – £14.90 (under 5s go free!)

Family (2 adults and up to 4 children) range from £26.00 – £65.00

Group and concession discounts are also available. Save 10% when you book online.

Visitors can enjoy free unlimited entry for 12 months with all passes.

For more information and to plan your visit, see

Written by Janis P.


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