Magic Alley the Lost Years of William Shakespeare Stratford upon Avon
Magic Alley 23 Bell Court, Stratford upon Avon, , CV37 6EX
MONTHS OPENJanuary, February, March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November, December
What we offer on a school trip
Stratford's newest and most whimsical "old" attraction has thrown open its doors after moving home to the newly re-imagined Bell Court right in the heart of town.
It's an established fact that all the most amazing stories start with the same question: what if? And the story behind Magic Alley is no different.
What if you found an old lamp, rubbed off the dirt and a genie appeared? What if you hid in an old wardrobe and realised that it led into a magical world? What if you fell down a rabbit hole and ended up in a crazy wonderland? Or, perhaps, what if William Shakespeare had been a time travelling wizard?
From the moment you step through the doors and realise that it really is bigger on the inside to the moment you journey through a full sized street packed with magical objects and curios that you never knew you needed you are surrounded by the magic of storytelling. The possibilities are endless...
Most people think of William Shakespeare as a great poet and playwright but during the period 1578-1582 and then again from1585-1592 (commonly referred to as “The Lost Years” by scholars) no-one has ever known exactly what Will got up to – until now that is!
So if you’ve ever wondered how Will went from being a relatively uneducated 14 year old schoolboy to the world’s greatest playwright with in-depth knowledge of the Law; Military History & Strategy; Ancient Rome; the Kaballah as well as European folklore and mythology before the internet even existed, then this is what you’ve been waiting for!
Magic Alley is a totally unique, immersive, informative and educational experience spread over 4,500 square feet that is suitable for children of all ages and abilities.
Based upon the series of spellbinding storybooks, The Chronicles of Wizard’s Thatch, visitors are transported into the world of The Lost Years of William Shakespeare; a world of magic and mystery; of wonder and excitement; of wizards and pirates; of fairies and dragons; of time-travelling and curious characters.
There are currently 14 books in the series with more in development.
Before visitors enter the beautifully decorated and magical rooms of the Enchanted Manor (where the adventure is set), they are given full instructions, a puzzle book and a pen. Working either individually or in teams, they then hunt for the clues to the puzzles which can either be objects carefully placed within the rooms or information written into the stories on the walls.
Whilst having fun, Magic Alley encourages visitors to explore and develop their skills in English, Mathematics, Drama, Observation, Creative Thinking and Creative Writing.
Groups also have the chance to meet the author of the best-selling series. Dave Matthews will talk about the use of the English language and how words and phrases have changed their meaning over the years. He will also inspire the children to use their creative thinking and writing skills as he encourages them to explore magical stories of their own.