The Shakespeare Family Homes
Shakespeare Centre Henley Street, Stratford upon Avon, CV37 6QW
MONTHS OPENJanuary, February, March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November, December
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What we offer
The Shakespeare Birthplace Trust is uniquely placed within the ‘Shakespeare world’ and offers an exceptional Shakespeare centred experience. With outstanding archive and library collections and inspiring educational programmes designed to deepen understanding and enjoyment of Shakespeare's works and times.
We care for five wonderful houses linked directly to Shakespeare, each with its own theme and rich in educational value. Together they create a vivid picture of Shakespeare's life and times.
Schools can either enjoy a visit to just the Shakespeare houses or combine it with one of our award winning courses or workshops.
What makes us a great choice?
Whether you’re introducing Shakespeare to children at KS1 and KS2 or expanding the knowledge of KS3 to KS5 students, we offer a range of hands on, informative and inspiring courses to bring Shakespeare and his works to life.
Group Sizes Catered For
School groups must have a minimum ratio of one adult to every ten children. In this context, a child is any young person in primary or secondary education, including students at sixth-form college or equivalent in their country.
One adult will be admitted free of charge with every ten young people.
Large groups will be accommodated but we do ask them to split into parties of about 25 when going through the Houses.
Materials, Resources & Information Provided
The Learning Department has developed a range of educational resources for use in the classroom and to enhance a school trip to Shakespeare's family homes. These can be found on our website:
Photography, Filming & Audio Restrictions
Non-flash photography is permitted within the houses. Video and audio recording is not permitted.
Risk Assessment Details
Assistance in preparing the visit risk assessment - free familiarisation visits are available to teachers (please request this at the time of your booking).
First Aid Information
Yes, it is advisable also to provide first aiders within your groups.
There is a Gift Shop at all of the Shakespeare Houses, except Harvard House; but to save time, themed gift bags can be ordered in advance for collection on the day – full details available on request.
There are additionally cafes at Shakespeare's Birthplace, Hall's Croft, Anne Hathaway's Cottage, and Mary Arden's Farm. Menus and information about group bookings available upon request.
Accessibility & Disabled Facilities
The Shakespeare Houses are historic sites and physical access around some of the Houses can be limited, however our staff are happy to assist in any way possible. Please discuss your needs with the Group Visits team so that they can ensure we are able to provide the experience you are looking for.
Opening Hours & Information
Please see our website for fiull Details, http://www.shakespeare.org.uk/visit-the-houses/group-visits/education-group-visits.html
A-level study day – ‘A fantastic experience for both students and teachers. Very informative and engaging. Thanks.’ - The Sutton Academy
Theatre Text in Context – ‘Excellent and engaging – again. Thank you and see you next year!’ - John Henry Newman School
Tudors Alive – ‘The children really enjoyed the day and have learnt lots. It was very well organised and the staff were very helpful and friendly. A super day. Thank you.’ - Astwood Bank First School
Rich Man, Poor Man – ‘The sessions were very well organised with stimulating activities. Every aspect was valuable and I would recommend the whole trip. One child told me this was his best day ever at school.’- Finham Primary