Organised by the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust, Shakespeare Week (16-22) is a national campaign to bring to life the magic of Shakespeare’s life and stories for the next generation.

This year it will be celebrated by more than 1 million 5-11 year olds, who will be joining in the fun as Shakespeare pops up in unexpected places around the country, from Westminster Abbey to the Forest of Arden. Public libraries will be joining in with a line-up of family events, including exclusive screenings of a brand new short film about a young William Shakespeare, produced especially for the Week and titled ‘Unwillingly to School’.


• At the heart of the celebrations in Stratford-upon-Avon, help to create a Forest of Arden in the gardens of Anne Hathaway’s Cottage.

• Embark on a trail around the galleries at Plymouth City Museum and Art Gallery to search for paintings of Shakespeare’s contemporaries.

• Look out for some of Shakespeare’s best-loved characters as they live out their famous stories at Tudor House & Garden in Southampton.

• Discover the world of the Tudors by taking part in costume and prop making activities at The Fitzwilliam Museum in Cambridge.
• At Westminster Abbey, explore Shakespeare’s history plays in the place where two of Shakespeare’s kings are buried.

• Watch a hilarious musical adaptation of Twelfth Night, performed by children from Overchurch Primary School at Cheshire’s Tatton Park.

• Experience a Macbeth-themed mock trial in a real courtroom at Galleries of Justice Museum in Nottingham.

Jacqueline Green, Head of Learning and Participation at the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust said: “We can’t wait to see how over 1 million children around the country will be getting to know Shakespeare, his characters and his stories. We’ve been thrilled to welcome on board a whole range of cultural attractions, which are helping us to ignite in children a life-long enjoyment of Shakespeare with a fantastically creative line-up of events for schools and families.”

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