Fire your family’s imagination: Five fun ways to celebrate Shakespeare Week
16 – 22 March 2015
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More than 1 million children across the UK are preparing to join a national celebration of the world’s greatest playwright, when Shakespeare Week lands in primary schools on Monday 16th March. But the fun needn’t stop in the classroom. TheShakespeare Birthplace Trust, organiser of the week, is planning all sorts of ways that families can join in, both at home and at cultural attractions nationwide. Here’s five of the best…
Shakespeare fun and games
Register as a family on the Shakespeare Week website (www.shakespeareweek.org.uk) and you can download free activity sheets and games to get to know Shakespeare at home. For younger children there’s design and make activities, while older children can try Tudor recipes and explore a map of Shakespeare’s England.
Swap a bedtime story
Swap a bedtime story for a Shakespeare’s play. Books recommended by the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust for young readers are ‘Tales of Shakespeare’ by Marcia Williams (Walker Books), ‘Lambs Tales from Shakespeare’ by Charles and Mary Lamb (Penguin Books) and ‘Illustrated Stories from Shakespeare’ (Usborne Publishing).
Plan a trip to Stratford-upon-Avon
Explore Shakespeare in the place where his story burns brightest; the place where the bard was born and lived at the height of his fame and fortune. Free family events taking place especially for Shakespeare Week include craft workshops in the gardens of Anne Hathaway’s Cottage and a chance to take part in a performance of A Midsummer Night’s Dream alongside master puppeteers at Mary Arden’s Farm.
Go see BILL!
The cast of BBC’s Horrible Histories has reunited for a comedy film about the life of William (Bill) Shakespeare, a hopeless lute player who leaves behind his family and home to follow his dreams in London. Hitting cinemas on 27th March, the film will see murderous kings, spies, lost loves, and a plot to blow up Queen Elizabeth. Get a sneak preview here
and keep up with the latest news by following @Billthefilm or going to Facebook.com/Billthefilm
Visit a cultural attraction
Museums, galleries, theatres, libraries and heritage attractions across the UK are joining the Shakespeare Week celebrations by offering free cultural and creative events and experiences for families.
|A taster:The Ashmolean Museum of Art and Archeology (Oxford) will be hosting a ‘Cuffs, Ruffs and Quills’ trail with Shakespearian paper craft activities.
The Weald & Downland Open Air Museum (Chichester) is inviting visitors to find out more about everyday life in Shakespeare’s England and take part in drama workshops to explore the plays.
Tatton Park’s (Cheshire) line-up of events will include a recital of music from Elizabethan England in the Tudor Old Hall and an ‘into the woods’ experience, with shelter building, deer stalking and archery activities.
The Fitzwilliam Museum (Cambridge) will be discovering the world of the Tudors with costume and prop making.
Compton Verney (Warwickshire) is holding drop-in workshops themed around the Tudor portraits in its art collection.
To find out more about what’s happening in your region, visit www.shakespeareweek.org.uk
About Shakespeare Week
The Shakespeare Birthplace Trust launched Shakespeare Week in 2014 to bring his works, creative legacy and the nation’s cultural birthright, to life for everyone’s enjoyment and creative learning, starting with the nation’s next generation. So far more than half a million primary school children have taken part. In 2015, this will increase to more than 1 million children, with over 5,000 schools having already signed up.