Double, double toil and trouble;
Fire burn and caldron bubble.
Macbeth Act IV, scene I
In William Shakespeare’s Macbeth there were three witches, but when you visit Shakespeare’s Schoolroom & Guildhall at Half Term there is a coven of witches to be found. This new trail has been created by Shakespeare’s Schoolroom & Guildhall’s volunteers and is a fascinating and fun new way for families to explore the building, which this year celebrates its 600th anniversary.
The inspiration for the witch themed trail comes from the witches’ marks that are visible on one of the internal walls of the building, which it is believed could date back to early to mid 15th century. Witches’ symbols are described as being 'apotropaic', which comes from the Greek word for averting evil. The etchings, which can take a number of different forms, were intended to protect people from witches and evil spirits and as a result are often found at entrance points. The ones that visitors to Shakespeare’s Schoolroom & Guildhall will see are near a window of the upper floor.
This trail is a great new addition to the family friendly experiences that await visitors to Shakespeare’s Schoolroom & Guildhall. Central to a visit is the opportunity to join the School Master, Master Thomas Jenkins, in the Schoolroom and take part in a Tudor lesson, just as the world’s greatest playwright would have done. You can follow this by spending time in the adjacent Georgian classroom with quill writing, puzzles and Tudor dress up and games.
Shakespeare’s Schoolroom & Guildhall is open daily to the public from 11am to 5pm, with last admissions at 4:30pm. All the activities are included within the entry price.
The Easter Bunny is inviting you to hop over to Shakespeare’s Schoolroom & Guildhall for some Family Friendly fun and to enjoy an Easter Trail with a Shakespearian twist.
For the first time visitors to Stratford-upon-Avon will be able to explore the place of William Shakespeare’s birth and where he went to school by purchasing one joint ticket to the two historical landmarks.
Shakespeare’s Schoolroom & Guildhall in Stratford-upon-Avon is about to light up the dark evenings with the lantern of Jeremiah Pinchbeck, a character from the 18th century with a tale or two to tell. Once the caretaker of this magnificent building, Jeremiah will guide visitors down the ancient halls rekindling stories from the past, some of which may set your spine tingling.