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.
Enter Shakespeare's Schoolroom and Guildhall after dark for a lantern-lit evening of spooky tales and Yuletide mixology this Christmas
We're excited to announce the return of Santa to the schoolroom, in our popular Santa in the Schoolroom experience. Created in partnership with Tell Tale Theatre.
The witching hour has arrived at Shakespeare’s Schoolroom & Guildhall in Stratford-upon-Avon just in time for some fiendish October half term holidays fun. From Saturday 28 October to Sunday 5 November it will be full of Family Friendly activities including a Family Witches’ Trail that takes inspiration from the most apt Shakespeare play for Halloween, Macbeth.