Saturday 23 April - Sunday 30 October
2016 is the 400th anniversary of William Shakespeare's death, and to mark this milestone we've partnered with The Royal Shakespeare Company and Shakespeare Birthplace Trust to create Shakespeare's Steps. It's a free, self-guided tour that enables you to follow in the footsteps of the world's greatest playwright and explore Stratford-upon-Avon.
The tour takes you along Stratford's historic spine. There are eight stops including Shakespeare's Schoolroom & Guildhall, Shakespeare's New Place, Holy Trinity Church and the Royal Shakespeare Theatre. What's more, at each stop you can act out mini plays! All you have to do is follow the footsteps and read out the speech bubbles painted on the pavements. Don't worry - the paint is biodegradable and non-toxic.
The Shakespeare's Steps tour is inspired by the famous 'Seven Ages of Man' speech from his play As You Like It. It brings to life Shakespeare's plays, his life in Stratford, and the history of the town. The tour is available from 23 April, which was Shakespeare's birthday. It's also the day when Shakespeare's Schoolroom & Guildhall opens to the public for the first time.
Tour leaflets include a map of the route, fun facts, amazing true stories, and a treasure hunt challenge for children. You can pick them up from Shakespeare's Birthplace (where the tour starts), as well as many other locations around Stratford.
Shakespeare Steps was devised by Stan's Cafe. It is supported by the Stratford Society and Guild Chapel.
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.
Santa will be making his way down the chimney at Shakespeare’s Schoolroom & Guildhall in Stratford-upon-Avon once again to greet families for a special Christmas experience on dates throughout December.