10 Nov Visit Stratford-upon-Avon at Christmas: All Shakespearean
Visit Stratford-upon-Avon: Christmas at Shakespeare’s Family Homes
Christmas as we commemorate it today is not so much akin to the one Elizabethans like William Shakespeare used to celebrate. Although there are only few records and almost no photos of the period, thanks to the historic town of Stratford-upon-Avon, we have this chance to get a feel for Christmas in Shakespeare’s family homes. From the beginning of November, Stratford-upon-Avon is fully geared up to provide its visitors with countless opportunities to explore every nook and cranny of a Shakespearean Christmas. Visit Stratford-upon-Avon at Christmas for an all Shakespearean vacation!
Visit Stratford-upon-Avon at Christmas: Shakespeare’s Birthplace
26 October- 1 January 2020
With the arrival of November, many attractions await you in the town’s focal historic venue, Shakespeare’s Birthplace, its gardens and surroundings. Floral displays and a glass of Wassail are just bits of what you should expect. Right in the middle of all the festivity and merrymaking, there’s a chance for you to enhance your knowledge of the Tudor period, including their Christmas traditions, their instruments and their evolution to the ones we know today. Over the throne or Mary Arden: Town and Country – Preparing for Christmas, there are some other joyous activities provided for you in Shakespeare’s Birthplace.
Visit Stratford-upon-Avon at Christmas: Hall’s Croft
Meet Father Christmas!
15 & 16 December
Hall’s Croft, the house of William Shakespeare’s daughter, Susanna and her husband Dr. John Hall, is going to be the host of Father Christmas for the first time on December 15 and 16, 2019. Your children will be given a gift by Father Christmas himself in the kitchen of Susanna Hall’s house. They will also get the chance to explore this Jacobean house where someday in the past the grandchildren of Shakespeare used to celebrate Christmas with their parents. As a fairy-tale ending, they can decorate some delectable gingerbread men and take them and their magical memories home.
Visit Stratford-upon-Avon at Christmas: Shakespeare’s New Place
Despite all the achievement he gained as a writer and actor in London, Shakespeare was actually so deeply in love with Stratford-upon-Avon that he bought New Place to spend all his post-retirement Christmases there. Your Christmas visit of Stratford-upon-Avon won’t be complete if you miss the chance to visit Shakespeare’s New Place!
Help Shakespeare Come Home for Christmas!
Every day in December, 12-4 pm
Christmas at Stratford-upon-Avon is a magical time for all the townspeople. However, Shakespeare is in London, impatiently waiting to come home to celebrate Christmas just like the other townspeople, but there is one crucial condition. If you want him to embark on this fascinating journey, help him finish his riveting play Twelfth Night (because if he doesn’t finish it, no Christmas at all!) The historic house of New Place holds many clues which are waiting to be discovered. So exciting, isn’t it? The final speech needs to be completed! After you’ve accomplished finishing the speech, take it to the informal learning rooms and create your own hourglass to take home.
A Christmas Sing-a-long
21 December & 24 December, 11 am
Of all the ancient Christmas traditions, Christmas carols are the ones that remained till our modern time. It won’t be Christmas without singing ‘Jingle Bells’ and ‘We Wish You a Merry Christmas.’ To get a better sense of the old times, an ancient Christmas story will be told at the end of the session.
Well-dressed guests in their all Christmassy outfits trying to win the prize for the most festive person touch up the atmosphere even more.
Moreover, Midwinter Magic Dance-Circus Spectacular will take you on an unforgettable journey through the contemporary gardens of Shakespeare’s last residence. From 13th to 17th December, New Place is going to be flourishing once again after the death of its master, with the breathtaking series of dance and acrobatics inspired by everlasting themes of Shakespeare’s works.
There are two shows at 5:30 pm and 7.30 pm, each one lasting for two hours. Tickets cost £10 for adults and £7 for children/concessions. Vacancies are limited, so don’t forget to book early.
The Festival of Lost and Found
11 December- 15 December
Join the Greatest show that never happened!
Don’t trust your eyes and ears in the Festival of Lost and Found in the garden of Shakespeare’s last home.
The congenial show people will invite you to drinks in the middle of the teasing smells and sights and sounds of their alluring musical midwinter encampment. In the rainy evening, the unfortunate cast, determined to present the greatest show, encounters a huge obstacle. The delay of their star performer and having to deal with a stolen poem turns their greatest show ever happened to the one that actually never happened. To solve the mystery, engage with them and piece together the clues. With your engagement, they will be able to bring to life the greatest show that never happened!
This event will be held at Shakespeare’s New Place every day from 11-15 December at 18:00 -19:30. You can buy your tickets online at any of Shakespeare’s family homes or by calling 01789 201806.
Visit Stratford-upon-Avon at Christmas: Anne Hathaway’s cottage
Get Ready for the Feast!
The smell and taste of the piquant food with all the captivating Christmas preparations will take you for a walk through the annals of Tudor times. Food has always been an element of importance during Christmas time in Anne Hathaway’s Cottage. Don’t forget to drop by and get the chance to take home some distinctive recipes, taste flavorsome food or even smell the eccentric mixtures of spices.
Meet Anne and Bartholomew Hathaway
6 December- 29 December
It seems pretty easy to choose between a traditional country Christmas in a cottage or a fancy one in the second largest house in Stratford-upon-Avon, but coming to a conclusion doesn’t seem like a piece of cake to Anne Hathaway and her brother Bartholomew. Help them decide on the location of their Christmas party and if you’re lucky enough, they may like your opinion and offer you some of their traditional Tudor fayre. Anne and Bartholomew can’t wait to hear your advice every Friday, Saturday and Sunday in December, 12-4pm.
Visit Stratford-upon-Avon at Christmas: Accommodation
Looking for quality serviced accommodation to spend your Shakespearean Christmas? Peymans guarantees a comfortable and magical stay in the merriest time of the year in Stratford-upon-Avon. Stratford Central Apartments is not only within walking distance of all Shakespeare’s family homes, but also surrounded by easily accessible bus stops and train stations. These self-catering apartments range from a deluxe studio to one and two bedroom apartments. In addition, Stratford Central Apartments conveniently accommodate up to six people. These affordable yet comfortable serviced apartments come complete with all the essentials including free high-speed Wi-Fi, up-to-the-minute furniture, and free on-site parking, just to name a few.
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