Valentine’s Day and February half term fun at Shakespeare’s Family Homes

Half term fun in Stratford

Make it a fun February with the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust this Valentine’s Day and half term. Celebrate the day of love with those closest to you with the help of the Master Storyteller, William Shakespeare, and get ready for a fun range of activities this half term across the Shakespeare family homes.

On Valentines week, from the 7 – 14 February take a romantic stroll through Hall’s Croft’s magical walled garden and add your Valentine’s message to the tree of love in the parlour. At Shakespeare’s Birthplace, visitors can delight in live performances from our in house acting troupe Shakespeare Aloud! Join Shakespeare Aloud! As they perform Romeo and Juliet, the most romantic of Shakespeare’s plays. Walk to Anne Hathaway’s Cottage following in Shakespeare’s footsteps as he went wooing his bride to be. Follow the riddles and post your Valentine’s message in our Love Post Box; the most romantic messages will be posted on twitter and displayed in the cottages visitor centre

Take part in a host of exciting activities this half term 16 – 25 February at the Shakespeare family homes in Stratford-upon-Avon. Learn the trade of Shakespeare’s Father, John. Hear grizzly tales from The Jacobean Surgeon. Discover how the Hathaway’s came to be and watch the magical shadow puppet show.

It’s leather week at Shakespeare’s Birthplace this half term. Discover the working world of William’s father John Shakespeare. Step into the workshop and with the help of our in house experts, have a go at stretching and working leather just as Shakespeare’s Father would have. Find out about how the Shakespeare’s lived and what life was like in Stratford over 450 years ago.


At Shakespeare’s New Place, discover the magical story of A Midsummers night Dream. Come and play in our shadow puppet theatre and find out more about the characters from Shakespeare’s most spellbinding play.  Don’t miss out on our sculpture trail, follow the unique artworks throughout the stunning gardens of New Place.


On the 24 February from 12pm-4pm visitors can join the Live’n History team at Hall’s Croft for a lesson on Jacobean medicine. Discover what strange and wonderful ingredients the Jacobean’s believed would cure their colds and find out how Shakespeare’s daughter helped her physician husband John Hall in the herbal garden. Get musical on the 18 & 24 with our Tudor music activities, listen to and learn about Tudor music and the instruments of the age.


Ruth Warner, Head of Visitor Experience at the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust said: “There’s lots of fun to be had at the Shakespeare family homes this Valentine’s Day and February half term. Our fantastic events cater to historians young and old, whether you want to try your hand in the Shakespeare’s family glove workshop or become a puppet master- there’s something for everyone.”