By Ann Evans
Photos by Rob Tysall of Tysall’s Photography, and Shakespeare’s England.
Shakespeare’s England is offering a host of fun inspired things to see and do during October half term from 22 – 30 October including plenty of spooky family events.
The Royal Shakespeare Company has a range of activities inspired by the forthcoming production of The Tempest. You can walk in the footsteps of the world’s most famous playwright as part of Shakespeare Steps and, to celebrate the opening of their brand new visitor attraction, The Play’s The Thing, children can create a theatrical mask, have a go at designing a stage set and learn how music and sound are created. Families can enjoy free theatre inspired activities to celebrate Fun Palaces, a campaign which aims to put culture at the heart of every community.
Shakespeare’s Schoolroom & Guildhall will mark six months since its opening with a special Parents Go FREE! offer available from 17 – 23 October. The Bard’s schoolroom gives visitors the chance to learn about Shakespeare’s early life and explore the building where he learnt to read, write and first enjoyed professional theatre. Children join the ‘Schoolmaster’ for a Tudor lesson, dress up in Tudor clothes and have a go at quill and ink writing.
There’s fun at Shakespeare’s New Place, where children can vote for their favourite Shakespearean ghost and make their own scary puppet to take home. And there’s more spooky secrets to discover over at Shakespeare’s Birthplace in the Halloween corner. Youngsters can even dress up as a witch from Shakespeare’s Macbeth.
At Anne Hathaway’s Cottage follow the woodland trail and discover the ingredients that were used in Tudor potion brewing. Mix your potion and cast your spell. Free Halloween cupcake for anyone who comes in costume. Celebrate the feast of All Hallows day at Mary Arden’s Farm and discover Tudor traditions of the holiday plus try your hand at some pumpkin carving.
There’s so much going on during half term that the family won’t want to miss. The Haunted Castle returns to Warwick Castle with thrills and spine chills to tantalise the senses. For ultimate thrill seekers can visit Warwick Castle After Dark when the ghastly ghouls of the castle’s 1,100 years of history return to life. (Entry from £14).
Not so scary is Hill Close Gardens in Warwick and its Apple Day & Country Fair on 16
October. Enjoy harvest festival displays, apple tasting, live music, craft stalls, workshops, bees, honey and much more. (Admission £2 for adults and 50p for a child (5-17) under 5’s free HCGT & RHS members free.
For more suggestions and family friendly accommodation in Shakespeare’s
England visit <http://shakespeares-england.co.uk/half-term-fun>