Summer Holiday Activities

Book your summer staycation in Stratford. With five weeks packed full of activities, events and performances for the whole family, there is no need to venture anywhere else.

Each week features a different Shakespeare play with workshops, crafts and more, celebrating the different themes and characters in each one. Around our theatres you'll find costumes, pictures and surprises, inspired by the week's play.  

As well as workshops and events available to book, you'll find free activities, exhibitions and tours available everyday, so you can make a whole day of your trip to the theatre.

Activities Available Everyday

There's so much to do everyday. There are free trails, a dressing up cabinet, amazing Lego mosaic, big bear, shining stars installation and peep holes mural.

This summer The Swirl returns, our free outdoor performance space and free activities on the Bancroft Terrace, located outside the Royal Shakespeare Theatre entrance.

Week Three | 12 August - 18 August | The Taming of the Shrew

This week's activities are inspired by The Taming of the Shrew:

  • A story adventure through the gardens for under fives
  • Stage Fighting workshops inspired by sibling rivalry
  • Free drop-in craft
  • Explore the play in a practical workshop and watch the matinee, for ages 13 - 17 years.
  • Watch the set be transformed.
  • Special family behind the scenes tour.

Week Four | 19 August - 25 August | Hamlet

Explore Shakespeare's tragic play Hamlet:

  • A story adventure through the gardens for under fives
  • See how we create Blood, Guts and Gore in a demonstration
  • Spotlight talk series looks at how we make Armour.
  • Explore famous speeches from Hamlet and how to speak like a professional actor.
  • Special family behind the scenes tour.

Week Five | 26 August - 1 September | The Comedy of Errors

In our final week of workshops, we'll have you belly laughing with clowning workshops inspired by The Comedy of Errors.

In our weekly Spotlight series, you'll meet a member from our Stage Management team and discover how they keep our shows running every night.

  • Watch the stage be transformed to a different set
  • Clowning workshops for all ages
  • Free drop-in craft
  • Spotlight talk series looks at the role of Stage Management.
  • Special family behind the scenes tour.