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 One | 29 July - 4 August | As You Like It

Our first week of workshops takes a look at As You Like It with fun and interactive workshops exploring the songs from the play and the story as well as a special family backstage tour.

Kate's Storytree takes us on a brand new adventure every week, out of the court and into the woods!

Week Two | 5 August - 11 August | A Midsummer Night's Dream

Discover magic, fairies and mischief in our week of activities inspired by A Midsummer Night's Dream.

The workshops this week include creating your own scenes and discovering what it takes to be a director, as well as craft, tours and adventures into magical woods.

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

Learn stage fighting techniques from The Taming of the Shrew, see how we care for the props and costumes and see our stages transformed from one play to the next.

Week Four | 19 August - 25 August | Hamlet

Explore Shakespeare's tragic play Hamlet, as you discover tricks of the trade in our Blood, Guts and Gore demonstration, learn to quote Shakespeare like a professional and get crafty making skulls and flowers!

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.