Fed up of the Black Friday hype? See what free events and activities we have coming up and find out about Museum Shop Sunday.

Between Black Friday and stocking up for Christmas, this can be an expensive time of year. Let us take some of the pressure off with our selection of free activities and events:

  1. Visit our Dressing Up Cabinet, next to the Royal Shakespeare Theatre Cloakroom and get hands-on with our costumes
  2. Uncover the secrets of My RSC Gallery, an exhibition of boxes around the Royal Shakespeare Theatre showcasing pieces of art inspired by Shakespeare and the theatre
  3. Follow our Family Activity Trail as it takes you around our building, from the amazing Lego mosaic to our shining stars installation
  4. Pop into the PACCAR Room in the Royal Shakespeare Theatre to see In My Shoes, an exhibition of contemporary art exploring how artists represent themselves
  5. Pick up a story blanket from The Other Place to discover the story of As You Like It, written for children aged two to four, and pick up free colouring sheets in Susie's Cafe Bar

And whether or not you're coming to Stratford to visit us, you're always welcome to come in and catch up with your emails using our free WiFi or spend a metaphorical penny in our toilet and baby changing facilities.

Free events coming up soon

  • Listen to singer-songwriter Antonia Kirby at Susie's Cafe Bar on 6 December as part of our Play On live music nights
  • Come to Second Saturday at Susie's Cafe Bar on 8 December for a family activity inspired by Shakespeare and theatre-making
A selection of books against a brick wall, under a green Museum Shop Sunday poster.
Free books will be given out with orders over £10 as part of Museum Shop Sunday.

Museum Shop Sunday

On Sunday 25 November, we join 160 UK museums, galleries and cultural attractions in celebrating Museum Shop Sunday. 

Designed to encourage support of heritage and the arts, the day sees visitors treated to special discounts, events and activities at museum shops around the country and worldwide.

Shop with us online on Museum Shop Sunday and any purchases over £10 will receive a free copy of our Big Year book, which documents our work as we celebrated the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare's death. Visitors to the theatre shop will have the choice between that and a Shakespeare sticker book with purchases over £10.