Hugely popular with local families, Mary Arden’s Farm reopened on 10th March for the 2018 season.
As the childhood home of William Shakespeare’s mother Mary Arden, the site is under the custodianship of the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust. Great efforts have been made to provide fun for all ages, with Tudor character actors bringing history alive.
The staff had been hard at work over the winter adding new equipment to the outdoor play area – featuring a climbing frame tower complete with bridges, ropes to swing from and a new scramble wall – plus craft den, woodland trail and Tudor crop field.
Sadly for us, on the opening day the play area and fields were closed due to being waterlogged. Never mind, it’s just another reason to go back!
The daily timetable included falconry and the daily traditional Tudor dinner where you’re taught about table manners and dining rituals. We wandered around the various barns, stables and farmhouses enjoying the hands-on activities and rare breed animals. You really do feel like you’ve stepped back in time and there’s a lovely relaxed homely feel to the whole place.
There’s a barn laid out with tables for anyone wanting to bring a picnic, alongside a café and well-stocked souvenir shop where we bought a pair of pottery mugs and Shakespeare gingerbread men for the boys to munch on the short drive home.
HOW TO BOOK
Tickets to Mary Arden’s Farm are great value with free unlimited entry for the season: £15.00 for adults, £10.00 for children (under 3s go free) and £40.00 for families (2 adults and up to 4 children).
Book online to save 10% on your tickets.
For more information and to plan your visit, see www.shakespeare.org.uk.