New Place was Shakespeare’s final family home and although the house has since been lost, the gardens and exhibition centre are a hidden gem in their own right. New Place is really hitting its stride as a family attraction, with various kid’s activities to enjoy and is part of the after-hours events programme being launched by the SBT this Saturday (11th March). We are eagerly anticipating tickets going on sale for The Lion King outdoor cinema part of the Shakespeare Film Festival in September!
We went for our visit during the February half-term school holidays. The Shakespeare Birthplace Trust have a programme of school holiday events across all the Shakespeare Houses and will be doing it all again for Shakespeare Week.
Upstairs (which is accessible by a lift if you’ve got a buggy) there are several displays to explore including Shakespeare’s copy will. The special event of the day was animal handling by ZooLab. The explainer was dressed as a Tudor urchin and her tales were highly entertaining, in fact we honestly learnt more about Tudor critters in half an hour than we’d ever known before! We got up close and personal with a rat, frog and giant snail. In another room there was a quill and ink area although our attempts were just embarrassingly messy splodges.
Permanent activities include a building blocks area and a dressing up zone which had as many adults as kids grabbing a cloak and fake moustache. Before we headed into the gardens we admired the view from the terrace. Downstairs there are modern loos and a gift shop.
The gardens are nothing short of stunning, with lots of nooks and crannies to explore. The large gardens provide plenty of space for a runaround and picnics. The sculptures really enhance the space and are in keeping with its natural beauty. With a few daffodils starting to open, it’s just going to get better and better as the spring flowers come out.
New Place was William Shakespeare’s final place of residence in Stratford-upon-Avon. He died there in 1616. Though the house no longer exists, the land is owned by the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust. It’s perfect for summer picnics on the lawn and has child-friendly inside space.
As part of our ongoing commitment to community involvement, we’re delighted to offer FREE entry to Shakespeare’s New Place to all residents of the CV37 postcode, on presentation of a Community Card. Community Cards are now available for collection from any of the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust properties. Please note that proof of CV37 residency will be required.
Where: 22 Chapel Street, Stratford-upon-Avon CV37 6EP
Tel: 01789 204016
Part of the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust
PS – For other ideas for Days out with the Kids look here on the Mumbler website