27th April 2016

2016 commemorates the 400-year anniversary of the death of William Shakespeare, the world renowned and much loved playwright.  But after 400 years, is it still possible for Shakespeare to be relevant and be inspiring for students?  Many teachers who run school trips with Adaptable Travel believe so, with dozens of Shakespeare themed trips taking place each year.

Shakespeare 400

This special anniversary year is a great opportunity to seize the moment and plan an inspirational English and Performing Arts school trip, based on Shakespeare.  Obvious destination choices are a school trip to Stratford-upon-Avon, or even to combine this with London.  Both destinations allow students to be immersed in the life and legacy of Shakespeare. There are also exciting new exhibitions and events going on for this special anniversary year. There has never been a better time to start planning your next Shakespeare theme trip!

Shakespeare’s Homeland – Stratford Upon Avon

Stratford-upon-Avon is the town where William Shakespeare was born and is buried. Shakespeare Birth Place Trust looks after the important sites associated with his life and family, and all can be visited during a trip to this famous Warwickshire town. Shakespeare was born in Henley Street Stratford –upon-Avon in 1564, and his typical half-timbered Tudor family home still stands today and is the most popular site to visit. Other sites are associated with his family: Shakespeare’s mother family home, Mary Arden’s Farm, is a popular visit, along with his wife Anne Hathaway’s family Cottage sitting in the beautiful Warwickshire countryside. Hall’s Croft, home to his daughter Susanna and her husband Dr. Hall, is also part of the Trust’s visit options. You can pay your respects to Shakespeare at his final resting place, Holy Trinity Church.  When in Stratford you can also pay a visit to the Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC).  Many a famous actor started out treading the boards on this infamous stage.  The RSC run tours and workshops for educational groups throughout the year, and Adaptable Travel can also provide tickets to see one of their world-class productions.

Explore our Stratford-upon-Avon school trips here

Shakespeare’s London

Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre is the iconic London venue bringing back to life the world of Tudor theatre. Take a theatre tour and visit the permanent exhibition to learn more about this unique building and its most famous playwright, Shakespeare. All year round there are opportunities to catch one of Shakespeare’s masterpieces, with great school group ticket prices. 

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Why not combine a visit to Stratford-Upon-Avon with a visit to London, to get the ultimate Shakespeare experience?

What’s New in 2016 for Shakespeare 400?

There are some new exciting exhibitions and events for 2016.  In Stratford, the Shakespeare’s School room and Guildhall will open up to visitors for the first time! Walk in the footsteps of a young William as you explore the place he was educated in which ultimately inspired him to act and write. The Royal Shakespeare Company also has a new immersive theatrical experience opening up soon.  New Place, the house in Stratford that Shakespeare lived for 19 years, is undergoing a major new redevelopment to reopen in July 2016.  In London, there are many talks and workshops available from Shakespeare’s Archaeology to his relationship with Monarchy, for more info see:  www.shakespeare400.org

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