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A Shakespearean Summer

This summer the celebrations of Shakespeare’s life continue at Strangers’ Hall, who have gone all out to provide an enjoyable summer of activities, based on the theme of England’s much-loved playwright.

Running until 30 September every Wednesday, Thursday and Friday (10am - 4pm), the programme of events allow visitors to experience what life was like when the Bard was alive and crafting the plays, sonnets and narrative poems that went on to become so renowned.

SH Quill Shakespeare table

Have a go at making a 17th century-style bed, use the provided props to snap a selfie, browse the Shakespearean Times, try your hand at writing with a quill pen and learn to decipher old documents! There are also self-guided tours of the museum to experience being ‘At Home in Shakespeare’s Time’ (ask at the front desk for a copy of the guide) as well as the chance to make your own Globe Theatre – sounds like an impressive feat!

There are also extra crafty activities taking place every Wednesday from the 27 July to 31 August, where participants can have some fun with Shakespeare-themed crafts and create Will Kemp Shadow Puppets – and don’t worry, no kids are required to get involved!

Make sure you plan a trip on Sunday 24 July (1pm onwards) to see the Fools Puppet Theatre perform a range of wonderful puppet shows – who could resist seeing a play titled Harry and the Potter of Doom?!

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If you fancy seeing some Shakespeare brought to life then head to Strangers’ Hall on Sunday afternoons between July and September (1 – 4.30pm) to enjoy a mini performance of short Shakespearean speeches and dialogues by local actors, all performed in the charming garden (unless it’s raining, of course, in which case you can enjoy it from the Great Hall!). There’ll be performances at 2.30pm and 3.30pm, plus traditional garden games on offer for visitors with refreshments available – what better way is there to spend a Sunday?

Activities and events are included in the museum’s admission (Adult £4.80, Concs £4.60, Child [4-18] £3.90, Family [1 Adult] £12.30, Family [2 Adults] £16.30); visit their listing for more details.

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