Four ideas for Shakespeare Day

Do your kids love acting and movies? Are they learning about Shakespeare at school? Then read our ideas to celebrate Shakespeare day!

This Saturday, 23rd April, is the 400th anniversary of the death of Britain’s most loved playwright, William Shakespeare. There are lots of events on to celebrate, so why not join in the fun?

Shakespeare Day Events

The Complete Walk – London

This weekend the banks of the Thames will come alive with a magnificent series of short films screening Shakespeare classics. Take in the iconic views of London between Westminster and Tower Bridge whilst viewing Cleopatra in front of the Pyramids or Hamlet on the rocks of Elsinore. The films will play continuously enabling you to enjoy a host of the world’s greatest actors at your leisure. Download a copy of The Complete Walk map from the official site.

Street Party – Stratford-Upon-Avon

Shakespreare’s home town is planning an extra special celebration for the 400th Shakespeare Day. With a traditional jazz procession and live street entertainment during the day and a fabulous Shakespeare show broadcast live from the Royal Shakespeare Theatre in the evening, followed by spectacular fireworks. Find out more here .

Getting there

If you don’t live in locally to these events, here are our top tips to save on your travel: The cheapest option is by coach with National Express (4%), but it is usually quicker by train – buy advance tickets online to save and earn KidStart savings TheTrainLine (2%), The Train Genius (1.3%), East Midlands Trains (1.6%).   If you can’t make the live events, then watch from afar with The Train Genius (1.3%), BBC’s live coverage!  

Dress the part

Find the perfect costume

Whether you are heading to a local Shakespeare Day event or fancy having a party at home, you can find the perfect costumes for all ages from Jokers Masquerade (5%) or Angel’s Fancy dress (6.5%).

Make your own medieval costume

We love this mum’s DIY costume idea , using lots of items you might have at home, or find on eBay (15% of revenue) or crafting shops like Hobby Craft (up to 6.5%) and The Works (10%).  

Share the stories

Stock up your library

Share the stories with your children at home with books on sharespeare plays suitable for all ages available at Blackwell (4%) or Foyles (4%).

Listen and watch

And for those who aren’t able to read yet you could buy the Audible (up to 8%) version or download the film on Amazon Prime (2%).  

Head to the theatre

Experience the real thing

Head to the theatre to experience Shakespeare first hand, this weekend you could see:
  • A Midsumer Night’s Dream – Royal Shakespeare Theatre – Stratford-Upon-Avon
  • Hamlet – Globe Theatre – London
  • All’s Well That Ends Well – Tobacco Factory Theatres – Bristol
Don’t forget to check for deals and KidStart savings via our range of theatre ticket sites .   “All the world’s a stage, and all the men and women merely players.” As You Like It, Act II, Scene VII – William Shakespeare.