Christmas in Shakespeare’s England
PUBLISHED: 11:54 17 November 2015 | UPDATED: 11:54 17 November 2015
Enjoy a magical Christmas in Shakespeare’s England with a host of seasonal activities including the chance to see Father Christmas, festive plays, carol concerts, candlelit tours, craft fairs, Christmas markets, a Royal Shakespeare Company performance of Wendy & Peter Pan and the chance to see the spectacular Shakespeare Birthplace lightshow.
• Christmas markets will return to Bridge Street in Stratford-upon-Avon from November 26 to December 17.
• Visit the Shipston on-Stour Victorian evening December 4 from 5.45 – 8pm
• The lights are switched on in Stratford-upon-Avon on November 26 and in Kenilworth on November 27.
• Visit Yuletide Fayres in Leamington every Sunday from November 22 – December 20.
• The popular Warwick Victorian Christmas Evening featuring craft stalls and
traditional entertainment is on November 26 when the lights are switched on.
Brand new productions by the Royal Shakespeare Company
• Wendy & Peter Pan runs from November 13 – January 31 in the Royal Shakespeare Theatre. This spectacular production played to packed houses in 2013 and will be revived with the original set and costumes.
• In the Swan Theatre Queen Anne runs from November 19 – January 23 and
focuses on the relationship between Queen Anne and the Duchess of Marlborough.
• Love for Love runs from now until January 22 and is performed for the first time by the RSC.
• See Shakespeare’s Birthplace in a whole new light as the Tudor walls are illuminated from November 26 –December 19.
• There will be Tudor Christmas talks very day December 21-24 at the Birthplace.
• At Anne Hathaway’s Cottage play traditional parlour games and listen to festive readings, make a Christmas cracker and foam wreath, join carol singers and meet Victorian costumed guides.
• Halls Croft has a display contrasting a Christmas spent at home in the first World War and Christmas spent on the battlefield whilst Harvard House will be recreating Christmas as it would have been at a 17th Century Tudor merchants house.
• Treat little ones to Breakfast with Santa - included in Castle entry on dates in November and December with games, carols, a special gift and the chance to meet Father Christmas.
• Enjoy The Princess Tower and join other guests on a stunning Torch-Lit Tour, or head to the State Rooms for Stories with Santa.
• Savour a traditional menu at a Great Hall Mediaeval Banquet or journey through the Mediaeval, Georgian and Victorian eras experiencing sword fighting and a pistol duel at the Great Hall Dine Through Time.
• Celebrate in style at the Great Hall Christmas Ball with a 3-course dinner, disco and entertainment.
• Welcome 2016 with The New Year’s Eve Great Hall Banquet, an evening of entertainment from some of the Castle’s best-loved characters.
• On the December 12 and 13 you can see the gatehouse decorated from greenery from around the Castle.
• Enjoy crafts, storytelling and meet a very special guest in his grotto.
Orchestra of the Swan: Join the internationally acclaimed Orchestra of the Swan for a programme of festive favourites! The concert which takes place on 12 December at 7:30pm includes music by Vivaldi, Poulenc, Rutter and many other seasonal favourites set within the beautiful Holy Trinity Church in Stratford-upon-Avon. Tickets from £15.50.
Batsford Arboretum: Visit on the 5 & 6 December and see Santa complete with donkeys! Families can select their Christmas trees and buy discounted Christmas decorations (discounted for that weekend only). On Boxing Day enjoy a stroll followed by mulled wine and hot drinks in the café.
Leamington Spa Art Gallery & Museum: Take part in a wreath making adult workshop on December 5. Decorate and embellish a wreath to take home. Cost is £20 per person. Please book in advance. Santa returns on Saturday 12 December. Receive a special gift, take part in craft activities, enjoy refreshments and listen to the Coventry Philharmonic Choir sing favourite carols. Free, drop in event suitable for the whole family.
Stratford ArtsHouse: Stratford ArtsHouse will play host to their first professional pantomime this year as the magical tale of Cinderella is brought to the stage. Running from 19 - 27 December, the ArtsHouse will welcome a professional cast, plus children from two local dance schools Tap ‘n’ Groove and Sarah Cooke’s School of Dance.
Royal Spa Centre: Watch Jack and the Beanstalk 5 December – 2 January. Take the family to see if Jack can save the day, retrieve the harp and win the heart of the Princess. With spectacular scenery, stupendous costumes, hilarious slapstick and bags of audience participation, Jack and the Beanstalk promises to be a treat for all the family!
Hill Close Gardens: ‘Spirit of Christmas’ on Sunday 6 December from 2 - 5pm. Activities include ‘Search for Santa in the gardens’, Bottle Tombola, Christmas lights around the gardens, Candle lit nativity garden, mulled wine and Christmas carols plus children’s craft activities.
Playbox Theatre: Watch The Three Musketeers at Playbox Theatre on selected dates in December and January. Be transported to the studios, the back lot, the lavish world of film making in the 1930s for a fabulous extravaganza set in the 17th century telling of D’Artagnan leaving his rural home to travel to Paris to become a musketeer. With swashbuckling fights, romance and treachery, cunning plots and deceit, the story is one of the most loved with its heroes and heroines. The cost is £14 standard & £8 concessions.
The Fleece Inn: Enjoy Morris, Mumming and Music from 24 – 26 December. Visitors can see Father Christmas, experience traditional Mumming and see the Bretforton Silver Band perform plus diners can enjoy meals by candlelight from 1 – 23 December which, along with the roaring open fires and twinkling decorations, add to the festive atmosphere.
For more information on Christmas in Shakespeare’s England please visit http://shakespeares-england.co.uk/christmas-shakespeares-england