Have an eggs-cellent Easter in Shakespeare’s England

Spring has arrived and there’s a long bank holiday weekend to look forward to!  Whether you are travelling with family, friends, or seeking a romantic escape this Easter, there is something in Shakespeare’s England for you to enjoy.

What’s on in Shakespeare’s England this Easter?

You can eggs-pect Easter trails, guided tours, historic houses, delicious seasonal menus, breakfast with the Easter Bunny and much more!

Use this helpful guide to help you decide what to do and where to stay when you visit Shakespeare’s England this Easter (for eggs-tra fun, count how many egg-related puns we have managed to squeeze in!)

Easter Family Fun

Visit the brand-new Zog Playland at Warwick Castle! Whizz down the zip wire and slides, wriggle your fingers in the sand pit, embark on a Golden Star quest and meet everyone’s favourite dragon. Plus, the biggest bird of prey show is back and lots more family entertainment too. Visit the Warwick Castle website for information on how to book.

Embark on an Easter Adventure Quest at Kenilworth Castle (2-24 April). Families can eggs-plore the historic site for clues and challenges, discover traditional Easter games like egg rolling and the egg and spoon race and track down the Easter eggs to win a chocolate treat and an adventurer’s certificate. Find more details here.

children hunting for Easter eggs in front of a Mini car

It wouldn’t be Easter without an egg hunt, and if you visit the British Motor Museum over the Easter weekend (15-18 April)  you will find an egg hunt with a bit of a Mini twist! Collect the eggs around the museum to claim your reward!

From 9-24 April, the British Motor Museum is also hosting a ‘Mini Madness’ event with a ‘Road Map’ family trail, a family tour with the museum’s own Mini factory costumed characters and you can even design your very own Mini with air-drying clay!  For information on all of their Easter holiday activities click here.

Compton Verney has a cracking programme of Easter holiday activities. Play detective on the Easter Trail that roams inside the galleries and around the stunning parkland, or book the kids onto one of the unique all-day holiday camps which include an Adventure Art Camp (12 April) and a four day Animation Camp (19-22 April, 9.30am-4pm).

Visit Shakespeare this Easter

On 23 April, Shakespeare’s England will celebrate the birthday of the world-renowned playwright William Shakespeare, and in the run up to this over the Easter break, there are plenty of places to visit and learn more about Shakespeare’s life in Stratford-upon-Avon.

Shakespeare’s Birthplace will be open seven days a week this Easter with an introductory exhibition, Famous Beyond Words, which shines a spotlight on Shakespeare’s early life in the town as costumed guides show visitors around the house. Book here.

At Anne Hathaway’s Cottage and Gardens – marvel at some of the original features and furniture of the 500-year-old Hathaway family home where Shakespeare courted his bride-to-be, and wander around the pretty spring gardens. Booking is recommended here.

At Shakespeare’s New Place, you can walk in Shakespeare’s footsteps and be inspired at the site that was his grand family home from 1597 – 1616. Explore the beautifully restored gardens and sculptures inspired by Shakespeare’s family life and works. The House Next Door exhibition brings to life the story of the building and the personal life of Shakespeare himself. Book your visit here.

Young people writing with quills in a traditional school room

Even though you are on a break from the school run, we recommend a visit to Shakespeare’s Schoolroom & Guildhall where you can sit in the 600-year-old building where a young Shakespeare would have been taught and experience a lesson by a Tudor schoolmaster. Families can try their hand at quill writing, dress up in Tudor clothing, and enjoy some traditional games.  The schoolroom is open daily throughout the holidays, and there will be a special Easter challenge from 15-18 April. Pick up the Schoolroom’s newly launched Family Trail that will take you around Stratford, picking key highlights from Shakespeare’s childhood. Find more information here.

If you prefer a guided walking tour, why not book onto a two-hour family-friendly tour with Stratford Town Walk?  It starts at 11am from Sunday to Friday, and 11am or 2pm on Saturdays.  The tour takes in all of Stratford’s well-known sites with fascinating stories of Shakespeare’s life through fire, flood and plague!  (Advance booking is necessary on 07855760377).

Easter Activities for Art Lovers

Why not unleash your creative side with a host of art-based activities in Shakespeare’s England over the Easter holidays?

The Herbert Art Gallery and Museum, Coventry have three family-friendly arts workshops to choose from. You are the Art – Living Sculptures (9-23 April) is a drop-in workshop where children can transform themselves into colourful living sculptures and walk along the runway in extravagant junk modelled outfits, using recyclable materials, and make textured art pieces to take home.  Make a collaborative costume art piece with globally renowned artist Daniel Lismore and have your work displayed at the Herbert at the Art Masterclass: Living Sculptures (14 April) or bring your ideas to life through cross stitching at the Art Masterclass: Cross Stitch & Textile Art (21 April).

You are never too young to get creative, and at the Lunt Roman Fort, Baginton, near Coventry, your little ones can learn about the ancient artform of mosaic making this Easter!  They will be able to create an artwork, which will become part of a giant 4-metre-long frieze within the museum’s permanent collection.

Easter Inspired Food and Drink

Calling all G&T lovers!  Join the first River Avon Gin Tasting Cruise of the year on Easter Saturday  (16 April). A 60-minute cruise on the beautiful River Avon through Stratford-upon-Avon taking in riverside sights including the Royal Shakespeare Theatre and Holy Trinity Church. Enjoy a tutored tasting of the eggs-quisite craft gins produced by Shakespeare Distillery – finish with a souvenir glass of Gin & Tonic – perfect! Book your tickets here.

At the Arden Hotel, Stratford-upon-Avon, indulge in delicious fish dishes for a traditional Good Friday Supper (15 April), or bring family and friends for a eggs-cellent Easter Sunday Lunch on 17 April, with an Easter egg for the whole party. Book here.

Would you like to have breakfast with the Easter Bunny? At Fairytale Farm over the Bank holiday weekend, you and your little ones can enjoy a freshly cooked breakfast with a VIP visit from the Easter Bunny which includes an Easter tale and a chocolate egg! (Places are limited, book here)  Throughout the holidays you can also visit to play Easter Egg Bingo, try your hand at some Easter-themed crafts, and enjoy a cuddle with some super-cute real-life rabbits and guinea pigs!

Where to stay in Shakespeare’s England this Easter

Mallory Court Hotel front view

With so much to see and do in Shakespeare’s England this Easter, it makes sense to extend your visit, and there is a whole host of eggs-traordinary places to stay with hotels, spa escapes, family-run guest houses, self-catered accommodation, or glamping sites to choose from.

Award-winning historic country house hotel, Mallory Court Hotel and Spa in Leamington Spa, has an Easter Escape offering four nights for the price of three on a Bed & Breakfast basis. Or ideal for visiting friends or family is their Simple Stay offer.  Stay in a standard room in the Knight’s Suite, which includes an overnight stay, Nespresso machine and continental breakfast.

Enjoy a family Easter getaway at Coombe Abbey Hotel (including bed and breakfast in a family room, child-friendly menu in the Garden Room Restaurant, Coombe choc box and Coombe crowns).

Why not eggs-tend your Easter weekend at The Arden Hotel in Stratford-upon-Avon? Their Extend the Weekend offer is available for Sunday and Monday night stays and includes an overnight stay with B&B, a complimentary room upgrade, and a bottle of house wine in your room on arrival! (Available over the Easter bank holiday).

You can browse for accommodation in Shakespeare’s England here.

Plan your Easter visit to Shakespeare’s England

There is so much happening in Shakespeare’s England this Easter that it is impossible to include everything in one place!  Visit our Events and Festivals calendar for even more events, and make sure to follow us on social media for the latest updates.  You can find us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter, and make sure to subscribe to our mailing list for updates.

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Have a cracking great Easter in Shakespeare’s England!

Have a cracking great Easter with a host of activities for all the family in Shakespeare’s England from 31 March – 15 April.

Meet ‘William the Conqueror Rattus’ at Warwick Castle, search for treasure in the gardens of Shakespeare’s Birthplace, see new-born lambs and chicks, search for clues to win prizes with Easter trails and egg hunts, wander around spring gardens or simply enjoy a traditional Easter lunch or fish supper with friends and family.

Easter is the time to ‘Make a Day and Knight of it’ at Warwick Castle. Celebrate the 950th anniversary of William the Conqueror establishing a motte and bailey castle on the site as you plan your invasion.

Rattus Rattus, the popular character from Horrible Histories®, will greet visitors as ‘William the Conqueror Rattus’, whilst a new heritage exhibition exploring the history of The Conqueror’s Fortress will inform the family. Enjoy a short break in a riverside lodge from only £181 per night for a family of four when booked by 28 February, saving 25%. Medieval-themed accommodation, breakfast banquets and entertainment, plus two days’ admission and car parking – ensure a cracking Easter escape!

Enjoy a fun interactive children’s treasure hunt in the gardens of Shakespeare’s Birthplace, with music and comedy, led by the in-house actors Shakespeare Aloud. Discover more about Shakespeare and his family tree plus have a go at creating your own at Shakespeare’s New Place.

Feeling creative? Then create your own ‘eggcellent’ Easter bonnet or crown in the activity marquee at Anne Hathaway’s Cottage or make a whirling whirligig to put in your garden. Perfect for keeping the birds away from the vegetable patch at Mary Arden’s Farm!

The Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC) is offering families a host of exciting activities including becoming an animator by creating a puppet and stop gap animation, based on Romeo and Juliet, creating your own shortened version of a play in just a day, guided by an RSC expert and get stuck in with Blood, Guts and Gore and learn the tricks of the trade behind stage bruises, cuts and scars with the former RSC Head of Wigs and Make-up.

With the first bleats of new arrivals and the anticipation of many more, lambing is a favourite time of year for Cotswold Farm Park! Settle down in the Animal Barn and keep your eyes peeled. Extended opening hours are available on 7 April so visitors can experience lambing after hours!

Welcome new chicks into the world and meet lambs, ewes and donkeys at Becketts Farm in Wythall. The event is held in a field on site but under a covered marquee. Entry is £1 per person, and under 1’s are free! There will be some craft activities which have a small additional charge.

Hilltop Farm near Leamington Spa will host a lamb’s event on 30 & 31 March and 2 April when the baby lambs will be available to hold and feed. This is a ticket only event and one ticket per person entitles entry into the lambing pen. There are 20 tickets per half hour slot.

The MAD Museum is offering visitors a FREE downloadable fun pack this Easter. Answer questions, solve challenges and design a wacky invention to become a VIP member of The MAD Museum’s Fun Club. The Museum showcases over 60 pieces of kinetic art and automata which have all been sourced from creators around the world, and nearly everything is interactive, meaning kids (and big kids!) can get stuck in.

There is something for visitors of all ages to discover at Stratford Butterfly Farm. Twice daily children and adults can get close to some amazing creatures with ‘Meet the Minibeast’ handling sessions in the Discovery Zone. With the help of the friendly team, visitors can hold creatures such as a giant African millipede, African land snail and a variety of stick insects.

Enjoy the scenery and a sociable time with a 90 minute Easter Quiz trail from Trivia Trails. Get to know Warwick or Stratford town centres looking for answers to a mix of historical, observational and fun questions. Adults cost £10, children aged 9-16 cost £5, children aged 0-8 are free. Dates in Stratford are 11am on 31 March, 12noon on 1 April and 11.30am on 2 April. The date in Warwick is 2.30pm on 31 March. Wheelchair, dog & buggy-friendly.

Hill Close Gardens in Warwick is celebrating a Victorian Easter from 31 March – 2 April. Heritage daffodils, primroses, cowslips and other spring flowers are dotted around the 16 individual plots that make up these unique restored gardens. Copies of Victorian Easter cards contributed by the V&A Museum, the history of Easter eggs provided by Cadbury, Victorian Easter baking recipes complete with ingredients and a Victorian style sweet shop all bring to life how Victorians enjoyed Easter. Entry Adults £4.50 Children £1 (Under 5s, HCGT and RHS members free).

Visitors are invited to join in with some ‘cracking’ fun activities at the British Motor Museum. Starting with a traditional Egg hunt over Easter weekend, followed by two weeks of ‘AutoScience,’ where the science that drives our cars is brought to life with live science shows, family tours, Technic workshops, and a Secret Mission family trail. Families can join in with an egg hunt (with a motoring twist of course!) over the Easter weekend plus there will be daily drop in craft activities suitable for all the family.

Children can have a cracking arty time at the Market Hall Museum on 3 April with Easter-themed crafts to take home, like a hatching egg and Easter cracker. Suitable for under-5s, older siblings welcome. Or take part in the Market Hall Lego Challenge on 12 April and explore the treasures of the Museum. Challenge yourself to make your favourite out of Lego. Both activities are £2.50 per child, no need to book, just drop in.

Hunt for legendary dragon eggs at Kenilworth Castle over the Easter weekend. Set off on a quest to crack the clues, meeting characters from the past along the way, then claim your chocolate reward! The quest costs £1 on top of the usual entry price.

Visit Compton Verney for an Easter adventure on 30 March & 31 March that the whole family can enjoy. Where has the giant bunny hidden his ‘eggciting’ clues? Will you be able to catch the crazy carrot? Will you solve the puzzle to claim your chocolatey prize? £3 per child. Please note you will need a valid Membership, Annual Pass or DAY TICKET.

Join in with a treasure hunt, face painting and Easter crafts at Leamington Spa Art Gallery & Museum from 30 March – 2 April. Free, drop in event and suitable for the whole family.

Enjoy a classical concert by Orchestra of the Swan which presents Roderick Williams as the baritone and David Curtis as the conductor at Worcester Cathedral on 6 April from 7:45 pm. Experience words, music, and food – for the soul! Prices from £15 per person.

Catering for all occasions and offering a relaxed environment, Dallas Burston Polo Club’s Millstone Hare is the ideal choice for your whole family. Enjoy a delicious traditional roast on Easter Sunday – if you’re looking for an alternative to chocolate!

Enjoy a Good Friday Fish Supper in the Brasserie at Mallory Court Country House Hotel & Spa for £25 per person. Or a traditional Sunday lunch with Easter treats at The Kings Hotel in Chipping Campden. 3-courses cost £29.50 per person.

Visit The Arden Hotel in Stratford-upon-Avon on Good Friday for a fish supper and a glass of wine/beer from £17.50 per person or lunch in the Waterside Brasserie on Easter Sunday from £32.50 per person. A children’s menu is available or alternatively 1/2 price for children under 12.

The Bell at Alderminster is offering Easter Sunday Lunch with a free Children’s Easter Egg Hunt which kicks off at 2:30pm. The A la Carte menu is also available so there is plenty of choice for diners. Children aged 11 and under can eat Sunday Lunch for half price.

Visit The Fleece Inn near Evesham for an Easter Sunday lunch and see the resident Morris sides, Pebworth Morris and Belle d’Vain perform their first dance of the season in the courtyard. There will also be an Easter Egg Hunt in the orchard from Good Friday to Easter Monday and a seasonal specials menu to complement the main menu.

On Easter Sunday The Cross at Kenilworth will be treating diners to a delicious lunch priced at £30 for 2-courses. Dishes will include the very best seasonal ingredients cooked by the restaurant’s award winning chefs. The Cross is the only restaurant in Warwickshire to hold a Michelin star, which it has retained for the past four years.

Extend your Easter break and stay at Chesford Grange in the heart of the Warwickshire Countryside with rates from just £150 for a 2 night stay for 2 guests to include Bed and Breakfast.