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Weekend Picks: Royal Party

Right Royal Party: Sat 14th May (Anne Hathaway's Cottage & Gardens, Stratford-upon-Avon)

Celebrate Her Majesty the Queen’s 90th birthday party in Stratford-upon-Avon this weekend Credit: The Shakespeare Birthplace Trust

To coincide with Her Majesty the Queen’s 90th birthday party at Windsor Castle this weekend, Shakespeare Birthplace Trust are putting on their own celebrations this weekend.

Visitors can enjoy the jazz corner in the gardens of Anne Hathaway's Cottage with 1920s music, traditional English games including a three-legged race and egg and spoon race.

There’ll be royal themed crafts in the family activities marquee as well as food from the BBQ.

"We hope many families will come and join us for this very special garden party to commemorate Her Majesty, The Queen's 90th birthday.

There will be events and activities for all ages to enjoy; period costume is very much encouraged!"

– Ruth Warner, The Shakespeare Birthplace Trust

For prices, opening times and more information visit: www.shakespeare.org.uk

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Huge crowds line streets for Shakespeare parade

Huge crowds have gathered on the streets of Stratford-upon-Avon to watch a special Shakespeare birthday parade on the 400th anniversary of his death.

ITV News reporter Ben Chapman tweeted these photos of the parade:

Shakespeare First Folio on display for 400th anniversary of his death

Credit: The Collegiate Church of St Mary, Warwick

As part of a three month festival celebrating the legacy of William Shakespeare, people can see the first copy of his work at the Collegiate Church of St Mary, Warwick, today. It dates from 1623.

Alongside it will be a first edition of the King James Bible (1611), on loan from Cambridge University.

The exhibition runs until the end of June.

Credit: The Collegiate Church of St Mary, Warwick

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Weekend Picks: Disabled Access Day

Disabled Access Day: 12th March (Anne Hathaway's Cottage & Gardens, Stratford-upon-Avon)

Visitors are being invited to Anne Hathaway’s Cottage for a fun day of multi sensory activities Credit: The Shakespeare Birthplace Trust

This Saturday visitors are being invited to Anne Hathaway’s Cottage for a fun day of multi sensory activities.

The family friendly event includes making lavender bags, braiding and weaving, brass rubbing, identifying bird song, and playing Tudor games. Activities will take place in the cottage, in the accessible marquee and around the grounds.

Shakespeare Birthplace Trust is putting on the event to provide opportunities for vulnerable older people and anyone with disabilities to experience all that the cottage has to offer.

“One of our main aims of the day is to provide opportunities for vulnerable older people and those with disabilities, together with their families and carers, to find real enjoyment from their visit to the cottage and gardens.

Working with iconic historic venues creates some challenges in terms of access, however the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust is focussed on making sure Shakespeare can be available to and enjoyed by all.”

– Becky Cund, Director of HR & Administration at the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust

For prices, opening times and more information visit: www.shakespeare.org.uk

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