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Weekend Picks: The Stratford Town William Shakespeare Walk

Stratford-Upon-Avon: The Swan Fountain at the Royal Shakespeare Theatre - Sat & Sun at 11am and 2pm

The best part about this freebie (for the under 8s) this weekend is that it’ll go ahead, whatever the weather. Take a stroll in the footsteps of the literary great, William Shakespeare, from his birthplace to his grave.

A guided tour of the historic spine of this ancient town will unravel much about its own story and previous guests describe it as a walk through the pages of history.

You will see the houses connected to Shakespeare and his family and witness a living legacy throughout the area.

Stratford may well be known for William Shakespeare, but does have justa little more to offer. Explore the quaint shops and ancient boozers along thewaterside while you’re here and pick out a souvenir or two to take home withyou.

The walk is classed as 'easy' walking boots /shoes are not necessary

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Stratford-Upon-Avon named 'one of the best global destinations' for 2016

The birthplace of William Shakespeare Credit: PA

Stratford-upon-Avon has been named one of the best global destinations for 2016 in a new Lonely planet guide.

The town in Warwickshire, and birthplace of William Shakespeare, is running events this year to mark 400 years since his death.

Events include the reopening of New Place where Shakespeare lived for the last 19 years of his life and the Royal Shakespeare Company will host a 'major' new exhibition immersing visitors in the history of Shakespeare and theatre in Stratford-upon-Avon.

People on the River Avon Credit: Joe Giddens/PA

The book features 31 of the 'best new openings and attractions across the globe for 2016.

PM asked to create national day commemorating Shakespeare

The PM has been urged to create a national day to commemorate the birth of Shakespeare Credit: PA Wire

David Cameron has been urged to create a national day to commemorate the birth of playwright William Shakespeare.

The 450th anniversary of Shakespeare's birth has been celebrated in recent days, leading to the MP for Stratford-upon-Avon to make the request to the prime minister.

Mr Cameron disclosed to MPs that he was inspired and driven on by Henry V's speech before the Battle of Agincourt.

Shakespeare's house in Stratford-upon-Avon Credit: ITV News Central

In a lengthy question which appeared to have taken inspiration from Shakespeare's works, Conservative MP Nadhim Zahawi referred to the Prime Minister as he said:

"Could this right honourable man, the captain of our state, lend his help to make our national poet's birth a national day, and could he disclose before the House what Shakespeare means to him?"

Mr Cameron replied: "Can I thank you for that beautifully and brilliantly crafted question about the anniversary of Shakespeare's birth.

It is a moment for celebration, not just here in Britain but all across the world, where Shakespeare's works are getting a wider and wider understanding and distribution.

I won't attempt the quotes you have brought out in your question.

But I would say to any politician, if you read Henry V's speech before Agincourt - if that doesn't inspire and drive you on, I can't think what does."

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Birthplace Trust: 'No language barrier' for Shakespeare

Jacqueline Green, from the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust, says children are not worried about the language of Shakespeare, because they pick up on the emotion and storyline of William Shakespeare's works.

She was speaking as the playwright's town, Stratford-upon-Avon celebrates his 450th birthday.

'Shakespeare's Church' bell ringing celebrations

Bell ringers at the Holy Trinity church in Stratford are taking part in Shakespeare's 450th birthday celebrations.

The church itself is known as 'Skakespeare's Church', as it is where he was baptised. He is also buried within the chancel.

Ringing Master, Charles Wilson, explains some of the history of bell ringing at the church.

Stratford group planning for influx of Bard visitors

Today marks William Shakespeare's 450th birthday, but the celebrations at his birthplace of Stratford-upon-Avon will continue into the weekend.

A group called 'Playmakers' are planning ahead, so the town can handle the 20,000 or more expected visitors.

Emma Beasley and Sam Lloyd explain what the group are about.

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