Shakespeare Week

PrintShakespeare Week in March is a national annual celebration giving primary school children a great first encounter with Shakespeare.

Knebworth House joins thousands of schools, families and organisations working together to inspire a whole generation of children through Shakespeare’s stories, language and heritage.

One of Knebworth’s most popular educational programmes, the ‘Tudor Treasure Trail’ is specially adapted for the Shakespeare Week celebration. Schools have  the opportunity to experience what life was like in William Shakespeare’s day: what his school days were like and what Tudor children wore. Students  explore how the Tudors made ink and their writing materials and then try calligraphy – holding their pens and sitting correctly in a Tudor fashion of course– to write their name with a flourish, or to copy out a favourite line from one of Shakespeare’s plays.


Megan.crop. David Calvert Photography

During the programme, students come eye to eye with some of Shakespeare’s famous contemporaries including the poet, Sir Philip Sidney, Sir Robert Cecil and Queen Elizabeth as they examine the portrait paintings at Knebworth House. The programme is suitable for pupils Year 1-Year 6.

“Knebworth is a Tudor house with a proud literary heritage. We are pleased to be able to celebrate the legacy of this important writer through the Shakespeare Week campaign ” comments Martha Lytton Cobbold, Managing Director, Knebworth House.
Read a review of the Knebworth Shakespeare Week 2015 visits on our blog.

Knebworth House offers a diverse range of educational programmes suitable for students of all ages, interests and abilities. For information about educational programmes please contact the Group bookings team 01438 810931