Trips to Stratford for English, Drama & Performing Arts Students
Stratford-upon-Avon is the birthplace of William Shakespeare, and is unsurprisingly steeped in culture and history. Set in the beautiful rural Warwickshire countryside, on the banks of the river Avon, it is one of the most important student group destinations in the UK.
School trips to Stratford upon Avon are an inspired choice because it gives students the chance to visit to the famous Swan Theatre, a modern theatre space based on the design of playhouses in Elizabethan England, as well as Shakespeare's Birthplace and Holy Trinity Church, his actual burial location.
Our sample itinerary provides you with an idea of the visits you can cover during your trip. We can tailor-make an itinerary to support your specific learning outcomes.
|1||Executive coach transfer to accommodation||Visit some of the Shakespeare's Properties||Watch an RSC performance. Evening meal|
|2||Shakespeare Workshop||Behind-the-scenes RSC tour||Executive coach travel home|
|Morning||Executive coach transfer to accommodation|
|Afternoon||Visit some of the Shakespeare's Properties|
|Evening||Watch an RSC performance. Evening meal|
|Afternoon||Behind-the-scenes RSC tour|
|Evening||Executive coach travel home|
Price Shown includes
- 1 night’s bed & breakfast accommodation
- Executive coach transport from & to college & throughout your stay
- Extensive group travel insurance
- 1 in 10 free place ratio
The visits shown in the sample itinerary above are not included in your quoted price unless indicated. If you would like to add any of these activities to your quote price, please get in touch.
Price shown is based on 30 paying passengers departing from a selected departure point on selected dates and is subject to availability.
On-tour support includes...
- Services of a StudyLink City Representative to provide a 24-hour assistance
Additional on-tour support available...
- Pre-booked meals at great group prices
- Priority booking service for RSC productions
- Pre-booked meals at great group prices
- Services of a Local Guide
Top visits for college groups in Stratford
Royal Shakespeare Company Production
Located on the bank of the River Avon in Shakespeare’s home town, the Royal Shakespeare Company welcomes school groups to experience world renowned productions every day. Furthermore, as there is a requirement in the curriculum for students to study two Shakespeare plays, this is a perfect opportunity to introduce your group to various Shakespeare texts.
SUMMER SEASON 2020
ROYAL SHAKESPEARE THEATRE
A season of Shakespeare plays exploring separation, loss and the deep bonds of family will play in the Royal Shakespeare Theatre for Summer 2020.
• The Winter’s Tale - Set across a 16-year span from Mad Men to the moon landings, Director Erica Whyman imagines a world where the ghosts of fascist Europe collide with horrors of The Handmaid’s Tale, before washing up on a joyful seashore. 28 MAR - 2 OCT 2020
• The Comedy of Errors - A fairytale farce of everyday miracles, mistaken identity and double vision, directed by comedy master Phillip Breen, with Miles Jupp as Antipholus of Syracuse. 25 APR - 3 OCT 2020
• Pericles - Blanche McIntyre returns to direct Shakespeare’s touching and hopeful tale of loss and reconciliation, located in a familiar world of precarious journeys and treacherous alliances. 15 AUG - 1 OCT 2020
PROJEKT EUROPA AND THE SWAN THEATRE
Meanwhile in the Swan Theatre we are presenting two new plays and reworking an Ibsen classic as part of our project to explore, celebrate and interrogate our relationship to Europe. As well as events and debate that delve deeper into the subconscious of Europe, Projekt Europa will include:
• Europeana - a breathless race through the chaotic kaleidoscope of 20th century history, from the book by Patrik Ouředník. Adapted by Maria Åberg and Judith Gerstenberg. Directed by Maria Åberg. 9 APR - 25 JUL 2020
• Peer Gynt - Acclaimed Swiss director Barbara Frey reimagines Ibsen’s epic European myth for the 21st century. 1 MAY - 23 SEP 2020
• Blindness and Seeing - One afternoon, a city’s inhabitants are suddenly overcome by an epidemic of blindness in this poetic and evocative vision for the future by Nobel Prize winning Portuguese novelist José Saramago, directed by Tiago Rodrigues. 1 AUG - 26 SEP 2020
At the YHA Stratford, we can provide popular curriculum-linked workshops such as ‘An Introduction to Shakespeare’, ‘Circus and Clowning’, ‘Improvisation’, ‘Playwriting’, and ‘An Inspector Calls’. Course content can be tailored to meet the needs of your group.
The 36-metre high tower offers an iconic landmark for the RSC theatres whilst providing fantastic views of Shakespeare’s home town. A lift will take you to the 32-metre high viewing platform. As you descend you will find an exhibition installed on the walls and in the alcoves.
Shakespeare Properties Sessions
Put the spotlight on Shakespeare with an interactive talk that aids the discussion of language use, exploration of literary and historical context, and the discovery of characterisation and stagecraft. Choose from a range of plays for comparison and link your workshop to suit your students’ needs.
Go behind-the-scenes to discover more about the theatre-making process. Starting in the foyer, these guided tours explore the public and private areas of the theatre. Learn about the history of the RSC, the theatres and the recent transformation. Theatre tours last up to one hour.
Step back in time and experience a slice of what it was like to lead a Tudor life. Put your feet up in a four-poster bed, see what it would have been like to sit at an Elizabethan dining table and imagine ruling the land by taking your seat on a throne.
Take an award-winning guided walk around the historic streets and explore Stratford, its history, attractions and fascinating relationship with Shakespeare. Hear informative and interesting stories of fires, flooding, the plague and mediaeval cures!
Shakespeare Birthplace Trust
Take a guided visit of up to five of Shakespeare’s properties. Each one offers a unique opportunity to gain an insight into the life and times of William Shakespeare. Your guide will assist your students in forming a picture of Shakespeare’s life and introduce them to the influences on his work. Options include:
- Shakespeare’s Birthplace – This is where it all began. William Shakespeare was born and grew up in this house.
- Anne Hathaway’s Cottage – Discover the family home of Shakespeare’s wife with its beautiful cottage gardens.
- Shakespeare’s Church – Complete the story in Stratford with a visit to Shakespeare’s grave at Holy Trinity Church to see his memorial.
- Shakespeare's New Place – Walk in the Playwright's footsteps, explore a dramatic landscape and meet the man behind the famous works.
Stratford Ghost Walk
On an award winning ghost walk, your group will meander around the streets of Stratford and discover terrible tales and sinister stories of ghosts, witches, murder and misery.
Tailored to meet your learning objectives, these half or full day workshops provide students with either a first introduction to, or a deeper study of a chosen plays language, characters and themes. Each workshop is led by RSC Education Associate Practitioners all of whom have first-hand experience of RSC rehearsal room practice, working either as actors, directors or theatre education specialists.
For upper primary groups, our workshops are designed to explore language, character and themes and include the development of written outcomes.
RSC - The Play's The Thing Exhibition
Take a magical journey through 100 years of theatre-making in Stratford-upon-Avon with our new permanent exhibition "The Play's The Thing". Discover rarely-seen treasures from our museum and archive: exquisite costumes, amazing model-boxes and weird and wonderful props. Get hands-on and celebrate the creativity behind the scenes; discover the inspiration behind some of our most acclaimed shows, play Hamlet alongside actor Ewart James Walters, using state-of-the-art gaming technology, try on virtual costumes from our collection and take a photo, dress up in the dressing room and take part in the Quick Change Challenge and many more.
Music, Media & Community Arts
Contemporary Music Theatre