Celebrate Shakespeare’s birthday with our family activities

Oxford Preservation Trust look after the Painted Room in Oxford – all that remains of the Crown Tavern, where Shakespeare is said to have stayed on several occasions.

Each year in April, OPT organise a parade where people from across town and gown don their finery and parade to Shakespeare’s painted room, led by the Town Crier and the Oxford Waits musicians. 

William Shakespeare was one of the greatest writers of plays and poems. He wrote many of the most recognisable and renowned dramatic pieces ever to be performed. His legacy has lasted centuries, and now it is your turn to show off your skills!


Shakespeare Cauldron Spell

One of Shakespeare’s most famous plays is called Macbeth. In this play a group of witches make a spell around a cauldron. Have a go at writing your own cauldron spell with one of our activity sheets!

PDF icon Shakespeare Cauldron Spell 5-7 Years.pdf

PDF icon Shakespeare Cauldron Spell 7-11 Years.pdf


Shakespeare Sonnet

Shakespeare wrote lots of poems, including some famous sonnets. A sonnet is a poem of fourteen lines with ten syllables in each line. Use our activity sheet to help you write your very own sonnet!

PDF icon Shakespeare Sonnet 11+ Years.pdf


Design your own Painted Room

The Painted Room is said to be where Shakespeare stayed whilst visiting Oxford. The main decoration of the painting consists of an interlacing trellis pattern and designs of flowers and fruit.  Why not try and design your own wall painting!

PDF icon Painted Room Wallpaper design.pdf


We would love to see your creations! Share them with us by tagging us on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram, or by emailing info@oxfordpreservation.org.uk.