Shakespeare's Birthday Celebrations - Family Activities and New Members Offer

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 on 23 April, Shakespeare’s Birthday, OPT hold a variety of events. This year we will be celebrating the Annual Shakespeare Parade from the Lord Mayors Parlour to the Painted Room on Friday 22 April. 

In honour of Shakespeare's birthday we have created a number of family friendly activities which can be downloaded from the links below! 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!


If you join OPT as a member before the end of April you will be entered into a prize draw to win a private tour for you and 4 others to the wonderful Painted Room in Cornmarket! To find out more about the wonderful Painted Room Visit HERE

You will receive a private tour of what remains of the 13th century crown tavern and explore the history of the Elizabethian wall paintings - known to Shakespeare when visiting Oxford. 

For more information on how to join our membership CLICK HERE

Shakespeare Trail 

Walk in the footsteps of Shakespeare! Download this FREE guided family friendly walk which lets you explore Shakespeare's Oxford. How many places can you find? 

This walk is a circular walk, which takes around 15 - 20 minutes. Starting point is the Carfax Tower - Download here:  Shakespeare Trail.pdf

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!

 Painted Room Wallpaper design.pdf


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