Learning more about Shakespeare – the Language of Flowers

We are grateful to TORCH Oxford University for working with us to create this souvenir brochure which chart the history of the Painted Room to mark the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death in 2016.

Click here for a printable fact sheet on The Painted Room.


Shakespeare’s Birthday celebrations 2021

Every year we hold a Shakepeare’s Birthday Parade where important people from across town and gown don their finery and parade from the Lord Mayor’s Parlour in the Town Hall, entertained by talented young actors, and led by our own Shakespeare Town Crier, Tony Legge, and a band of jolly Medieval musicians, leading us to the Painted Room in Cornmarket where a distinguished Shakespearian scholar raises a toast to the Immortal Bard which we drink to in Malmsey & Sack, sweet wine, generously provided by Jeremy Mogford at the Old Bank Hotel. 

This year we are, of course, unable to host our traditional in-person event.  Instead, to help celebrate, OPT are offering a 20% discount off annual membership! All that you need to do is take a photograph or video of you raising your own toast to Shakespeare and share it with us on social media by tagging @oxfordprestrust. Alternatively, email your toast to info@oxfordpreservation.org.uk.

The festivities continue throughout the day and over the weekend with a self-guided Shakespeare Trail and a series of family activities and, all free for you to download at home.  These include a make your-own-sonnet task, a make-your-own-cauldron-spell task and if you haven't seen Shakespeare's Painted Room before take a virtual tour HERE or for a real tour check out forthcoming dates HERE for special OPT members tours from 17 May onwards.

We also have the full version of our Shakespeare Trail available which you can buy HERE.

Happy Birthday Shakespeare!