Mary Arden’s Farm

Phone: 01789 338535
Address: Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire CV37 9UN

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Bio There is so much to see and do at Mary Arden's Farm! Step back in time for all the sights, smells and sounds of a real Tudor farm and explore the house where Shakespeare's mother, Mary Arden, grew up. Experience the daily routine, skills and crafts that the young William would have known from visits to his grandparents in the 1570s and try your hand at some of them for yourself. Come and see our new exhibition about Shakespeare’s mother, Mary, and a room by room exploration of the history of the building she called home. Much of the history of the house is hidden, so our new display highlights some of its most interesting features, drawing comparisons between Palmer’s Farm (a Tudor house largely unchanged) and Mary Arden’s (a modernised version of a Tudor house). There’s lots to explore and plenty of ‘hands on’ activities for everyone to enjoy. Peek inside the chimney and the walls, discover how the house was built and imagine Mary’s life there with her seven sisters! Highlights at Mary Arden's Farm In the morning, watch the farmer's wife prepare her home-grown food over the fire in the farmhouse kitchen and learn about Tudor table manners when the Tudors gather to eat their dinner at 1pm. Each day we have a list of activities taking place at set times to help you plan your visit. Please note that falconry displays take place four times a day featuring a different bird of prey each time. Look out for the other crafts and activities taking place throughout the day, in addition to those listed. Daily activities around the farm include: 10.00 Grooming Ellie the horse 10.45 Goose parade 11.15 Falconry display 12.15 Falconry display 13.00 Tudor dinner 13.30 Blacksmith demonstration 14.00 Meet the shepherd 15.00 Falconry display 16.00 Falconry display 16.30 Tudor music and dancing 17.00 Animals go to bed Save on tickets with the Shakespeare Five House Pass; including entry to all 5 of Shakespeare’s family homes and Shakespeare’s final resting place at Holy Trinity Church. Mary Arden's Farm is located in Wilmcote, just 3.5 miles from Stratford-upon-Avon town centre, and a short walk from Wilmcote train station. The postcode reference for sat nav is CV37 9UN. Watch the rein actors using Tewkesbury mustard balls in their cooking, and then purchase your own mustard ball to experiment at home. This was the very mustard familiar to William Shakespeare.