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PostPosted: Tue Apr 08, 2014 1:04 pm 
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Just FYI, KES Stratford have announced they are open to the public, during the Easter holidays, 2014, on the following days. For those of you who have not been to the Shakespeare Birthday Parade, it is a pretty impressive spectacle (be aware many of the roads in Stratford are shut) and, if you visit the school, you help raise funds for sporting activities too!


King Edward VI School (Shakespeare’s School) is hosting a limited number of open days over the Easter holidays 2014. Current students will be giving guided tours of the Medieval Guildhall including the schoolroom where William Shakespeare was taught and the place where he first saw professional theatre. The Guildhall was also the building in which William’s father, John Shakespeare, served as Stratford’s Bailiff (Mayor) in 1568. These rooms are still in use by the school today so don’t miss out on this wonderful opportunity to hear the history of the building bought to life by the current students who are fundraising for their sports provision. Entry is £2.50 for adults and £1.50 for concessions.

Opening times are;
Friday 18th April 12.30-3.30pm
Saturday 19th April 12.30-3.30pm
Monday 21st April 12.30-3.30pm
Wednesday 23rd April 12.30-3.30pm
Thursday 24th April 12.30-3.30pm
Friday 25th April 12.30-3.30pm
Saturday 26th April 12-5pm (Shakespeare's Birthday Parade is in Stratford in the morning from about 10 am)

The Guildhall can be found on Church Street, close to Nash's House in the centre of Stratford-upon-Avon.


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PostPosted: Tue Apr 08, 2014 2:26 pm 
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Ah, we are away over Easter, which is a shame. I do have fond memories of country dancing on the Bankcroft as part of the Shakespeare birthday celebrations when I was at primary school though! Traffic is a horror! :shock:

JD


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PostPosted: Tue Apr 08, 2014 3:32 pm 
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It should be especially special, this year, as it is the 450th anniversary of his birthday!! Obviously all the KES boys have to parade with little bouquets of blue and yellow flowers but it is a fabulous sight - here's hoping for sunshine, like last year!


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PostPosted: Tue Apr 08, 2014 4:56 pm 
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And the KES girls too this year!


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PostPosted: Fri Apr 18, 2014 5:41 am 
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Looking for something to do? The sun is shining - why not pop into Stratford for a walk along the river, a drink in Bancroft Gardens or a mosey into King Edwards School (KES) for a very informative tour of Shakespeare's old classroom, delivered by current students (12.30-3.30pm). The small entrance fee for this unique tour (the school is hardly ever open to the public) will be used to fund sports activities throughout the school. After all that excitement, why not treat yourself to tea from Waitrose, Stratford? You will find KES sports students there, ready to help with your Easter shopping, packing them into bags for you - again, raising funds for sports activities throughout the school.


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PostPosted: Fri Apr 18, 2014 5:28 pm 
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Ooh we ummed and ahhhhd about Stratford vs The Globe on Monday and I'm afraid are London bound. The schoolroom sounds amazing - is it open to public at any other times?


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PostPosted: Fri Apr 18, 2014 6:49 pm 
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They usually open it as part of the National Heritage Open Days in September. That's actually a good time to visit Stratford as there are quite a few other historic buildings open then, which usually aren't.


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PostPosted: Fri Apr 18, 2014 7:32 pm 
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Kittymum - have a look at the top of this thread - it is pretty much open every day next week (bar Tuesday) so you may have a chance to pop along!


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PostPosted: Sat Apr 19, 2014 11:07 pm 
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Hope no one got stuck in the horrendous holiday traffic in Stratford today! We headed round the north side of the town towards the M40 & it was gridlocked going into town....


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PostPosted: Sun Apr 20, 2014 7:48 am 
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Bother! We could have done Tuesday! Unfortunately we're all back to school on Wednesday and Saturday is tricky so will just have to cross my fingers that it's open later in the year.


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