SHAKESPEARE welcomed hundreds of schoolchildren to his home town.
More than 800 pupils from across Warwickshire visited Stratford for a day of Shakespearian learning as part of the Warwickshire Schools Open Day.
It was part of Shakespeare Week 2019, the annual celebration of the world’s most famous playwright led by the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust.
Highlights included exploring Shakespeare’s language in a fun and interactive workshop with Will’s Word Warriors,
the chance to tread the boards in As You Like It with the Royal Shakespeare Company, and an opportunity to meet golden retriever Shakespaw at a storytelling and cartoon illustration workshop with children’s author and Shakespeare Week patron Marcia Williams, a rare opportunity to get up close and see the original parish register recording Shakespeare’s baptism and burial at Holy Trinity Church, and even experience a Tudor lesson with Master Thomas Jenkins in the very classroom Shakespeare was taught in.