YOUNGSTERS are being invited to ‘say it with flowers’ this Mother’s Day – with a free event at the Guild Chapel in Stratford.
Families are invited to drop in anytime between 11am and 1pm on Saturday (March 25) to make a posy for mum, using flowers present and popular in Shakespeare’s day.
Avon Floral Art are supporting the Guild Chapel in running the event, and will be on hand to help youngsters make their posies using daffodils and rosemary, among other garden herbs and spring blooms.
Families can also try their hand at the Guild Chapel’s new Activity Trail for children – unlocking the secrets of the building, which dates back almost 800 years, and learning more about its hidden medieval wall paintings, which were covered up on orders from Queen Elizabeth I in the 16th century.
Beverley Short, Chair of Avon Floral Art, said: “The Guild Chapel is a wonderful building and we are delighted to be supporting it. Everyone’s welcome to drop-in on the day to make a special posy for mum, or a loved one, using the same flowers and herbs that would have been coming into bloom all those centuries ago when Shakespeare himself passed by.”
Entry to the Chapel and all events are free – with donations to support the historic building welcomed.
The posy-making workshops mark the end of this year’s Shakespeare Week – with the Guild Chapel welcoming schoolchildren throughout the week – from march 20 – for a series of art workshops and storytelling events.
With a history dating back to 1269, the Guild Chapel is one of Stratford’s oldest and most important buildings, with long associations with the Shakespeare family.
Standing between Shakespeare’s schoolroom and his final home at New Place, it would have been a permanent fixture in his life.
And it was the playwright’s father that received the royal order to limewash the Chapel’s wall paintings in 1563.
Visit www.stratfordtowntrust.co.uk/guildchapel for further details.
* MUMS can take inspiration from the gardens at Anne Hathaway’s Cottage in Shottery and create their own floral display.
Mums can join in a flower making session being held in the family activity tent on Mother’s Day (March 26) between noon and 4pm.
Visit Shakespeare.org.uk to find out more.