OVER 70 Ukrainian refugees were excited to pay a visit to Shakespeare’s Birthplace.
The 70 women and children, from in and around Solihull, paid a visit to the Birthplace in Henley Street after it was voted top of the list of places they would like to visit.
The trip was organised and funded by the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust (SBT) in a bid to highlight the universality of the works of Shakespeare.
Organiser Kate O’Hara, who is also hosting a Ukrainian family, said: “I wanted to make sure our families have the opportunity to get out and explore what’s on our doorstep, as it helps with feeling more at home here in the UK and gives them an opportunity to meet as a group.
“When the opportunity to visit Stratford and Shakespeare’s Birthplace was offered we were inundated with responses – there was lots of excitement.”
Rachael O’Connor-Boyd, from SBT, added: “We have been delighted to welcome Ukrainian families as part of our wider audience engagement work. Shakespeare is at the heart of everything we do, and to have the opportunity to share these universally-understood and loved stories with diverse audiences is always a pleasure.”
The Ukrainian families also enjoyed exploring the town and Kate is hoping to arrange further visits to sites in the area to help hosted families further settle in and discover the rich culture of the UK.