You can’t have missed the special birthday celebrations that are taking place this weekend to celebrate a certain local lad and pesky poacher, William Shakespeare!
2016 is the 400th anniversary of William Shakespeare’s death which will be marked in Stratford-upon-Avon and around the world by a series of special projects and events led by the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust and others. You can find out more about wider celebrations and events by visiting the Shakespeare400 website.
Always up for a celebration, we didn’t want this one to pass us by (despite Shakey being in our bad books). To mark the occasion there’s a flavour of Shakespeare about the site over the next few days. Sonnets and selfies are what we’d like to see…
Our pals at Shakespeare Birthplace Trust want to see your selfies wherever you find Shakespeare. We’ve numerous places you can capture a selfie to share on social media as part of the celebrations. A few locations are included below…
On guard in the great hall!
It was Sir Thomas Lucy I who, as resident magistrate in 1583, dealt out justice to a young poacher in our Great Hall. And so, on 22 & 23 April, our very own Sir Thomas will be on patrol in the hall, so be on your guard! Will you be brave enough to ask for a selfie?
The hall is also where you’ll find our Shakespeare bust.
A great place for a #SelfieWithShakespeare!
Add to our sonnet
Join the Ladies in the Drawing room reading Sonnets and have a go at writing one at Mary Elizabeth’s writing desk.
Love our Library
Don’t forget the Library on your visit to the House. It is one of the most-loved rooms here. You’ll be able to discover more about the connection between Justice Shallow from the Merry Wives of Windsor and our own Thomas Lucy.
Our most treasured Shakespeare related books are housed here… including the Second Folio.
Also, do take a moment to search out the Garrick portrait. We might not be celebrating this birthday without him…
Please don’t poach! The cuddly critters hiding around the house this weekend are our lovely deer. Our younger guests may enjoy spotting them, but please don’t follow in Shakespeare’s footsteps, especially with Sir Thomas on duty!
When daisies pied and violets blue
And lady-smocks all silver-white
And cuckoo-buds of yellow hue
Do paint the meadows with delight,
Love’s Labours Lost (5.2.900-4)
Our grounds might well have inspired our local bard in his formative years, and we will hope to inspire you! Make sure you take a closer look in the flower beds this weekend. and look out for a sprinkling of sonnets and Shakespearean quotes.
If you spend some of this special celebratory weekend at Charlecote,
please share your selfies on social media!
… and make sure you use #SelfieWithShakespeare