The Royal Shakespeare Company is offering families a whole host of exciting activities this summer. As Stratford-upon-Avon reopens its doors to visitors and residents, the RSC will celebrate with a series of free pop-up performances, interactive workshops and outdoor performances for families, running for four weeks from Tuesday 27 July - Friday 20 August.

These events will take place on the Bancroft Terrace and in the newly constructed Lydia & Manfred Gorvy Garden Theatre, situated in the Swan Gardens flanked by the River Avon.

Highlights include: 

Tuesday Comedy Time: Inspired by themes in The Comedy of Errors, join the RSC on Tuesday afternoons for funny, energetic, and silly performances, suitable for all the family. 

Pop-up performances: Georgie The Knight: Join Georgie as they discover what it means to be a knight (and how to really look the part) in these fun and exciting pop-up performances, created and directed by Nicky Cox. After each performance, the audience will be able to make an item inspired by the show. All performances will be BSL interpreted.

Craft Workshops: Join them on the Bancroft Terrace for craft activities inspired by costume making techniques. Drop in for as long as you like to add your creative mark to our mannequins, then come back and see them on the 20 August as part of Costume Day.

Music on the Bancroft Terrace: Enjoy a drink or an ice cream from the Riverside Cafe as you listen to a free music gig on their terrace outside the Royal Shakespeare Theatre. 

An Actor’s Workout: Start your day like an actor in the rehearsal room. Join their workshop leaders for a weekly warm up in the Garden Theatre. These fun, interactive sessions are the perfect excuse to get on your feet and join in the fun with family and friends. All workshops will be BSL interpreted.

Costume Day: On Friday 20 August, RSC will host a series of free pop-up performances, workshops and family-friendly activities taking place across the town, celebrating its costume making heritage.

Pop-up performances, Craft Workshops and Costume Day are part of THREADS, a programme of events that celebrate the heritage of costume making in Stratford-upon-Avon, supported by National Lottery Heritage Fund.

Elsewhere at the RSC, the Riverside Cafe has resumed its popular takeaway service. Visitors can also take advantage of the ‘Rocket’ ice cream van located at the front of the Royal Shakespeare Theatre on select days throughout the summer. Both outlets will serve a selection of drinks, sandwiches, ice cream, crisps and delicious cakes plus a full range of fair-trade tea and coffee. The Riverside Cafe will be open at 10am, six days a week, Tuesday – Sunday.

From Tuesday 13 July, in line with government guidelines, the Rooftop Restaurant will reopen its doors with a reduced menu, available from Tuesday - Sunday. The restaurant will operate with reduced capacity so pre-booking is essential. The outdoor terraces will be open, overlooking the RSC’s picturesque landscape.

A picnic offer will be available to purchase via click and collect as well as drinks for pre theatre and interval via a new online ordering service for Garden Theatre audiences.

For more information, and to book tickets, visit rsc.org.uk/families