Stratford English, Drama & Performing Arts School Trips & Tours

Explore the historic world that shaped Shakespeare’s life and works and enjoy a range of English educational visits, including an RSC production and theatre workshop, on an NST English school tour.

An English school trip to Stratford-upon-Avon, where famous playwright William Shakespeare was born and lived, is guaranteed to inspire your pupils. Of all the educational visits on offer in Stratford, an RSC production at the intimate Swan Theatre undoubtedly gives pupils an educational experience that is invaluable to their studies as they see the works they have been studying brought to life on stage. Plus, we’ll arrange every aspect of your Stratford Shakespeare school trip, so you don’t have to.

Prices start from£99pp

Price Shown includes

  • 1 night’s B&B accommodation
  • Executive coach transport from and to school and throughout your stay
  • Group travel insurance
  • 1 in 8 free place ratio

Price shown is based on 40 paying passengers departing from a Zone A departure point in November 2017 and is subject to availability.


On-tour support

On-tour support available...

  • Priority booking service for RSC productions
  • Pre-booked meals at great group prices

 


Accommodation

Popular options in Stratford


Top visits in Stratford

Royal Shakespeare Company Production

Located on the bank of the River Avon in Shakespeare’s home town, the Royal Shakespeare Company welcomes school groups to experience world renowned productions of Shakespeare every day.

Summer Season 2017 – The Rome Season

In 2017, exactly 2000 years after the death of Roman poet Ovid, inspiration for Shakespeare and his contemporaries, the Royal Shakespeare Company transport you to Shakespeare’s Rome.

 

Antony and Cleopatra - William Shakespeare

Royal Shakespeare Theatre - 11 March - 7 September 2017

Following Caesar’s assassination, Mark Antony has reached the heights of power. Now he has neglected his empire for a life of decadent seduction with his mistress, Cleopatra, Queen of Egypt. Iqbal Khan (Much Ado About Nothing, Othello) returns to the RSC to direct Shakespeare’s tragedy of love and power.

 

The Hypocrite - Richard Bean

Swan Theatre - 30 March - 29 April 2017

April 1642. Sir John Hotham, Governor of Hull, is charged by Parliament to secure the arsenal at Hull and deny entry to King Charles I. Civil war seems inevitable and losing his head more than probable in this riotous new comedy from writer Richard Bean (One Man Two Guvnors), directed by Phillip Breen (The Merry Wives of Windsor, The Shoemaker’s Holiday).

 

Julius Caesar - William Shakespeare

Royal Shakespeare Theatre - 3 March - 9 September 2017

Caesar returns from war, all-conquering, but mutiny is rumbling in the corridors of power. Opening the Rome season, Angus Jackson (Oppenheimer, Don Quixote) directs Shakespeare’s epic and thrilling tragedy as the politics of spin and betrayal turn bloody and brutal.

 

Salome - Oscar Wilde

Swan Theatre - 2 June - 6 September 2017

In Oscar Wilde’s lyrical, one-act drama, he reinvents Salome as a powerful and enigmatic figure, both erotic and chaste. Owen Horsley, Associate Director on the King & Country season, directs our first ever Oscar Wilde production in Stratford-upon-Avon. This new production revels in the beauty of this poetic masterpiece.

 

Snow in Midsummer - Frances Cowhig

Swan Theatre - 23 February - 25 March 2017

A contemporary re-imagining of one of the most famous classical Chinese dramas. Director Justin Audibert (The Jew of Malta) returns to the RSC to breathe new life into this ancient and haunting story of a young girl, struggling to prove her innocence for a crime she didn’t commit.

 

The Tempest: First Encounters - William Shakespeare

Swan Theatre - 3 - 4 February 2017

Studio Theatre@The Other Place - 23 - 25 March 2017

On a crazy island swirling with sounds, exiled Duke Prospero uses magic to create a home within the wilderness. As his beloved daughter Miranda falls in love with a shipwrecked stranger from their homeland, she rebels against his power. Prospero must risk forgiving those who betrayed him, or lose her forever.

Fun, fantasy and sorcery collide in this ideal first experience of Shakespeare for anyone aged 8 and above. Using Shakespeare’s original language, this edited version lasts 90 minutes and includes a fully interactive introduction to the world of the play.

 

Titus Andronicus - William Shakespeare

Royal Shakespeare Theatre - 23 June - 2 September 2017

Shakespeare’s gory revenge tragedy presents us with murder as entertainment and poses questions about the nature of sexuality, family, class and society. Blanche McIntyre (The Two Noble Kinsmen) returns to direct this bloody and brutal play, where the decay of Rome reaches violent depths.

 

Vice Versa - Phil Porter

Swan Theatre - 11 May - 9 September 2017

Director Janice Honeyman (The Tempest, 2009) piles on the physical fun in this side-splitting comedy romp, lovingly ripped off from the Roman comedies of Plautus. Writer Phil Porter (A Mad World My Masters, The Christmas Truce) creates a riotous new farce of servants, mistaken identity and a talking monkey! 

Theatre Workshops

At the YHA Stratford, we can provide popular curriculum-linked workshops such as ‘An Introduction to Shakespeare’, ‘Circus and Clowning’, ‘Improvisation’, ‘Playwriting’, and ‘An Inspector Calls’. Course content can be tailored to meet the needs of your group.

RSC Tower

The 36-metre high tower offers an iconic landmark for the RSC theatres whilst providing fantastic views of Shakespeare’s home town. A lift will take you to the 32-metre high viewing platform. As you descend you will find an exhibition installed on the walls and in the alcoves.

Shakespeare Properties Sessions

Put the spotlight on Shakespeare with an interactive talk that aids the discussion of language use, exploration of literary and historical context, and the discovery of characterisation and stagecraft. Choose from a range of plays for comparison and link your workshop to suit your pupils’ needs. Suitable for KS2 - A Level. 

RSC Tours

Go behind-the-scenes to discover more about the theatre-making process. Starting in the foyer, these guided tours explore the public and private areas of the theatre. Learn about the history of the RSC, the theatres and the recent transformation. Theatre tours last up to one hour.

Tudor World

Step back in time and experience a slice of what it was like to lead a Tudor life. Put your feet up in a four-poster bed, see what it would have been like to sit at an Elizabethan dining table and imagine ruling the land by taking your seat on a throne.

Stratford Walks

Take an award-winning guided walk around the historic streets and explore Stratford, its history, attractions and fascinating relationship with Shakespeare. Hear informative and interesting stories of fires, flooding, the plague and mediaeval cures!

Shakespeare Birthplace Trust

Take a guided visit of up to five of Shakespeare’s properties. Each one offers a unique opportunity to gain an insight into the life and times of William Shakespeare. Your guide will assist your pupils in forming a picture of Shakespeare’s life and introduce them to the influences on his work. Options include: 

  • Shakespeare’s Birthplace – This is where it all began. William Shakespeare was born and grew up in this house. 
  • Anne Hathaway’s Cottage – Discover the family home of Shakespeare’s wife with its beautiful cottage gardens.
  • Shakespeare’s Church – Complete the story in Stratford with a visit to Shakespeare’s grave at Holy Trinity Church to see his memorial.
  • NEW FOR 2016 - Shakespeare's New Place - walk in the Playwright's footsteps, explore a dramatic landscape and meet the man behind the famous works.

 

Stratford Ghost Walk

On an award winning ghost walk, your group will meander around the streets of Stratford and discover terrible tales and sinister stories of ghosts, witches, murder and misery.

RSC Workshops

Tailored to meet your learning objectives, these half or full day workshops provide pupils with either a first introduction to, or a deeper study of a chosen plays language, characters and themes. Each workshop is led by RSC Education Associate Practitioners all of whom have first-hand experience of RSC rehearsal room practice, working either as actors, directors or theatre education specialists.

For upper primary pupils our workshops are designed to explore language, character and themes and include the development of written outcomes.

RSC - The Play's The Thing Exhibition

Take a magical journey through 100 years of theatre-making in Stratford-upon-Avon with our new permanent exhibition "The Play's The Thing". Discover rarely-seen treasures from our museum and archive: exquisite costumes, amazing model-boxes and weird and wonderful props. Get hands-on and celebrate the creativity behind the scenes; discover the inspiration behind some of our most acclaimed shows, play Hamlet alongside actor Ewart James Walters, using state-of-the-art gaming technology, try on virtual costumes from our collection and take a photo, dress up in the dressing room and take part in the Quick Change Challenge and many more.


Evening activites

  • Royal Shakespeare Company Production
  • Bowling
  • ...and much more!

 


Transport

Available from any location in the UK, our executive coaches are fitted with seatbelts, toilet facilities, air conditioning, DVD and reclining seats.

Coach

Rail is a convenient travel option for small groups, with ideal for connections to Eurostar, major airports and travel to many city destinations.

Train


Giving you full support throughout

Before your tour

  • Your own dedicated NST contact
  • Bespoke tour itineraries
  • Unrivalled local knowledge & expertise
  • Curriculum linked visit programmes
  • Great value for money - no hidden costs
  • Free group leader inspection visits
  • Risk assessment guidance
  • Safety assured, transport, accommodation and visits

Whilst you're away

  • Free educational resources
  • Group-friendly accommodation
  • Exceptional standards of coaching
  • On-tour support from our reps on the ground
  • Support & assistance from our specialists guides throughout your tour
  • 24/7 support just a call away
  • Extensive group travel insurance

On your return

  • Priority rebooking services
  • Rewarding your loyalty with our reward scheme
  • You say, we listen - we're committed to continuously improving our tours
  • School travel company of choice since 1967

“Our trip to Stratford was excellent. Our theatre workshop was excellent and the teacher was great with the kids. The hotel was lovely and in a perfect location and our coach drivers were very pleasant and helpful. We feel we got excellent value for money.”

Nicola Boardman, Speyside High School