Free entertainment provided by the RSC


The Giant Wheel is a moving performance inspired by the beauty, power and impact of people from different walks of life coming together. It features a twelve foot tall Giant Wheel powered by six street artists, accompanied by music and a large community cast from Coventry’s Positive Youth FoundationFred Winter CentreIleap and Warwickshire Pride.

1:30-2pm – Swan Gardens

4-4:50pm – starts in the Swan Gardens, finishes on the Bancroft Terrace.
This performance is BSL interpreted. 

Free, everyone welcome


Hour long introductory fun and practical workshops exploring characters, themes and language in Shakespeare’s plays, inspired by our community group’s costume selections in The Play’s The Thing. Suitable for ages 8+

Workshops are available on the day, booking is required – please follow this link:




Come in and see what’s new in our free exhibition, The Play’s The Thing. We are opening the exhibition with a new selection of costumes, props and unique items from the RSC Collection at the Birthday celebrations.

This new selection of objects was chosen in collaboration with community groups from the Fred Winter Centre, Warwickshire Pride, Ileap and Positive Youth Foundation. The exhibition includes a new film Beyond the Borders, co-produced by John Bernard, the RSC and Positive Youth Foundation, with music by Credo Kampeta.

Level 1 Swan Theatre
Open midday -7.15pm


Come into the Reading Room for colourful craft and mindful activities. 

Suitable for all ages.

Reading Room, Swan Theatre, Ground Level
Open midday -4pm

To book, please follow the link below:


Shakespeare Birthplace Trust Activities

Celebrate William’s 460th birthday with special artist-led workshop on Henley Street honouring the wider impact of mothers

Join four multi-disciplinary female artists from Mothers Who Make Coventry for a series of free, hands-on workshops outside the front of Shakespeare’s Birthplace, as we explore the continued impact of the Women Who Made Shakespeare.

All the artists involved are from Warwickshire and are also mothers and child carers. They will be celebrating this special day by exploring and responding to the key women in young William’s life, including his mother, Mary Arden, through their own artistic practice.

The artists devising workshops are:

  • Ania Bas
  • Janet Tryner
  • Rosie Bolton
  • Natalie Zervou-Kerruish

Workshops will take place throughout the day and are designed as drop in sessions, so is no requirement to pre-book.

This event is free to attend, including all the artists workshops and suitable for all ages.

Part of our multi-year theme, The Women Who Made Shakespeare.

Tudor Music at the Guild Chapel

Clopton Household Musicians, Coranto, will be playing Tudor and Folk Music at the Guild Chapel. Instruments of the period, Harp, Woodwind and Hurdy-gurdy. Music that would have been very familiar to William Shakespeare.

2:00-3:30pm free event