Shakespeare’s England has all the special components you need for a magical Christmas this year.

Enjoy plenty of festive fun in Shakespeare’s England with a host of seasonal activities including the chance to see Father Christmas, listen to festive plays and carol concerts, enjoy candlelit tours, craft fairs & markets and see a Royal Shakespeare Company performance of The Tempest. Shakespeare’s England has all the special components you need for a magical Christmas this year.

The Royal Shakespeare Company concludes the 400th anniversary year with a production of Shakespeare’s late play, The Tempest, which runs until 21 January. This captivating story of magic, spells and spirits sees the skills at theatre-making come together with digital power to create an innovative production, which provides the perfect introduction to Shakespeare for families. Combine seeing a play with festive dining at the Rooftop Restaurant with stunning winter views across the River Avon. 2 courses are available at £19.95 and 3 courses for £24.95.

Visit Shakespeare’s Birthplace to see how the Tudor’s decorated their homes for Christmas and listen to a talk about Christmas in the Tudor period. Celebrate the start of advent the Victorian way at Anne Hathaway's Cottage. Explore the pastimes the Hathaway family would have taken part in and listen to stories of Christmas past. See the cottage decorated in Victorian Christmas decor or try your hand at decorating festive biscuits. Discover how Christmas has changed in the 400 years since the Halls lived at Hall’s Croft. Become a Tudor fashionista at Shakespeare’s New Place and look like William Shakespeare with their make and take Tudor ruff activity.

Younger visitors to Warwick Castle can enjoy time with Father Christmas with the all-new Santa’s Stately Breakfast, a magical feast for families. Places are limited and cost £55 per person including Castle entry. Or experience a sleepover in the winter wonderland of Knight’s Village, welcoming guests for its first festive season (closed 24/25 December). New Santa Sleepovers are available from 17- 23 December, complete with an Elf wakeup call and story time with Santa. Spend the night in Woodland Lodge from £40pppn based on four guests sharing, including breakfast and two days Castle entry with car parking.

Stratford Artshouse provides entertainment for the family with Aladdin, the magical Christmas pantomime which flies into Stratford until 27 December. Featuring a West End cast, spectacular scenery and costumes, dazzling special effects and plenty of audience participation, this is set to be a favourite this festive season.

Where better to source your shopping needs than Bicester Village, which transforms into a magical wonderland of twinkling lights and festive fabulousness. Entertainment will take place throughout the Village, adding merriment to shopping days. A selection of festive menus will be available from favourites such as Soho House & Co’s farmshop restaurant, Villandry Grand Café and Pret A Manger.

Stuck for a gift idea for children then buy 'Tales of Shakespuss' which re-tells elements of Shakespeare's plays with cute animal characters. Available from booksellers including Amazon and Waterstones, they are priced at £5.99 each.

Take part in a festive Sherlock Holmes Murder Mystery evening on 22 December & 13 January, at Ettington Park Hotel. Enjoy a glass of Buck’s Fizz with a 3-course dinner and interactive murder mystery entertainment. Cost is £55 per person. Stay overnight from £55 per person based on 2 people sharing a classic room with full traditional breakfast.

Sample award-winning seasonal dining in the beautiful panelled restaurant at Mallory Court. A 3-course lunch costs from £32.50 per person or 3-course dinner from £49.50 per person. Not available 24/25/26 & 31 December. On Christmas Eve listen to the Boys and Men’s Choir with a glass of mulled wine and mince pie followed by a 3 course supper in the Brasserie with coffee. Cost is £35 per person.

Glam yourself up for the New Year’s Eve ‘black and white’ celebrations at The Arden Hotel with a Champagne and canapé reception, gourmet 4 course dinner followed by music from The Platinum Rogues and dancing until 1:00am. Midnight munchies and hot chocolate will also be available before departing! Cost is £95 per person.

Enjoy a festive traditional afternoon tea at The Stratford Hotel. Prices are from £18 per person for afternoon tea, £23 with a glass of prosecco or £25 with a glass of Lanson champagne or the cocktail of the week.

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