Escape the indoors this summer half term holiday

  Join us on Bankside this half term for some much-needed fun in the sun

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If the thought of spending another day cooped up indoors is driving you (and the whole family!) to madness, we’ve got just the ticket to ease your cabin fever. Here at the Globe, we’ve been making sure that all the cobwebs have been swept away ready for everyone to visit us in person again – and we cannot wait to welcome you through our great oak doors into the heart of our theatre.

From telling the story of our wooden ‘O’ on our Guided Tours, to opening our Summer 2021 season with our first show in 14 months, the fiesta-filled A Midsummer Night’s Dream, there’s something to put a spring back in everyone’s step this half term.

An exterior shot of crowds gathering outside the Globe Theatre: a white lime plaster and timber circular building, with thatched roof.

Journey into the great outdoors this summer half term and spend the day with us on Bankside. Photographer: Pete Le May

 Explore our Bankside home

Discover our secrets on our Guided Tour of the Globe Theatre. Travel back in time to Elizabethan London and hear more about the man himself, Shakespeare, his city and his theatre – the original 1599 Globe. You’ll also uncover fun facts about today’s Globe Theatre and the incredible journey our founder, Sam Wanamaker, undertook in getting this magical space rebuilt. Tours are for the whole family and run every day throughout the half term (except Monday 31 May).

Two parents and two young children walk through the archway into the Yard of the Globe Theatre: pointing up at the painted heavens of the roof above the wooden stage.

Uncover our secrets on a Guided Tour. Photographer: Pete Le May

Family-favourite A Midsummer Night’s Dream is now playing in the Globe Theatre. Photographer: Tristram Kenton

After 429 days, we’re finally back on stage! Our Summer 2021 season has opened with a firm favourite, A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Full of piñatas, glitter and a cacophony of brass, it’s specially made to be enjoyed by all ages and the perfect introduction to Shakespeare live on stage.

If you can’t visit us in person, we’ll also be live streaming Dream on Saturday 5 June, so you can settle down on your sofa with the popcorn for a family movie night.

Our Bankside Shop is now open for you to treat thyself to your own Shakespeare memento from your visit to the Globe. From clothing to bags, homeware to books, there’s a gift for everyone!

We’ve also recently launched a brand new picture book created in partnership with Walker Books! The magic of A Midsummer Night’s Dream comes vividly to life with gorgeous illustrations by Jane Ray

You can browse our full stock online, order for home delivery and even click and collect from Bankside!

Two square blue picture books, with the titles: A Midsummer Night's Dream and The Tempest

Treat thyself in our Globe Shop, with a variety of gifts for everyone.

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Feast on sumptuous delights in Swan Restaurant.

Treat those rumbly-tumblies to a sumptuous bite to eat in our Swan Restaurant, now open for outdoor and indoor dining by the River Thames. Dive fork first into brunchtime eggs, pile scones high with cream and jam in an afternoon tea, tuck into traditional British classics like battered fish and chips, or simply sip a coffee as you enjoy glorious views of the Globe, St. Paul’s and the London skyline.

  Join us for online activities

Wherever you are in the world, we have a host of online activities this half term to share in the joy of Shakespeare’s stories and immersive yourself in his wonderful creations.

Our Telling Tales online workshops and storytelling sessions are back with some of our favourite Shakespeare plays. From the mystical island of The Tempest to the muddy fields of Agincourt we once more invite you to turn your computer screens, front rooms and kitchens into the stuff of dreams, led by our intrepid practitioners on Zoom.

Text: Telling Tales with an illustration of the Globe

Entertain everyone in the household with our online, interacting storytelling sessions.

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Get assessment ready in our workshops designed for GCSE and A-Level students.

For anyone getting ready for final GCSE or A-Level assessments we also have our Shakespeare Boost workshops to give you some last-minute tips and inspiration on four of Shakespeare’s most popular plays on English Literature courses – Romeo and Juliet, Macbeth, Othello and Hamlet.