Things to do at Shakespeare’s Globe this October half term
As half term creeps around the corner, we’re bringing you our best suggestions to get the kids out and about
Looking to keep little monsters entertained this Halloween? Here at the Globe, we have a host of activities for all the family to enjoy this October half term.
Our family festival, Telling Tales, is back and packed full of exciting events, including Storytelling Sessions, Family Workshops, and On Stage Workshops for budding young actors! You can also explore our wooden ‘O’ on a Family Guided Tour, encounter fairies in the woods with A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and feast on sumptuous delights in Swan Bar and Restaurant.
Uncover the magic of Shakespeare in a Storytelling session (5-12 years)
There’s never a boring story told when we’re around. Our Storytelling Sessions are delivered by our expert team of Practitioners, who bring Shakespeare to life and ensure an immersive experience for the whole family. Join us for music, costumes and laughs. Choose from Shakespeare’s epic tales The Merchant of Venice, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Hamlet and Julius Caesar.
Dive into Shakespeare’s plays with our Family Workshops (5-8 & 9-12 years)
Take part in our interactive Family Workshops in our very own rehearsal studios at the Globe. Through a range of activities and games, you’ll be able to unearth the magic of Shakespeare’s language, characters and themes in The Merchant of Venice, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Hamlet and Julius Caesar.
Perform on our Globe Theatre stage
Jump in and explore some of Shakespeare’s most famous plays Macbeth (5-8 years & 9-12 years), Hamlet (15+ years) and Othello (15+ years) on our very own Globe Theatre stage in our On Stage Workshops this half term. These in-depth sessions are perfect for aspiring young actors!
Explore our Bankside home in a Family Guided Tour
Have you always wanted to know about what the theatre was like in Shakespeare’s England? Or, how about how much a ticket would have cost to the theatre? Our Family Globe Theatre Guided Tour is ideal for those with children aged 7-11 years old. Step into Shakespeare’s world and discover our secrets as our Guides take you back in time to Elizabethan London to hear more about the man himself, his city and his theatre.
Get dressed! (Like an Elizabethan woman)
What did we do in a world before Velcro? What was the equivalent of ‘nice top and jeans’ in Elizabethan times? Now you’ll get to find out. Bring the family out to see our Family Dressing Demonstrations, where you can see how Elizabethan women got dressed – whether it was for a party, work, or just to sit around. Try on the clothes of a gentleman courtier, or a ne’er do well about town, learn to bow, ‘make a leg’ and doff your hat like a real Elizabethan!
Fight off the half term scaries with a Sword Fighting Demonstration
Did you know the Globe has its very own Fight Team? Have you ever wondered how the fights on Shakespeare’s Stage compared to the fights on the streets of 16th century London? Or the difference between a rapier and a smallsword? Well, wonder no more! Our Fight Team will answer these questions and more in our nail-biting Sword Fighting Demonstration.
Join us for a demonstration of Early Modern stage combat, learn about historical sword fighting, handle the weapons, and even get your photo taken with the swords we use for our Exhibition fights!
Watch A Midsummer Night’s Dream or Twelfth Night
Summer is coming to an end, but there’s still just enough time to squeeze in one of our Summer 2021 performances. Immerse yourself in a world of fairies, fun, and glitter with A Midsummer Night’s Dream, or enjoy some music, madness and mistaken identity in Twelfth Night, both playing in our Globe Theatre until 30 October.
Fancy a movie night in instead? If you can’t make it in person but don’t want to miss out on the fun, you can watch a live stream of Twelfth Night from the comfort of your living room. Catch us in Illyria on 23 October at 7.00pm (BST).
Fill rumbly tummies in Swan Bar and Restaurant
Don’t forget if you’re visiting us as a family, our friends at Swan Bar and Restaurant are open and have a wonderful children’s menu with tasty favourites including beef burgers, fish and chips, ice cream and chocolate brownies – yum!
Treat thyself with a souvenir from our Shop
Our Shop is now open Monday to Friday during the day to treat thyself and take a little slice of the Globe home with you. From a little book of Shakespeare insults, to games, wooden daggers and flower crowns, there’s a Shakespeare memento for everyone!
Telling Tales runs onsite at Shakespeare’s Globe from 24 to 30 October 2021.
Buy 2 or more events and a discount of 10 – 20%* will be added automatically to your basket.
*Buy 2 events and save 10%. Buy 3 events and save 15%. Buy 4 or more events and save 20%.