London Time Mon 29th May 9:30pm Update from Mr. Hartland
Today was all about The Bard: William Shakespeare.
After treating ourselves to a Great British fry-up for breakfast, we jumped on the bus and headed off to Stratford-upon-Avon in anticipation of being fully immersed in Shakespearean culture. Our first stop was Havard House, famous for being the family home of the great Harvards who founded the famous American university. However, we were to be disappointed – it was closed. However, no-one minded too much as they were too busy taking pictures of the picturesque streets and houses.
A sign directed us to Shakespeare New Place, and when we arrived we were given a short talk about the place where William Shakespeare had lived with his family. We then explored the wonderful gardens of this brand new renovated family home that had only opened a few weeks ago. We were able to see how Shakespeare and his family lived and saw the place in his garden where he likely wrote some of his most famous works.
After this, we walked over to Hall’s Croft, the home of Shakespeare’s daughter and husband. A wonderfully preserved building, we got to see how people really lived over 400 years ago and the different ways in which they spent their time.
By this time, we were hungry – so after a short walk along the Avon river, we bought fish and chips and ate them in the park. Some people loved them so much, they have had room for some extra! By this time, our old friend the rain had come back to visit, so we ate under the trees and under our umbrellas, watching as even the swans tried to get somewhere dry.
Escaping the rain, we entered the Royal Shakespeare Company. This amazing building is the heart of every modern Shakespeare play. From set design, props, stage creations and writing, everything begins here. We got a personal guided tour and got to walk on the same stage as some of the most famous actors in the world. There was a fascinating insight into what happens behind the stage, how props are created, how stage blood is used, how to create wigs and some wonderful stories about plays and actors.
To finish off our visit, we went to see Shakespeare’s birthplace, the house in which he was born to his parents. After an introduction of the key things to look out for (400 year old windows, famous visitors and how the Shakespeare’s used to sleep), we were free to explore the house and soak up the atmosphere.
Finally, after also soaking up plenty of rain, we returned to the bus, drove back to the hotel and everyone returned to the rooms for a hot bath and some well earned rest. Tomorrow is all London and it promises to be very busy.
At BSB, we are constantly seeking ways to inspire, engage and enthuse our students into getting the most out of the premier education that we provide for them. As such, we have organised a trip to London, England to provide students with an experience of British culture and is a great opportunity for all students including those studying English as an additional language, and students with a passion for History, Geography, English Literature and Art & Design.
The 2017 London Trip runs from 26th May to 2nd June, 2017 under the guidance of Ms. Bramley, Mr. Hartland and Mr. Zheng. The students will visit Parliament, The National Gallery, Tate Modern, The British Museum, the West End Theatre, a day trip to Stratford-Upon-Avon, the home of William Shakespeare, and other interesting places.