Quills at the ready for feathered fun in Stratford - The Leamington Observer

Quills at the ready for feathered fun in Stratford

BUDDING young twitchers can swoop into Shakespeare’s Schoolroom and Guildhall in Stratford for an adventure this February half term.

The Twitchers Museum Adventure is organised by Kids in Museums and Walker Books to celebrate the release of Feather, the latest book in the Twitchers Series from bestselling children’s author M. G. Leonard.

The story’s setting is a museum which is why Shakespeare’s Schoolroom and Guildhall is one of 50 museums across the UK that is helping to bring the themes of the book to life for visiting families.

Eagle-eyed visitors will be challenged to help Twitch and his friends to find some missing bird exhibits, with the hunt taking place in the Court of Record, Georgian Classroom, Tudor Schoolroom and Master’s Chamber. There is a free Kids in Museums activity sheet to complete and a free Twitchers sticker for every young visitor.

Young William Shakespeare would have been a similar age to M. G. Leonard’s characters, Twitch, Jack and Ava, when he attended school in Stratford and like them he had a fascination with birds, having featured more than 60 species in his work.

And inspired by the robins, blackbirds and nightingales that Shakespeare wrote about, visitors can decorate their own wooden bird, with a variety of colourful materials to choose from. Then they can fly their creation home or add it to the perch in the Master’s Chamber.

More family friendly fun of the feathered variety will also be taking place in the Georgian Classroom, where visitors can try their skills at writing using a traditional quill and ink.

For more information about the Twitchers events, taking place between Saturday February 10 and Sunday February 25, visit shakespearesschoolroom.org

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