CHILDREN are being invited to ‘say it with flowers’ this Mother’s Day – with a free event at the Guild Chapel in Stratford.

Families are invited to drop in anytime between 11am and 1pm on Saturday March 25th to make a posy for mum, using flowers present and popular in Shakespeare’s day.

Avon Floral Art are kindly supporting the Guild Chapel in running the event, and will be on hand to help youngsters make their posies using daffodils and rosemary, amongst other garden herbs and spring blooms.

Families can also try their hand at the Guild Chapel’s new Activity Trail for children – unlocking the secrets of the building, which dates back almost 800 years, and learning more about its hidden medieval wall paintings.

Flowers are depicted in many of the paintings, covered up on orders from the Queen in the 16th Century.

Beverley Short, Chair of Avon Floral Art, said: “The Guild Chapel is a wonderful building and we are delighted to be supporting it. Everyone’s welcome to drop-in on the day to make a special posy for mum, or a loved one, using the same flowers and herbs that would have been coming into bloom all those centuries ago when Shakespeare himself passed by.”

Entry to the Chapel and all events are free – with donations to support the historic building welcomed.

The posy-making workshops mark the end of this year’s Shakespeare Week – with the Guild Chapel welcoming schoolchildren throughout the week (starting March 20th) for a series of art workshops and storytelling events. Click here for details

With a history dating back to 1269, the Guild Chapel is one of Stratford’s oldest and most important buildings, with a fascinating history and long associations with the Shakespeare family.

Standing between Shakespeare’s schoolroom and his final home at New Place, it would have been a permanent fixture in his life. And it was the playwright’s father that received the royal order to limewash the Chapel’s wall paintings in 1563.

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