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Follow in Shakespeare's footsteps and visit one of Lancashire's finest Tudor buildings
Rufford Old Hall - home to the Heskeths for 500 years - and its Great Hall was once the stage for a young William Shakespeare before he was famous.
Fantastic furniture, arms, armour and tapestries sweep through the hall, and history springs in to life in the Hesketh's dining room, its food-laden table, lit candles and 'fire in the hearth' waiting to welcome the family's dinner guests.
Stroll through Rufford's glorious Victorian and Edwardian gardens - and remember you're only a few feet (or meters) above sea level - making Rufford one of the lowest lying National Trust gardens in England.
Swashbuckling family theatre
Sunday 4 August
Sail the high seas with a rip-roaring outdoor production of Treasure Island. Including songs, dances and interactive fun, the play is presented by a cast bursting with energy and enthusiasm.
'Full of energy, verve, vigour and enthusiasm… the whole performance is a laughter-filled treat from start to finish.' - The Stage
Shakespeare classics performed
4 actors, 4 bicycles, 40 characters and a 926-mile adventure
The HandleBards – a four-strong, all-male troupe of travelling players – will cycle to Rufford Old Hall and perform two of Shakespeare's greatest plays, 'Twelfth Night' and 'Romeo and Juliet'.
Romeo & Juliet is now sold out