Join us for our special Lord Burghley Education Programme, with workshops, drama, crafts and more.

As part of our celebrations of the birth of Lord Burghley 500 years ago we will be running an education programme that builds on our popular Tudor tours, with costumed guides, workshop, lectures, drama and crafts.

Education Programme Schedule


In celebration of Lord Burghley’s 500th Anniversary in 2020, Burghley would like children to create their own piece of historical writing using no more than 500 words.

There are three age categories, 6 – 8 years, 9 – 11 years, 12-14 years. No matter what their ability or background, we would love to see as many children getting involved and we’re most of all, looking forward to reading their individual pieces.

Tell us about your favourite historical character, setting or location. This is the golden opportunity to show off your historical knowledge. Get as creative as you like to be in with a chance to win these amazing prizes:


  • All entries will receive a certificate celebrating their involvement.
  • The top ten entries from each age category will win a free family day ticket to the House and Gardens.
  • The final two in each age category, will win a special guided tour of the House for a family.
  • The winner of each age category will win a Burghley Children’s Gift Hamper with Burghley branded gifts, a Friends of Burghley Family ticket, a special family Guided Tour, Afternoon Tea for the whole family in the Orangery and a free Family ticket to the Rubbish Shakespeare Company performance on the 10th June, your winning story will be read out during the interval and your prizes will be handed to you!

To be in with a chance of winning these fantastic prizes, make sure your submission has been entered by the 8th May. Each entry will be judged by our dedicated education team. Please remember to note down your age with your full name. You can either send your short stories to ‘’ or to postal address: Education Office, Burghley, Stamford, PE9 3JY

The Rubbish Shakespeare Company presents ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’

Please note that this event has been postponed until 10th June 2021, due to the current public health situation. All ticket holders will be emailed details of the new event.  If you need to contact us concerning your tickets please email Thank you for your understanding at this time. 

Runaways. Fairies. Goblins. WATER PISTOLS!?! Look out, it’s Rubbish Shakespeare!

A spectacular outdoor performance on the 10th June, The Rubbish Shakespeare Company cast of four have the Bard’s impish tale of forbidden love and pixies in their sights.

Their plan, to stage the greatest edition of the Dream ever seen complete with magic in it and everything. Will they succeed? Of course not – they’re ‘Rubbish!’ Sit  back, relax and giggle along, as our four hapless idiots fail for an hour for your amusement. 

Full of high-octane slapstick action and mischievous storytelling, this vibrant reimagining brings belly laughs for all ages. 

Expect a trail of wigs, bubble guns, life-size cardboard cutouts, and a frankly pitiful attempt at roller skating. 

Your kids will love it, and you will too.

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There will be a dedicated schools only matinee performance held prior to the public evening performance. If your school would be interested in coming to the spectacular Rubbish Shakespeare performance, please contact our Education team on 01780 761996 or email For more information, please see our Schools page.


Discover our other Lord Burghley 500th anniversary events on our Exhibitions and Lecture Series pages.