What if you found an old lamp, rubbed off the dirt and a genie appeared? what if you hid in
an old wardrobe and realised that it lead into a magical world? What if you fell down a rabbit hole and ended up in a crazy
wonderland? Or, perhaps, what if William Shakespeare had
been a time travelling wizard?
Alley is family lifestyle, adventure and imagination destination for the explorers, dreamers and storytellers of the world.
the experience invites you to dream again; to suspend your disbelief for a while and embark on a magical adventure that brings
a brief respite from the pressures of everyday life.
From the moment you step through the doors and realise that it really is bigger on the inside to the moment
you journey through a full sized street packed with magical objects and curios that you never knew you needed you are surrounded
by the magic of storytelling.
Most people think of William Shakespeare as a great
poet and playwright, but during the period 1578-1584 and then again from 1585-1592 (commonly referred to by scholars and historians
as "The Lost Years") no-one has ever really known what Will got up to... until now that is!
So if you've ever wondered how he went from being a relatively
uneducated 14 year old schoolboy to the world's greatest playwright some 14 years later then this is what you've been
looking for. Welcome to Magic Alley where we explore the Lost Years of William Shakespeare.
Magic Alley is packed to the rafters with all kinds of unique gifts including books, retro toys,
dragons, magic wands and playing cards. You can sit and watch the world go by whilst sipping a luxurious hot chocolate or
one of our incredible original recipe Tudor ButterBeers in the Magic Alley Café and while away an hour or so in
the Enchanted Manor where we bring to life the "Lost Years" as depicted in the best-selling Chronicles of Wizard's
Thatch series of books.
So, what if William Shakespeare really had been a
time travelling wizard? Would the world as we know it be a different place? Or perhaps it would just seem like
it? Would it be a more dangerous place, populated by strange and yet wonderful creatures? Or would it be more
magical, with everything just a little bit more vibrant and colourful?
What it would certainly mean is that magic was real
- not sort of real, but really real, just like dragons and fairies and witches. And maybe you'd be different too...
Or perhaps you already are and you're just hiding your
true nature - you're in disguise as it were... Whatever you are, we would like to appeal to your true
nature - the real you - whether you be wizard, mermaid, time traveller or fairy princess. No matter what you are, or
what you might like to be, we invite you to come and seek the magic for yourself in a world where they're not fairytales,
they're history - and where the only possible explanation for Will's transformation from a relatively uneducated 14
year old schoolboy to the world's greatest playwright involves magic and time travel!