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What if William Shakespeare had been a time travelling wizard?

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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 & the World of Wizards Thatch where we explore the Lost Years of William Shakespeare.

Our website is currently undergoing a massive makeover ahead of the opening of our new 4,500 square feet flagship store and attraction in Bell Court, so please bear with us as we make these changes and add lots of exciting new information. 

Henley Street, Stratford upon Avon

Magic Alley & The Lost Years Of William Shakespeare; the world's oldest makers and purveyors of magical wares, and msueum of magic, fairytales and time travel

Magic Alley & The Lost Years Of William Shakespeare; the world's oldest makers and purveyors of magical wares, and msueum of magic, fairytales and time travel

Magic Alley & The Lost Years Of William Shakespeare; the world's oldest makers and purveyors of magical wares, and msueum of magic, fairytales and time travel

Magic Alley & The Lost Years Of William Shakespeare; the world's oldest makers and purveyors of magical wares, and msueum of magic, fairytales and time travel

Bell Court, Stratford upon Avon - opens April 14th, 2018

Call to book your tickets: 01789 290969 pre-booking essential!

Magic Alley & The Lost Years Of William Shakespeare; the world's oldest makers and purveyors of magical wares, and msueum of magic, fairytales and time travel

Magic Alley & The Lost Years Of William Shakespeare; the world's oldest makers and purveyors of magical wares, and msueum of magic, fairytales and time travel

Magic Alley & The Lost Years Of William Shakespeare; the world's oldest makers and purveyors of magical wares, and msueum of magic, fairytales and time travel

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Magic Alley & The Lost Years Of William Shakespeare; the world's oldest makers and purveyors of magical wares, and msueum of magic, fairytales and time travel

Magic Alley & The Lost Years Of William Shakespeare; the world's oldest makers and purveyors of magical wares, and msueum of magic, fairytales and time travel

Magic Alley & The Lost Years Of William Shakespeare; the world's oldest makers and purveyors of magical wares, and msueum of magic, fairytales and time travel

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"I'm a Spellebrity" competition launches Monday 29th January

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We're looking for someone to cut the ribbon on our new store on April 14th. And rather than a boring old local government official (like the mayor) we thought we'd rather have someone very special - like you!  All you have to do is write into us and tell us what the world's greatest "opening spell" is and why you think it's the greatest. 

You could use "Alakazam!" ; or"Alohamora!" (from Harry Potter, we wouldn't mind, honestly!); "Izzy Wizzy Let's Get Busy!" from Sooty & Sweep; or even "Open Sesame!" from the Tales of the Arabian Nights. You could even make a spell up - the winning entry will be selected based on why you think it's the greatest.

Remember to tell us your name and address (and how old you are - if you're under 16 you need a grown ups permission to enter) and a way of contacting you by phone and we'll do the rest. 

So, what will you win? 

Well, we really will treat you as a spellebrity - you'll get to cut the ribbon on the door, be the first to go round the new attraction; you and three other family members will be treated to lunch and you'll get a host of other surprises and gifts too. 

So what are you waiting for?  Just drop us a line by email or by post!

 

 

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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 & the World of Wizards Thatch 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 get a "Potion To Go" from the Golden Broomstick Takeaway 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!

Lose yourself in the original world of wizardry based on the Chronicles of Wizard's Thatch series of books!

 

Forget the 20th Anniversary of books about an orphan boy wizard with a lightening shaped scar - this year is the 28th Anniversary of the publication of the first books in the Chronicles of Wizard's Thatch series and the opening of the very first Magic Alley in London. 

So, just take two large cupfuls of imagination, a pinch of wonder with a dash of magical delight and a magical mirror.  Add to a heady mixture of stardust and moonbeams, and stir well. 

Then step back and allow the magic to begin as you enter an enchanting world of storytelling in a mysterious old building known as the Creaky Cauldron.  Here, you'll find Stratford's Magic Alley store and the Enchanted Manor. 
 
Welcome to a truly magical and enchanting world based on the best selling Chronicles of Wizard's Thatch series of books by Dave Matthews  - where every hour is the witching hour, but you don't need to be a card carrying witch to join in the fun!

 

 

     




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 "Wonderful stories - thank you!"   "The Wizarding Timeline was awesome!"    "OMG! You've got wands!"
"You made our visit to Stratford - thank you!"    "It's a must see for fans of Wizard's Thatch!"
"We drove for 4 hours to get to you, was it worth it?  You bet it was, thank you!"

Magic Alley & The Lost Years Of William Shakespeare; the world's oldest makers and purveyors of magical wares, and msueum of magic, fairytales and time travel


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