Primary Education

Harrogate Theatre Education (HTe)

Harrogate Theatres education department prides itself on developing learning through creativity. HTe workshops start from as little as £60 and can be adapted to suit your class and learning objectives. Below is a selection of the workshops we offer primary schools.

"Everything ran smoothly and the children really enjoyed themselves. It was good to see children who do not always respond to drama throwing themselves into it and giving it a go" Jess Hurst, Oatlands Junior School

For more information or to book email Niki Alderson, Creative Engagement Manager

History workshops


This workshop is an inspiring way to kick-start your Harrogate topic as we meet Betty Lupton, smell the sulphur water and act out key moments from Harrogate's watery past to bring local history to life.

Our local history workshop has been developed in partnership with Harrogate Museums and Arts.

Children of the Blitz

What was it like for children in the Second World War? How did it feel to be an evacuee? Participants are encouraged to empathise with the feelings and experiences of evacuees and the family members left behind, using photographs, posters and poetry as source material to explore history through performance. 

Greek theatre

By retelling a Greek myth the class learns about the origins of modern theatre and how it links to the ancient Olympian gods and goddesses. The workshop includes mask and chorus work to practically explore Greek theatre style and bring the myth to life.

The Tudors

Looking at characters from one of Shakespeare’s most accessible and imaginative plays gets pupils to learn about the cultural life of the Tudor period and discover why Shakespeare’s stories remain so popular today. Pupils become the characters from the magical world of A Midsummer Night’s Dream to speak some of Shakespeare’s most famous verse and create their own enchanted tales.

Literacy Workshops

Traditional tales

Participants learn how to use drama to tell a story, are taught the structure of traditional tales, and are encouraged to find their best adjectives to write up their own alternative ending as a follow-up activity.

Once upon a time: fairy tales and pantomime

Storytelling, improvisation and movement are combine in a drama workshop that explores the world of pantomime. Ideal before or after a visit to the annual Christmas show at Harrogate Theatre, this is a fun introduction to a uniquely British tradition, which can result in a short performance suitable for sharing in assembly.

Authors' day

Let us know what books you’ve been reading this term and we’ll come in and do a practical workshop based around the imaginative worlds of some of the best-loved children's authors. Previous workshops have included dreaming up confectionary adverts based on the work of Roald Dahl, creating physical theatre scenes from the weird and wonderful world of Dr. Seuss and developing literacy and numeracy skills through the production of monster rhymes inspired by the work of Julia Donaldson.

Enchanted forest

Through reading Into The Forest by former children’s laureate Anthony Browne the class  gets to grips with characters' feelings and acts out devised scenes based on the text. Where's dad? Why is mum upset? How will the story end? This drama workshop is designed to support story and script writing work through developing basic drama skills.

Play in a day

A fun team-building activity for Years 5 and 6. Challenge your pupils to put on a play in a day and watch them raise their game. Pupils spend the day exploring interesting characters, staging the story and creating the props needed to put on a very special show at the end of the day. This can be adapted for a story of your choice. Previous play in a day stories have used The Sneetches and Where the Wild Things Are as stimulus material.

Production day

Give your pupils a head start on their end of term performance (and save yourself a lot of time) with a production day from Harrogate Theatre. Our practitioner will come in for a full day to work with your pupils on character and plot and get you started on staging the script of your choice.

Please note this workshop is only available as a full-day at a cost of £200 (based on working with 30 children. Please call us for a quote if your production involves larger numbers).

"The Wizard of Oz was AMAZING. The dance off was my particular favourite scene!" Kerry Dalton, headteacher at Roecliffe Primary School


Our workshops can be adapted to suit each key stage. Prices are broadly as follows:

Key stage 1 workshops (1 hour for up to 30 children): £60

Key stage 2 workshops (1.5 hours for up to 30 children): £75

Key stage 2 (upper) workshops (2 hours for up to 30 children): £90


Please note travel to schools outside 10 mile radius will incur additional travel costs.

We can also come into your school for the day and work with every class. Our competitive prices vary depending on the number of classes you would like us to work with.

Need a workshop not listed here? Drop us an email or give us a call to discuss your learning objectives and we’ll design something specifically for your pupils.

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