Rainbow Factory School Trips

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There’s nowhere like the Rainbow Factory anywhere in the UK.
This family-run business was set up by two book-loving sisters who wanted to share their passion for reading, writing and their belief in the power of the imagination.

Our storytelling wonderland is a magical alternative to museums and historical attractions.
- All activities are led by Rainbow Factory staff, meaning less stress for the visiting teachers.
- Our team consists of specialists including published authors, award-winning artists, former teachers, performers and a playwright, so the level of talent and expertise available to pupils is outstanding.
- We can structure workshops to suit your curriculum requirements, where possible.

In addition, our creative space alone inspires children to use their imagination!
Our Woodland Tales zone is filled with stunning handmade models
of storybook characters, painstakingly created by our creative director Richard Underwood.
The Rainbow Factory is the only place these unique models, inspired by Jim Henson's work, can be seen.
They include Alice in Wonderland, Peter Pan, Little Red Riding Hood, plus a variety of original creations.
This enchanting area helps youngsters to step into the heart of the stories and to come up with their own interpretations and re-workings of traditional tales.

And it's not just school trips we offer. Our diverse Education Programme also includes Theatre-in-Education and Specialist Workshops - where we bring the magic into your school, and you don't have to worry about coach hire costs.

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Why are Rainbow Factory great for School Trips and Educational Visits?

The Rainbow Factory is a magical destination, unlike any other, filled with exciting new ways to explore traditional tales and modern classics.
It is the perfect place for children to discover and develop their creative talents.
And we ensure every child has the opportunity to shine, whatever their educational needs.

We have so much to offer - from theatre shows and Theatre-in-Education inspired by a variety of themes including Traditional Tales - to puppetry and creative-writing workshops, themed workshops which immerse children in subjects ranging from pirates to detectives and superheroes, our Supporting Science Through Story Package - featuring CSI workshops – and even more!

Our dedicated Rainbow Factory team blend passions for storytelling, craft and model making, puppetry, creative movement, music, physical theatre and dance.

The different zones of the Rainbow Factory are as follows:

Woodland Tales
Here the children can explore different stories using the handmade models constructed by our talented in-house artist Richard Underwood.

Our stage comes complete with professional lighting, costumes and props. Here youngsters will develop their creative storytelling, music, drama, performance and verbal communication skills.

Rainbow Room
Here the children can practice their writing and illustration skills. In a workshop which underpins key areas of the curriculum, they are invited to develop their own stories and explore what it feels like to be a real-life author!

Creative Kitchen
This area of the factory is filled with craft materials galore! Depending on each individual school trip, children may work with our in-house artist to make their own mini masterpiece.

Secret Garden
The Rainbow Factory values outdoor play and provides active learning opportunities in this green space, including activities which encourage individual skills, group dynamics and imaginative play.

Our Secret Garden is also the perfect spot for a picnic during the warmer months, with children able to eat their packed lunches while enjoying picturesque views across the valley.

Activities available during group visits

We now offer four programmes, all designed to enhance and support the creative workings of the education system.

Two of our programmes involve a visit to us.
(School Trips & End of Term Treats)

For the other two, we'll come to you!
(Theatre-in-Education & In-Class Specialist Workshops)

*Have a particular book in mind?
We’re happy to structure our workshops to suit your curriculum requirements where possible.*

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SCHOOL TRIPS : Classic Packages
1. Traditional Tales – EYFS & KS1
Storybook Mash-Up
We’ll kick off with a theatrical performance, followed by workshops inspired by various traditional tales, which can include illustration with our in-house artist, crafts, music, theatre games, puppetry, story-boarding and imaginative writing.

2. Myths & Legends - KS1 & KS2
The Journey of Hercules & Friends
Explore a labyrinth of Greek myths. Sit back and watch the show, then get involved.
Workshops can include story dice, myths with a twist, making the Argonauts’ ship, solving the Riddle of the Sphinx and more.

3. Literacy Development - KS1, KS2 & KS3
A Story Short
This show is an excellent springboard into the art of storytelling, with its descriptive dialogue, plot twists, magic tricks, puppetry and quick-change characters. Workshops can include drama, story dice, theatre games and make-your-own magic tricks.

4. Supporting Science Through Story - KS1 & KS2
CSI: Fairytale Division
Strange things are happening and our characters need your help!
Pupils will become Crime Scene Investigators, using scientific techniques to solve the crime. Workshops can include fingerprints & footprints and using chromatography to analyse handwriting samples.
To check availability or for more information, or to book, please contact us on: 0113 257 5750 or email education@rainbowfactorykids.com

SCHOOL TRIPS: Themed Workshops
These packages enable your children to be part of an immersive experience, through engaging character-led workshops.
Themes include Superheroes, Horrible Histories, Pirates & Princesses & Spies & Detectives.
For up to 120 pupils.

End of Term Treat
If you want to come and visit us, but not for a full day, then join us for an end of term treat where the focus is purely on fun!
For up to 120 pupils. 2hrs.

Theatre In Education
*Options 1, 2 & 4 in the School Trip Classic Packages section can all be delivered in school as Theatre-in-Education productions & workshops. Just ask*
Enjoy our dynamic productions, as our talented team bring their unique creativity and passion for performance into your school.
Your choice of show is followed by engaging workshops, which can be tailored to your chosen topic, theme or book.
For 30 to 100 pupils. 2hrs.

In-Class Specialist Workshops
Invite one of our experts into your school to share their knowledge and experience.
We’ll help to expand and enrich pupils’ understanding of a particular topic or theme.
We have specialists in Interactive Storytelling & Creative Writing, Illustration & Model-Making and Puppetry.
For class of up to 40 pupils. 1.5hrs.
To check availability or for more information, or to book, please contact us on: 0113 257 5750 or email education@rainbowfactorykids.com

What size groups do you cater for?

Our variety of programmes means we are well equipped to cater for a wide range of group sizes.

For school trips to the factory, the maximum number of children we can accommodate is 120.

You are welcome to bring small groups but there is a minimum charge of £285 – which equates to 30 pupils.
During the visit, children are divided into groups and they move between the different areas for a series of workshops lasting between 10 and 20 minutes.

Theatre In Education sessions accommodate audience sizes of between 30 to 100 children.

Our In-Class Specialist Workshops take place in your own classroom so they are aimed at between 30 and 40 children.

End-of-Term Treats can accommodate up to 120 pupils.

Please get in touch with any queries about group sizes, on 0113 257 5750.

Do you offer on-site classroom facilities?

Both our Rainbow Room and Creative Kitchen can function as classrooms during school visits.

Is there first aid on site?

Our staff have basic first aid training but we encourage schools to bring a qualified first aider with them.

Do you offer access for visitors with disabilities?

The Rainbow Factory has fantastic accessibility including a lift at the building entrance, disabled toilets and an open-plan layout across one level, which is very wheelchair friendly. You can find out more about accessibility at the Rainbow Factory on our website.

Do you cater for visitors with Special Educational Needs (SEN)?

Yes, of course! Our Education Director Lydia Toumazou, has more than 25 years’ experience of working with young people and adults with SEN. A fully qualified teacher, she also holds a CACDP Level 2 in deaf studies and sign language plus a diploma in remedial therapies. She has also designed and coordinated extensive SEN projects with BBC’s Children in Need, the Bedfordshire District Cerebral Palsy Society, SCOPE, Peckham YOT, Green Candle Dance Company and Full House Theatre. In addition, the Rainbow Factory boasts a talented and well-trained team of staff who are highly experienced at working with youngsters and who are picked for their ability to engage with children.

Anything else?

Food: We can provide food, with enough notice, but we would prefer children to bring their own lunch packs due to dietary requirements. Children will eat their lunch in the Rainbow Room, Gingerbread Café or, weather permitting, in our outdoor Secret Garden area.

Parking: We provide free, on-site parking. The coach will be able to drive all the way to the main entrance where you will be met by our team.

Availability: School trips can be booked for Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays & Thursdays. Other programmes (where we come into school) are available every day.
We are filling up fast so we suggest you get in touch as soon as possible! Ring 0113 257 5750 or email education@rainbowfactorykids.com

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★★★★★ Lauren Alexandra, Rothwell St Mary's
"Had a group of 60 KS1 children here today (Feb 11, 2016)for our school trip... Absolutely amazing from start to finish!! All of our children and staff left with such big smiles thanks to the fun-filled activities! Would definitely recommend to schools planning a school trip with a bit of sparkle! Thank you to all the staff for the best day at the Rainbow Factory."

★★★★★ Michelle Middleton, St Anthony's Primary School, Leeds
"Went today (April 27, 2016) with a class of 30 5/6 year old children. What a fabulous and lovely experience, the leaders were fantastic keeping the children all enthralled from beginning to the end of the day with their little shows, stories and activities. All the children (and adults) thoroughly enjoyed themselves. I would definitely recommend the Rainbow Factory to anyone with children."

★★★★★ Joanne Poulter, Greenmount Primary, Leeds
"We took around 60 Reception children here today (June 16, 2016) & it was fantastic,very engaging, hands on, magical & fun. The staff put 101% into the Rainbow factory, well done guys :•) I will definitely be returning with my 4 year old. Thank you :•) x"

★★★★★ Abby-Gail Blackshaw, Broadfield Primary School
"I cannot express how amazing my visit to the Rainbow Factory was when I took 50 Reception (4 and 5 years old) children today (June 15). It was extremely magical for the children. They were so engaged, they barely asked when it was time for dinner which is fantastic for our class on a visit! Do not think twice about it, visit it!! You will not be disappointed!"

★★★★★ Ishrat Mahmood Iqbal, Westborough High School
"We visited here today with a group of 50 Year 7 pupils. Wow! What an amazing job by all the team. Well organised activities that kept our pupils engaged all day. 4 activities had been set up which pupils visited on a carousel, with all groups meeting for team building exercises/drama activities after each session. Good hospitality too, the only school trip I've been on with tea and coffee for staff! We will definitely be here again with another year 7 group. If you're thinking about bringing a key stage 3 class- don't hesitate to do it!"

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