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.
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:
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.*
SCHOOL TRIPS : Classic Packages
1. Traditional Tales – EYFS & KS1
Topsy-Turvy Storybook Kingdom
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. Traditional Tales - EYFS & Y1
Little Red Riding Hood
Theatrical performance where children will discover the “truth” behind this much-loved traditional tale, as we retell the story from the two perspectives of Little Red & the Wolf. This show celebrates acceptance, tolerance and bravery, as it explores our characters’ true motivations. It also shows children how communication breaks down prejudices and promotes understanding and friendship. 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.
3. Traditional Tales - EYFS & Y1
Jack and the Beanstalk
Join Jack and his mum for a funpacked adventure through this fairytale favourite. This interactive performance will delight and excite youngsters as they get physically involved - climbing the beanstalk and helping Jack tiptoe into the giant’s castle in search of fortune and glory! 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.
4. Myths, Legends and Fables - KS1 & KS2
Explore the Storyteller’s magical junkyard as he shares fantastic fables, myths and legends from
around the world and across the ages. Using the objects littering his junkyard floor, this mysterious vagabond will mesmerise you with his tales as old as time, exploring the adventures of history’s earliest heroes. Followed by workshops inspired by various myths, legends and fables, which can include illustration with our in-house artist, crafts, music, theatre games, puppetry, story-boarding and imaginative writing.
SCHOOL TRIPS: Themed Workshops
These packages enable your children to be part of an immersive experience, through engaging character-led workshops.
Themes include Superheroes, Pirates, CSI: Once Upon a Crime, and Mindfulness through the
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.
WE'LL COME TO YOU:
Theatre In Education
*All options 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.
Themed Curriculum Days
Inspire creativity and ignite the imagination
Use this package to immerse pupils in a particular theme, whether you want to
kickstart a new topic, enrich a subject you’re currently studying, or end your theme with a
bang! You tell us which subject you’d like us to cover and we’ll do the rest…
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.
Both our Rainbow Room and Creative Kitchen can function as classrooms during school visits.
Our staff have basic first aid training but we encourage schools to bring a qualified first aider with them.
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.
Yes, of course! 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.
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 and other programmes (where we come into school) are available every day.
"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."
Lauren Alexandra Rothwell St Mary's
"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."
Michelle Middleton St Anthony's Primary School, 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"
Joanne Poulter Greenmount Primary, Leeds
"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!"
Abby-Gail Blackshaw Broadfield Primary 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!"
Ishrat Mahmood Iqbal Westborough High School
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