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Session Prices

Educational Session Minimum Charge of £117 for up to 36 children and adults, £3.25 each per additional child/adult.
Puppet Show Minimum Charge of £72 for up to 36 children and adults, £2 each per additional child/adult.
Other Groups Please contact the museum for an individual costing.

Useful Downloads

pdfDownload Pre-visit Information

pdfKS1 Example Session Outline

pdfKS2 Example Session Outline

pdfFull Risk Assessment

Booking an Educational Visit

All school visits must be booked in advance. Please contact the Museum and have to hand the following information needed for booking –

The date(s) you wish to book (please have a range of dates available in case your chosen date is fully booked)

  • School Address and email address
  • Contact telephone number
  • Number of children and teachers that will be attending
  • Estimated time of arrival and departure
  • The general topics you wish to be covered in the session


If you need to cancel the booking, you need to do it in writing: by post or e-mail. You must let us know about the cancellation at least 14 days in advance to avoid any charges. Cancellation within 14 days will result in a charge of 30% of the cost of your booked visit but within 7 days will equal 50% of the full cost of your visit.

Should you require any further information, please contact the education officer at the Museum’s “education” email address (education@brightontoymuseum.co.uk), or speak to any of the Museum staff.


Puppet Shows

The Elfin Grove present ‘Ivan and the Thief’ – adapted from a Russian folk tale.

A peasant tries to solve the mystery of his disappearing corn. He enlists his three sons, in turn, to help him. His youngest son discovers the ‘thief’ – a little white horse!

No visit to the museum is complete without a performance of our enchanting, traditional, fairytale puppet show, guaranteed to delight children and adults alike.

“Absolutely magical – thank you!”
Froebel School, Reception class

“The children absolutely loved it.”
Prebendal School, Year 1

Our aim is to give children impressions that are imaginative and life-affirming, with the faithful re-telling of fairy stories and traditional tales from a variety of cultures and traditions.

Our stage has been specially designed for the museum and we create our puppets and scenery using re-cycled and found materials.

Duration of show: 20 – 30 minutes.

Our puppet shows can be adapted for EYFS, KS1 and KS2 and booked as part of a school visit to the museum, a group booking or outreach.

For further information, please email, education@brightontoymuseum.co.uk


Suggested post-visit activities:

English –
* recognise story structure and themes, such as the triumph of good over evil or the use
of magical devices in fairy stories and folk tales
* re-tell the story; orally, through written work, pictures or movement
* predict what happens next in the story.

We hope to inspire schools in puppetry, providing the potential for children to:
* work collaboratively in groups
* to be engaged in a wide range of curriculum based learning, including:

Art and design – manipulation of a wide variety of materials including textiles
Design and technology – exploration of the working characteristics of materials and how
mechanisms can be used in different ways
Science – design and make an electrical series circuit for theatre lighting, exploring light and
Speech and drama – performing with puppets also supports PSHE, as children gain confidence,
overcoming shyness as they identify with their character
Music – improvise and compose music for performance