Come and meet Bagpuss and his friends at The Beaney and hear the tales of how, between them all, they investigate and fix the strange objects they find – a bit like us at the museums! You will also make and take home a Bagpuss inspired ‘art y fact’!
On arrival please introduce yourselves at our main visitor information desk where our facilitator will greet you and show you where to put coats and bags and lead you into the galleries where the session will take place.
There are two parts to the workshop. One group will visit Bagpuss and his friends with a facilitator, hear stories and learn about Emily’s shop, whilst the other will be provided with all the materials they need to create a Bagpuss themed ‘art y fact!’ Each part takes 45 minutes and then the groups can swap around. It would be helpful if the school staff were able to put the pupils into these two groups. Please note that the creative activity will need to be led by your own staff and your pupils will need to be accompanied at all times.
The activities will take place in the museum galleries and is focused so it is recommended that you allow some time for a more general museum visit during your trip.
Other activities are available within the museum, each lasting approximately 45 minutes so you can add these to your workshop to tailor your museum visit to your class needs.
The Bagpuss & Friends session runs for 1.5 hours and is available at the following times:
10:15 – 11:45
12:00 – 13:30
13:45 – 15:15
Other activities are available within the museum, each lasting 45 minutes so you could add these to your workshop to tailor your museum visit to your class needs
Capacity & Age Groups
Maximum numbers for the Bagpus and Friends workshop is 32 pupils plus accompanying teachers. For larger groups we can split you into 2 groups and you can combine your visit with other activities or a museum visit whilst the groups take it in turns to participate in the workshop.
Key stage 1 and 2, intermediate and advanced ESOL students.
£4.00 per pupil accompanying adults are free. Min charge £70
Please do enquire if you require a lunch space and we will do our best to accommodate you, however a lunch space cannot be guaranteed.
How to book
All schools and groups must book visits in advance. To book any of our workshops please complete our Online Booking Form. If you have specific requirements that are not covered by the Online Booking Form please email our Learning Team Learning@canterbury.gov.uk.
- We advise that all teachers conduct a preliminary visit before arriving with their pupils.
- Please ensure that all accompanying adults on your visit are aware of their role on the visit and are prepared to engage in the learning and support the pupils.
- The group leader is responsible for the behaviour and well-being of their group at all times.
- Please arrive promptly ready to start your visit allowing time for traffic, coach parking and walking through the busy city centre.
- There is no parking outside The Beaney or Canterbury Roman Museum. Coach drivers can book an appropriate coach drop off time at Canterbury Bus Station (5 minutes’ walk), or a parking space at Canterbury Coach Park (15 minutes’ walk)
- If payment for the visit is not made on the day, we will invoice for the number of pupils originally booked or the number that actually visited on the day (whichever is higher). If a visit is cancelled less than 2 weeks before it is due to take place, we regret we will still require payment to cover incurred costs.
- Payment is preferred 2 weeks in advance by cash, credit card or cheque payable to Canterbury City Council. In exceptional circumstances, and if no other payment method is possible we may be able to invoice.
Terms & Conditions
Payment can be made on the day of your visit in cash, by credit card or via a cheque made payable to Canterbury City Council. If payment is not made on the day, we will invoice for the number of pupils originally booked or however many actually visited on the day (whichever is higher). If a visit is cancelled less than 2 weeks before it is due to take place, we regret we will still request payment to cover incurred costs.
Responsibility for children on site
Please ensure that all accompanying adults are aware of their role on the visit and are prepared to engage in the learning and support the pupils.
The group leader is responsible for the behaviour and well-being of their group at all times including first aid and ensuring participants are engaged in the activity. The group leaders will be liable for any breakages or damage to Museum property or collections. Your staff should accompany your pupils at all times. Learning activities cannot be delivered by our staff unless your pupils are accompanied by relevant staff numbers.
If your group arrives late, please note that the duration of the workshop may be reduced (to end at the scheduled time) in order not to run over into time booked by other later groups and therefore the workshop content may not be as advertised. The charges will remain as advertised.
Please download and complete the relevant Risk Assessment for your visit.