Schools visits – A World Inside A Book: Gruffalos, Dragons and Other Creatures

Tuesday - Thursday during term time, February - July 2018

Age range
Early years - Year 5

Run Time
Various times

We are now booking for nurseries, primary schools and educational group visits!

£6 – £9.50 per pupil.

Option 1 (for 1 class)
Tour only
Class group (approx. 30 children) visit to immersive exhibition
1 hour interactive tour in the exhibition
Available on: Tuesday / Wednesday / Thursday
Only at 12.30pm

Option 2 (for 1 class)
Tour and workshop
Class group visit to immersive exhibition, followed by a supporting creative workshop
Available: Tuesday / Wednesday / Thursday
9.45am – 10.45am – Tour of exhibition
10.45am – 11am – Break
11am – 12pm – Creative workshop

Option 3 (for 2 classes)
Tour and workshop
Available on: Tuesday / Wednesday / Thursday
9.45am – 10.45am – Class 1 exhibition
9.45am – 10.45am – Class 2 workshop
10.45am – 11am – Break (reset exhibition and workshop)
11am – 12pm – Class 1 workshop
11am – 12pm – Class 2 exhibition


12.30pm – 1.30pm – Class 1 exhibition
12.30pm – 1.30pm – Class 2 workshop
1.30pm – 1.45pm – Break (reset exhibition and workshop)
1.45pm – 2.45pm – Class 1 workshop
1.45pm – 2.45pm -Class 2 exhibition

Explore the worlds of Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler in our multi-sensory, immersive exhibition. These interactive sessions take children to the heart of some of the UK’s most beloved children’s books. Pupils will explore familiar stories in a whole new way, discover worlds of imagination and create new stories and ideas of their own to take away.

We recommend bringing two classes per visit, however we can cater for one class. The two classes will take turns exploring the exhibition with our Story Explorer and taking part in a bespoke workshop delivered by one of our Associate Artists.

Schools can choose from different artistic workshops including drama & movement, music, visual arts and storytelling & writing, all which focus on a particular Julia and Axel book. Full details to be published soon

The Story Explorer playshops in the immersive exhibitions provide a wide range of interactive activities that use creative play to engage children and support development of communication, creativity and literacy skills. The artist led workshops complement the national curriculum and support core language, literacy and key skills.

All sessions are accessible to, or can be adapted for, disabled, SEN and EAL children.

Teachers and supervisory adults supporting educational visits receive entry to the exhibition free of charge.

Lunch space can be provided for free with prior arrangement.

For an additional fee of £7 pupils can complete a Z-arts Discover Arts Award as part of their visit.

Special Travel Offer

Take advantage of our special offer in partnership with Stagecoach. Bring your class on public transport to Z-arts for only £9 return.

Your group may travel on any Stagecoach buses to/from Manchester City Centre as well as Stagecoach bus services 38/86/250/256 which serve the Z-Arts Centre on Stretford Road and the A6.


Please contact to discuss your request in more detail and book your classes visit for 2019.

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