We have lots of great performances, workshops and experiences for schools at Gulbenkian.

You can call and discuss a visit with our Ticket & Information Office team on 01227 769075 or speak with our Creative Learning team on 01227 816 472.

Many of our shows have discounts for schools and for every 10 tickets purchased we offer free teacher/adult ticket.

Frequently asked questions

Can I pay by invoice?

A non-refundable deposit of at least 25% will be required from schools (payable by invoice) at time of booking. Numbers can be tweaked between time of booking and one month prior to the performance, when the remainder of the sale will then be payable. To book and for more information call our ticketing & information team on 01227 79075 who will be happy to help.

Where are the toilets?

Located on the ground floor in Gulbenkian next to the Ticket & Information office and in Colyer-Fergusson next to the Lift.

Which are the best seats for schools?

Most performances at Gulbenkian are reserved seating so please see Gulbenkian’s seating plans for more information on layout or chat to a member of our ticketing team who will be happy to advise. Lift available to first floor for Cinema and Colyer-Fergusson Hall.

What food is available?

A range of sandwiches, paninis and snacks are available in addition to the Gulbenkian’s Menu

Can we bring packed lunches?

Yes.  Gulbenkian might be able to help with a space subject to availability. Please contact Eleanor Cocks on 01227 82 7641 to make a booking.

How do we get to Gulbenkian?

Gulbenkian is easily accessible by foot, bus and car. Please see Your visit section If you are coming by coach, safe, convenient drop off points are available close to the Gulbenkian. Please contact the Front of House Manager on 01227 824397 or or by email and University’s Parking Office on 01227 823609 or parking@kent.ac.uk and let us know in advance how many vehicles/coaches and what size they are so that we can make the necessary arrangements. Please let us know if you have any special needs or access requirements.

How long are post show discussions?

Post show discussions usually last between 20-30minutes and are a good opportunity for students to ask the performers and members of the company questions about the performance.

What are FilmTalks?

FilmTalks are organised post-screening talks or introductions about a topic to do with the film. Organised with the University of Kent’s Film Studies department these are a fantastic insight into film.

Do you do backstage tours?

We are able to offer backstage tours to see the inner workings of a professional theatre and cinema. To find out availability for backstage tours please contact Eleanor in our Creative Learning team on 01227 827641 or e.cocks@kent.ac.uk

Do you offer Work Experience? 

Gulbenkian offers work experience. Visit our school page for more information.

ART31

ART31 takes its name from Article 31 of the UN Convention on the Rights of a Child, which states that ‘Children have the right to relax and play, and to join in a wide range of cultural, artistic and other recreational activities’.

ART31 is a vision created with, by, and for young people in Kent, championing the belief that all children and young people have an entitlement to access high quality arts and culture, to empower them to achieve their creative potential, and to genuinely engage young people as equal partners in any decision making that affects them.

The ART31 Youth Board is made up of young people from across Kent aged 13-25 who steer its governance, and influence policy and practice across the county and beyond, challenging the creative sector to examine existing ways of working and integrate young people into the core of their practice.

Our projects with young people