Schools, Colleges and Universities

EYFS and Key Stage 1

Please contact us to discuss options for EYFS and KS1 visits or outreach opportunities.

Key Stage 2 – 5

‘The visit and workshop was amazing at opening up the children’s eyes to a new world of creativity and art during our day at Charleston and we followed it up with a variety of rich and meaningful art experiences in school.’ Yr 5/6 Teacher St Marks Primary School

The project covered most of the needs of the art curriculum wonderfully …very relevant to the curriculum, with clear objectives and key language used throughout’ Rachel Johnson, Heathfield Community College Yr 8

We encourage and facilitate cross-curricular and extra-curricular learning and passionately believe creativity is central to effective learning in schools. Our House Tours have been developed by a team of teaching professionals to ensure they are relevant and meaningful supporting the broad and balanced curriculum.

The content and activities are differentiated according to the age of the students and needs of the group.

On Mondays and Tuesdays when the site is closed to the general public we can accommodate a maximum of 64 students at any one time.

On Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays we can accommodate a maximum of 32 students at any one time.

We work with Further Education and Higher Education Institutions on a bespoke basis. We can arrange House Tours to meet your particular needs and support the student’s critical thinking and research skills.

Option 1.

A Room of my own; An Introduction to Charleston.

Introduction and House tour (approx. 1hour)

Cost: £100 minimum or £5 per head

Option 2.

A Room of my own; An Introduction to Charleston.

Introduction and House tour, garden visit with practical drawing activities. (10 – 1pm)

Cost: £180 minimum or £7 per head

Option 3.

A Room of my own; An Introduction to Charleston. (10 – 2pm)

Introduction and House tour, garden visit with practical drawing activities and gallery exhibition visit.

Cost: £200 minimum or £8 per head

Option 4.

KS5+ A Room of my own; An Introduction to Charleston.

Full 1 hour tour with access to the Gardens and Gallery.

Cost: £100 minimum or £11.50 per head

Please contact or 01323 811626 to find out more.

*Special rates are available for small groups of students with additional needs.

By email:

  • Please complete a Booking Enquiry Form  with your details and email it to Following the receipt of your Booking Enquiry Form, you will be sent an email which confirms the visit (your visit is not confirmed until you receive your Booking Confirmation Form and you have agreed that the details are correct).
  • All school / group visits must be booked in advance. If you book a tour or workshop you can also book the Hay Barn as a lunch space (subject to availability).
  • We recommend that bookings are made a minimum of 6 weeks in advance to avoid disappointment.


  • The ground floor of the House is accessible to wheelchairs and there is a short flight of steps to the second floor.
  • The workshop areas, gallery and shop are all accessible to wheelchairs.
  • The Hay Barn has a hearing loop.
  • The garden has uneven paths and some gravel areas.
  • Our site is based on a farm and the ground is infirm. The car park has small stones on its surface.
  • There is a wheelchair on site for visitors to use.

As the home of artists, Charleston was a place of freedom, invention and creation. which provide a richly stimulating resource for learners of all ages and abilities.

Charleston is the only example of a complete Bloomsbury house in the world. The beautiful, hand painted interiors, domestic items and rich history of the house are a unique and authentic backdrop for tours and workshops.

The gardens, outdoor space and access to the Downs provide excellent opportunities for outdoor learning.

The galleries have a changing programme of exciting exhibitions which include contemporary work to inspire creative response and debate.

We offer:

  • KS2 – 5+ Guided tours of Charleston House for up to 2 classes at a time (max 64 students with a ratio of 1 adult per 9 pupils)
  • Bespoke workshops for college and university students
  • Resources and trails
  • Introductory exhibition talks

Teachers are encouraged to come for a free (pre-arranged) planning visit to meet with a member of staff. We welcome everyone at Charleston and will work with you to ensure that your visit meets the needs of your students.

If you have any queries about our programme or would like to discuss a visit please contact the or 01323 811626.


Two students from East Sussex Collage taking part in a printmaking workshop inspired by the Zanele Mulholi exhibition at Charleston



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