School Theatre Trips & Tours

A school theatre tour will leave your English, drama and performing arts pupils feeling excited and inspired! From the bright lights of Broadway to the magical experience of a West End show. There are so many popular options to choose from and we can book any show for your group including Disney's the Lion King, Charlie & the chocolate Factory, Disney's Aladdin, Matilda and Wicked, to name just a few!   

We're your first choice for tickets, our dedicated in-house theatre team and our links with the best ticket providers, means we’ll be able to reserve your first choice tickets for any show of your choice!

Backstage tours

Our range of tours offer an exciting glimpse into the workings of London’s top theatres, from the National Theatre and Theatre Royal to the Royal Opera House or a backstage tour of Les Misérable. See website for details.

Workshops

We offer a range of expert-led workshops to suit your specific needs, whether your focus is on theatre, performing arts, English and drama, literature and creative writing or dance. When you book your tour with us, we’ll work closely with you to tailor your workshop to suit your curriculum requirements and to support and enhance your chosen West End show experience.

Learn more about our school theatre trip destinations

London

London

We'll give you access to brilliant group prices, fantastic theatre seats, and great availability on the most popular West End shows on our school theatre trips to London.

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New York

New York

New York New York! From the bright lights of Broadway to a range of exciting educational visits, a school theatre trip to NYC won't disappoint!

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Our most popular theatre and drama trip destinations...

Our most popular theatre and drama trip destinations...

New York

With one of our theatre and drama trips to New York, your students are guaranteed the perfect mix of shows, school theatre workshops, and leisure in one of the world's most famous cities. And of course, no trip to New York is complete for theatre and drama students without catching a show on Broadway!

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London

With the magic and lights of the West End a world-famous attraction in our capital city, a school theatre trip to London is the perfect way to inspire your pupils! 

We maintain close relationships with theatres and ticketing agencies in the capital to give you access to great group discounts on seats with the best views, along with complete availability on the most popular shows.

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Theatre backstage tours & workshops

Theatre and drama students love the opportunity to see how everything works behind the scenes. That's why we offer backstage tours, in which your group has the chance to meet and talk to industry professionals alongside exclusive access to the workshops where sets and props are created. To top off the entire experience, we offer specially tailored workshops so your students have the chance to hone their skills with qualified teaching artists.

Planning your first school trip?

If you're planning your first theatre school trip, our essential guide will take you through each step of the process...

  • Choosing your destination
  • Gaining approval from your Local Authority and/or your Head
  • Promoting your tour in school
  • Confirming your booking
  • Tailor-make your tour
  • Completing your risk assessments (including a sample risk assessment)
  • Quick reference timeline
  • Pre-tour checklist

Additional support, resources & information

Tour planning service

Tour planning service

With NST, you’ll get your own dedicated, knowledgeable Tour Co-ordinator who’ll work with you from start to finish. You’ll benefit from their unrivalled destination knowledge, and their experience gained from working with many other groups too. They’ll tailor-make your itinerary from scratch and take care of everything for you: 

  • Pulling together an itinerary that runs smoothly 
  • Planning the right balance of visits every day with realistic timings 
  • Pre-arranging and pre-booking your visits, entrance tickets, passes and meals 

 

You’ll receive your final itinerary a full 4-weeks before you travel too.

Free school trip promotion pack

Free school trip promotion pack

We’ll support you and provide everything you need to advertise your school trip around school and to parents. Our free school trip promotion pack consists of: 

  • Parents’ letter & permission slip template for you to complete A3 posters to promote your trip around school 
  • PowerPoint presentation templates which you can tailor to your own needs 
  • Online parents’ video which showcases the benefits of taking a school trip 

Risk assessment support including preview visits

Risk assessment support including preview visit

Risk assessment plays a vitally important part in the planning and organisation on any school tour.

Our risk assessment guide aims to help you understand more about your obligations and how you can more effectively manage group safety on your next educational visit and provide you with risk assessments for your trip.

Planning first school trip

Planning first school trip

Organising your first school trip can appear to be a daunting process. 

If you're planning your first school trip, our guide will help to take you through each step of the planning process, answering frequently asked questions and providing tips and support along the way. 

Our helpful guide covers the following: 

  • Choosing your destination 
  • Gaining approval from your Local Authority and/or your Head 
  • Promoting your tour in school 
  • Confirming your booking 
  • Tailor-make your tour 
  • Completing your risk assessments (including a sample risk assessment) 
  • Quick reference timeline 
  • Pre-tour checklist 

 

View our essential guide to a successful school trip here

Get live updates on your group's tour location

Get live updates on your group's tour location

Locate My Trip uses GPS technology and is the easy, convenient way for your school to follow your location whilst on tour. Specifically designed to provide reassurance to both parents and teachers, NST will know where your group are 24/7. If your schedule needs to change, we’ll put plans in place to keep your tour on track. 

With Locate My Trip your group can also share photos and videos with the school and parents, via a secure link, to keep them updated on your experience whilst you’re away.

Watch our short Locate My Trip video here

Your online school trip organiser - My Tour Manager

Your online school trip organiser - My Tour Manager

Save time and stay on track with your school trip admin with our online orgnaniser - designed to help busy teachers like you. 

With My Tour Manager, you'll be able to download FREE resources and access trip paperwork online and in one place. Your personalised checklist details what you need to do and by when, plus you'll receive fortnightly reminders too. 

What's more, you can take all your trip documents on the go whilst on your tour with our app, My Tour Manager-On-the-Go. 

Find out more and watch out short My Tour Manager video here

Free classroom resources

Free classroom resources

We've created a range of free geography resources and educational posters to brighten up your classroom!

Take a look at our downloadable posters here

Speak to one of our school travel experts

Our team of school travel experts have unrivalled destination knowledge and experience so they can help to bring your tour ideas to life and might even suggest options you hadn’t already thought of too!

So get in touch today and we'll help to create a bespoke, budget-friendly tour itinerary to meet your specific learning requirements.

  • Unrivalled knowledge

Your dedicated theatre trip tour co-ordinator will use their unrivalled local knowledge and expertise to create a tailor-made, curriculum-linked itinerary to meet your group’s exact needs.

  • Making it easier for you

With our online school trip organiser, travel app, free classroom posters to support in-school promotion.

  • FREE group leader inspection visits

We offer a free inspection visit to your chosen destination to support your risk assessment planning. 

  • Value for money

We’re committed to bringing you the best possible value trips to help make every penny count.

  • We're your first choice for tickets

Our dedicated in-house theatre team and our links with the best ticket providers, means we’ll be able to reserve your first choice tickets for any show of your choice!

Why choose NST...

Here's why hundreds of teachers choose NST each year...

  • More than 20 years’ experience

With over 20 years’ experience, with NST you can rest assured that your group is in safe hands.

  • Risk assessment guidance

Our risk assessment guidance will help you to manage group safety on your next educational trip. 

  • Peace of mind

Your group’s location can be followed with our trip tracking device - Locate My Trip - plus you’ll have 24/7 support from us whilst you’re away.

  • Offsetting carbon emissions

For every trip taken, we'll plant a Maya nut tree in Peru to support reforestation, local communities & biodiversity. Plus, we'll offset an additional tonne of CO2 to guarantee carbon emission reductions. 

Looking for protection on your next school trip? 

Booking with a school travel company is the best way for you to protect parents’ money and give yourself peace of mind.

Financial protection from the moment you book

NST are fully bonded & licensed:

  • ABTA
  • ATOL
  • IATA
  • Commission for Aviation Regulation

 

Managing safety on school trips

For your protection, NST's independently audited Safety Management System covers:

  • 24-hour emergency cover
  • Audited accommodation & transport
  • Excursions & school visit assessment
  • Group leader preview visits to assist with risk assessment planning

Package Travel Regulations 2018

Don't forget - if your school arranges transport, accommodation and other services directly, you’ll be liable under the Package Travel Regulations – meaning you’ll have all the responsibilities of a travel company, both legal and financial. 

We're LOtC Council’s Quality Badge assured

For groups travelling from Northern Ireland... the Department for Education advises schools to always look for the LOtC Quality Badge when choosing a school travel provider.

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