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Seasonal Programmes

Alongside our core, all-year-round programme of school sessions, Harewood offers special workshops and events to accompany our changing exhibitions programme.

Christmas at Harewood

Once again at Christmas time, Harewood will be transformed into a winter wonderland.  Step back in time to discover the magic of the House, from the excitement of preparations ‘below stairs’ to the splendour of decorations on the State Floor.  Stories sparkle and come alive at Harewood this year – time for your pupils to fall under the Harewood festive spell!


The Magic of Christmas

For Key Stage 1 and 2

Characters and stories come alive in this full-day workshop, including a story-telling tour of the House, followed by lantern and puppet-making, using light to bring objects to life.  We’ll explore Harewood’s natural winter wonderland to help with our creations, before enjoying a hot chocolate in our winter snug at the end of the day.

Full-day workshop (3 hours plus lunch)

£9.00 per pupil (including admission)/ minimum charge £210 per group


Little Christmas Sparkles

For Early Years (3-5 years)

Discover hidden stories brought to life with film and light amongst the Christmas decorations of Harewood House.  Get busy with crafts and cake-icing followed by Christmas stories, songs and hot chocolate in our magical, winter snug.

1.5 hours

£7.00 per pupil (including admission)/ minimum charge £120 per group

Maximum of 20 pupils per group


Craft Workshops (available throughout the year)

Craftsmanship and beautiful objects are all around us at Harewood.  Craft is a huge part of our history and our future.  We offer schools and colleges craft-focused sessions, which give children and young people a taste for making with skill and imagination.

Crafting Patterns

Suitable for KS2 – KS5

Half-day workshop* (2 hours)

£8 per pupil (includes full-day admission)/ minimum charge £160

Full-day workshop (4 hours, plus 30 mins for lunch)

£10 per pupil (includes full-day admission)/ minimum charge £120

Work with artist Harriet Lawton to explore the collections, gardens and birds of Harewood House through the eyes of a designer.

We will gather inspiration from across Harewood to create our own designs in a range of media including print-making and textiles.

This is a practical day for pupils to be inspired, learn new skills and enjoy a process of making which can be developed back in school.

All materials are included but feel free to bring your own sketchbook.

Harriet Lawton is a contemporary craft artist and artist-educator based in Sowerby Bridge, West Yorkshire. Her practice is inspired by objects and collections, using processes which include textiles, ceramic, screen print and laser cutting.

*half-day workshops do not include a tour of Harewood House


The Craft of Handmade Books

1.5 hour workshop

Suitable for KS2 upwards

£7.00 per pupil (including full-day admission)

Inspired by our historical collection of books and the libraries of Harewood House, we’ll be creating our own books using a range of techniques, from marbling to folding and threading.  Use your book to collect drawings and notes as you explore Harewood, as well as keeping it as a souvenir of your visit.