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The Cultural Explorers Programme

The Cultural Explorers Programme provides a cultural entitlement worth up to £500 per class at no cost for all local Year Five learners, enabling them to engage in an exciting outside-the-classroom learning experience in one of The University of Manchester’s four cultural venues.

How will my school benefit?

Year Five teachers can choose one of the following three options for their class:

  • Option One: A workshop led by the venue + transport to that venue
  • Option Two: Bespoke activities co-planned with specialist venue learning staff and led by class teachers. With £100 provided towards supply cover for planning time, this is a great opportunity for professional development. This option also includes the transport costs when you bring your class to the venue.

Teachers involved in the programme are also invited to attend collaborative professional development opportunities during the year.

Follow-up family offer

All visiting children are invited to enter a competition designed to encourage local families to make the most of these amazing cultural venues on their doorsteps.

As part of the conditions of booking, we may ask Cultural Explorer schools to support the administration of this competition. Details of this year’s family offer can be found here. 

Making a booking

To benefit from this fully-funded cultural entitlement, teachers should book as early as possible in the school yearascapacity is limited at some venues. You can start the booking process by completing the enquiry form.

For all other enquiries, or if you are unsure whether your school is part of the programme, please contact us via 0161 275 8769 or email