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Outreach workshops

Bring faith and history to life for your pupils with our outreach workshops and linked tours of Westminster Abbey.

Who's eligible?

Our outreach programme currently covers the following London boroughs:

  • Barking & Dagenham
  • Brent
  • Camden
  • Enfield
  • Greenwich
  • Hackney
  • Haringey
  • Islington
  • Lambeth
  • Lewisham
  • Newham
  • Southwark
  • Tower Hamlets
  • Waltham Forest
  • Westminster

A Pilgrim's Tale

Pilgrimage has always been an integral part of life and worship at Westminster Abbey. Under the guidance of a medieval pilgrim, your pupils will be transported on a journey around the world's pilgrimage sites, exploring the beliefs and practices of many faiths, before preparing for their own pilgrimage to Westminster Abbey. The session includes pilgrimage badge making which the children can take with them.

Suitable for: KS1 and KS2

We recommend booking this workshop alongside either our RE Pilgrimage Tour or Abbey Highlights Tour. See our tours listings for further information on these.


A question and answer session for primary school students at Westminster Abbey

Monarchy – Film your own coronation

Your pupils will travel back in time to the year 1953 to help our hapless television director film the crowning of Queen Elizabeth II. How can they avoid the disasters of previous coronations and make sure this one goes without a hitch? The children will learn how Westminster Abbey became the nation’s Coronation Church before recreating and filming their own ceremony. By the end of the session, the children will have made their own coronation film.

Suitable for: KS1 and KS2

We recommend booking this workshop alongside either our Kings, Queens & Coronations Tour or Abbey Highlights Tour. See our tours listings for further information on these.


The Last Anglo-Saxons

Edward the Confessor lies on his deathbed and the kingdom is in crisis - who is the rightful heir? Guided by an Anglo-Saxon, your pupils will hear of the fates of previous kings and decode secret messages in Anglo-Saxon runes, before holding their own royal council to consider the case for each claimant. Perhaps, after all, it may not even be an Anglo-Saxon! The workshop culminates with your pupils making their own Anglo-Saxon runic stones.

Suitable for: KS1 and KS2

We recommend booking this workshop alongside either our Edward the Confessor Tour or Abbey Highlights Tour. See our tours listings for further information on these.


A guide explains the coronation ceremony to a group of students sat in front of the Coronation Chair

Parliament Power

The year is 1647. With King Charles a prisoner of Parliament, it would seem the English Civil War has finally ended. But with the Monarch, Parliament and the Church fighting for pre-eminence, only the bravest would invite a Puritan in to their classroom. Your pupils will work alongside a zealot of the age to investigate the rules that underpin our liberty, and create their own book of laws to try and bring peace to a world of chaos. Finally, the children will make their own wax seal with which to make their laws truly official.

Suitable for: KS1 and KS2

We recommend booking this workshop alongside either our British Values Tour or Abbey Highlights Tour. See our tours listings for further information on these.


A group of primary school students pose with their workshop leader outside Westminster Abbey

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