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St Barbe
Forest Arts Centre
Heritage Centre

What can Folio offer your school?

As a collective of 15 organisations and over 150 creative freelancers we are happy to assist New Forest based schools in finding the perfect partner to deliver your arts and culture projects, trips and workshops.


Below is information describing what each Folio partner organisations can offer your school. If you are unable to find what you are looking for please feel free to get in touch.

If you are a secondary school, please also check out our PORTFOLIO project page.

Many of our settings also offer a number of weekly youth programmes and school holiday activities should you wish to refer a young person to an out-of-school activity, many of these provide bursaries for those that may require financial support to attend. For more information on local youth programmes please visit the organisations individual websites, these can be found here.

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St Barbe Museum and Art Gallery, Lymington 


The St Barbe school programme offers a number of different themed workshops covering a variety of curriculum subjects, suitable for KS1 and KS2 pupils. All our workshops use handling objects and interactive activities to offer a learning experience which suits different learning styles. The workshops range from 60-90 minutes in length and cost £60 for up to 32 pupils, which includes FREE entrance to the Museum for self-guided time before or after the workshop. Teachers/adult helpers have free entry. As we are a small museum we can accommodate up to two classes at once.

Workshops can also be delivered at your school. Our workshops use handling objects and interactive activities to offer a learning experience which suits different learning styles. The workshops range from 60-90 minutes in length and cost £60 for up to 32 pupils. A minimal charge for travel will also be included, depending on distance. 

St Barbe can offer tailor made experiences and/or resources for your individual project, please get in touch to talk with the team about your specific requirements. St Barbe are able to offer experiences for KS3/KS4/KS5 upon request.  

St Barbe also offer school membership options which reduces the cost of individual sessions. Arts Award is also available. 


More information: Schools – St Barbe Museum & Art Gallery (

Forest Arts Centre, New Milton 


Forest Arts Centre, based in New Milton, can offer full day, half day or regular workshop or classes for all key stages in art, crafts, theatre and dance across the New forest and Bournemouth. Live performances with or without workshops attached can also be accommodated. Costs vary depending on content, a typical half day workshop will cost from £100. the maximum number of students for workshops is 16 per session and the theatre can hold up to 120 pupils. 

Forest Arts Centre has a theatre, dance studio and art and craft studio that can all be rented. Plus, with a wide range of freelance associate artists Forest Arts Centre can offer bespoke workshops and projects to your school setting. 

Please get in touch to discuss your specific requirements. 


More information: Forest Arts Centre - New Milton, Hampshire (

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Coda Music Trust, New Milton/Christchurch


Coda Music Trust, based on the New Milton/Christchurch border is an established local music organisation with a team of qualified, experienced music educators and therapists providing a broad range of services for young people of all ages and abilities.


All music delivery is offered on a bespoke basis and the team at Coda are happy to discuss your requirements. So, if you would like to know more about how Coda could deliver music activities in your school, please get in touch. 


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New Forest Heritage Centre, Lyndhurst 


The New Forest Heritage Centre learning programme is designed to inspire, engage and capture your pupil’s imagination. We have workshops from EYFS to KS3 with valuable links to the National Curriculum. 

Our workshops are between 60-90 minutes and are the perfect opportunity for your pupils to learn about the New Forest in creative and imaginative ways. During the year we will be introducing our collections focussed workshops which offer hands-on opportunities through object handling and enquiry-based learning – encouraging pupils to look closely and to form and share opinions developing both observation skills.

All workshops are led by our creative and experienced Learning team & supported by volunteers.

Our workshops are for up to approx. 15 pupils. For classes of 30 we can run two consecutive 60 minute workshops (15 pupils attend the workshop while the other half of the class spend time in the museum and then switch over). Please contact a member of the Learning Team to discuss in more detail.


More information: Schools - New Forest Heritage Trust


Forest Forge Theatre Company, Ringwood 


Forest Forge Theatre Company offer a wide range of creative workshops and classes in all aspects of theatre, production and performance, with highly trained and experienced theatre professionals. 

We know all schools are different - which is why we work closely with teachers to offer workshops and programmes that are created around a schools individual needs and requirements. 

These could include: After school drama clubs; One off workshops; Long term school projects; Support for school productions; Teacher training and CPD.​

Costs start at £100 for a one-hour workshop.


More information: Education | School Projects & Workshops | Forest Forge Theatre

African Activities, National (based in Netley Marsh)

We provide take over days that offer the opportunity to engage with Black and African Culture by sharing superb creative artistic experiences that disrupt preconceptions, create community, drive excellence and break barriers. You may wish to start with a whole school assembly followed by 4-9 sessions of our activities. You can mix and match them at no extra cost, we work with you to find a timetable that best suits your learning objectives. We work with all key stages from Early Years to Post Graduate level. We work in halls and classrooms and for drumming just need a semi circle of chairs, other than that we can bring all resources with us to both decorate the space and carry out the activities.

"Absolutely fabulous experience! We were totally immersed in African Adinkra printing, dance and the sound of 61 djembe drums resonated around the school. Thank you Kwame, Lotte and the African Activities team; it surpassed all our expectations. We are excited to be making a permanent display of the Adinkra printed cloths in our school hall all sewn together into a 'patchwork of unity' and are looking forward to welcoming you again next year"


More information: African Activities the UKs leading African Arts organisation


The National Motor Museum, Beaulieu 

Beaulieu’s award winning Learning team offer a wide range of curriculum linked programmes to suit the needs of your group, from History and English through Maths and Science, to Art, engineering and design, every workshop is filled with wonder. With a 13th century abbey, a Victorian styled stately home, a unique wartime narrative and of course, the world famous National Motor Museum all within touching distance of each other, there is an enviable range of learning opportunities on offer for Key Stages 1 – 4 and SEN groups.


Please see our website for the most up to date workshops and tours. Available learning facilities include a purpose-built classroom, modern lecture theatre, separate packed lunch space and access to private toilets. A workshop or tour costs is £8 per head. Minimum group size 15, maximum 30. Larger groups can be accommodated upon request.


More information: Educational Visits | Beaulieu, New Forest

hArt, New Milton/Christchurch 

Art therapy can allow a person to tackle difficult subjects such as life-changing events and traumatic experiences. Never has it been important than now to consider the mental health needs of children and adolescents. 

Andrew Wright, an Art Psychotherapist currently working with hArt, explains the benefits of Art Therapy for children and adolescents below.

“Children may not be able to verbally articulate their experiences, but art and play can help them make sense of it and be a window on their world to engage with them.  By engaging in interactive sensory experiences, helps children to minimise avoidance of difficult feelings and improves emotional regulation, contributing towards making them whole again.” - Andrew Wright

hArt offers a diverse range of creative therapeutic support packages which can be delivered in schools and privately to support children and adolescents to better manage their mental and emotional health.  These programmes can be delivered as face-to-face sessions or as on-line sessions.


More information: Services for Education | Hampshire Art for Recreation and Therapy (

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National Motor Museum
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