There’s lots happening at the MAC for your Key Stage 1 & 2 classes. Whether you’re interested in a creative workshop, or an enchanting theatre production, here’s all the practical information you’ll need to plan your visit to the MAC.


Throughout the year we offer lots of creative learning opportunities for students of all ages.

Your class can experience a live theatre show, enjoy world-class art exhibitions, take a tour backstage or enjoy a customised creative workshop led by a professional artist. 

Working closely with the current curriculum, we’ve created a number of opportunities to support primary school learning at the MAC.

Visit the Galleries

You can organise a bespoke guided tour of the MAC galleries and current exhibition, available for just £3 per pupil.

Tours last approximately 45 minutes and are delivered by a member of our curatorial or front of house team, who will show you and your class around, explain more about the artist’s life and work and offer your creative learning packs to go with the exhibition. 

Booking in advance for tours is essential, please email Clare Lawlor for more information. 

Take a Workshop

The MAC works with a host of experienced artists, musicians and creatives to deliver our exciting and educational creative workshops.

From dance and music to drama and photography, we can craft the perfect workshop to meet the needs of your class.

Workshops start from £140, including the artist’s fees and all materials. Lasting 1.5 hours with a professional artist, followed by a navigated tour of the MAC’s exhibitions. To book a workshop for your class, contact Clare Lawlor.

See a Show

Enhance your pupils learning with a trip to the theatre.

We work with the best in local and national theatre companies to provide your pupils with the opportunity to experience world-class theatre. 

Our exclusive school ticket offer provides great value, with a special £8 rate for tickets and for every 10 tickets booked, you’ll get an 11th ticket free.

Christmas 2018 - The Elves and the Shoemaker

The MAC is excited to announce that our festive show for 2018 is the magical fairy tale The Elves and the Shoemaker

Produced by the MAC, this Christmas show tells the classic tale of a shoemaker who receives some help from a bunch of cheeky, friendly elves - with of course a modern MAC twist. Expect all the fun and laughs you’ve come to love at the MAC’s festive shows, and get ready to get your shoes tapping to our magical, musical adventure.

Suitable for all ages, don’t delay in booking your school trip to the theatre this Christmas. Passport to the MAC will once again be available in 2018, providing primary schools with transport subsidies of up to £350. Passport is a limited scheme, sign up today to avoid disappointment.

To register for Passport to the MAC and secure your 2018 Christmas show booking, simply email Melissa at the MAC.

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Your contact at the MAC

For any questions about a school visit to the MAC, Clare Lawlor, our Learning and Participation Officer would love to hear from you. Contact Clare on: or call us on 028 90 235053.

Coach Drop Off

The coach drop-off point for school visits is at Exchange street West (beside St. Anne’s Cathedral) and right beside the MAC entrance. This is where you will be dropped off when taking part in Passport to the MAC, our transport scheme for schools.

Access and Facilities

The MAC is a fully accessible venue with lifts to all floors, hearing loop facilities, audio described and captioned shows, relaxed performances and accessible seating. As well as this, our outreach project 'MACTile Tours' was created to work with families and children with special needs and particularly Autism Spectrum Disorders.

Healthy Lunches

Packed lunches can be provided by our in-house catering partner, NATIVE by Yellow Door. We can provide sandwiches, healthy snacks, or whatever suits your group during their visit to the MAC. Bringing your own is also encouraged and lunches can be eaten in our workshop spaces.

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