School Trips

Tickets & how to book

To enquire about a booking, please fill in our online booking form or contact Frey at schools@unicorntheatre.com / 020 7645 0544.

Schools Prices

£10 per pupil for non-fee paying school
£12 per pupil for fee paying schools
1 teacher free per 10 tickets booked

Offers and Support

Unicorn Schools Club
Our membership scheme that supports a school-wide focus on creative learning. Membership is available to state schools who book 100 or more pupil tickets to two or more shows. Tickets from £7.50 per pupil. Download info pack & application form

Subsidised Tickets (for non-fee paying schools)
Thanks to The McGrath Trust we are able to offer support to state schools who are unable to visit us for financial reasons. We particularly seek out schools with high levels of pupil premium funding or free school meals, and schools looking to introduce their pupils and their families to theatre for the first time. Subsidy is offered on an ad hoc basis for certain shows throughout the year. Apply using our online form.

Access School Partnership (for non fee paying schools)
We are looking for access schools, or special units, who would like to partner with us. We would like to offer you heavily subsidised tickets in order to help make your trips possible, and may be able to add a Relaxed, Audio Described or Captioned performance on a date that suits you (subject to availability). Download our application form.

Payments and exchanges

Payment due dates
Payment must be received four weeks after the booking has been made. For bookings that are made less than eight weeks in advance, payment must be made within a week of booking.

Exchange and cancellation policy
Exchanges can be made to another performance time or date up to eight weeks in advance of the show date. If your school cannot attend a booking and you give us more than eight weeks notice, we may be able to offer a credit note. If your school cannot attend and it is less than eight weeks to the date of the performance, we unfortunately cannot issue a refund, exchange or credit voucher.


Plan your visit

The Unicorn is centrally located, just a short 5 - 10 minute walk from London Bridge station.

Our address is:

Unicorn Theatre
147 Tooley Street
Southwark, London
SE1 2HZ

Getting here

We recommend using TFL Journey Planner and advise that schools arrive around 30 minutes before the show starts to make use of the facilities, collect your group ticket and settle into your seats.

Free off-peak travel is available for school groups using the TFL network. For more information, see TFL.

Tube and train
Our nearest station is London Bridge. Follow the London Bridge Station / Tooley Street exit, walk down Tooley Street towards Tower Bridge and you'll find us on the left hand side - just after Brigade restaurant.

Coach
Coach drop off is available at The English Grounds at More London and near to the Shard, both of which are very nearby. Short stay coach parking options are available by Tower Hill and Tate Modern. For more coach driver information, see TFL.

Risk Assessments

Below are the forms for our Clore and Weston theatres:

Lunches

Unfortunately our foyer isn’t large enough for us to allow school groups to reserve an area for lunch, but you are welcome to eat packed lunches if there is space on the day. If it’s warm, there are plenty of outdoor spaces nearby at The Scoop or at Potters Fields with great views of the Thames and Tower Bridge.

Ice Creams and Ice Lollies

We're delighted to offer a range of Pip Organic ice lollies and ice creams for you to order in advance.

Ice cream order form
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Keeping you safe

We have been granted the Society Of London Theatre & UK Theatre’s ‘See It Safely‘ mark, which certifies that we are complying with the latest Government and industry COVID-19 guidelines, to ensure the safety of our staff and audiences. We will be updating our COVID-safety measures in line with Government guidance, read our current measures here.

There are only three things we ask in the auditorium, of both teachers and pupils: No photos, no phones, no food.

Frequently asked questions

Can I reserve tickets?
We’re happy to reserve your tickets if you are booking more than 8 weeks advance.

What happens if we are running late?
Please contact our Box Office on 020 7645 0560 to let us know as soon as possible. We have strict latecomers policies and if you arrive late you may not be allowed into the auditorium. We understand the challenges of school travel so recommend arriving 30 minutes before the show starts to allow time for travel disruption and to use the facilities before settling into your seats.

What are the payment terms?
Payment must be received four weeks after the booking has been made. For bookings that are made less than eight weeks in advance, payment must be made within a week of booking.

What happens when we arrive?
An usher will check your e-ticket as you enter the building before directing you to a dedicated waiting space in the foyer. The auditorium usually opens 10 minutes before the show starts and seating is unreserved - our usher team will help your group to get settled in.

Can we buy ice creams?
Ice creams are currently unavailable to buy.

Do my pupils need to be quiet during the show?
We want your pupils to respond throughout the performance, which means we don’t mind at all if they are quite vocal or energetic. In fact, we actively encourage our audiences to laugh, respond, clap and cheer during our shows - we want to create a space that is different from school, where the normal rules are bent just that little bit. So please don’t feel your class has to watch the show in silence - in fact we encourage the opposite, and want them to feel this is their space where they get to make some of the rules.

What happens after the show?
We love to hear what pupils and teachers thought about the shows – please do fill out our quick post-show surveys (we’ll email it to you), and feel free to send us feedback by emailing schools@unicorntheatre.com, phone (020 7645 0544) or tweet your thoughts and questions to @unicorn_schools and we’ll always reply.

We have pupils with access needs, who do I tell?
Please inform the box office as soon as possible if any of your group requires additional assistance, such as wheelchair accessible seating or sound amplification headsets. We also run specific access performances throughout the year - see our access webpage for more information.

I’m a home educator, how do I book?
We have great rates available for home educators and work with key organisers in the home educator network. Please contact our schools officer Frey on schools@unicorntheatre.com for more information and to book.


Contact us and keep in touch

Contact our Schools Officer Frey at schools@unicorntheatre.com / 020 7645 0545 with any questions about our schools programme or to make a booking.

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