Newstead Abbey was closed on Sunday 3rd December due to adverse weather conditions. If you had pre-booked you will be able to come along another day when Newstead Abbey & Gardens are open or receive a refund.

If you booked Narnia at Newstead House Admission on Sunday, you can simply bring your ticket and we will honour it on an alternative day. If you instead booked a House Tour, Afternoon Tea or Christmas Dinner, please email us to we will be able to confirm your booking for an alternative day. We apologise for any inconvenience caused.

Discover in a Day


Art and Design: Exploring Pattern

English: Writing, composition skills, planning writing, evaluating and editing, reviewing and sharing work.
Complete your Discover Arts Award in the beautiful location of Newstead Abbey. Find out about the poet Lord Byron and explore the building, its artwork and history. This day comprises two creative sessions which include a sharing segment and time to fill in our specially designed Arts Award Discover Workbook.

In these sessions:

  • Session 1: Wonderful Wallpaper (90 mins)

Using the Art, Design and Architecture within Newstead Abbey your class will explore the beautiful rooms in the building and create drawings of the fascinating patterns and shapes they discover.

They will explore how to create and manipulate these shapes using rotation, reflection and symmetry to create a collaborative piece of collaged, patterned wallpaper.

  • Session 2: Poetry Tour (90 mins)

“But words are things, and a small drop of ink, falling like dew, upon a thought, produces that which makes thousands. Perhaps millions think.” Don Juan III

Find out about the poet Lord Byron and explore his Great Hall, Dining Room and Bedroom. Using the building and its stories as prompts, your class will be tasked with a series of short writing activities which will accumulate into a group poem. This session will support and develop your group’s writing skills through planning, composing and reviewing text.

Moderation and certificate information:

Arts Award and GDPR

Arts Award requests information about each child for their Arts Award certificates such as full name and age range. We will forward the spreadsheet needed for certificate information directly to schools to fill in. This can then be returned to us to pass on to Trinity College or can be forwarded directly to Trinity by yourselves. Any information we have will be kept on file until we have confirmed that you have received your certificates after which it will be deleted from our system.

Timescales and return of booklets:

Moderation of booklets will be completed within 2 working weeks of your visit.

Discover certificates are dispatched within 4 weeks from the point of confirming names, subject to payment.

Once certificates have arrived we will contact you, you are then welcome to collect your booklets and certificates from our offices at Communities Courtyard, Wollaton Road. Alternatively we can post these to you via recorded delivery for a fee of £4.00.

Duration: 4 hours | 10.30am – 2.30pm
Cost per session: £13.50 per child includes booklet, moderation and Arts Award Certificate or £9.00 without moderation/Certificate.

Key Stage: 2


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