Trips are arranged under four exciting, curriculum-linked themes

Imagination and Curiosity – English and the Arts - Exploring the power of imagination and how it can be harnessed to change the world

People and the Planet – Science and Geography - Empowering young people to play an active role in creating a sustainable future

Breakthroughs and Discoveries – STEM and History - Investigating the moments of genius that have enabled humanity to progress

Journeys and Adventures – PSHE & Skills Development - Celebrating the broadening of horizons and stepping outside of your comfort zone

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Mercury Theatre

Balkerne Gate, Colchester, CO1 1PT. Essex

In addition to our performances, the Mercury Theatre works with hundreds of children and young people from across Essex every year. Their workshops and projects are designed to support teachers in delivering the National Curriculum as well as fostering creativity, confidence and problem-solving skills, as well as improving children’s empathy and resilience. Their workshops cover a wide range of subjects including Literacy, History, Science, Social Studies and, of course, Drama. They also work with schools to develop bespoke programmes to meet their students’ specific needs. All of their offers can be tailored for SEND pupils.

There is a 10% discount for on-site workshops attached to a performance if the school is attending with a GBST bursary. Scroll down for more information.

For workshops and tours, email

Don’t forget, if you are looking for help with funding the cost of your trip, you can apply for a bursary!

Venue resources

Amplification Toolkit PDF 0.88MB Download
Check List PDF 0.13MB Download
Parent Letter Templates PDF 0.18MB Download
Risk Assessment PDF 0.12MB Download
Imagination & Curiosity Content 7-11 ZIP 13.1MB Download
Imagination & Curiosity Content 11-14 ZIP 13.14MB Download
School Certificate PDF 0.08MB Download
Student Certificate PDF 0.08MB Download

Looking for a bursary to support your trip?

We know that funding a school trip isn’t always easy. If you are looking for help with costs, you can apply for the Great British School Trip bursary. This can help with the cost of travel or entry tickets to any Great British School Trip partner venue.

Simply fill in our bursary form and let us know how we might help.

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As part of The GBST, Mercury Theatre is offering discounted school tickets for some productions, free teacher tickets, schools-only performances for some productions, relaxed performances for some productions, tours and workshops from £150 depending on contents, and participation in their annual DramaFest from £140.

Onsite workshops will have a 10% discount for schools attending a performance with a GBST bursary. Quote GBST10 when booking.

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Venue Details



Balkerne Gate, Colchester
CO1 1PT. Essex