Schools Events

The Festival is passionate about giving young people an opportunity to have exciting cultural encounters in the creative and inspiring setting of our working pottery. Thanks to the support of our key sponsors the Bertarelli Foundation, the Festival is delighted to be able to offer free tickets to all festival events to Stoke-on-Trent schools for our school time talks. We also love working with local education partners and every year host special events with our terrific guest – just for young people from our city. More details coming soon!

See what’s happening in 2019 below, get involved and come to the Festival in a Factory! For questions or queries about schools events please email 


For Key Stages 2-5 – School Time Talks

Tickets for all events are free, limited to 5 per school (including staff)

Tickets will be allocated on a first come first served basis and must be booked in advance.

All talks last an hour.

To book please call our Box Office partner The New Vic Theatre on tel: 01782 717 962. Click the link for more event information.


11am-12pm: Lauren Child  (please note: this is an hour-long talk and therefore may be more suitable for KS2 upwards.)

 12.30-1.30pm: Mary PortasA Woman’s Work

2-3pm: AN Wilson: Victoria: a life



10am-12pm: KS2 workshop with poet Matt Windle plus factory tour (please note: this event is for KS2 pupils only.)

Poet Laureate by day and professional boxer by night; Matt ‘man’ Windle delivers his own brand of spoken word poetry through workshops, performances and bespoke commissions to educational organisations and businesses worldwide. Aiming to break stereotypes and build confidence, Matt’s sessions provide outlets through physical and emotional expression. He is known as the ‘Poet with Punch.’

12.30-1.30pm:  Andrew Roberts – Churchill

2-3pm: Nino Strachey: National Trust: The Bloomsbury Set