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Soundpit for Schools

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Have you ever wondered what sound feels like? Or what music looks like? Inspire your pupils’ creativity through an interactive experience.

Run your hands through the sand, or even walk across it. Learn and play in giant sandpits illuminated by beautiful graphics, creating music with your own movements. You are the composer of your own masterpiece.

Pupils with varied needs can explore their individual sense of sound, vision and touch. For those interested in art and music, and sensory play, this is a fun, interactive experience.

These special sessions for schools are open to groups of primary school pupils from reception to year 6. Special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) schools of any age are particularly welcome.

Created by artist Di Mainstone, Soundpit is creative play for all ages.

Dates & times

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Royal Festival Hall
Exhibition Space, Level 1


Booking fee: £3.00 (Members £0.00)

need to know

The total cost is £60 for one class of up to 32 pupils.

To book please contact our group bookings line on 020 7960 4225 or email

A limited number of free and discounted tickets are available for schools that would not otherwise be able to participate due to financial constraints.

We will prioritise bursary requests for Lambeth primary schools who are new to Southbank Centre this year as well as SEND primary schools. Email us with the subject line ‘Soundpit’ for more information, on

Age recommendation
School groups from reception to year 6 (KS1 and KS2), and special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) school groups.

Event information
There are sessions at 10.30am, 11.30am, 12.30pm, 1.30pm. Each session includes an introduction and lasts 45 minutes.

Access information
Soundpit contains digital projections which are a source of flickering light. Due to the use of projectors, the interior of this installation is dimly lit. Please talk to a member of staff if you have any questions or special needs.