Region: South West

Disabled Facilities: Yes

Category: Day Trip Destinations

Address: The Quay, Poole, Dorset BH15 1HJ

Contact: 01202 668681



Over the years, we have produced and nurtured some of the UK's most prolific visionaries, designers and ceramicists. We have played an important role in the art and design movements throughout the last century which continues in the twenty first century. Poole Pottery has become renowned for excellence in design and commitment to developing innovative collections. Over our long and successful history we have created work for many of the finest retailers and organisations throughout the world.

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Exactly what does your venue offer to educational visits?

Poole Pottery’s rich history in the town dates back to 1873 and it has long been recognised as a centre of excellence for the most skilled craftsmen and artisans. Your school can visit the working studio and see the throwers, artists and designers at work. See free demonstrations of pot throwing (by prior arrangement) and find out how Poole Pottery is made.

Read about the history and heritage and see the largest collection of Poole Pottery in the world.

Feel inspired? Have a go at painting your own masterpiece in the Paint a Pot studio on the first floor. Choose from a wide selection of pieces, from plates, bowls and mugs to ornaments, picture frames and money boxes. Prices start at £7. Your item will be glazed and fired in the Poole Pottery kilns and ready for collection in a few days (postage can also be arranged). Paint a Pot is ideal for parties and group bookings, with discounted rates for groups of 10 or more.

Why you are you a great place for educational visits?

We are a great destination for educational visits as children are able to see a real working studio pottery and there are not many left in the UK now. They can see the process from clay to pot which is in line with how materials change. They can see skilled artists at work. Then there is also the opportunity to decorate your own masterpiece.

What does a typical educational visit include?

Start your visit with a demonstration by the Master Potter. Find out how pottery is made and read about the history and heritage.

Then have a go at painting your own masterpieces in Paint a Pot.

We are on Poole Quay and a visit to the Poole Museum (free entry) further along the Quay, can be combined with a visit to the store. The museum has a great collection of Poole Pottery on display.

What group sizes do you cater for?

We can cater for large groups although we recommend splitting in to groups of about 20 for the demonstration to ensure that all can see the potter at work.

Are you happy for children to take photos, video or audio?

We do not allow any recording of any kind in the pottery. Teachers can photograph the children in Paint a Pot if they are authorised to do so.

What is your process for booking pre arranged risk assessments?

We have risk assessments available for both Paint a Pot and pottery throwing demonstrations  and schools are able to request a visit and do their own risk assessments before arranging the visit.

Does your venue have an education officer?

Please contact us via or telephone on 01202 668681.

What is the cost of the visit?

Free entry

Paint a Pot starts at £7 per item with group discounts for 10 or more.

Is specific clothing required for the trip?

No, plastic aprons are provided for Paint a Pot

Do you have first aid on site or will the group need to bring a qualified first aider?

Yes there are trained first aiders on site.

Please list facilities available.

The shop is large and based over 2 floors.

The Pottery Café is on the first floor and lunch can be booked in advance.

Unfortunately there is no facility for eating your own packed lunch.

What are your disabled facilities?

The store is wheelchair accessible with a level entrance into the store and wide aisles.

There is a lift to the first floor.

There are disabled toilets on the ground floor.

What are your opening days and hours?

Monday to Saturday – 9am to 5.30pm

Sunday – 10.30am to 4.30pm

Please note last sitting in Paint a Pot is one hour before the store closes.

The store is closed on Easter Sunday and Christmas Day.

Age of Children / Pupils: 5 – 7 years 8 – 10 years 11 – 13 years 14 – 16 years College University

Type of Visit: Arts & Galleries Crafts Historical Heritage

Curriculum Topics Covered: Art and Design Design and Technology Textiles

Months Open: All Year Round January February March April May June July August September October November December