We host tours for educational institutions, special interest groups, shoppers and others from London, the UK and internationally

We are not able to host tours at present due to the Covid-19 emergency but hope to welcome you to the studios again soon.

Educational Tours

University, college and special interest groups studying art, design and craft disciplines will gain an invaluable insight into the professional working world by visiting successful makers in our studios. Students and groups with an interest in social enterprise and business can also gain an exclusive insight into the UK’s only creative incubator for craftspeople.

With an array of disciplines including ceramics, textiles, leatherwork, millinery, jewellery and more and everything from start-ups to scale-ups, small batch producers to international exporters – guests can curate their visit according to their interests.

We offer two educational tour itineraries depending on your group size. Both include visits to three makers in their studios.
-Up to 15 guests, 75 minutes – £250+VAT
-Up to 30 guests, 90 minutes – £350+VAT
Please get in touch to check availability.

Tours for Schools

Cockpit Arts offers tours of its studios to secondary schools. During these ‘behind-the-scene’ tours, teachers and pupils meet independent craftspeople in their working environment; see how they work, view their creations, discuss the creative processes involved in their production and hear about their career trajectories and future aspirations.

With a wide range of disciplines, teachers can curate their visit according to pupils’ artistic and career interests.

-Tours for secondary schools cost £200+VAT for groups of up to 30 guests for a 75 minute itinerary which includes visits to three makers in their studios.
For schools based in our home boroughs of Camden and Lewisham we offer tours at the lower price of £150.
Please get in touch to check availability.

Thanks to funding from the John S Cohen Foundation we were able to offer tours to London based non-selective state secondary schools free of charge over the last year. This activity ended in July 2019.


Bespoke Tours

Whatever your interests, we would love to welcome your group to Cockpit Arts. We work with a range of private clients including individuals, businesses, networking groups and private member clubs create tailored experiences with our makers and specialist staff.

Enjoy exclusive access to a selection of makers in their studios. Each bespoke experience is created with the client ensuring a special visit. Interaction with a selection of Cockpit Arts staff and makers throughout the tour ensures an engaging and informative visit.

The cost of the tour will depend on the number of guests and the number of studios visited. Please get in touch to discuss your requirements and check availability.

To book a tour please contact Sandie Mattioli on 020 7430 2942 or email sandie@cockpitarts.com.

In order to secure the availability of our makers we advise booking a minimum of 45 days in advance and regret that we cannot host more than two groups from the same organisation during a single week.


Reviews from tour guests

“Thank you so much for the tour and presentation today, it was lovely to get a sneak peek at the workings of Cockpit.”
Lori Burke, Executive Director of Cape Breton Centre for Craft & Design, Canada

“Our pupils found meeting with you inspiring and extremely thought provoking. Many have already begun to implement their learning to benefit the members of their school’s community.”
visit by Sorrell Foundation Saturday Art Club

“It was so exciting for students to meet and talk to designers about their life and work and experience of the industry. Also it was crucial for them to know about Cockpit Arts for their ongoing studies in London.”
Julia Robson, Lecturer in Fashion, Regent’s University

“Cockpit Arts is a gem and we’re so glad we had a chance to see it.”
a visitor from the U.S.

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