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Inspiration Days


Discover the fascinating world of the artists and craftspeople who make sets and costumes for productions at the world-famous Royal Opera House on an Inspiration Day at the High House Production Park in Purfleet.

The purpose-built, state-of-the-art Royal Opera House Bob and Tamar Manoukian Production Workshop is home to scenic painters, carpenters and metalworkers. Here they turn our brilliant designers’ visions into reality, creating the many different sets that appear in the ballets and operas performed on the stages of the Royal Opera House in Covent Garden.

You can also visit the Bob and Tamar Manoukian Costume Centre. Opened in October 2015, the Costume Centre will be the new home to 20,000 costumes from the current ROH repertory, as well as historic costumes, musical instruments and furniture from the archive collection.

Groups, clubs, businesses, schools and colleges can visit the Production Workshop and Costume Centre for Inspiration Days, learn about the skills used in stage and costume design and construction, take part in hands-on workshops and enjoy specially planned activities including:

  • A tour of the Bob and Tamar Manoukian Production Workshop and Costume Centre
  • An exploration of design and backstage processes
  • A hands-on practical workshop in a backstage craft

How to book

Group Inspiration Days take place most Fridays and can be booked by calling our Group Sales Department on +44 (0)20 7304 4002 or emailing

When booking, please confirm your group type:

  • Primary (ages 8+)
  • Secondary
  • Groups (e.g. further and higher education, WI, U3A, Scouts, clubs)
  • Access for Special Educational Needs (e.g. SEN, PMLD, PRU)

And your chosen practical workshop:

  • Make-up
  • Model box
  • Props
  • Costume

For an Individual Inspiration Day, please book online here.

Lunch is not provided for Inspiration Day groups. The Coachman’s Café at High House Production Park is managed by Grand Events and you can book a lunch for your Inspiration Day by calling 01708 892 639. Please be advised that booking is essential. Alternatively, we can provide you with a space to eat packed lunches.


Regular group cost:
£300 – up to 20 participants
£600 – up to 40 participants
£900 – up to 60 participants

Thurrock group cost:*
£200 – up to 20 participants
£400 – up to 40 participants
£600 – up to 60 participants

Please note that everyone attending counts as a participant, so if you are a school group, please ensure you have accounted for your teachers and staff attending within your total number. We would recommend a ratio of at least one teacher per ten students. 

Useful information

Risk Assessment
Frequently Asked Questions
Directions to High House Production Park
High House Production Park site map

Your feedback

'Thank you so much for organising such a wonderful visit for our students. They thoroughly enjoyed seeing all the various skills that go into putting a set together, and it enabled them to understand the different career progression routes available for them. We hope to make a repeat visit!'

'It was a wonderful day and everybody had a great time.'

'What a fabulous place!'

'Students really got a lot from the day, many thanks!'

'Thank you so very much for making our Inspiration Day such an interesting visit.'

*Discounts apply to all groups and institutions located inside Thurrock due to funding from the Arts Council, Thurrock Borough Council and the Paul Hamlyn Education Fund; contact for more information.

Generously sponsored by Paul Hamlyn Education Fund and Thurrock Borough Council