Celebrate Lunar New Year

Discover some of the ways that people celebrate Lunar New Year in this exciting hands-on session.

Hear the story behind the Lion Dance, wear a beautiful lion mask and explore traditional clothing.

Take on our chopstick challenge, learn about traditional Chinese foods, and play traditional Chinese musical instruments. Finally, take part in a celebratory Lunar New Year parade. 

Learning Objectives:

  • Pupils will be able to explain why a lion mask is used for Lunar New Year celebrations. 
  • Pupils will be able to describe some traditional elements of a Lunar New Year celebration and explain why they are important
  • Pupils will gain confidence trying new activities and play co-operatively, taking turns with others.
  • Pupils will be able to locate China on a map.

Workshop information

How to book

Booking a taught session includes a welcome briefing on arrival, timed access to a lunch space, cloakroom facilities and access to toilets for the exclusive use of school groups.

Contact us to make a booking:
020 8291 8686

When you contact us please have ready:

– the name of the taught session you would like to book or topic you are studying,

– 1st/2nd/3rd choice of date and preferred session time,

– the number of pupils and adults attending.


Entrance to the Horniman Museum and Gardens is free of charge. Taught sessions and access to some exhibitions are charged for. We invoice after your visit.

The following charges apply:

Mainstream State schools: £90 including VAT, £75 excluding VAT

Private/independent schools: £129.60 including VAT, £108 excluding VAT

SEND schools and groups: £45 including VAT, £37.25 excluding VAT

We offer a bursary scheme for schools that meet a set criteria.

Planning your visit

See the School Trips page for other essential information including our risk assessment.

We are open from 10am-5.30pm, 7 days a week. Entrance to the Museum and Gardens is free of charge but must be booked in advance by emailing schools@horniman.ac.uk.

We offer reduced educational rates for our Aquarium, Butterfly House, and Temporary exhibition. See the School Trips page for further information.

Charges apply to all children aged 3 years and over, and all accompanying teachers and adults, unless they are specific 1:1 carers.