Tickets: From £8
Drapers' Hall, Coventry Bayley Lane, Coventry, CV1 5RN
Until Sat 6 Nov 2021
Book tickets

The Lost Lending Library

Sat 6 Nov 2021
Drapers' Hall, Coventry
Bayley Lane, Coventry, CV1 5RN Show on map
Duration: 50 minutes
From £8

*You will be transferred to an external ticketing website.

A magical travelling library that celebrates books and the journeys they take us on.

Arriving in Coventry for the first time, The Lost Lending Library is searching for young story writers to help reach its next destination. 

Landing at the Drapers’ Hall, visitors are invited inside one of the library’s many departments. Filled with books and curiosities, one empty shelf waits for new stories. A feast for young imaginations, this immersive experience for children aged 6-11 years and their parents or carers will inspire a lifetime of reading and writing.

Suitable for family audiences and school groups.

There will be a live BSL interpreted session on Tue 2 November at 4pm and a relaxed performance on Wed 3 November at 4pm.


If you are looking to book your school group on to a session please visit the links below for dates and booking information:

For Schools: KS1 Info

For Schools: KS2 Info


Go CV+ discount available. Get up to 4 tickets at up to 50% off per cardholder. Limited tickets available. Add your Go CV number to your Coventry UK City of Culture 2021 account to access discounted tickets. Find out more about Go CV.

About the Artist

Punchdrunk Enrichment creates unique experiences that take you to another world.

For children, families, adults and communities, their work can transform, have a powerful impact and take you on an unforgettable journey.

Since 2008, Punchdrunk Enrichment has taken sister company Punchdrunk’s innovative approach to theatre into schools and communities. Integral to the creation of this work is the same commitment to high standards of design and performance that defines Punchdrunk’s large-scale productions for adult audiences.

Past projects include The Wild Visitor, a free experience for families to do together at home, Small Wonders, a production for 5-11 year olds and their families, Against Captain’s Orders, a family show created in partnership with the National Maritime Museum and Greenhive Green, which took place in a care home for older people including those with dementia.



Is this a theatre show?

The Lost Lending Library is an immersive and interactive theatre experience for children aged 6-11 years old around the themes of storytelling, reading and writing.

What ages is it suitable for?

The Lost Lending Library is suitable for children aged 6-11 years.

Can adults come without children?

This is an event for children who must be accompanied by an adult. Adults without children are not permitted.

Can I bring a school group?

Yes! Please see the schools section below for details and how to book.

How long is the show?

The experience runs for 50 minutes, there is no interval.

Do I need to bring anything with me?

Just yourself and a sense of curiosity.

Can I bring my toddler / baby?

Babes in arms can be admitted without a ticket, however please note there is not space for prams / push chairs in the experience. The experience is not suitable for toddlers or children under six years old.

Are there seats?

Children will be seated on the floor. Limited seating for adults will be available for those that need it.

Will there be a cloakroom available?

There is no cloakroom at the venue, please do not bring anything bulky with you. Small bags can be taken into the performance but please do not bring anything unnecessary.

What time should I arrive?

You should arrive up to 15 minutes before your performance time. Please don’t be late as you will not be admitted.

Will latecomers be admitted?

No latecomers will be admitted to the experience. If audiences need to leave the performance at any point there will be no re-admittance.

What if I need to leave the performance?

If audiences need to leave the performance at any point there will be no re-admittance.

What COVID-19 procedures will be followed?

For a full list of measures, please see Staying Safe below.

Where are my tickets?

If you ordered your tickets online, they are emailed to you after purchase. Alternately tickets are available in-person from the City of Culture shop

Where can I park my car?

There is no car parking available at Draper’s Hall. The nearest car park is Grove St Car Park, CV1 5PH, which is a five minute walk from the venue.

Can I take photos during the performance?

Please note photography and video are not permitted during the performance.


The Lost Lending Library by Punchdrunk Enrichment is suitable for Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2, with children aged 6-11.

School shows are at the following times:

Monday 1 November 12.30pm, 1pm, 1.40pm
Tuesday 2 November 9.30am, 10.10am, 10.50am, 1pm, 1.40pm
Wednesday 3 November 9.30am, 10.10am, 10.50am, 1pm, 1.40pm
Thursday 4 November 9.30am, 10.10am, 10.50am, 1pm, 1.40pm
Friday 5 November 9.30am, 10.10am, 10.50am, 1pm, 1.40pm

School sessions cost £5 per pupil. Adults in school sessions go free. The maximum capacity for one session is 16 pupils and 2 adults or 15 pupils and 3 adults. At least 2 adults must be present during each session.

To book for a school, please call The Ticket Factory's Schools and Groups team on 0800 358 0058 or email [email protected].

If you require BSL Interpretation or other access adjustments for your school, please email [email protected] to discuss your requirements.

We are preparing more information and a visual guide for children with Special Educational Needs. Please check back later or Contact Us.

You can download our handy guide for teachers here:


More information on bringing a full class can be found here:



There are a number of Covid-19 measures in place to help keep audiences safe.

  • We encourage all audience members to take a lateral flow test before coming to The Lost Lending Library
  • If you are feeling unwell, please do not come to the performance. Coventry City of Culture Trust operates a flexible ticket re-booking policy
  • We encourage all adults who attend to wear a mask
  • We also encourage all adults to register their details using NHS Test and Trace
  • An air purifier will be used in all show spaces between performances
  • Any touch points will be cleaned with an anti-viral aerosol spray
  • Hand sanitiser will be available at the entrance to Draper’s Hall

Please be aware that:

  • There will be 15 minutes during the experience that will not be socially distanced
  • Performers will not wear masks

Access information

  • BSL interpreted
  • Relaxed
  • Venue recognises Access card

I have specific access needs, who do I contact?

Due to delays with refurbishment, the lift in Drapers’ Hall will not be operational during these performances, instead a stair climber will be in use in order to assist wheelchair users with stairs, should they feel comfortable to use one. Please do let us know in advance if you or anyone in your party has any access requirements by emailing us on [email protected] or visiting us at the Coventry UK City of Culture Shop.

Please note, the venue can accommodate standard wheelchairs of an 800mm width, but the length of larger powered chairs may affect turning points within the set corridors

Let us know your access requirements before booking by emailing us on [email protected] or visiting us at the UK City of Culture Shop.

Will there be a BSL Interpreted performance?

Yes. There will be a BSL Interpreted performance on Tuesday 2nd November at 4pm.

Is there a Relaxed performance?

Yes. There is a Relaxed performance on Wednesday 3rd November at 4pm.

Do you have more information about the Relaxed performance?

The following will be useful for those interested in the relaxed performance but please note it contains some spoilers about the experience:

The show will involve an audience group being met by a performer and led into the show space.
The performers will be experienced facilitators and will take care of the audience throughout.
Prior to the show the audience will be introduced to performers and any key props.
The performance space will be well lit with quiet atmospheric sound and sound effects.
Exit and re-entry will be allowed for audiences in relaxed performances.
There can be up to two wheelchairs for a relaxed performance within the reduced capacity.
If there are pupils who are hearing impaired and have a one-to-one, their one-to-one support would be
welcome to sign during the performance.
As part of the experience, the audience will be led into another room where they can share their reactions to the experience and write or draw, should they wish.

Is there any information for children or adults with Special Educational Needs?

We are preparing more information and a visual guide. Please check back later or Contact Us.


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