After the first few days back at work post-Christmas, you probably feel like making some exciting plans this weekend. We recommend taking a trip to the Barbican Centre to explore its usually unseen backstage spaces...

This 75 minute tour allows you to tread the boards and climb the fly tower as you explore the the hidden spaces of the Barbican. You'll experience a behind-the-scenes look at Europe's largest arts centre as you're lead from "the depths to the heights and into the spotlight!"

The tour starts at the advance ticket sales desk, where after a brief introduction you'll be led straight into the hidden corners of the building. One of the first stops is the fly tower, which is where the sets for plays are stored. The huge structure reaches about 109 feet in the air so it can  hold the rows of screens and set pieces that need to be lifted and lowered at a tremendous speed. Not for those with a fear of heights!

The tour then takes you through the main theatre, the green room, the concert hall and several other backstage and storage spaces. Finally, right near the end of the tour you are shown a secret conservatory on the fifth floor. Home to over 2,000 species of tropical plants and trees, the Barbican's Conservatory is a hidden tropical oasis that has to be seen to be believed.

The tour ends in the foyers where you can stay for a cup of tea or coffee. You're also entitled to a discount in the Art Gallery shop when you present your same-day tour ticket.

The Hidden Barbican Tour is showing now until March the 31st. Tickets: £8 (£6 Barbican Members and all concessions including children 12 - 16 yrs)

Book your tickets now.