Family Activities

20-21 Visual Arts Centre is a family focused venue. We offer a host of free workshops, activities and events suitable for children and young people of all ages including special exhibitions, catering and our popular children’s parties.
Drop in art and craft activities inspired by our exhibitions run every Tuesday to Saturday from 10:00am to 4:00pm in the gallery, and are suitable for kids of all ages.
These activities are free but any donations towards the cost of materials are gratefully received.
For more information about our family-focused events and activities, please read on!

Autumn half-term week

Half-term is almost here and we have a fun packed programme of free activities, artist workshops and events throughout the week (closed Sundays and Mondays). Highlights include.

Throughout the week: Exhibition themed FREE creative Artivities on the gallery table.

Saturday 20 October 1.30 to 3.30pm: Drop in textile workshop with artist Nicky Dillerstone – bring a family photograph and make your own unique textile artwork.

Tuesday 23 October (2 to 3.30pm) and Friday 26 October (10:30pm to 12) Experimental string art with resident artist Maia Weerdmeester

Thursday 25 October 10.30-12pm Stick and Splodge! – messy fun activities for under 5s

Saturday 27 October 10am to 4pm – Pumpkin Day! – Loads of seasonal fun creative activities – visit the Fundays and Events page for details.


ARTivity Table

ARTivity Table, 20-21 Visual Arts Centre

Why not drop-in and make the most of our free activity table, where we have a range of “ARTivities” for youngsters to enjoy. Inspired by our exciting exhibition programme, our artivities change on a regular basis, so there is always something new for your kids to try their hand at!

Our activity table is open 10:00am to 4:00pm, Tuesdays to Saturdays.

ARTivities Extra
Gallery Assistant Helena with girl, ARTivities EXTRA Workshops, 20-21 Visual Arts Centre

ARTivities EXTRA is our series of workshops for families. Led by visiting artists or one of our experienced gallery assistants, these sessions are fun for all ages!

Mask Modding Workshop with Christine Williams

Saturday 29 September

With Halloween just around the corner, in this Artivities Extra workshop you’ll be taking basic masks, and using a variety of methods and materials, modding them to make your own unique creation.

Sessions are from 1:30pm to 4:00pm and are suitable for ages 5+. £5 per person

Due to the popularity of our workshops attendees must book in advance, as we have a maximum of 20 spaces. To reserve a spot for you and your family, please call: 01724 297070 or email

Stick and Splodge

Two girls in a ball pit, Stick and Splodge, 20-21 Visual Arts Centre

These sessions are full of creative fun for the under-fives. We offer painting and crafts, sand and water play, puzzles, puppets and much more! Stick ‘n’ Splodge sessions are just £1 per child and run every Thursday morning from 10.30am to 12:00pm. There’s no need to book – just drop on by.

For more information, please call 01724 297070 or email

Baby Massage

20-21 is one of the venues that offer baby massage and baby yoga classes via Rachel’s Positive Touch Baby Massage.

Baby massage classes are spread over a four week period, and are suitable for children aged four-weeks-old to crawling stage. Baby yoga is also a four week class, and is best suited to kids aged eight-weeks to walking. As well as offering a wealth of emotional and physical rewards, baby massage and yoga are unique bonding experiences for mother and baby, and is provided in a supporting and nurturing environment.

Tuesdays 10:00am to 12:00pm. Baby Massage is £25 for four weeks. Baby Yoga is £16 for four weeks.

To book your spot or for more information, call Rachel Tuxford on 07769328115 or email

If you have enjoyed out free Fundays and events please support us by making a donation.
To find out about all the events and activities that are taking place at 20-21 please visit our What’s on pages.
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