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 children 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!


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!  Book your place by contacting the gallery or online by visiting our Eventbrite page (online booking fees apply).


Two hanging sculptures made of recycled materials

Images courtesy of Sarah Anne Smith

Recycled Hanging Sculptures with Sarah Anne Smith

Saturday 26 January 1.30-3pm

Sarah Anne Smith will lead you through the process of creating original and quirky sculptures using a variety of recycled woods, plastics and other materials in these family friendly workshops.

Our family workshops are very popular, so children need to be booked on in advance to ensure their place, as spaces are limited.  To reserve a place please call: 01724 297070 or email  Alternatively go to Eventbrite to book online.


Mark Richardson Expandamatic 4000 miniature broom on a stand

Miniature Broomsticks with Mark Richardson

Friday 22 February 10.30am-12.30pm or 1.30-3.30pm

We’re very excited to invite children and parents to take part in a workshop with a magical theme this half term.  Join Mark Richardson of the Wizard’s Emporium here in the gallery to make your very own EXPAND”A”MATIC 4000 broom on a stand (expanding spell not included for safety reasons).  Your broom will be made from reclaimed wood, so is kind to the environment.

Note for parent/carers:  This is a family workshop and we positively encourage parents/carers to participate.  However, if you wish to make your own piece alongside your child you will need to book the appropriate number of places (one per participant), as this ensures that the artist brings enough supplies with them, and that we don’t overbook.

Our family workshops are very popular, so you will need to book on in advance, as spaces are limited.  To reserve your place please call: 01724 297070 or email  Alternatively go to Eventbrite to book online.


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 and 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 in.

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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