Family Activities

20-21 Visual Arts Centre is a family focused venue. We offer exhibitions, free workshops, activities and events which are suitable for children and young people of all ages, and our gallery café dishes up a great children’s menu.

Our ARTivity area offers art and craft activities designed by our Gallery Assistants for visitors of all ages to enjoy. These craft activities are free but any donations towards the cost of materials are gratefully received.

Art Club is our free session for children 8+ each month is a different theme inspired by our exhibitions. Stick & Splodge offers fun messy activities for under 5’s.

20-21 Visual Arts Centre is one of the 750 organisations across the UK who have pledged to meet the Family Arts Standards, a UK-wide recognised quality-mark demonstrating excellence in family provision.

Scroll down or use the links below for more information about our family-focused events and activities

  • ARTivity Table – This week’s craft activity at 20-21
  • Art Club – Exploring creativity through a range of activities
  • Stick & Splodge – Art and craft ideas for under 5’s at home

ARTivity Table

Multicoloured ARTivities Logo in blue, orange and green


Join us and make a free, fun and exciting craft activity. Each week there is a different theme linked to our exhibitions or to the seasons and special occasions. The ARTivity table is open Tuesday to Saturday 10am to 4pm. It is FREE and there is no need to book, everyone is welcome!

cardcraft and safety pin necklace showing two birds holding a Love banner between them

Adult and child crafting together







Art Club

Art Club is for children 8+ (and their families) to explore their creativity. Each club will have a theme. This could be a guest artist’s work, an explore arts award, or maybe developing a new technique, using a new material or trying out different ways to be creative. The sessions are free and there is no need to book.

2024 Art Club Dates 

All sessions run 1pm to 3pm

Saturday 8 June

Saturday 6 July

Saturday 3 August

Saturday 28 September

Saturday 26 October

Saturday 23 November

Saturday 21 December

Stick & Splodge

a photocollage of images of bright and colourful toys and activities for under 5s

Thursdays 10.30am – 12 noon   (Term Time Only)


Art, crafts and sensory play for Under 5s. Engage little minds in creativity with a different activity every week.

There’s plenty of toys, books and messy play for pre-schoolers, giving a chance for the grown ups to chat too!

No need to book, just turn up and pay at reception. The £2.50 charge gives entry to a child and an accompanying adult.

Stick and Splodge at Home

If you’re not able to make it to our Stick and Splodge sessions, you could always make something at home. If you’re looking for inspiration, head on over to our YouTube channel, where you find instructional videos and lots more for young children.

For more information about our family activities, please call 01724 297070 or email

Family Arts Standards logo

If you have enjoyed our free ARTivities and workshops please support us by making a donation.