Family Activities

20-21 Visual Arts Centre is a family focused venue. We aim to 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.

However, due to the current situation, temporary changes have been made to our usual ARTivity table of free craft activities. Instead we now have ARTivities and colouring sheets in pre-prepared packs which contain materials you need to be creative at home. Just ask a Gallery Assistant. These craft activities are free but any donations towards the cost of materials are gratefully received.

Here on our website we’re sharing ideas and instruction sheets for family activities you can do at home.

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

Due to current Covid precautions we have no ARTivity table at the moment. However you can pick up your choice of different ARTivities when you visit. Everything will be printed out for you ready to assemble at home. We also have a selection of colouring sheets available, related to our exhibitions.  Just ask the Gallery Assistant in the main gallery.

Latest Update:

The ARTivity table will be returning with the opening of our Jason and His Argonauts exhibition on 9 October! Spaces will be limited, with each child and accompanying adult sitting at a separate table. Join us and make a new craft activity each week.


Papercraft sun hat with colourful art-themed decoration  Papercraft jointed horse


ARTivities Extra

ARTivities EXTRA is our series of workshops for families.  Led by visiting artists or one of the experienced Learning Development Assistants of our Inspired Learning team, these sessions are fun for all ages!  Book your place by visiting the gallery or online by visiting our ArtTickets page (just scroll down the page to browse our ticketed events).


Spooky muted photograph of someone dressed as a witch holding a carved pumpkin and standing in a wood

Witch, Spells and Wand Making workshop

30 October  10.50 – 11.50am, 12.50 – 1.50pm and 1.50 – 2.50pm  £3.00

Calling all young witches and wizards!

Join children’s author, Addy Farmer for a spooky workshop. Make your own wand, create spells and discover what sort of animal will be your familiar! It’s witchcraft!

Children are welcome to wear witch or wizard costumes if they have them.

Children must be accompanied by an adult. Each ticket admits one child and accompanying adult.

Book your tickets through Art Tickets


Watch this space for news of more upcoming ARTivities Extra family workshops.


Stick & Splodge

Window paint saying Welcome under 5's and a review from Kayleigh on Facebook saying "Brilliant activities for kids. My daughter loves Stick and Splodge"

Stick and Splodge is back!

Thursdays 10.30am – 12 noon Term time from 7 October  £2.50

Our regular Thursday morning Stick and Splodge sessions at 20-21 are beginning again from 7 October, however we’ve introduced a few changes. To help to keep everyone safe, numbers are limited to 12 children per session, which is pre-bookable through Art Tickets.

There’ll be lots of fun activities and messy play for preschoolers, and a chance for grown ups to chat too.


Stick & Splodge at home

If you’re not able to make it to our Stick and Splodge sessions, you could always make something at home. Why not try our Wool Wrap Clouds activity. Just follow the instructions in the video. If you’re looking for more things to do, head on over to our YouTube channel, where you find instructional videos and lots more for young children.

Wool Wrap Cloud

The weather’s been more than a little changeable recently, with sunshine and showers (and the occasional storm!). Celebrate our unpredictable British climate with this colourful wool wrap cloud activity. It’s easy and fun. Why not have a go?

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

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If you have enjoyed our 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.