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Children's Activity Event, free entry

firstsite, photo: Richard Bryant,

firstsite, photo: Richard Bryant,



An intriguing family activity with a different theme each week all based on the exhibitions at Firstsite or specific to the season. It's entirely free and you can stay for as little or as long as you like.

14 March: Hybrid Objects
A session delivered by other/other/other artists Holly Rumble and Sorrel Muggeridge which takes inspiration from the new exhibitions.

21 March: Action Stations
Using our new gallery guide, A Book of Actions, work your way around the new exhibitions at Firstsite with your family.

28 March: Damage your own Art with the Art Cannon
Working with local artist and maverick Jonny Buffalo you can create then destroy some art. Bring along any art you would like to destroy and we will help!

4 April: Curious Objects
A session to explore objects as artworks. Drawing, creating and exploring our exhibitions with a brilliant artist.

11 April: Curious Objects
A session to explore objects as artworks. Drawing, creating and exploring our exhibitions with a brilliant artist.

17 April: Treasure Hunters Unearthed
There are treasure objects all around us; beneath our feet, hidden around a corner or just out of reach. Join our amazing artists this week to explore outstanding objects of desire and create your own search to unearth something hidden.

25 April: Come and Curate
Have you ever wanted to be able to create your own art exhibition? Join our artists and curators to do just that with a selection of artworks created by young people.

2 May: A Hidden Parliament
A parliament of owls, changing perception with artists from other/other/other.

9 May: Get into The Thick of It
Leading up to the General Election join artist Mandy Roberts to dress up as your most or least favourite Politician in the 'Photo Booth' taking away a transfer souvenir tote bag.

16 May: Damage your own Art with the Art Cannon
Working with local artist and maverick Jonny Buffalo you can create then destroy some art. Bring along any art you would like to destroy and we will help!

23 May: Organ Pipe Making and Big Pipe Busk Procession
Create your own version of an organ pipe with musician Jules Bushnell and then process through the town to the Moot Hall to join a special performance where you will creae sounds on your own pipes.

30 May: Act on your Beliefs
The results of the ballot votes collected during the exhibition will be revealed. Come and join in with artists other/other/other to see what the results reveal.

6 June: Nepalese Crafts
Join makers and craftswomen from the Nepalese communities in Colchester to learn some traditional skills.

13 June: Found Sound
Working with sound artists and using musical instruments, found objects, your own voice and body you will explore the changes in acoustics throughout the building.

Baby changing facilitiesCoach parties acceptedCredit cards accepted (no fee)Credit cards accepted (with charge)Disabled accessDisabled toiletsEducation/study areaFacilities for groupsFacilities for educational visitsGift shopOn-site cateringOn-site light refreshmentsPicnic sitePublic toiletsRegional Tourist Board MemberWelcome HostWheelchairs availableAccepts groupsFacilities for conferencingFacilities for corporate hospitality

Children welcomeDisabled accessDogs not accepted (except guidedogs)Smoking not allowed

Open all the time


Free entry

Events at this Venue

date event
Mon 27 Jun - Mon 26 Sep Clip sound and music experiments
Sat 9 Jul - Sun 2 Oct Colchester Art Society
Wed 22 Jun - Wed 28 Sep Flow - open circus skills group
Tue 21 Jun - Tue 27 Sep Limitless - free open street dance sessions
Tue 9 Aug - Sun 2 Oct Martin Parr
Sat 2 Jul - Sun 2 Oct Work and Leisure by Martin Parr


Front of House

01206 577067


Lewis Gardens,
High Street,



See location of Firstsite on Google mapsSee location on Google maps

Map reference: TL 999252  Lat: 51.88968 Long: 0.90477

By Road:
Follow signs to the Town Centre.

Accessible by Public Transport: 1 mile from Colchester Town station


  • Baby changing facilitiesBaby changing facilities
  • Coach parties acceptedCoach parties accepted
  • Credit cards accepted (no fee)Credit cards accepted (no fee)
  • Credit cards accepted (with charge)Credit cards accepted (with charge)
  • Disabled accessDisabled access
  • Disabled toiletsDisabled toilets
  • Education/study areaEducation/study area
  • Facilities for groupsFacilities for groups
  • Facilities for educational visitsFacilities for educational visits
  • Gift shopGift shop
  • On-site cateringOn-site catering
  • On-site light refreshmentsOn-site light refreshments
  • Picnic sitePicnic site
  • Public toiletsPublic toilets
  • Regional Tourist Board MemberRegional Tourist Board Member
  • Welcome HostWelcome Host
  • Wheelchairs availableWheelchairs available
  • Accepts groupsAccepts groups
  • Facilities for conferencingFacilities for conferencing
  • Facilities for corporate hospitalityFacilities for corporate hospitality
  • Children welcomeChildren welcome
  • Disabled accessDisabled access
  • Dogs not accepted (except guidedogs)Dogs not accepted (except guidedogs)
  • Smoking not allowedSmoking not allowed

Self-Assessed Accessibility Details


  • YesDesignated parking for guests with disabilities
    • YesWithin 50 metres approx. of entrance
  • The surface of the car park and pathway leading to entrance:
    • Yesis solid
  • YesDrop-off point for guests outside entrance
  • The route from the parking area to the entrance:
    • YesIs flat (i.e. without steps)

Public Areas

  • Level access (no steps/thresholds) or access by ramp or lift:
    • YesFrom the entrance to reception / ticket area
    • YesTo a specially adapted public toilet suitable for wheelchair users
    • YesTo the gift shop
  • YesGood contrast between the floor and walls
  • YesContrast markings on clear surfaces such as glass doors
  • YesBaby changing facilities
  • YesVisitor information available in large print (14pt and over)
  • YesHearing loop installed in public areas


  • YesSeating available for visitors with limited mobility
  • YesClear signage
  • YesEffective lighting for visually impaired visitors
  • YesGood colour/tonal contrast for visually impaired visitors
  • YesRoutes/pathways suitable for wheelchair users or visitors with limited mobility
  • YesDisplays at suitable height for wheelchair users / children
  • YesAudible alarm system


  • YesEntrance is well lit
  • YesAutomatic door at the main entrance


  • YesLevel access (no steps/thresholds) or access by ramp or lift to cafeteria
  • YesGood contrast between the floor and walls
  • Restaurant / cafe provide meals for visitors with special dietary requirements:
    • YesSugar free (diabetic)
    • YesGluten free (coeliacs)
    • YesLactose free (dairy free)
    • YesNut free
    • YesAdditive free
    • YesVegetarian
    • YesVegan
  • YesSeating suitable for wheelchair users, ie moveable and good height for person sitting in a wheelchair
  • YesHigh chairs for children
  • YesChildren's menu