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We welcome children and their families to enjoy the arts and have fun trying new creative experiences.

We regularly host family-friendly tours, events and creative workshops to encourage open-ended experimentation and introduce creative skills and techniques. Please explore some of these activities in the menus below.

We adhere to the Family Arts Standards developed by The Family Arts Campaign and the Family & Childcare Trust, and we are a supporter of the Kids in Museums Manifesto (see links below).


Upcoming events for families & children

Fiery Angel Entertainment & DLWP presents:


Tuesday 11 October

From £26Book


Sunday 11 December

From £12.50Book
BLODS Presents:

ELF The Musical

Wednesday 21 December –
Saturday 24 December

From £10.50Book
Julia Donaldson - Axel Scheffler

Tales From Acorn Wood

Live on stage

Friday 17 March 2023 –
Saturday 18 March 2023

From £14Book


Formerly known as Look-Think-Make, these family orientated workshops are creative making sessions that explore ideas and themes from our current exhibitions. Art Sundays, facilitated by local artists, are different and engaging making for a fun afternoon of learning and creativity! Open to all ages.

Art Sundays

Sunday 16 October –
Sunday 3 December

Look-Think-Make Online

Over lockdown, when we couldn’t run these sessions in person, Janey started (with the help of Finn and Paddy) presenting LOOK-THINK-MAKE online.  We added a new film every week, from which you can discover how to make different things just using items already in your home.

You can watch other LOOK-THINK-MAKE films on our YouTube Channel, or by scrolling through the selection below.


Follow Your Nose

Follow Your Nose is a webapp created by artist Sam Ayre that you can use in our galleries. A random sequence of questions and statements will appear which will prompt you to trust your own feelings rather than  being influenced by other people’s opinions and perspectives.

Open the app, choose something in the exhibitions to look at and respond to as many questions and statements as you like. Follow your nose and see where your instincts take you!

The questions and statements are in English, Spanish, French, Turkish and Arabic.

Open the web app here

Play Circle

Watch all our Play Circle films here, with artists and educators Kevin Graal and Anne Colvin