ADMISSION TO FIRSTSITE IS FREE

Open 10am – 5pm everyday

Welcome to Firstsite

Firstsite is the winner of Art Fund Museum of the Year 2021! 

Visit us this winter – enjoy our exhibitions, films and events, relax in our newly refurbished cafe, find quirky and stylish products in our shop and take a spin on our skating rink!

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ADMISSION TO FIRSTSITE IS FREE

Open 10am – 5pm everyday

What's on

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Family

Skating at Firstsite

9th - 31st December 2021

Multiple times available

Our skating rink is back – and bigger and better than ever! With a improved surface used by professional athletes, you can really show off your skating skills this year.

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Exhibitions

Free

@background_bob and his amazing friends – guess who’s back!

18th September 2021 - 9th January 2022

10:00 am - 5:00 pm

Young Essex artist Background Bob returns with a brand-new exhibition, showcasing over 200 stunning artworks by leading international street and graffiti artists, tattooists, sculptors and fine artists.

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Children & Families

Free

Harwich Holiday Fun Dec 2021: Canteen

20th - 23rd December 2021

Multiple times available

Enjoy freshly made hot meals for all the family over the December school holiday at Harwich Arts and Heritage Centre.

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Children & Families

Free

Harwich Holiday Fun Dec 2021: Multisports

20th - 23rd December 2021

Multiple times available

Keep the kids active and entertained over the December holiday with fun sports activities taking place at Harwich Arts and Heritage Centre

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Cinema

A Boy Called Christmas

18th - 31st December 2021

Multiple times available

An ordinary young boy called Nikolas sets out on an extraordinary adventure into the snowy north in search of his father who is on a quest to discover the fabled village of the elves, Elfhelm.

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Exhibitions

Free

Opening Celebration | Life with Art: Benton End and the East Anglian School of Painting and Drawing

10th December 2021

6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Join us for the opening of Life with Art: Benton End and the East Anglian School of Painting and Drawing, and be the first to see artworks from the iconic artists that were influenced by the Benton End art…

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Courses, Clubs & Classes

Limitless Street Dance

2nd November - 29th March 2021

Multiple times available

Breakdance skills for 8 – 14 year olds. Join the Limitless dancers Andi Mill and Isaac James to try out the basics of street dancing in a cool, fun and energetic environment. Please wear comfortable clothing – loose t-shirts,…

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Cinema

Christmas with Andre

19th - 23rd December 2021

Multiple times available

The King of the Waltz brings you a musical spectacular from his Winter Palace in his hometown of Maastricht.

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Exhibitions

Free

Sculpture at Firstsite

20th November 2021 - 27th November 2022

See artworks by artists Sarah Lucas, Ryan Gander, Julian Opie and Bharti Kher in our new sculpture park As part of our 10th anniversary, six works have been installed in the lawns and grounds surrounding Firstsite: The fallow (Bharti…

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Cinema

The Royal Ballet: The Nutcracker (Live)

9th December 2021

6:45 pm

Clara is given the Nutcracker doll on Christmas Eve. As midnight strikes, she finds a magical adventure awaiting her and her Nutcracker.

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Cinema

My Hero Academia: World Heroes’ Mission (subtitled)

18th December 2021

2:00 pm

When a sinister organization threatens to end superhuman powers, Deku, Bakugo, and Todoroki have two hours to stop civilization’s collapse. But there’s still one problem: Deku’s on the run for murder.

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Cinema

Gorillaz: Song Machine Live From Kong

10th December 2021

7:30 pm

Experience the biggest virtual band on the planet in cinemas worldwide, as Gorillaz bring their highly acclaimed Song Machine Live to the big screen.

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Cinema

It’s A Wonderful Life (1946) (75th Anniversary)

24th December 2021

2:00 pm

Beset with personal and professional problems, George Bailey finds his previously happy life falling apart around him on Christmas Eve. Seeing no way out, George considers suicide from the edge of a bridge – but Clarence, his guardian angel,…

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Exhibitions

Free

Simon Carter and Jevan Watkins Jones: Shore Lines

11th December 2021 - 18th April 2022

10:00 am - 5:00 pm

Imagine two drawings by two artists drifting across a five-mile stretch of salt-water, merging and morphing on the surface as they meet. Artists Simon Carter and Jevan Watkins Jones collaborate in this collection of charcoal drawings inspired by their…

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Children & Families

Free

Holiday Fun Dec 2021: Canteen

20th - 30th December 2021

Multiple times available

Enjoy freshly made hot meals for all the family over the December school holiday at Firstsite’s canteen in Colchester town centre.

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Children & Families

Free

Holiday Fun Dec 2021: Street Dance

23rd - 30th December 2021

Multiple times available

Children can show off their best moves this December holiday with Street Dance at Firstsite Holiday Fun in Colchester

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Cinema

Encanto (relaxed)

27th December 2021

11:00 am

Walt Disney Animation Studios’ “Encanto” tells the tale of an extraordinary family, the Madrigals, who live hidden in the mountains of Colombia, in a magical house, in a vibrant town, in a wondrous, charmed place called an Encanto.

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Cinema

King Richard

18th - 20th December 2021

Multiple times available

Driven by a clear vision of their future and using unconventional methods, Richard has a plan that will take Venus and Serena Williams from the streets of Compton, California to the global stage as legendary icons.

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Cinema

Mothering Sunday (captioned)

14th December 2021

2:00 pm

On a warm spring day in 1924, house maid and foundling Jane Fairchild finds herself alone on Mother’s Day. Her employers, Mr and Mrs Niven, are out and she has the rare chance to spend an afternoon of abandon with her secret lover, Paul.

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Cinema

Rebel Dykes

10th - 20th December 2021

Multiple times available

It’s finally here! After a rabble-rousing preview at Flare 2016, Rebel Dykes returns in all its ass-kicking, leather-wearing glory.

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Cinema

The Rescue + Recorded Q&A

6th - 10th December 2021

Multiple times available

‘The Rescue’ chronicles the dramatic 2018 rescue of 12 Thai boys and their soccer coach, trapped deep inside a flooded cave.

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Cinema

The Shop Around The Corner (Reissue 2021)

11th December 2021

11:30 am

Bitter-sweet comedy about a group of very human, middle-class Budapest store people.

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Christmas at Firstsite

Christmas at Firstsite

Give you team, friends or family something special to look forward to this Christmas!

Host your Christmas Party with us and support your local community. Our Winter Wonderland party nights are held throughout December offering a three course meal, bar and disco in our beautifully decorated function rooms.

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Firstsite shop

Take a look at our shop

Featuring a range of design-led and affordable products, inspired by our exhibition programme, events and community, our shop has something for everyone. All profits from your purchase raises funds to help us keep our exhibitions free and supports our community outreach activities.

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Latest news

Firstsite wins Art Fund Museum of the Year 2021

22nd September 2021

Colchester’s Firstsite was announced as Art Fund Museum of the Year 2021 last night (21 September 2021), with Director, Sally Shaw MBE presented with the £100,000 prize – the largest museum prize in the world – by broadcaster Edith…

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Benton End | A Space for Artistic Inspiration in East Anglia

26th November 2021

Through the 1940s and 1950s, Benton End, a Grade II listed 16th-century house located on the outskirts of Hadleigh in Suffolk, became the centre of a diverse community of 20th-century artists, writers, and horticulturalists. Named the East Anglian School of Painting and Drawings, ...

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Welcome area at Firstsite. 'Big Hello' (2018) Peter Liversidge. Photo by Jayne Lloyd.

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