** Please note: due to staff isolating, our cafe will be closed on Sunday 25 July  – our building will also be closing at 5pm on this day, so there will be no evening cinema screenings – we are sorry for any inconvenience **

ADMISSION TO FIRSTSITE IS FREE

Open 10am – 5pm everyday

We are open!

Enjoy our exhibitions, films and events, relax in our newly refurbished cafe with outdoor balcony seating and find quirky and original products in our shop.

We are open every day, for free, for everyone. There’s no need to book, just pop in and explore!

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ADMISSION TO FIRSTSITE IS FREE

Open 10am – 5pm everyday

What's on

Top picks

Exhibitions

Free

Michael Landy’s Welcome to Essex

26th June - 5th September 2021

10:00 am - 5:00 pm

‘Michael Landy’s Welcome to Essex’ invites you to explore, celebrate and question the recent history of Essex and its contemporary portrayal in popular culture.

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Children & Families

Free

Harwich Holiday Fun Summer 2021: Canteen

22nd July - 27th August 2021

Multiple times available

Enjoy freshly made hot meals for all the family over the Summer Holidays at Harwich Arts and Heritage Centre.

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Exhibitions

Free

House Share

26th June - 5th September 2021

10:00 am - 5:00 pm

House Share reveals the thoughts and experiences of young people during the three UK lockdowns, and their changing relationship to the hom

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Children & Families

Free

Holiday Fun Summer 2021: Canteen

22nd July - 27th August 2021

Multiple times available

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

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Cinema

Space Jam: A New Legacy

30th July - 12th August 2021

Multiple times available

NBA champion and global icon LeBron James goes on an epic adventure alongside timeless Tune Bugs Bunny.

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Online

Free

Michael Landy’s Welcome to Essex documentary

6th July - 31st December 2021

Artist Michael Landy talks ‘Essexism’ with comedian Russell Kane, artists Elsa James and Maria Anastassiou, sociologist Professor Pam Cox and The Only Way is Essex legend, Amy Childs.

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Exhibitions

Free

The Great Big Art Exhibition

17th May - 5th September 2021

10:00 am - 5:00 pm

The Great Big Art Exhibition is a celebration of creativity across the UK. This gallery exhibition features thousands of artworks shared with Firstsite over social media.

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Cinema

Peter Rabbit 2: The Runaway (Relaxed screening with Captions)

2nd June - 26th July 2021

Multiple times available

Peter Rabbit the lovable rogue is back! Bea, Thomas, and the rabbits have created a makeshift family, but despite his best efforts, Peter can’t seem to shake his mischievous reputation.

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Exhibitions

Free

Art for Life: An exhibition made with key workers

17th May - 5th September 2021

10:00 am - 5:00 pm

Discover different perspectives of the pandemic and reflect on your own in this poignant exhibition. Feel connected through art, creativity and shared experiences.

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Cinema

Space Jam: A New Legacy (Relaxed Screening With Captions)

2nd August 2021

2:00 pm

NBA champion and global icon LeBron James goes on an epic adventure alongside timeless Tune Bugs Bunny.

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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 shortlisted for Art Fund Museum of the Year

21st July 2021

We are thrilled to announce that Firstsite has been shortlisted for Art Fund Museum of the Year! The prestigious prize is the largest of its kind and is a celebration of the UK’s museums and galleries. This year the prize…

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

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