From Thursday 3 December, our building is open daily from 10am-10pm – with exhibitions, our cafe and shop open until 5pm and our cinema and ice skating continuing into the evenings.

We can’t wait to see you again! Find out about our new way of visiting and the measures we have in place to welcome you back safely

**Please note: Our Box Office will be open to process bookings from 9am-4pm on Wed 2 Dec. From Thurs 3 Dec onwards our Box Office will be open from 9am – 9pm.**

 

Please help us stay fantastic, fun and free

We are reopening on Thursday 3 December! In the meantime discover inspiring, fun and free content online to help keep your brain fresh and think differently.

Please, if you can, support us with a donation to help us continue to deliver  new exhibitions, activities and events to uplift us all.

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What's on

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Talks & Events

Festive Fun: Ice Skating

4th - 23rd December 2020

Multiple times available

Raise your spirits with a fantastic festive treat this December, at our open-air synthetic ice skating rink! 

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Children & Families

Free

Holiday Fun Winter 2020: Canteen

5th - 31st December 2020

Multiple times available

Children and their caregivers can dine-in at the Firstsite canteen and enjoy a hot and nutritious lunch – free for any family who feels they would benefit.

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Children & Families

Free

Holiday Fun Winter 2020: Takeaway Meals

5th - 31st December 2020

Multiple times available

Children and their caregivers can pick up a hot, healthy and delicious meal from Firstsite to take home with you, free for any family who feels they would benefit.

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Exhibitions

Free

@background_bob and his amazing friends

24th October 2020 - 31st January 2021

10:00 am - 5:00 pm

Coming soon to Firstsite, an uplifting exhibition featuring artworks from artists across the world, brought together by @background_bob.

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Children & Families

Free

Holiday Fun Winter 2020: Move activities

5th - 31st December 2020

Multiple times available

Keep the kids active with ice skating on our outdoor rink and movement activities with Colchester United football coaches.

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Exhibitions

Free

My name is not Refugee

3rd December 2020 - 21st February 2021

10:00 am - 5:00 pm

An Arts Council Collection National Partners Programme Exhibition Discover a new view of  life in Britain, in an exhibition of artworks chosen by a group of refugees and asylum seekers living in Colchester. Over the past year a group…

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Cinema

Mank

4th - 10th December 2020

Multiple times available

Mank is a US biopic drama in which Herman J. Mankiewicz works with Orson Welles to develop the 1941 film, Citizen Kane.

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Exhibitions

Free

Mark Titchner: Some questions about Colchester

13th March 2020 - 1st March 2021

Artist Mark Titchner has produced a new series of public artworks across Colchester, entitled ‘Some questions about Colchester’, which are placed in the windows of vacant shop units around the town centre. This follows on from Mark‘s exhibition at…

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Cinema

Royal Opera House: The Nutcracker

12th - 23rd December 2020

Multiple times available

The Royal Ballet’s glorious production of The Nutcracker, created by Peter Wright in 1984, is the production par excellence of an all-time ballet favourite. It is Christmas Eve and Herr Drosselmeyer the magician sweeps young Clara away on a…

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Exhibitions

Free

Rachel Spender: Essex Saltmarsh from the Air

3rd December 2020 - 14th March 2021

10:00 am - 5:00 pm

See our local landscape from a different perspective in an exhibition of black and white photographs of Essex saltmarshes by Essex based artist and photographer, Rachel Spender. Taken using film cameras from a small aeroplane and hand printed in…

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Cinema

A Christmas Carol (2020)

18th - 31st December 2020

Multiple times available

A Christmas Carol follows a Victorian family as they prepare a toy-theatre for their annual performance of A Christmas Carol. Enter their imagination as the cardboard stage transforms to reveal a magical world containing real dancers and stylised sets….

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Exhibitions

Free

Phyllida Barlow

24th July 2020 - 17th January 2021

10:00 am - 5:00 pm

This presentation of Phyllida Barlow’s sculptures in our Welcome Area leads our reopening following the imposed lockdown due to the global COVID-19 pandemic.

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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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Firstsite’s stunning architecture and versatile spaces creates a fun and inspiring venue for any event – from private parties to conferences, community meetings and presentations. Plus, by hiring our spaces you can support the local community as any profits go straight back into funding our exhibitions and outreach projects.

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Latest news

We reopen Thursday 3 Dec!

30th November 2020

We are thrilled to announce that we reopen this week!From Thu 3 Dec our building is open daily from 10am – 10pm,  with exhibitions, our cafe and shop open during the day, and our cinema and ice skating continuing…

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

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