We are now open daily 10am – 5pm, with Cinema screenings and events into the evenings. No need to book before you visit – just pop in! Discover what’s on

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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 into the evenings.

We can’t wait to see you again to spark your imaginations!

As we start to venture out again, our new exhibitions and activities are the perfect way to exercise your imagination and escape the everyday.

Scroll down to discover our December programme as we get ready to welcome you back through our doors this Thursday at 10am.



a brass bell with a small handwritten sign next to it that says 'not to be rung again until jesus returns'

Discover our new exhibitions that invite you to view life in Britain and the Essex landscape from a new perspective, and explore the thoughts, feelings and experiences of lockdown from different people across the world.

Discover our Exhibitions



Royal Opera House: The Nutcracker

Our December film programme is full of festive treats and new film releases – plus Disney favourites for just £4 per person.

View our upcoming screenings


Ice Skating

Photo of a cheerful friends learning how to ice-skate on an ice rink

Please note we’ve received a high number of enquires over the weekend and we are responding to them in the order they were received. If you haven’t heard from us yet, don’t worry – we will be in touch!

Call 01206 713 700 to book. Lines open 9am – 5pm during lockdown, then 9am – 9pm from Thu 3 Dec onwards.

Find out more about our synthetic ice rink


Enjoy 10% off in our shop!

Skaters receive 10% off purchases over £20 in the Firstsite shop! Simply present your wristband at the till to receive 10% off on purchases over £20. Valid until 24 December 2020.


Holiday Fun

Families eating at Firstsite's Holiday Fun canteen

We’re excited to announce that we have extended our programme of free family lunches, sports activities and creative fun to support families in term time.

Term time activities begin this Sat 5 Dec, with school holiday activities starting Mon 21 Dec.

Advance booking is essential. Tickets on sale from Wed 2 Dec, with bookings open up to three days before each event.

Find out more about Holiday Fun


Café & Shop

Take some time out in our airy and spacious café and enjoy homemade snacks, light meals and treats, along with hot and cold drinks. Table service is provided for all customers.

Firstsite shop

Discover creative and unusual gifts with the unique range of items in our shop, including children’s toys and games, an ever-changing selection of books, and art and design inspired homeware.

Plan your visit


Planning your visit

Firstsite's Welcome desk

There’s no need to book to visit our galleries, café and shop, however booking in advance for ice skating and Holiday Fun is essential.

We advise booking in advance for our cinema, as our socially distanced seating means fewer spaces are available per screening.

We ask that you please wear a face covering whilst you’re in the building, and only visit in groups of up to 6 people from your household or support bubble.

Plan your visit


Keeping you safe

Good To Go England - logo

We are delighted to hold the ‘Good to Go’ Visit Britain industry standard. Acquiring this standard means that Firstsite has followed government and industry COVID-19 guidelines, has a Risk Assessment in place and a process to maintain cleanliness and aid social distancing.

To help keep you and our team safe, we are supporting the NHS Test and Trace programme. All visitors are required to provide their name and telephone number, which will be held securely for 21 days, and not be shared or used for marketing purposes.

Find out more about our safety measures

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

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