The Great Big Art Exhibition – Take part in the largest exhibition ever staged!

While the doors to our art galleries and museums are shut, let’s use our front windows, balconies, gardens and roofs to celebrate the creativity and resolve of the nation, as we continue through the COVID crisis.

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Holiday Fun

Get moving, munching and making with Firstsite Holiday Fun! Our sports activities for children are a great way to keep active, plus each child will receive a creative activity to take home. Families can also enjoy a hot and nutritious lunch.

In winter 2020, events will run throughout December, and are FREE for any family.


Tap the button below and select ‘Family Activities’ to be the first to hear about our next Holiday Fun programme.
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About Holiday Fun

Through our programme, we aim to help children stay happy, healthy and creative, and provide a fun space for both children and adults to interact and socialise.

The activities are most suitable for 4–11 years but all ages are welcome.

Watch our film to find out more.

All activities are listed in our What’s On section when available.


Children and their parents or caregivers can enjoy a hot and nutritious lunch at Firstsite’s canteen or you can choose to have your meals as a takeaway. All meals are free to any family who feels they would benefit.


Keep children active with movement and sports activities.


A fun and creative activity for every child to take home. Tap the button below to download a collection of creative activities from our Summer Holiday Fun programme this year.

Free activity packs

Keeping you safe

In response to feedback from our visitors and team, along with the latest official advice, we have put a number of measures in place to provide a safe and fun experience for everyone:

• Socially distanced tables with table service
• Food serving staff equipped with face shields
• Surfaces and seating cleaned regularly
• Toilets closely monitored and regularly cleaned
• Socially distanced sports activities with equipment cleaned between sessions
• Hand sanitising stations
• Participants’ details recorded as part of ‘NHS Test and Trace

The steps we have taken meet the Government and public health guidance, and we hold the ‘Good To Go’ industry standard mark.

Support Firstsite

Your support can help young people living in Colchester and surrounding areas to access our Holiday Fun Programme, education programmes and local creative community projects, helping families and young people from all backgrounds and circumstances to discover and develop their creativity and transform their lives.

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

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