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Amazingly Arty Days Out

Written by Lottie


For those who are creative and arty,
If for a day, an hour, or even a party,
We’ve got centres, workshops and galleries galore,
So you don’t need to add to your arts and crafts drawer!

 Art4You Scotland, Glasgow, Scotland


Your little budding artists will love this fun filled, creative day out. They’ll get to try their hands at lots of different crafty activities, including drawing, painting and making collages using mixed media. The day also includes snacks and lunch too! Find out more.

The Ceramic Experience, Dunfermline, Scotland

The Ceramic Experience is a wonderful place to take the kids and have a lovely day of creating a keepsake together. This award-winning attraction offer visitors the chance to choose from a selection of blank ceramics and paint them with their own design, creating a mini-masterpiece. They can also preserve your little one’s hand or footprint forever on a tile or plate! Find out more.

Manchester Art Gallery, Manchester

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Come along to this fab art gallery which has lots of creative fun for all of the family to enjoy! There’s also workshops, story bags and baby changing facilities. Perfect for an hour’s visit or a full day, you’ll see the stunning collection of fine and decorative art. For rumbling tums, head to their cafe for some yummy lunch or pick up a souvenir in the gift shop! Find out more.

Towner; Eastbourne, East Sussex

©Avant Commercial

©Avant Commercial

This is a great place to bring the kids to let them see a great selection of modern and classic art! There’s a constant changing programme of exhibitions and in the school holidays they have activities for children. There is a fantastic cafe too where you can refuel the family! Find out more.

Tate Modern, London


Tate Modern is an excellent place for art-loving parents and children. The dramatic Turbine Hall is a great place to explore the latest installations from world-class artists. Around the gallery, you will enjoy seeing works by artists such as Picasso, Rothko and Salvador Dali. You can pick up a family multimedia guide to help you learn about the exhibitions, plus they plan family-friendly activities throughout the year. Find out more. 

Camden Arts Centre, London

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This is a fantastic centre for contemporary visual art and education. They have lots of different exhibitions and events organised throughout the year that everyone will enjoy, as well as courses that teach creative and technical skills to people of all ages and abilities! Find out more.

Corris Craft Centre, Machynlleth, Wales


There’s so much creative fun to be had at Corris Craft Centre! You’ll get to paint some pottery, dip candles, craft herbals or even make your own unique bar of chocolate. For the kids there’s a small children’s play area so they can let off some steam, plus there’s a treasure hunt that they can follow around the centre. You can also see a variety of designers making their crafts in their studios! Find out more.

Brighton Museum and Art Gallery, Brighton

With hands-on interactive displays, pictures, photos and lots of wonderful exhibits there’s so much for your little ones to enjoy. Learn all about the rich history of Brighton, explore fashion through the ages and admire the collection of puppets, masks, costumes and musical instruments. There are often temporary exhibits and events taking place so be sure to keep checking for new things to explore! Find out more.

Falmouth Art Gallery, Cornwall

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This fantastic art gallery is run by a friendly team who organise a range of creative sessions themed around their current exhibitions. The gallery itself has a collection of over 1,700 artworks including photography, contemporary prints, children’s illustrations and works by the British Impressionists. Find out more.

Poole Pottery, Poole, Dorset

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Come rain or shine bring the family to this famous pottery studio where you can see the professionals working in the studio, look around the shop and also paint your own masterpiece! There are a range of items that you can choose to paint including mugs, plates, money and keepsake boxes. Find out more.

Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool

© National Museums Liverpool

© National Museums Liverpool

The Walker Art Gallery is a great place to visit for a little bit of culture. Walking around the gallery you will see dazzling collections of paintings, sculptures and decorative arts by Rubens, Poussin, Gainsborough and many more artists. For families there’s the Big Art Little Artists area along with a calendar of events and activities. Find out more.

 Clay and Play, Birmingham


Clay and Play has over one hundred different blank pottery items ready to paint! Simply pick the item you wish to paint, paint away and then collect it 5-7 days later once it has been glazed and fired in the kiln! Find out more.

 V&A Museum, London

© Victoria and Albert Museum, London

© Victoria and Albert Museum, London

This amazing museum, which is one of the world’s greatest museums of art and design, has some wonderful collections on various subjects such as architecture, design, fashion, theatre and so much more. They also hold daily talks and tours, as well as regular workshops for your budding little artists to enjoy! Find out more.

Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum, Glasgow

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This is one of the most visited galleries in the UK! With so much to see spread out across 22 galleries and containing over 8,000 objects, there’s plenty for the family to admire. With the younger audience in mind they have interactive displays, temporary exhibitions and activities for all ages. Find out more. 

National Museum Cardiff, Cardiff, Wales

© Amgueddfa Cymru – National Museum Wales

© Amgueddfa Cymru – National Museum Wales

There are fascinating collections of natural history, archaeology, geology and national art at the National Museum Cardiff. To help the kids engage with the artwork on display there’s an activity book that they complete as they make their way around the beautiful collections. Find out more.

Underwater Street, Liverpool


Underwater Street is a fantastic place for your little ones who love crafts and science! There are six zones including Art Area, The Lab, The Sensory Area and also regular Science Shows to enthral visitors. The Imagination Village offers everyone the chance to dress up for any occasion, take on the Alarm Passage challenge and even star in their own chat show! The Construction Area has a play frame in with lots to climb over and crawl under! Find out more.

Armagh County Museum, Armagh, Northern Ireland

Armagh museum is filled with collections, from local history and fine art to natural history and archaeology. The museum also has many temporary exhibitions throughout the year so be sure to check online for the up and coming events! Find out more.

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