Events and Activity Programme

Unless otherwise shown, please contact us on 01242 237 431 or at for more information or to reserve spaces.

Regular Family Events
Tots and Tales

First Wednesday of every month  | The Foyle Learning Centre
10.30 – 11.15am & 1.15 - 2pm (afternoon sessions from May 2015)
Join this fun session of storytelling and arty activities for parents and carers with pre-school children.

Drop-in event. Free, but a donation of £1 per child towards materials would be gratefully received.

Arty Sundays

Last Sunday of every month  | The Foyle Learning Centre
11am - 2pm
Feeling arty? Then come and create at our free family art drop-in session.

Drop-in event. Free, but a donation of £1 per child towards materials would be gratefully accepted. 

PLEASE NOTE: there will be no Arty Sunday event on 30 August 2015.

View more family events here

Introducing The Wilson talks

Tuesdays & Thursdays, from 6 June 2015
Drop in to The Wilson for introductory talks about our fine art collection, Edward Wilson, the Arts and Crafts Movement, or the Paper Store. These talks are free, but donations are gratefully accepted.

Weekend Wilson Tours

Weekends, from 6 June 2015 | £5 per person
Join our enthusiastic and knowledgeable Visitor Services team for in-depth tours of the museum and galleries.

In the Making - special events programme

A special range of family and adult events will run throughout the In the Making exhibition at The Wilson. Designed to help everybody get the most from the exhibition, the events are a fun mix of craft, science and textile activities for everyone to get involved with! This exhibition is sponsored at The Wilson by Cheltenham Design Festival.

Cheltenham Design Festival

Family friendly events

M is for Make!
5 & 6 August 2015 | 10.30am - 12.30pm & 1.30 - 3.30pm
Free activities, but donations of £1 per child to cover materials are gratefully received.

Drop in craft activities - all focused on designing and making.

Science Centre
11, 18 & 25 August 2015 | 10am - 2pm
Free activities, but donations of £1 per child to cover materials are gratefully received.

Themed science and technology activities linking with the In the Making exhibition. Join in with Making Sport, Making Music and Making Money!

Adult events

Arts and Crafts Talk: traditional making and modern design
19 August 2015 | 6pm | £7 / £5 concession

Kirsty Hartsiotis, Curator of Decorative Arts at The Wilson, will look at how the designers of the English Arts and Crafts Movement revived traditional techniques of making, but also used modern technologies and materials to develop their exciting designs, and how the Movement has influenced design and craft in the 20th and 21st centuries. 

Silk Scarf Painting
22 August 2015 | 10am - 4pm | £40 inc. materials
Minimum age 16

Create your own unique hand-painted scarf in this exciting and creative workshop.

Gloucestershire Guild of Craftsmen
Monthly Craft Workshops

Monthly, Fridays | 10am - 4pm | £variable
Join expert craft makers and producers for this special series of craft workshops. Run by members of The Gloucestershire Guild of Craftsmen, these one day workshops are a great way to try a new craft or develop an existing skill. Based in the Foyle Learning Centre at The Wilson, the workshops are run as small, informal sessions, with an emphasis on participants creating something to take home at the end of the day.

More details, including dates, prices can be found here.

Adult Workshop
Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust - Wild Art: Beautiful British Bees

24 July 2015 | 10am - 4pm | £75 per person
A Cath Hodsman Microscopy Sketching event, looking at the incredible physiology of bees. Contact Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust for more information and to reserve spaces.

Introduction to Papercutting - FULLY BOOKED

19 September 2015 | 10am - 1pm | £20 per person inc. materials
Minimum age 16

Explore the art of papercutting with artist Yasemin Wigglesworth.

Studio Pottery: A Century of Pots

until late 2015
Arts and Crafts Movement Gallery | 2nd floor

This temporary display in the Arts and Crafts Movement Gallery showcases acquisitions of studio pottery to the collection, based around the generous gift from major collector Lewis Creed.

Art Shape Courses

We are delighted to support Art Shape in offering courses aimed towards adults facing disabling barriers to participation in traditional arts learning. To book, call 01452 863 855, or email

Art for Enjoyment | Starting 23 September | Tuesdays 10:15am – 12:30pm | £56/£36 concession
Foyle Learning Centre

Taught by a practising artist, this course will help you explore your creative journey through drawing, painting, sculpture, print making and more.

World of Art | Starting 16 September | Tuesdays 1:30pm – 4:00pm | £60/£40 concession
Foyle Learning Centre

Another popular art course for those with some experience exploring visual arts, who are looking to learn more and develop their artistic skills. Delivered fortnightly and led by a practising artist.

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Open daily 9.30am - 5.15pm
(Closed on 25 & 26 December, 1 January and Easter Sunday)

Admission free

Cheltenham Art Gallery & Museum
Clarence Street
GL50 3JT
Tel: 01242 237431