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Informal learning opportunities and activities for children and families.
Art Exchange
Free Family Day Sessions
Sessions are linked to exhibitions at Art Exchange.  An artist practitioner brings the exhibition to life for families as they are welcomed to take part in an exciting hands-on art activity.
6-10 Sunday sessions (2 hours per session)
Art Trolley. Free event. Every Saturday during exhibition time.
Available to families who visit the gallery.  Children will be able to investigate different art styles, materials and techniques guided by gallery staff.  Different themes or methods to explore each week.
Lakeside Theatre
Lakeside Theatre Young Company
Weekly performance workshop sessions aim to bring young people together to create, explore and play while enabling them to make extraordinary theatre.  Sessions will be fun, challenging and creative.
If you are 7-18 years old then you can be involved with everything we do, from inspiring creative weekly sessions, run bu professional directors, actors and artists, to full scale performances on the Lakeside Theatre stage led by the creative team.
Session times:
Ages 7-9 (Yr 3 & 4) - Saturday during term time - 10 am to 11 am
Ages 9-11 (Yr 5 & 6) - Saturday during term time - 11.15 am to 12.30 pm
Ages 11-14 (Yr 7 & 9) - Monday evening during term time - 5 - 7pm
Ages 14-18 (Yr 10 & 13) - Tuesday evening during term time - 5 - 7pm
Young Company term dates
Spring Term,  7 Jan - 9 Feb/Half Term Break/25 Feb - 23 Mar
Summer Term, 15 Apr - 18 May/ Half Term Break/ 10 June - 13 July
Additional sessions and projects may be delivered throughout the year in response to current cultural activity/events (eg The Big Draw)
Venue:  University of Essex, Wivenhoe Park, Colchester CO4 3SQ
Contact: Kate Beckwith
Tel. 01206 873889

Essex Sport Junior and Mini Sport Courses

The University of Essex Sports Centre currently runs a range of junior and mini children sport courses across 4 different sports. These include Tennis (ages 3-16), Multi-Sport (ages 3-5, Football/Futsal (ages 5-12 year olds) and Karate (ages 5-12 years old). 

Using the expertise of our students and qualified staff, all our courses are centred around social, thinking, emotional and physical development for your children, but most importantly, we widen their understanding of the fun and enjoyment that can be had through sport. 

With our new 11 million sports centre opening in November 2017, we hope to grow the programme further and offer even more opportunities for children to take up physical activity and sport.

Telephone: 01206 873250

School holiday sports camps - click here for more information