Activities for Children & Families

Gallery Oldham is full of fun, creative and exciting activities, events and workshops for children & families of all ages. From our early years sessions to our small cinema viewings there’s always something to bring your little ones to.

As well as our regular events, we also have activities in our gallery spaces and landings which are linked to our exhibitions. We also guarantee to have at least one family friendly exhibition at all times.

Super Saturdays Creative Family FunSuper Saturday collage

Be inspired by our exhibitions! We’ve artist led craft activities, painting, drawing and creative fun for all the family on the first Saturday of the month.

Drop in activities, no need to book.

All Super Saturday activities run 1 – 3pm and are FREE.

Our next Super Saturdays are on 6 April, 4 May, 6 July, 3 August, 7 September and 5 October

GO Wild!

Saturday 27 July and 26 October, 1 -3pm

Explore the seasonal surprises that nature brings and have fun with a mix of science, nature and creativity. Most suitable for 4 – 10 years. Places are limited so book early to avoid disappointment.

All activities are free, Book online or call 0161 770 4742.


Accelerate: Oldham Festival of  Transport

Friday 31 May and Saturday 1 June, 10am – 4pm
Drop in – free, no need to book

Art and Transport collide as the town’s annual car show is reimagined for 2019. Accelerate features displays of vintage vehicles, alongside SpareParts, the UK’s only festival of art, performance and spectacle dedicated to transport. The SpareParts Arts Parade will start at the Gallery at 12noon before winding it’s way up to Parliament Square. Expect a magical mix of mechanic, music and movement with an array of transport characters and contraptions.

Work with artist Rowan Taylor and join in our free, drop in, workshops to create wonders to use and wear in the parade.

– Help us to make hot air balloons to be paraded around the town
– Make your own mini hot air balloon or pilot themed costume and join in the Accelerate parade.

For more information please contact Arts Development, 0161 770 3070

Holiday fun at Gallery Oldham

Free family activities take place during all school holidays. Activities run from 1 – 4pm each day. Face painting and craft activities at each session.
Most suitable for ages 4–10 years.

Children must be accompanied by an adult for all family activities.

All holiday activities are free with face painting for just £2.

May Half-term: Tue 28, Wed 29, Thu 30

Summer: Mon 29 and Tue 30 July
Mon 5 and Tue 6 August
Mon 12 and Tue 13 August
Mon 19 and Tue 20 August

Autumn Half-term: Mon 28, Tue 29 and Wed 30 October

Free – no need to book, just drop-in from 1–4pm.


Kids in Museums – Museums of the Year shortlisted nominee 2015

Manchester Life Magazine – Exhibition of the year nominee 2015

Museums and Heritage Award for Excellence – Project on a limited budget shortlist 2016

Visit England – Family Friendly Finalist 2017

Curious Minds – Northwest Cultural Education Awards, Inclusive Partnership nominee 2017

Henshaws – Visual Impairment Friendly Business of the Year nominee 2018