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
10.30 – 11.30am
Join this fun session of storytelling and arty activities for parents and carers with pre-school children.

Free drop-in event held in the Foyle Learning Centre.

CORRECTION: our current brochure shows a second Tots & Tales session at 1.30 - 3.30pm. Please note that this session does not currently run.

Arty Sundays

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

Free drop-in event held in the Foyle Learning Centre.

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.

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
Watercolour workshop

11 April 2015 | 10am - 4pm | £40
Be inspired by the Turner Watercolours display and create your own watercolour artwork. Learn techniques, brushstrokes and tips to kick start your artistic practice.

Cheltenham Poetry Festival at The Wilson
Ben Norris & Lily Blacksell

24 April 2015 | 7 - 8pm | £7 / £5 | The Wilson

The “wonderful” (BBC Radio 3) and “bold, funny, musical and confident” (Julia Bird) Ben Norris is an actor, spoken-word artist and former UK All-Stars Poetry Slam Champion. Ben’s debut poetry pamphlet was published in summer 2014 by Nasty Little Press, and he’s been described as “a really exciting to watch” by Luke Wright. Ben is joined by Lily Blacksell, a rising star on the spoken word scene, who fuses lyrically inventive writing with powerful performances.

Cheltenham Poetry Festival at The Wilson
Little Machine

24 April 2015 | 8.30 - 10pm | £10 / £7 | The Wilson

Get ready to boogie along to the bards with Little Machine –“The most brilliant music and poetry band I’ve seen in decades” (Carol Ann Duffy.)  Little Machine will make you fall in love with poetry all over again with their blistering rock, folk, punk and pop renditions of classic and contemporary poems. “They sing, strum, beat, get you tapping your feet, make you laugh and break your heart. I swear the Bard himself has joined this band” -  Gillian Clarke.

Back by popular demand. Last year this event sold out very quickly. Please book early to avoid disappointment.

Art and Travel in Turner's Time

9 May 2015 | 1pm | £7
Join expert Dr Jenny Gaschke to learn more about the intricacies of art and travel in Turner's time.

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

19 September | 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