Family visits

At Watts Gallery - Artists' Village we support Kids in Museums and offer free family trails and resources every day of the week. Our imaginative programme of events has something for families with children of all ages.

'The children loved the information packs they were given on arrival, not only educational but fun too. Would definitely recommend this to any family looking for something different for a day out.' — TripAdvisor Review

Visit the Artists' Village today to explore the galleries, discover Watts Chapel, play games on the lawn and relax in The Tea Shop. Bring the whole family for a full day of creativity and culture.

Family activities

To help young children explore the collection and site in a more tactile way, free Family Trails are available every day to help you explore the Artists' Village together through drawing, challenges and games. Creative workshops and special events for families run throughout the year and you can join us every Sunday in the Make Space.

Verey Playwood

Families can now visit our new Verey Playwood and enjoy swings, stepping stones and making camps in our woodlands.

Children in the galleries

To ensure the safety of the artworks, we ask all visitors to refrain from touching paintings and sculptures in all gallery spaces. At Watts Studios there are two interactive touch tables that can be explored by all family members. Please ask a steward if you are unsure.

Pushchair Access & Baby Change

Pushchairs can be taken into the galleries at Watts Gallery or left in the loggia. There is space to store pushchairs in the Foyle Lobby at Watts Studios. Watts Chapel is located at the top of a steep hill and accessed by a cobbled path, which can be a barrier for pushchairs. There is currently no lift access to Watts Contemporary Gallery. The Tea Shop and Visitor Centre are fully accessible.

Accessible toilets are located at Watts Gallery, The Tea Shop and Watts Studios. Baby change facilities are located in the toilet block outside The Tea Shop and at Watts Studios.

The Artists' Village


Admission for children under 18 is FREE. Students and under 25s receive half-price admission. Adult admission is half price on bank holiday Mondays.

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Eating and drinking

Families are welcome at The Tea Shop which offers fresh seasonal food, high chairs and a delicious children's menu.

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Upcoming Family Events and Workshops

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