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Christmas at the Bluecoat

Whether you're shopping for a unique gift, looking for a place to celebrate with friends and family or you just need somewhere to take a break from the crowds, the Bluecoat has everything you need to make this holiday season better than ever.

Christmas Opening Hours

Our opening hours will look a little different over the holidays.

From Wed 15 December we will be open every day until Thu 23 Dec, 11am-5pm

Closed on Fri 24, Sat 25 and Sun 26 December

Open from Mon 27 Dec - Thu 30 Dec, 11am-5pm

Closed from Fri 31 Dec - Tue 4 Jan

Open as normal from Wed 5 January 2022, 11am-5pm.


The Bluecoat is home to several independent retailers and creative businesses. From houseplants and music memorabilia to handmade gifts and jewellery, give something truly unique and help support a small local business this Christmas.

Summer by Sumuyya Khader, 2021. Photo by Rob Battersby

If you know someone who admired the permanent artwork in our Hub and Cafe by Sumuyya Khader and Babak Ganjei, you can buy prints of their work via their online shops.

Shop work by Babak Ganjei

Shop work by Sumuyya Khader

Children & Families

Bring the family for some creative fun in our dedicated children's corner in the Hub. There are interactive 'busy boards' for the little ones, a selection of books and a fun activity pack. While the children play you can enjoy a hot drink from our Cafe.

Host an event

Our Grade I listed building is the perfect backdrop if you're looking to host a special Christmas party for friends, family or the team at work. Get in touch to discuss, email events@thebluecoat.org.uk

In the gallery

Take a break from the crowds and enjoy a wander around our free gallery to see impactful contemporary art. See what's on below.

Plan your visit

Use the links below to plan our visit. Please get in touch if you have any questions.

We hope to see you this festive season!