Come rain or shine, there is always something for you and the family to enjoy at the Bluecoat.

Children's Corner

We have a variety of toys and activities in addition to our popular busy boards and books.

Build interesting structures with our new creative construction toys and see what your family can create.

Children's Guide

Inspired by our latest exhibition, Babak Ganjei: Thanks for Having Me - explore the gallery as a family with our children's guide. Learn more about the artist and his work as you follow the exhibition from room to room.

Our children's guide asks little one's how they'd create a self portrait and to create artwork inspired by the show.

Collect your free children's guide within the gallery or ask our friendly staff at the Tickets & Information Desk.

Our friendly team of staff are here to make your visit enjoyable and stress-free. Whether it's a trip to our cafe or playing hide and seek in our garden, visitors of all ages can find something to entertain them in our building.

Bluecoat Platform Benches

Located in our front courtyard are a series of colourful and fun benches designed by artists Simon & Tom Bloor.

Simon & Tom Bloor's Bluecoat benches, 2021. Photo by Rob Battersby.
"Brilliant, friendly staff and lots of fun for kids and adults."
Attendee from a Bluecoat family workshop

Plan your visit

We're open Tue - Sun, 11am - 5pm. Free entry.

Facilities & Accessibility

We pride ourselves on being an accessible and welcoming building with several different facilities to make your visit as comfortable and as enjoyable as possible. We welcome breastfeeding throughout the building, baby changing facilities, disabled toilets and more.

We offer highchairs should you need one.

Our cafe, hub and gallery have space for wheelchair users and buggies. Please get in touch if you have any questions regarding accessibility or our facilities.

Get in touch

You can drop us a message on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram, or call 0151 702 5324 or email info@thebluecoat.org.uk if you have any questions.

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Bluecoat's family activities have received additional support from Stowe Family Law LLP