Students Staff

Essex Children's University

Essex Children's University is one of a growing number of children's universities around the country, each working to provide children aged 7-14 years (and 5-6 year olds with their families) with exciting and innovative learning activities and experiences outside of the normal school day.

We are proud to be a Validated Learning Destination for Essex Children's University. By taking part in Children's University, we can celebrate and reward achievements in learning.

Activities available

There are lots of activities that you can do, from art and drama in our gallery and theatre, to junior lectures where you can study just like a university student. We also have fun days around Essex that you can come and take part in with your family. Any validated activities you do will earn you extra hours in your passport. We also host the graduation ceremonies for the Essex Children's University's Colchester and Tendring campuses.

This video showcases one of our Children's University events, which took place at Firstsite in Colchester.

Regular events

Art Trolley

Art Trolley takes place every Saturday during term-time and offers free activities linked to current exhibitions at our gallery.

Youth Theatre

Our Lakeside Theatre holds Youth Theatre sessions every Saturday during term-time.

Contact us

For more information about any activities, please contact Sally Foster in the Outreach team by emailing