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FREE, Drop-in sessions
Tuesdays 10.30am–1pm, Wednesdays 1-4pm, Thursdays 1-4pm throughout August 2023


This summer PLAYTIME is going to market. Have a wander and find things to do both indoors and out. With our PLAY Market’ area, sketching stations, Whitworth Minecraft and a sensory play area for babies, there’s something for all the family.

PLAY Market

Drop-in Tuesdays 10.30am–1pm, Wednesdays 1-4pm, Thursdays 1-4pm throughout August, FREE

This summer we invite you to explore ways of 'doing things differently' inspired by the exhibition Economics the Blockbuster: It’s Not Business as Usual.

Make and trade with friends in our market role-play area. What will you make? Mud pies in exchange for pebbles or magic potions for conkers?

Supported by our friends at Pentagon Play

PLAY Whitworth Minecraft

Available during gallery opening hours, FREE
Play our two specially designed Whitworth Minecraft arcade machines in our School of Creativity.


Available during gallery opening hours, FREE
An open-ended sensory play space for babies and their grown-ups to explore and spend quality time together. 

PLAY Tŷ Pawb

Each Thursday in August, drop-in 1pm-4pm, FREE
A free open access playworker-supported session in our Economics the Blockbuster exhibition. Facilitated by playworkers from Wrexham.

National PLAY Day

Wednesday 2 August, drop-in 11am-2pm, FREE
On top of our PLAYTIME games and interventions join us as we fill the galleries with song, dance, arts, crafts, and circus skills celebrating our partnership with the charity Afrocats.

Everyone Is Welcome

Thursday 10 August 10.15am-12.15pm, FREE, see booking details below
A family-friendly workshop run by our Venture Arts and School of Creativity artist-in-residence, Sally Hirst.
Please click here to find out more and to book your FREE place

Things to do in July

Throughout July we have a small number of the Pentagon Play resources in our School of Creativity on the Mezzanine floor. Come along during gallery open hours to make and trade with your friends in this role-play area.

All the resources as part of this year’s PLAYTIME have been kindly donated by our partners Pentagon Play, the UK’s No.1 School Playground Provider.

All activities are FREE and drop-in unless otherwise stated.

Gallery opening times

Open: 10am-5pm Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday and until 9pm on Thursdays. The gallery is CLOSED on all Mondays.

PLAYTIME drop-in sessions run on Tuesdays 10.30am–1pm, Wednesdays 1-4pm, Thursdays 1-4pm throughout August.

Follow the gallery's social media channels for PLAYTIME updates, and check out Instagram @whitworthfamilies




Read our blogs   

Whitworth x Pentagon Play – Gathering of Strangers  Written by our Families Producer, Lucy Turner, find out more about our partnership with Pentagon Play for this year's Playtime activities 

Gathering of Strangers  What's on during the August families break