Early Years

There’s always something to do at Gallery Oldham, even for our youngest visitors. Join our award nominated programmes and take part in some of our messiest sessions!


GO Baby – 
2nd and 4th Thursday of each month
10.30am – 12noon, Free – Drop in 

GO Baby is back with more sensory fun than ever before, join our fortnightly programme for 0 – 2’s and their families. Led by an artist explore the galleries collections and exhibitions using all of your senses in our Montessori inspired play sessions.

GO Explorers – 
18th Nov, 23rd Dec, 6th Jan, 24th Feb, 24th Mar, 24th Apr, 26th May, 30th June

10.30am – 12noon, £4 per child, booking required via Eventbrite

Our 2 – 4’s are welcomed back with open arms in our GO Explorers sessions, discover a world of fun in our messy creative play workshops. Make new friends, explore nature, make little artworks to take home and join the gallery for plenty of fun!

Baby Art Studio –
Weds 2nd November, Weds 16th November and Saturday 19th November at Oldham Library
10am – 12noon, from £10 per piece.

Get creative in our newest sessions for under 5’s and their families. Explore the wonder of clay in our Baby Art Studio workshop, make and decorate your own baubles and plates in this creative workshop and have a fired final piece to keep forever – or gift just in time for Christmas!

Baby Photobooth – New for 2022
Wednesday 9 November, 10am – 12pm at Oldham Library

Award winning photographer Tim Simpson will be joining us to take beautiful portraits of your little ones, for 0 – 12months. Each ticket includes a printed photograph and the opportunity to buy more directly from Tim.

Adult and Baby CinemaNEW FOR 2022
10am – 12.30pm – £3 per adult ticket, children under 18 months are free.

Join our first Adult and baby cinema showings, perfect for adults with children under 18 months. Soft lighting, lowered volume and your little one are welcome to move around the auditorium as you need.
Breast and bottle feeding welcome.

Thurs 16 February 2023 – Priscilla Queen of the Desert

Extra Small Cinema – NEW FOR 2022
10am – 12.30pm – £3 per child ticket, adults (6+) are free.

Sensory film screenings for under 5’s, our relaxed seating, sensory play materials and specially chosen early years films are perfect for little ones to explore. Ticket price includes a snack pack for each child.

Tues 19 October – Coco 
Tues 17 January 2023 – Minions

Sing and Sign with Eliza Says – NEW FOR 2022
Thursday 11am – 12noon, £5 per session. Bookable via Lorenza at elizasays@hotmail.com

Sing and Sign with Eliza Says is a fantastic programme for families who want to join a fun and relaxed signing session, learn British Sign Language through rhyme, play and song.

Explore our collections digitally with your under 5’s 

Treasure Basket – Scala by Jeffrey Steele
Exploring GO Explorers – families experiences of early years sessions 
Sensory play – Morning in a wood by Harry Watson 

We would love to see your creations so please share them with us via Gallery Oldham on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook or email evad.ouldokojie@oldham.gov.uk 

For any information or queries regarding the early years programme at Gallery Oldham please email evad.ouldokojie@oldham.gov.uk

Kids in Museums – Museums of the Year shortlisted nominee 2015

Manchester Life Magazine – Exhibition of the year nominee 2015

Museums and Heritage Award for Excellence – Project on a limited budget shortlist 2016

Visit England – Family Friendly Finalist 2017

Curious Minds – Northwest Cultural Education Awards, Inclusive Partnership nominee 2017

Henshaws – Visual Impairment Friendly Business of the Year nominee 2018