Picture of colourful cardboard narrowboat and two small painted pictures with traditional canal art designs

Free activities for families this Easter

Free activities for families this Easter

Free things to do in the school holidays at Roundhouse Birmingham

Roundhouse Birmingham are inviting people to come and celebrate the launch of their new season with a range of free heritage themed activities over the Easter holidays.

From 6 April between 11.00 and 15.00, families can take part in free craft workshops in the Roundhouse Event Space. There’s a different activity each day, here’s the full schedule: 

Thursday 6 & 13 April – Make a Canal Boat

The Roundhouse is right next to the canal and was a great delivery spot for narrowboats. Join local artist Sue Guthrie to cut out, paint, and decorate your own model canal boat.

Friday 7 & 14 April – Twist and Tag a Horse

Local artist Ruth Carless has been inspired by the horses who used to live at the Roundhouse. Join her for a session making wire sculptures of horses, blackbirds and more; and design a name tag for your creation.

Saturday 8 & 15 April – Build a Roundhouse

Make a colourful mini-model of the Roundhouse, layer by layer. A mix of puzzle and craft with a model to take away. Marvel as your kids work them out before you do.

Sunday 9 & 16 April – Paint a Roundhouse

Paint a mini plaster model of the Roundhouse. Get as creative as you like and take your creation home.

All activities include a free “Local Look Around” trail leaflet for families to explore the local area, including a stop at the magnificent blossom display outside the IKON gallery.


Aerial picture of Roundhouse Birmingham taken in 2021. It includes the outdoor tables at the Distillery on one side, the courtyard of the flats on the other side and the intersection of Sheepcote Street with St Vincent Street
The Roundhouse viewed from above

Thursday to Sunday – Free drop in tours of the building at 11.30 and 14.00

For history and architecture lovers, they’re also launching a new free drop in tour of the Grade II* listed building. It’s an interactive tour sharing the history of the Roundhouse and the Victorian people, and horses, who made it a 24/7 hub for the city. Visitors will play a game of Victorian top trumps, hunt for clues in the courtyard and ponder the question – why is it round? Sign up at their Visitor Centre 15 minutes before the start time.


Wednesday to Sunday – Free exhibition and film from 09.30 to 16.30

Interested in Birmingham’s canals or the history of the local area? Visit the display space at the Roundhouse to watch a free film of archive footage showing Birmingham’s canal journey. There’s also a display about Birmingham’s night workers and collages by local artist Claire Cotterill. More information here.

Roundhouse Birmingham also offer visitors the chance to explore the city with a range of quirky tours including kayak tours of the canals, a Birmingham Bingo walking tour and Heritage Working Boat Trips.

More information about all these activities can be found on our website. You can also book by calling 0121 716 4077 during opening hours.

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