Summer Fun at the National Portrait Gallery

Visit the National Portrait Gallery this summer for a fun fortnight of free activities inspired by the BP Portrait Award 2016!

Create a portrait jigsaw, try your hand at grinding pigments, design a poster, print a tote bag, make a 3D animal or decorate a frame. All activities are free though some will require a ticket. Visit National Portrait Gallery website for full listings and information on how to book.

Explore the BP Portrait Award 2016 exhibition with the Gallery’s free Family Trail, featuring drawings by illustrator Emily Rand. The trail offers a range of fun activities plus the chance to win a goody bag and books signed by Emily. Pick up a copy at the entrance to the exhibition.

Throughout the summer holidays you can also visit the Gallery’s Family Activity Base to pick up sketchbooks, drawing materials and a free ‘Talking Heads’ trail, to help you explore the Collection with your children.

Welcome to our Family Programme

With over 1,000 portraits of famous people to discover from the majestic portraits of Henry VIII and Elizabeth I in the Tudor Galleries to the pop stars and artists in the Contemporary galleries – the National Portrait Gallery is a perfect place for all the family to visit.  Families are welcome all year round, and with regular events and activities on offer from drop-in Sunday Sessions to Art workshops there is plenty of opportunity to find out more, be creative and have fun exploring together. Pick free resources from the Family Activity Base to explore the Gallery together.


Events and Activities

Join our free drop-in Sunday sessions, inspired by the Collections, take part in our free Family Art Workshops with hands-on activities including drawing, painting and animation, or find out fascinating facts and stories about famous people with our interactive Family Audiovisual Guide.


School Holidays

We offer family workshops for all school holidays and for four weeks during the summer. These range from workshops, tour and draw within the Gallery spaces and drop-in sessions. Please check the Calendar for detailed information and times.


No need to get bored during the school holidays! The Gallery runs regular events, activities and workshops giving families the opportunity to be inspired by our temporary exhibitions and displays and our Collection. Model with clay, draw and sketch, create an animation – all for free!


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