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From crafting bonanzas to live computer coding, our Lates are a night out with a difference.

We recognise that the needs and interests of our visitors differ, so we work to create a wide range of events that cater to our different audiences. As such, Lates are a specific strand of our programme created for adults.

These regular after-hours social events across our museums and galleries are designed to encourage our adult visitors to try new skills and experiment through participation, play and hands-on learning.

When both children and adults are invited to participate in play-based learning activities, we know adults can become less inclined to take part, feeling the opportunity to play is not intended for them. We recognise that play continues to be an important part of learning in adulthood, and as such, have developed Lates as a space where adults can participate in a fun, friendly and judgement-free environment. This, coupled with the fact that some of our Lates also have mature themes or settings, means each of our Lates events has a lower age limit of 16 or 18 years.

Lates span a wide range of themes and topics, bringing together activities, performance, debate, live music, and a pay bar. They are often linked to ideas in exhibitions and displays, tie in with current events or significant anniversaries, or present art forms or experiences that fall outside those featured in our exhibitions and displays. In each case, the events take a playful yet considered approach to the subjects being explored, offering participants a good night out and a meaningful opportunity to try something new.

Look out for our upcoming programme of Lates in our event listings


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