Lakeside, the University of Nottingham’s public arts centre and museum, has established an enviable reputation for its year round programme of high quality exhibitions, music, theatre, dance, comedy and participatory events, appealing to audiences from across the region. We have also recently welcome the Museum of Archaeology to Lakeside, which now occupies a brand new exhibition space and like the gallery, has free admission.
Lakeside’s work with children and young people - including youth theatre groups, gallery art groups, summer schools, with excellent theatre provision - has gained enormously in popularity and regularly attracts capacity audiences.
In addition, Lakeside promotes a number of eagerly anticipated annual events including Chinese New Year celebrations in late January/early February, the International Children’s Theatre and Dance Festival in June, and LUSTRE - the Midlands premier contemporary craft makers’ market in early November.
We also a regional partner with many other local cultural venues and support and lead national and regionally significant events. We are part of Spirit Nottingham and Ticketing Network East Midlands.
Conveniently located on the University Park campus, Lakeside houses two excellent cafes; the Gallery Café which serves homemade sandwiches, cakes, hot food and drink and the Pavilion Café, a bistro and delhi-bar serving speciality coffees, flavoured teas, wines and beers as well as sandwiches and paninis.
Overlooking Highfield's park & playground, and the University lake, Lakeside provides a wealth of experience, whether you are 2 or 92!
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1 June: And Then There were Two
1 Mar: Superdance & Swimming With My Mother
1 May: The Way Back Home
10th to 21st July 2012: Little Shop of Horrors
11 Dec: Free Family Fun
11 Mar: Nottsdance
12 May: Hardeep Singh Kohli
13 May: When Will I Be Famous?
14 - 30 May: University Summer Exhibition
14 Jan-10 Apr: ROMAN SEXUALITY
14th Feb 2014: Love your Bike
1-5 Aug 11: OUTDOORS INDOORS
15 to 26 July 2014: Oh What a Lovely War
15-19 Aug 11: Create A Play In A Week
15th and 16th Nov 2014: Lustre
16 Apr-22 May: Evolution of Stitch
16 June: Withering Looks
16 Nov 11 - 5 Feb 12: Lowry Exhibition
16th Feb 2014: Nest Box Making
16th June 2013: Summer Symphony in the Park
16th to 27th July 2013: Pie Nights
17 May: One-Man Star Wars Trilogy
18 Jan-20 Feb: Exhibition of Brush Painting & Calligraphy
18 May: Edge 2011
18th Jan 2014: Shadow Puppet Workshop
18th to 22nd Aug 2014: Summer School
19 June: The Night Pirates
1st Nov 2014: Diwali Celebrations
1st Sept 2013: Nottingham Life Cycle 3
21 June: Ballet Black Presents
21 Oct 2104: Lights On!
21 Sept 11: The Old Dance School
21st and 22nd May; Private Peaceful
21st June 2014: Local History & Archaeology Day
22 Apr - 29 Aug: Home and Abroad
22 Jan 2012: Family Workshop
23 Feb: Hands-on History Day
23 June: Dr Phil's Rude Health Show
23 March 2013: Working with Archaeological Objects
23-24th Oct 2012: The Flying Machine
24 Feb: Patricia Duncker
24th May to 1st June 2014: Luminarium
2-5 Mar: Tom Dale Company
25-26 May: Lady Chatterley's Lover
25th Feb 12: East Mids Contemporary Art Auction
27&28 May: The Sorrows of Young Werther
27th to 30th Sept 2012: Lively Up Festival
28 April: Rip Fold Scrunch
28 May - 26 June: Imagine Mexico
28th March 2015: Flint Knapping
2nd July 2013: Slapdash Galaxy
30 Mar: Snowboy & The Latin Section
30-31 May: From Here... To There
31 May: Maps
3rd Feb 2013: Traditional Chinese arts
3rd Nov 2013: Knick Knack & Doo Dad
4 June: One Little Word
4&5 June: You Must Be an Angel
4-30 Dec: Them With Frozen Tails
6-9 July: Into The Woods
7&8 June: The Ugly Duckling
8 May: Lost and Found
8-12 Aug 11: The Social Network
8-23 April: Oleanna
8-31 Dec 11: Red Riding Hood
8th March 2015 : Chinese New Year Fireworks
9th April 2013: Performing Arts Workshop
Chamber and Early Music
Christmas in the Cafe
Contemporary, Folk, Jazz & World Music
December 2013: A Christmas Carol
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25th to 31st May 2015: Wheee!
25th to 31st May 2015
Lakeside’s international festival of theatre and dance for children, Wheee! Festival is in its tenth year. See full line-up.
The International Children’s Theatre & Dance Festival brings world class performances in theatre & dance to Nottingham, delighting family audiences of all ages.
This year’s event runs from Saturday 25 May – Sunday 31 May at Nottingham Lakeside Arts at the University of Nottingham.
The performances at this year’s Wheee! Festival are:
Action Transport Theatre
A theatrical performance of a wordless story, full of energetic clowning, visual comedy and a vibrant soundtrack.
Monday 25 May 3pm
Suitable for 5+ years
Architects of Air
A monumental structure created by Architects of Air – which can be explored and enjoyed by everyone.
Monday 25 May – Sunday 31 May, 11am – 5.15pm
A delightfully gentle performance presenting sculptural objects, sounds and beautiful costumes.
Suitable for 0-3 years
Tuesday 26 May, Wednesday 27 May – performances at: 10am, 10.30am, 11am, 1pm, 1.30pm and 2pm
Shamal (North Wind)
Admission free but booking is required
Shamal is a music, art, and digital-film collaboration created by visual artist Rachel Gadsden in partnership with composer Claire McCue and filmmaker Abigail Norris, performed by Rachel and cellist Lesley Shrigley Jones.
Friday 29 May, 7pm
A Crack in Time
Dragon Breath Theatre and Papplewick Museum and Heritage Centre
An immersive family experience exploring a Victorian boiler house, engine room and the transformation of health and water in 19th century England.
Suitable for everyone aged 7+
Running time, approximately 5 hours with lunch break
Wednesday 27 May, Thursday 28 May, 10am – 3.30pm
Nevski Prospekt (Belgium) in association with MOKO Dance
Hop tells of a dream of flying, of never giving up, and above all, the special relationship between a father and son.
Friday 29 May, 12.45pm and 3.45pm
Catapluf’s Musical Journey
Catapluf is a character whose imagination travels to places where everything is music: saucepans, water, drums and even his body!
Sunday 31 May, 3pm
Wheee! Free Family Weekend in the Park
Where the sun is shining and everything is perfect in the park. There will be a full programme of things to do in the park, including ‘make do’ stations as well as performances in the amphitheatre.
Saturday 30 May, Sunday 31 May, 12 noon to 5pm
Little Angel Theatre Exhibition
An exhibition featuring designs, puppets and elements of theatre sets, selected from just a few of Little Angel Theatre’s considerable back catalogue of magical productions for children and families.
Saturday 25 May – Sunday 31 May
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Review title : Them with Frozen Tails, added by : Lisa (21/12/2010)
Event reviewed : 4-30 Dec: Them With Frozen Tails
"When you take two children under 6 to a performance, you never quite know what reaction you are going to get. However, I have to say with all honesty that I have never seen my son laugh so much at the antics of two people as I did today.
Them with Frozen Tails is a partly-improvised series of stories from around the World, narrated and acted by two very fine actors. There was singing and lots of energy and humour (some of which went over the kids' heads but was appreciated by the adults!)
There was plenty of audience participation and, I think it's safe to say, that the show was enjoyed by everyone there.
I would absolutely recommend this show, either as an alternative to the usual pantomime or, because its very good value for money at £7 per person, or as well. We will definitely be back for more if the show returns next year."