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Lakeside Arts Centre

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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Saturday 28 March - Sunday 29 March 1pm and 3.30pm

One Finger, One Thumb by Mike Kenny

£7 all tickets

Djanogly Theatre

Presented by Big Window Theatre Company
Running time approximately 55 minutes
Suitable for 2-4 year olds and their families.

Tom Thumb is Tabby Tall's cat
Tabby Tall is Peter Pointer's mum
Peter Pointer is Ruby Ring's dad
Baby Small is Ruby Ring's dolly
Baby Small is lost
Some things are very precious
It's not about how much they cost

Join Ruby and Peter as they search for Baby Small, where a puddle becomes an ocean, a freezer becomes a winter wonderland and a hedge becomes a deep dark wood.

Inspired by and including the well-loved song, this great new piece will have everyone singing along.

One finger one thumb
Keep moving
We'll all be merry and bright
and everything will be alright!

Monday 25 May - Sunday 31 May 11am - 5.15pm

Architects of Air: Arboria
Wheee! Children's Festival 2015

£3.50 all tickets

Wheee! is proud to host the world premiere of Arboria. Nottingham-based but internationally renowned, Architects of Air produce monumental structures with interiors of extraordinary beauty, luminosity and iridescence which must be experienced to be believed. This is something which everyone can appreciate and enjoy, and which instils a sense of wonder in everyone who passes through the airlock.

Wheelchair accessible, carers attend free. Parents or carers of visitors with autism, please let us know at the ticket sales point.

Tickets can be booked on the day with the Box Office. However, it is now possible to book and pay for a specific time slot in advance, either online or at the Box Office. Limited numbers available. Please check this page for updates closer to the time.

*Child-free session Thursday 28 May 5.30-7.30pm

Visits at peak times are restricted to 15 minutes. Suitable for all ages but please note that under 16s must be accompanied by an adult.

Monday 25 May 3pm

STATik - Action Transport Theatre

£7.50 all tickets

Djanogly Theatre

Running time 60 minutes
Suitable for 5+ years and their families

It's Mikey's first day at work in a factory where he prepares radios and tunes them in. But when a rogue signal - the voice of a child - is mysteriously picked up, the regimented routine and order starts to disappear and a hilarious descent into chaos begins.

Expect lots of energetic clowning, visual comedy and a vibrant soundtrack in this wordless story of a world where one person simply can't and won't fit in.

An East Midlands Theatre and Dance Network Tour.

Supported and using public funding by Arts Council England and the National Lottery.

Wheee! Festival: Toddler's Room by Dybwikdans

£5 all tickets

Tuesday 26 May 1.30pm^*^10.30am^*^10am^*^11am^*^1pm^*^2 pm Wednesday 27 May 1.30pm^*^10 am^*^10.30am^*^11am^*^1pm^*^2 pm

Djanogly Theatre

Running time 25 minutes
Suitable for ages 0-3 years and their carers (up to 2 per child).
Very limited availability, book early to avoid disappointment.

This beautiful piece of mini dance theatre from Norway has been created by choreographer Siri Dybwik to appeal to our youngest audiences.

Set inside a white dome, the children and their carers will immediately become involved in a play without words where gorgeous sculptural objects, sounds and beautiful costumes are the stimulus for a truly magical experience.

Wednesday 27 May - Thursday 28 May 10am - 3.30pm

Wheee! 2015: A Crack in Time
Dragon Breath Theatre and Papplewick Museum & Heritage Centre

£3.50 - bring own picnic lunch

Running time approximately 5 hours with lunch break
Suitable for ages 8+ years accompanied by an adult (Please see note below).

Meet a host of Victorian characters, including Wilf the Boiler Boy, Jenny Sparrow from Broadmarsh, the mysterious Water Guardian and others who bring this revolutionary pumping station to life.

Discover the vital role Papplewick played in 19th century England, transforming public health at a time when cholera was rife, and life expectancy in some parts of newly-industrialised Nottingham was just 24 years.

This fabulous, immersive family experience explores the boiler house, engine room, beautiful grounds and a magnificent vaulted and empty underground reservoir, and asks us to think about the uses to which we put water around the world today.

Some areas of the site are not wheelchair accessible or suitable for those with walking difficulties. Clothing and footwear must be appropriate for uneven ground, different weather conditions and access to the underground reservoir.

Please visit Lakeside's website to find out more information about all forthcoming events and to book your tickets.

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