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!
FOR MORE INFORMATION VISIT OUR WEBSITE OR CALL THE BOX OFFICE 0115 846 7777
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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
31st May to 1st June 2014:: Wheee!
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
Friends of University Park Events 2014
Saturdays: Art Share
The Big Draw
Workshops & Activities for Families
Workshops & Activities for Little Ones
Workshops for Little Ones
Young Curators Exhibition
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Children & Families Theatre Listings Saturday 28 March - Sunday 29 March 1pm and 3.30pm
One Finger, One Thumb by Mike Kenny
£7 all tickets
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
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
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
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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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."