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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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25th to 31st May 2015: Wheee!
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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.
Tickets £7.50
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.
Tickets £3.50
Monday 25 May – Sunday 31 May, 11am – 5.15pm

Toddler’s Room
A delightfully gentle performance presenting sculptural objects, sounds and beautiful costumes.
Tickets £5
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.
Tickets £7
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
Adriano Adewale
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
Admission free
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
Admission free
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

For more information, visit Lakeside's website

Forthcoming event dates:
Monday 25 May 2015
Tuesday 26 May 2015
Wednesday 27 May 2015
Thursday 28 May 2015
Friday 29 May 2015
Saturday 30 May 2015
Sunday 31 May 2015

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