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
Dinosaurs of China 2017
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10th to 21st July 2012: Little Shop of Horrors
12th and 13th Nov 2016: Lustre
13th and 20th Feb 2016: Art Investigator
14th to 17th Feb 2017: Half-term Activities
15 to 26 July 2014: Oh What a Lovely War
15th and 16th Oct 2016: Diwali Family Craft Drop-in
16th Feb 2014: Nest Box Making
17rh June 2017: WONDER: Create a Mini Sculpture Park
17th June 2017: WONDER: Raiders of the Lost Park
17th June to 2nd July 2017: Lido to Lakeside
18th Jan 2014: Shadow Puppet Workshop
21 Oct 2104: Lights On!
23rd July 2016: Festival of Archaeology
24th May to 1st June 2014: Luminarium
25th July 2015: Festival of Archaeology
27th June 2015; Local History & Archaeology Day
28th March 2015: Flint Knapping
29th May to 4th June 2017: Wheee!
3rd and 4th June 2017: FREE Family Weekend
4-30 Dec: Them With Frozen Tails
4-31 Dec 2015: Neverland
6th July 2016: Nottingham Sky Ride
8th and 9th July 2017: Dino Activities
8th July 2017: Notts Local History & Archaeology Festival
9th July 2016: Notts Local History & Archaeology Day
Chamber and Early Music
Children and Families
Chinese New Year Celebrations 201
Chinese New Year Events 2015
Christmas in the Cafe
Contemporary, Folk, Jazz & World Music
Friends of University Park Events 2014
July and Aug 2015: Summer School
October half-term events 2015
Saturdays: Art Share
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Dinosaurs of China 2017
Family friendly events will take place at Nottingham Lakeside Arts Centre on the following dates. Book by calling the Box Office on 0115 846 7777.
Come and enjoy a real Jurassic experience by making your own large cardboard dinosaur costumes of heads, tails and claws. Assemble your costume, mixing and matching parts, then bring your dinosaur to life.
Sunday 2 July: FOSSIL MAKING
Be a fossil hunter for the day by creating your very own dinosaur fossils. Be inspired by the Dinosaurs of China exhibition, and join us in making lifelike fossils using a variety of materials.
Saturday 8 & Sunday 9 July: DINO DESIGN
12-1.30pm & 2pm-3.30pm
Free, just drop-in
What do you think dinosaurs look like? How do they move? What sorts of noises do they make? Using our virtual dinosaur design app on our iPads, you can bring to life your very own drawings, allowing them to move across the exhibition, and even meet other people’s designs. A spectacle not to be missed.
Saturday 22 July: ‘UNDER THE TAIL OF THE DIPLODOCUS’ INTERACTIVE STORYTELLING WORKSHOP
1pm-2pm & 3pm-4pm
£5.00, accompanying adult free.
Booking is recommended to avoid disappointment
Our intrepid explorer George Thorpington the Third has just returned from the deserts of Mongolia and he'd like to share his adventures with you, “Under the tail of the Diplodocus”. This professional story-teller will engage your imagination and tell you tales you’ll never forget.
If you’re a fan of building, creating, and having fun, you’ll enjoy a chance to build your own model dinosaurs. Using LEGO, you can piece together the dinosaur of your wildest imagination, build a Jurassic habitat and make stories with your creations.
Wednesday 26 July: BRING YOUR DINO TOY DAY
12noon-1.30pm & 2pm-3.30pm
Free, just drop-in
What dinosaurs do you have at home?
Bring along a toy dinosaur and we'll have a look at what sorts are found in the shops. Are they realistic? When did they live? What groups do they belong to? Can we fit them into the scientific view of the dinosaurs? Bring your favourite, the strangest one and the one you'd most like as a pet.
How do we know what we know about dinosaurs?
Using clues from the present to uncover the past, we will look at how our understanding of dinosaurs has changed. How can clues from skeletons rebuild a whole animal? We have more in common with them than we think. Come and meet our expert Tom Hartman from the University's School of Life Sciences and bring your toy with you!
Friday 28 July: RAIDERS OF THE LOST PARK
Free, just drop-in
Adventure awaits in RAIDERS OF THE LOST PARK! Are you daring enough to come to a nature trail with an unexpected twist? Starting at Lakeside Museum, we’re presenting a series of challenges, riddles and tasks that’ll lead you all the way around Highfields Park and Lake. If you’re lucky, you might catch a glimpse of an amazingly rare species, the likes of which you’ve almost certainly never seen before! This treasure hunt will test your adventuring skills and teamwork.
Tuesday 22 & Thursday 24 August: BE A DINOSAUR DETECTIVE
Our intrepid explorer George Thorpington the Third has just returned from another big adventure. Help George explore his attic, looking for things that belonged to his grandfather, the famous dinosaur hunter George Thorpington the First! Using the fossils and artefacts of both his own and his family’s adventures, you can help him to piece together the story of the dinosaurs and the story of his grandfather's exciting life, all whilst learning to think like a palaeontologist, and told with help from a real dinosaur!
Forthcoming event dates:
Tuesday 22 August 2017
Thursday 24 August 2017
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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."