Nottingham's Lakeside Arts is located within the beautiful campus of Nottingham University and is a great place to relax, unwind and experience the best in performing and visual arts.

Offering a wide range of events for all ages, Lakeside Arts has a full programme of performances, music, plays, workshops and family events and has hosted many top names from the world of entertainment.  As well as regular shows in the theatre, the centre also provides a timetable of special events throughout the year, including firm favourites Luminarium, Lustre and plenty of activities which have been specifically designed for children.

Please take a look at What's on at Lakeside Arts.

Lakeside Arts also hosts the University of Nottingham Museum, which offers many exciting and interesting exhibitions, as well as craft making activities for adults and children and regular talks by experts.  The Museum also contains a wide range of archaeological objects that relay the history of the everyday lives of Nottinghamshire people.

You can find out more about the Museum and forthcoming events here.

Families with children aged 7-12 can have lots of fun when visiting the Djanogly Gallery by becoming Art Investigators.  Learn more about the current exhibition using a fun activity sheet to engage with the art on show and get creative with lots of materials and equipment - you'll even get a special sticker when you return your Art Investigator Bag!  More information here.

Fancy a break?  Lakeside Arts has 2 cafes - the Pavilion Cafe serving modern European classic dishes and the Gallery Cafe, offering deli-style sandwiches and snacks, as well as cakes and hot drinks.  Take a look at the menus here.

Nottingham Lakeside Arts is set in the beautiful surroundings of Highfields Park and University Park and visitors are welcome to enjoy over 121 acres of gardens and water features.  Take a walk around the Lake or go boating during the Summer. You can borrow a free Outdoor Lakeside Investigator bag from the Box Office and go off exploring the grounds, or enjoy the free outdoor playground.  There are also walks to enjoy - more information here. 



The closest tram stop to Lakeside is University of Nottingham on the Toton Lane/Hucknall line. The stop right outside the venue and you can’t miss us.

NET’s £5 Group Ticket will be available all day on Bank Holiday Monday 29 May. The extended offer will also cover all day use for the rest of the half-term holiday, up to and including Friday 2 June. It offers unlimited tram travel for two adults and up to three children, the special ticket can be purchased at all tram stop ticket machines on the network. Read more on their website.

For ticketed events, Tramlink have offered Lakeside visitors a £2 ticket. For just £2, you can buy a return tram ticket from one of the ticket machines you can find at tramstops. All you need is your ticket for the Lakeside event/show, then select the event ticket on the tram ticket machine. If asked by a Revenue Protection Officer, all you need to do is to show them your ticket to the Lakeside event and your tram ticket. It's as simple as that.

If you need more information about the tram, visit the NETTram website or call their travel centre on 0115 942 7777.


From the M1, take junction 25 and join the A52 to Nottingham. turn right at the third roundabout (Priory), from there the University is signposted. Satnav: use postcode NG7 2RD and make sure you also enter: East Drive.

Please note: it is only possible to take a left turn into and out of the South Entrance to campus. It is not possible to take a right turn into or out of the South Entrance.

There are two free car parks next to the DH Lawrence Pavilion. Pay and Display parking is available on campus subject to demand. The nearest car parks are behind The University of Nottingham Museum and on Science Road (the first right after the South Entrance).

Parking on campus is FREE in the Evening (after 4.30pm) and at Weekends.

Parking restrictions are enforced by University of Nottingham Security Monday to Friday 9.15am - 4.30pm when a ticket will be needed. However the first 30 minutes is free with a ticket.

Please allow extra time in your journey in case you have to walk to Lakeside from the main University Pay & Display Car Park if you are visiting at a busy time.

Blue Badge Parking: For the Djanogly Art Gallery and Recital Hall please use the spaces on East Drive (in front of those buildings). For the Djanogly Theatre or other venues located inside the D H Lawrence Pavilion there are two spaces in the free car park next to the Pavilion. An additional nine spaces are next to the lake (past the gatehouse, then first left off East Drive towards the D H Lawrence Pavilion.

More information on the parking on the campus is on the University’s website.


There are a few options if you want to travel on the bus:

From Broadmarsh Bus Station to University South Entrance: Trent Barton Indigo (to Long Eaton/Derby) runs every 5 minutes during the day and less frequently in the evening, these buses run 24/7.

From City Centre: 34 (City Centre/University Park loop) 7 days a week, all year round. See Nottingham City Transport website for full details. NCT have a £5 grouprider ticket available - find out more on their website.

Further information is available from Nottingham City Transport 0115 950 6070, Trent Barton 01773 712265 or Traveline 0871 200 22 33.


The nearest railway station is Nottingham which is 2.5 miles away, very close to Broadmarsh Bus Station. Catch the tram from Nottingham Station straight to our front doors on the Toton Lane line.


The local area is well-served by cycle routes with covered parking spaces available, outside the Djanogly Art Gallery, subject to demand. More information on cycling is available from the University and from Nottingham City Council.


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 Opening Times

Box Office Opening Hours

Performance Nights:

Monday – Saturday 10am until half an hour after the start of the performance

Non-Performance Nights:
Monday – Saturday 10am – 5pm
Sunday 12 – 4pm

Djanogly Gallery & Shop
Angear Visitor Centre
Tuesday to Saturday 11am - 5pm Sunday 12noon - 4pm

Weston Gallery
University of Nottingham Museum

Pavilion Cafe:

Monday - Friday 8am - 5pm
(until after the interval pm on performance evenings)
Saturday 9am - 5pm
Sunday 10am - 5pm

Eating Before a Show?

On performance evenings, their delicious pre-show menu service begins at 5.30pm with last orders at 6.45pm (for 7.30pm performances) or 7.15pm (for 8pm performances)

Gallery Cafe:

Tuesday - Friday 9am - 5pm
Saturday 10am - 5pm
Sunday 10am - 4pm



Nottingham Lakeside Arts
University Park

Contact Details

T:  0115 8467777 (Box Office)

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