Children & Young People

Arts Award and Artsmark

Arts Award’s unique qualifications support anyone aged up to 25 to grow as artists and arts leaders, inspiring them to connect with and take part in the wider arts world through setting personal challenges in an art form of their choice. Through Arts Award, young people gain a nationally recognised qualification enabling them to progress into further education and employment, developing leadership, creativity and communication skills.  For more information please see the Arts Award website.

At NLA, young people are able to work towards Bronze, Silver and Gold Arts Award while they are  members of Gallery Art Group and Lakeside Youth Theatre.  Discover and Explore Arts Awards may be undertaken by primary aged children on school visits. We welcome the opportunity to work in partnership with schools applying for Artsmark, Arts Council England’s flagship programme which recognises excellence in arts and cultural provision.

To find out more please contact Emily Dawkes.

Young Rangers

A new series of monthly outdoor activities for budding Young Rangers. 

Based in Highfields Park, Lakeside Young Rangers meet on the first Saturday of the month to enjoy outdoor play and discovery through basic orienteering, nature walks and crafts, scavenger hunts, animal tracking, den building and survival skills. 

The group is led by Steve Clarke, Highfields Park Ranger, and Assistant Volunteer Leader Kathryn Lewis.

How do I get involved?
Please book by calling Box Office on 0115 8467777 or email Rachel Feneley.

Young Rangers
Young Rangers Information

Young Rangers

Who for, when and cost
Saturday 10 September, 8 October, 5 November & 3 December
6–8 years, 11am–12.30pm
9–11 years, 1–2.30pm
£7 per session

Young Rangers can enjoy a free taster tennis session at Nottingham Tennis Centre. 1-1.45pm for 6-8 years 3-3.45pm for 9-12 years Just let Box Office know if you want to joing the tennis session when you book.

What equipment do I need?
You will need full waterproofs, warm old clothes and strong shoes, preferably walking boots. You will also need to bring a drink, sun cream and insect repellent according to the season. All other equipment is provided.

Does Young Rangers activity lead to accreditation?
You can work towards a John Muir Award and National Navigation Awards but they are not compulsory.  It can also count towards Duke of Edinburgh Award service.

Gallery Art Groups

Gallery Art Group is the place to be if you love art and design! Artists working with the gallery art groups take their inspiration from Lakeside's exciting exhibition programme. Join them for painting, drawing, sculpture, photography, printmaking, textiles, crafts and other multi-media art forms in an experimental, sociable environment, with an emphasis on imagination and creativity.

There are three groups: open to 8 – 10 years , 11 – 13 years and 14-18 years. Each operate during term time only.

Many members choose to take their Arts Awards while attending Gallery Art Group.

New members are always welcome. To book or for more information, please contact the Box Office on 0115 846 7777.

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Gallery Art Group Dates

Gallery Art Group Dates

8-10 YEARS
Saturdays in term time 1.30–3pm
£50 per term

11-13 YEARS
Tuesdays in term time 6–8pm
£60 per term

14-18 YEARS
Saturdays in term time 10am–12noon
£60 per term

To book please contact our Box Office on 0115 846 7777.

Lakeside Youth Theatre

Lakeside currently runs four youth theatre groups for children and young people aged 5-7 (Little Lakesiders), 8-10, 11-13 and 14+.

Meeting weekly during term time, the sessions cover a broad range of theatre skills including devising and improvising, text, mask, mime, dance and music.  Participants have opportunities to perform to an audience, attend theatre trips, and experience other areas of theatre.  Sessions for older students have a reputation for strong ensemble work and the weekly sessions offer a platform for members to create and develop theatre using their own ideas.  There is a chance to work with some exciting artists, performers and professionals, to perform in some unusual spaces, and devise new and exciting work.

Many members choose to complete Arts Awards while attending Lakeside Youth Theatre. New members are always welcome.

For more information about any aspect of Lakeside Youth Theatre and Little Lakesiders, please contact Emily Dawkes on 0115 846 7185 or

To check availability or to book a place, please contact our Box Office on 0115 846 7777.

Youth Theatre Groups

Youth Theatre Groups

Little Lakesiders (5 - 7 Years)
Saturdays during school term time 9.30 - 10.30am
£40 per term

Explore imaginary worlds through drama and creative play with the amazing Maison Foo theatre company. Get ready to get messy, make some noise, and have fun!

8 – 10 Years
Saturdays during school term time 11.00am - 12.30pm
£45 per Term

These weekly sessions focus on having fun and developing new skills for the younger members of our LYT Company.  It provides training for all aspects of theatre as well as offering performance opportunities throughout the year.
11 - 13 Years
Tuesdays during school term time 6 - 8pm
£50 per Term

In these sessions we cover a broad range of theatre skills including devising and improvising, text, mask, mime, dance and music. Participants have opportunities to perform to an audience, go on theatre trips, register for the Arts Award and experience other areas of theatre.

14+ Years
Thursdays during school term time 6 – 8.30pm
£60 per Term

Lakeside’s senior group have a reputation for strong ensemble work and this weekly session offers a platform for members to create and develop exciting work using their own ideas.  Group members work with some exciting artists, performers and professionals, perform in some unusual spaces, and devise new and exciting work.

Booking For Lakeside Youth Theatre
New members are always welcome where places are available.  Please contact our Box Office on 0115 846 7777.

Young Archaeologists' Club

The Young Archaeologists' Club (YAC) is the only club for young people interested in archaeology. We have a network of local clubs across the UK where 8-16 year olds can get their hands mucky by doing real archaeology. Each club is run by a team of volunteers. 

YAC get up to all sorts of activities including investigating archaeological sites and historic places, trying out traditional crafts, taking part in excavations and much more. 

For more information about YAC across the UK, visit
To find out more about joining the Nottingham Young Archaeologists' Club
Tel: 0115 748 4950

Summer School Programme

Intensive summer schools take place in July and August and offer participants the opportunity to work with professional artists working in Visual Art, Theatre, Dance, Writing and Music. 

No previous experience is required, just lots of enthusiasm! 

There are also a range of workshops targeted at specific age groups or families during the year.  Keep an eye on the What’s On pages for specific dates and information, or register your interest with Emily Dawkes (Visual and Performing Arts) or Sarah Morriss (Museum).

Holiday Workshop Programme
Summer School Programme schedule

To book, please contact Box Office on 0115 846 777

Life Force

Monday 22 - Friday 26 August, 10am - 3.30pm, £85

Suitable for age 8-11 (plus 4 places for ades 11-13 wishing to take Bronze Arts Award)

Taking inspiration from the A Greek in Egypt exhibition in the Museum alongside Elpida Hadzi-Vasileva’s amazing installation in the Djanogly Gallery, participants will learn new skills that include animation, ceramics and printmaking; investigating what goes on under our skin and how the human body is represented through history.

There will also be opportunities to work with scientists from The University of Nottingham and Queens Medical Centre. Wear suitable clothes for messy activities and outdoor play. Don’t forget your packed lunches/drinks each day.

Bushcraft Summer School

Tue 2 - Fri 5 August
(Tues & Wed 10am - 4pm
Thursday 10am until 12noon on Friday)

For 9-12 years, £85

Our Bushcraft Camps give you the unique opportunity to experience true outdoor skill and camp craft. The camp includes four days and one overnight stay in Highfields Park. Participants can expect non-stop fun and discovery! No previous experience needed as full tuition is given on this camp.