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Wheee! Family Weekend

Saturday 02 June - Sunday 03 June, 12noon-5pm
Highfields Park

Children & Families
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Free, just drop in
Suitable for all

Supported by the Woodland Trust -
Wheee! Family Weekend Festival Partner

Saturday 2 & Sunday 3 June, 12noon-5pm
Highfields Park

Free, just drop in*
Suitable for all

The Wheee! family weekend is always special and this year is no exception. There will be lots of arts and craft activities plus outdoor theatre and dance performances to entertain family members of all ages. The fun will start at mid-day (although the luminarium will be open from 11am with the usual ticketed entry).

*all events free with the exception of Daedalude Luminarium and indoor theatre performances.

Can you give up some of your time to volunteer at the Wheee! Weekend? Find out more here.

Events throughout the weekend include:

  • Fantastic Spiders – facts and fiction with Sarah Goodacre from the University of Nottingham’s School of Life Sciences
  • Camera Obscura workshops with Jon Legge
  • The Curious Perambulator and its inventive Spider Trails
  • A climbing wall, pop-up tennis, football skills and futsal with membersfrom the David Ross Sports Village and Nottingham Tennis Centre
  • Paper Spiders and Giant Web-making workshops
  • Heritage stories from Highfields Park with Nicky Rafferty
  • Summer-watch with Highfields Park Ranger, Steve Clarke and BioBlitz
  • Traditional Chinese Crafts with the Nottingham Confucius Institute

Scheduled events:

11am-5.15pm Architects of Air: Luminarium - Daedalude 2.30pm Middleton Corpus: The Seedling - acrobatic dance theatre, choreographed by Anthony Middleton
11.30am Branching out with Birch & Hazel - magical, funny and informative woodland story & performance experience 2.30pm (Sun only) LakeEnders
11.30am (Sat only) Andy Manley: Stick by me - gentle, beautiful, non-verbal theatre for 3-5 years 2.30pm (Sun only) A Capella
11.30am Silent Disco 3pm A Bird in the Hand Theatre: The Bewonderment Machine
12noon-4.30pm Where It All Began - the original Jamie Johnson pilot 3.15pm Charmaine Childs: Strong Lady
12noon Mark Evans: music workshop 3.15pm Bongo Bolero: The Dick Danger Show
1pm A Bird in the Hand Theatre: The Bewonderment Machine - artist-built, cycle-powered carousel for ages 2-6 3.30pm Mark Evans: music workshop
1pm Charmaine Childs: Strong Lady - exhilarating feats of strength 3.45pm Branching out with Birch & Hazel
1.30pm Mark Evans: music workshop 4pm A Bird in the Hand Theatre: The Bewonderment Machine
1.30pm Bongo Bolero: The Dick Danger Show - acrobatic antics, dad dancing and diving into a bucket of water 4pm (Sun only) A Capella
1.45pm Branching out with Birch & Hazel  4.15pm (Sat only) Candoco Dance Company: You & I Know
2pm (Sat only) Andy Manley: Stick by me 4.15pm (Sun only) Motionhouse: Lost 
2pm Silent Disco 4.30pm The Seedling
2.15pm (Sat only) Candoco Dance Company: You & I Know - duet choreographed by Arlene Philips 4.45pm Mark Evans: music workshop
2.15pm (Sun only) Motionhouse: Lost - choreographed by Kevin Finnan


Download the Wheee! 2018 brochurePlease note outdoor schedule is subject to change, visit this page for the latest information.

Please note: Parking during the Wheee! Festival is extremely limited. Please see our travel page for alternate ways to visit us.

Wheee! Family Weekend Festival partner:


Wheee! is a Lakeside and University of Nottingham initiative in association with Nottingham City Council Parks & Open Spaces and the Heritage Lottery Fund.

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