Lakeside Arts
Part of University of Nottingham
Lakeside Arts
Event Detail
Celebrating 30 years of Architects of Air

Luminarium: Dodecalis

Saturday 06 August - Sunday 14 August
Highfields Park

Special Events


On Thursday we reached the limit of safe operational temperature inside Dodecalis and found it necessary to close the structure for 3 hours in the afternoon. During this time we fitted some cooling devices which have made some difference, however, we won't know until closer to lunchtime on Friday whether they will make enough difference to keep the structure open 1-3pm. 
Due to extreme temperatures, we have reviewed our practice and no longer recommend that babies are taken inside the luminarium. Pregnant visitors may also wish to consider whether they will be comfortable inside the space.

We are very sorry it's not possible to be clearer at this stage. Please keep an eye on social media (@LakesideArts), our website and/or your emails for updates. 


Priority Access: £6
Standard Entry: £5
Under 18 months free
11am-5.15pm (last admission)
Visit duration at peak times: 15 minutes
Suitable for all, under 16s must be accompanied by a paying adult

Following a three-year gap, and in their thirtieth anniversary year, we’re delighted to welcome back this Nottingham-based, internationally renowned company with the Nottingham premiere of a new luminarium.

Dodecalis cleverly draws visitors through its labyrinthine shapes and three domes where they’ll enjoy stunning, neon-like, vibrant colours. Architects of Air's luminaria are always sensory, always magical, and make for a truly memorable experience. 


Tickets and Access Information

Priority Access

A limited number of Priority Access tickets for specified time slots are available to book in advance. Priority Access bookers join a separate, shorter queue that is given priority. Please arrive at least 10 minutes prior to your time slot.

Standard Entry

Standard Entry tickets can be booked for one of the three entry periods each day: 11am-1pm, 1-3pm and 3pm-close.

Standard Entry bookers can gain access to the luminarium during the entry period specified on their tickets.

Bookers should expect to have to queue prior to entry, with queues in excess of one hour during peak times. Please arrive within the first hour of your entry period. Standard Entry tickets will be available to purchase from the box office each day.

Under 18 months

Entry is free for children under 18 months, however, tickets are required. These tickets are available to pre-book over the phone and in-person via Lakeside's box office, or can be gained upon entry to the Luminarium.


Dodecalis is fully wheelchair accessible, with free carer tickets. Parents/carers of visitors with additional Access needs, particularly those who may experience difficulty queuing, should speak to Dodecalis staff on the day.


Parking will be limited in our Lakeside carpark, however, there will be an overflow car park near the west entrance of the University on set up the area of Jubilee Avenue. This is also graduation parking, so please follow the signs for this. Please do not park in other university car parks Monday-Friday, but you may on Saturday and Sunday. 



I haven't received the email with my tickets attached.

If you booked online and can’t find the email with your tickets attached, you can access your e-tickets using this link:

Simply log into your account when prompted and select ‘view tickets’.

If you booked in person or over the phone and do not have your tickets, please contact our Box Office on 0115 846 7777 or email

Can I buy tickets on the day? 
Yes! Tickets can be purchased on the day online on the link above, or at our box office. Please note, the box office will be busy. 

Can I bring my pushchair into the Luminarium? 
No, pushchairs must be left in our dedicated secure area, which you will be directed to by one of our front-of-house team. 

Where can I get a baby under 18 months ticket? 
Baby/under 18-month tickets are free and can be pre-booked by calling our box office. They will also be available to pick up at the entrance to the Luminarium, so you don't need to queue at box office to get one on the day. 

Will I have to queue? 
Yes, the Luminarium is extremely popular, so you may have to queue for some time before you get to go inside. We aim to have everyone queueing for less than 60 minutes, but this is subject to how popular a timeslot is. Please come prepared for the weather as you will have to queue outside.

What happens if it rains? 
The Luminarium is well-equipped for the rain, and will continue as normal. In the case of extreme weather conditions such as heavy downpours or high winds, we may make the decision to close the Luminarium for a brief period- you will be notified of any changes and cancellations. 

If I can't make my timeslot, do I get to change it? 
Unfortunately, we will not be able to move your timeslot. We can, however, refund your tickets/s and can book you another slot. To get your refund, please contact our box office on 0115 846 7777.

Can I get free carer tickets?

A free ticket for a personal assistant (PA) is available or any deaf for disabled person who has purchased a ticket to an event or performance and would be unable to attend without the help of their PA.
The PA must be able to assist the deaf or disabled person to access Lakeside and its facilities, remaining with them to ensure their wellbeing and comfort. Anyone designated as a Personal Assistant must be able physically to assist the person they are with to leave Lakeside buildings in an emergency. The following forms of evidence make an individual automatically eligible for a free Personal Assistant ticket in addition to their ticket: Front page of DLA (Medium or Higher rate) Front page of Attendance Allowance letter (no specific rate required) Front page of PIP (no specific rate required) Evidence that registered severely sight impaired (blind) Recognised Assistance Dog ID card CredAbility Access Card (with +1 icon) We recognise that this evidence might not include everyone that has an access requirement.
For those unable to provide us with any of the above, a free PA ticket can still be issued at the venue's discretion to those who need assistance from another person in order to move around safely within Lakeside's buildings. To book these, please call our box office team on 0115 846 7777 or email More information can be found here:

Grown-Ups Only Session
Thursday 11 August, 5.30-7.30pm

Some appreciate a luminarium when it’s full of children marveling at its wonders. For others, our Grown-Ups Only Session allows them to enjoy the structure in the sole presence of other adults.




A montage of photos from the inside of DODECALIS, featuring people taking photos under colourful domes