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Nottingham Lakeside Arts and Highfields Park are such exciting destinations for school visits. As well as engaging with the lake and woodlands of the natural environment, school students are able to enjoy the rich learning potential of the museum, the galleries, and the theatre. Learning Team staff will discuss each school’s needs when a visit is being planned and then tailor activities to suit topics, the special needs of pupils and your budget. We are able to provide rooms for lunch and wet weather classrooms. It’s easy to get here: many schools use trams and public service buses to access our facilities.

Workshop Days can be tailored to each schools needs. Prices are as follows:

  • Half day (x1 workshop) £100
  • Full day (x2 workshop) £200
    *prices are based on one class of 30 children  

To arrange a school or college visit or for more information, please get in touch with Louise Kay on 0115 8467185, or by email:


“We were delighted by the facilities provided and professionalism displayed by the staff at Lakeside. The workshops were of the highest standard and the children thoroughly enjoyed their day out. We would not hesitate to recommend Lakeside Arts to other schools, especially those which have easy access to the tram system. We found the new trams easy to use and excellent value for money. We were met at the tram stop immediately outside the Djanogly Gallery and escorted into the rooms set aside for our use – it couldn’t have been simpler!” Teacher, College House Junior School, Beeston

“Thank you again for accommodating us last week. It was a very interesting and useful visit. The girls got a lot out of it and really enjoyed it” Head of Art, Nottingham Girls High School

DNA by Denis Kelly

We are offering schools special Learning packages related to our production of DNA in May 2019. Included in the package is a pre-performance & post-performance talk and an education pack made up of DNA resources and worksheets to use in the classroom.

A rough guideline for a schools performance evening would be:

7pm Schools seated in auditorium for pre-show talk
7.30pm Performance of DNA begins
8.40pm Show finishes
8.45pm Post-show student seminar
9.15pm Evening ends

Wrap-around sessions are available for GCSE Drama and English on the following days:

English GCSE students
Tuesday 14, Thursday 16 and Friday 17 May

Drama GCSE students
Wednesday 15 May

Students are £15 per person and teachers attend free.

Find out more about our performance of DNA here.

For more information, contact

Visit our current exhibition: Homage to the Bauhaus

For more information about our artist-led workshops, click here.

Museum of Archaeology Travelling Exhibitions

View more information about the Museum's Travelling exhibitions.

DVDs and Resources

We are delighted to offer DVD copies of our productions to support teachers and students in their studies and revision. Our DVDs start at £15, with optional add-ons such as bespoke Teacher Resource Packs, devised in collaboration with theatre experts.

See below for performance and price options.


DVD - £19.50* - click here to buy
DVD & Pre and Post-Show Resource Packs - £43.50* - click here to buy

*all prices include VAT and Postage and Packaging

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Schools and Colleges

Schools and Colleges

Nottingham Lakeside Arts offers  year-round access to a diverse programme of performing and visual arts, together with a Museum, and Manuscripts and Special Collections gallery space, embracing traditional and contemporary work.  Situated on one site, close to the centre of Nottingham with excellent transport links, Lakeside’s learning programme presents a wealth of opportunities to interact with high-quality artistic practice.

Children developed an awareness of history and how art captures the moment (at the Lowry Exhibition). They learnt about life during the early twentieth century and how society has changed but most importantly of all, they had fun.

Anona Morley, Deputy Head, Seely Infant and Nursery School

What can we do for teachers?

The Learning Team works closely with schools and colleges, consulting teachers and devising activities in response to curriculum needs and creative opportunities, with the aim of delivering inspiring artist-led workshops that are relevant, informative and enjoyable.

Teacher-led sessions are encouraged, but they are most successful if you talk to us before organising a class visit.  Educational partnerships and cluster groups are welcome to hold meetings at Lakeside, and meet the Learning Team. Continued Professional Development (CPD) opportunities are also available. Click here for more info.

Story Making for KS1 and KS2

Story Making for KS1 and KS2

Led by a professional storyteller, these are a fun and engaging way to enhance pupils’ vocabulary and literacy whilst also developing their self-confidence.  Sessions guide the group through a collaborative process of physical storytelling to develop the characters, and culminate in a performance which can lead to further literacy based activities in the classroom.

For more information please contact Rachel Feneley

Read more about Storytellers at Lakeside and the storytellers themselves.

Check out the results of a new partnership with Cantrell Primary School where we morphed their year 5 classroom into a rain forest; our Learning Officer, Rachel, worked with an animation artist to bring their ideas and creativity to life:

Museum of Archaeology

Museum of Archaeology

The University of Nottingham Museum is able to support teachers and their pupils across a range of topics and Key Stages.

Travelling Exhibitions

Why leave the classroom when a mini-museum can visit you?

The University of Nottingham Museum’s travelling exhibitions are housed in genuine antique travelling trunks that are fascinating artefacts in themselves. The resources are treasure troves full of artefacts, replicas, costumes, games and activities based on local historic sites.

Developed in consultation with teachers, pupils, academics, archaeologists and museum education specialists, our travelling exhibitions have been designed to stimulate children’s cross-curricular learning. They are a fantastic resource to bring history alive in the classroom.

Suggested topics for exploration include areas such as food and drink, domestic life, worship, warfare and crafts, and can be found in our teachers’ packs linked below.

Looking for Doggerland (Prehistory)

This travelling exhibition has been based on finds from Nottinghamshire, Lincolnshire and Derbyshire. It contains replica material and costumes from the Palaeolithic era, Mesolithic era, Neolithic era, Bronze Age and Iron Age. Pupils are encouraged to step back in time, ‘looking for Doggerland’ (the area of land joining Britain to Continental Europe in Prehistory) as they explore each layer of the box.

In Search of Margidunum (Romans)

This travelling exhibition is based on the local Roman site of Margidunum, now underneath the A46 near Bingham. It contains real archaeological material as well as replicas, costumes, games and activities.

Finding the Saxons of Willoughby (Anglo-Saxons)

This travelling exhibition has been based on finds from the Anglo-Saxon cemetery of Broughton Lodge, near Willoughby-on-the-Wolds. It includes replicas, costumes and other activities.

Hiring a Travelling Exhibition

Our travelling exhibitions arrive in your school with a Learning Facilitator and trained student volunteers who spend a day exploring the contents with your pupils (up to four classes). The resources then remain in your school for up to two weeks, allowing you to use them as many times as you like.

Cost for one week’s hire: £200

Cost for two weeks’ hire: £300

Please contact Michelle Johnson, Museum Administrator, on 0115 748 4950 or to place a booking.

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Manuscripts & Special Collections

Manuscripts & Special Collections

Created in collaboration with staff at the School of Education at The University of Nottingham, Schools Resources currently offer two themes which focus on Key Stage 3 and GCSE. They contain suggested lesson plans based around studying full-size digital images of original documents.

Research Guidance provides images, information and quizzes about original sources and key skills, including the use of archives, historic dating systems, and pre-metric weights and measures.

The resources can be downloaded from the University’s Manuscripts and Special Collections web pages for use on whiteboards, and for printing.  

School Art Investigators

School Art Investigators

The Art Investigator experience celebrates the natural curiosity of children, encouraging them to make the most of the stimulating exhibitions at Lakeside, and express their personal responses to the work on show.  Although interaction with teachers is encouraged and supervision is necessary, these bags have been designed to support children in their independent learning.

School classes from Year 2 – Year 7 are welcome to make use of our six Art Investigator packs which can easily be shared amongst a class, supplemented with additional clipboards and activity sheets.  Advance booking is recommended to ensure the Bags are available.  Contact Louise Kay at or on 0115 846 7185.

Learning Outdoors

Learning Outdoors

Outdoor Lakeside Investigators (OLI)
Schools Outdoor Lakeside Investigators

School classes KS1 - KS3 can take advantage of Lakeside’s 15 Schools OLI bags available for sharing across a class, to explore and discover insects, plants and animals across the wonderful green environment.
Each pack includes a clipboard, activity sheets, whiteboard pens, binoculars, magnifying glass, compass, maps, bug magnifiers, bug brushes, pencils and paper to help complete the mission. Advance booking is recommended to ensure the Bags are available. 
Contact Rachel Feneley, Learning Officer

Highfields Park Ranger
As part of the £3.2m Heritage Lottery Award and the Big Lottery Fund's Parks for People programme Highfields Park now has a dedicated Park Ranger based in the park, delivering a range of fabulous activities for schools ranging from pond dipping to nest box construction.  Nottingham Lakeside Arts will be working closely with Ranger Steve, most especially in relation to festivals and special events such as Diwali, Wheee!, and Hallow’een,  Look out for details in our What’s On section.

Arts Award

Arts Award

Helping young people grow as artists and arts leaders

Arts Award is a nationally recognised qualification supporting young people (up to 25 years) to progress into further education and employment.  In addition to benefiting from art form knowledge, they can also develop leadership, creativity and communication skills.

At NLA, young people can work towards Bronze, Silver and Gold Arts Award while they are members of Gallery Art Group and Lakeside Youth Theatre (info here).  Discover and Explore Arts Awards may also be undertaken by primary aged children on school visits. For more information about Arts Award please click here.

Schools and Artsmark
Lakeside welcomes 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.

For further information, or to find out how you can work towards one of the Arts Awards, please contact Louise Kay at or on 0115 846 7185.

For more information about Arts Award please visit the Arts Award website.