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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:

  • A ‘4-workshop day’ (£400)
  • A ‘2-workshop day’ (£200)
  • A single workshop (£100)

To arrange a school or college visit or for more information, please get in touch with Jodie Clifford 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

Scaling the Sublime: art at the limits of landscape

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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

What can the Museum Offer Schools?

  • Roman Museum Workshops complementing various subjects across the curriculum, including History, Science, English, Mathematics and Art. Choose from: Digging for History (KS1-2), A Day in the Life of a Roman (KS102), Toys from the Past (KS1) and Objects Through Time (KS2).
  • 'In Search of Margidunum' Travelling Exhibition a 'museum in a box' which your pupils don't need to leave the classroom to enjoy. Members of the Learning Team will visit your school along with the resource, which contains real Roman artefacts, replicas, dressing-up clothes, games and activities based on finds made at Margidunum, a Roman fort at Bingham, Nottinghamshire. Facilitated by our Learning staff, your pupils will explore Roman civic life, domestic life, personal care, clothing and adornment, and cooking and eating. The resource can remain in school for 1-2 weeks. Click here for more information.
  • Bespoke Workshops tailored to your specific learning needs can be arranged to support the following topics:
  1. Prehistory
  2. Romans
  3. Anglo-Saxons
  • Self-led Museum Visits are also available and can be supported by specially designed teachers' packs.
  • Inset Days to expand your knowledge and confidence in subjects such as Prehistory, Romans and Anglo-Saxons will be available throughout the year.

New schools programme linked to A Greek in Egypt - a British Museum spotlight tour exhibition. New workshops for KS3-5 and Continuing Education.

For further details on any of the above, please do get in touch on 0115 748 6264 or Contact Eleanor Ball via


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.  

ArtWrite (formerly Lakeside Literacy)

ArtWrite (formerly Lakeside Literacy)

ArtWrite welcomes Key Stage 2 pupils to the Djanogly Gallery to take part in art-inspired creative writing workshops. The pupils will be guided through a range of stimulating activities.

"I was impressed by how their ideas were drawn out – a brilliant stimulus."​ Claire Goodfellow, William Booth Primary

"Good discussion opportunities. Plenty of adult support so maximum input, while at the same time children were given freedom to make individual choices and decisions."​ Henry Whipple Primary

Contact Ruth Lewis-Jones, Learning Officer for more information, including costs: or visit the ArtWrite webpage

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 Ruth Lewis-Jones, Learning Officer

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.

Forest Schools
Forest School sessions can be arranged directly with the Park Ranger Steve, and can be linked to visits to the Djanogly Art Gallery, the Museum, or the Theatre in order to make a full day of your visit.  Sessions can be designed around a theme arrived at in consultation with the visiting group, and will include survival skills such as tracking, hunting, foraging, wood carving and rope and twine making. For more information contact or phone 07908 488721

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 Ruth Lewis-Jones,

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