Secondary Schools & Colleges

Lakeside’s Learning Team offer a flexible approach to school visits with a wide range of options available for all Key Stages. Our innovative learning opportunities are cross-curricular and devised in collaboration with teachers, artists and students.

As we are a multi-arts venue, we offer a unique experience for schools, with a huge array of options to suit your needs. Our sessions are delivered by a team of talented and experienced educators who are experts in arts, heritage and outdoor education.

For more information and to book your visit, please contact the Learning Team on: 0115 84 671 85 or email

Visual Arts Workshops

All workshops will use our current exhibitions as stimulus and are led by one of our amazing Associate Artists who all have years of working in arts education. Each half-day workshop costs £100 per class.

New exhibitions coming soon! See our Spring 2020 workshop menu here.

For information on our exhibitions, click here. Bespoke tours / workshops can always be offered in response to exhibitoins. Please just ask!

Performing Arts Workshops

Raising Attainment in GCSE English and Drama Written Papers

Each spring term we (in collaboration with Nottingham New Theatre) deliver performances of a chosen GCSE English set text. 

School package includes:

  • Tickets to the show
  • A teacher resource pack, including suggested Scheme of Work
  • An English or Drama specific pre-show talk & post show student seminar.

This year’s text is Macbeth. Contact Louise using the details at the top of the page for booking information.

Nottingham Young Creative Awards – Theatre Category 

The challenge is simple: schools, youth theatres, colleges and young companies must devise their own original 15-minute theatre performance for selection by the panel.

All styles of theatre are welcome – scripted or devised – and the work can be performed in a style of your choosing, eg physical or object theatre or even musical theatre. Most importantly it must be new piece of work, it must challenge you, it must engage your audiences, and it must tell a story. 

There are three entry categories aligned to the Nottingham Young Creative Awards: 13-15 years; 16–18 years; 19-24 years. 

Shortlisted pieces get the change to perform on Lakeside’s Main Stage and Winners get cash prizes. For more information on Nottingham Young Creative Awards, click here.

Outdoor Learning Workshops

The perfect sessions to enhance Geography and Science curriculums. All sessions led by our Park Ranger, Steve. Each half day session costs £100 per class.

Click here to see our menu of workshop options.

Museum Workshops

For History GCSE / A Level support or exclusive handling sessions for KS3, contact Michelle at or 0115 748 4950.

Teacher Inset and CPD

We love supporting schools and host a range of Continual Professional Development for teachers, as well as team-building away days.  We offer:

Teacher Twilight

After-school sessions featuring; activities and lesson ideas for cross-curricular learning, tips on planning a successful trip to an Arts Centre and confidence building activities for delivering art in school. 

Inset Day

We are happy to host inset days for schools. From teambuilding activities, to training and development options, contact us to create a bespoke day for your team.

Arts Award Support

Offering Arts Award for the first time? Need some support? We are here for you! We can run bespoke support sessions for groups of 6+.

Contact Louise on the details at the top of the page for more information and booking.