Summer Schools

Intensive summer schools take place in July and August and offer participants the opportunity to work with professional artists working in Visual Art, Theatre, Dance, Writing and Music. 

No previous experience is required, just lots of enthusiasm! 

There are also a range of workshops targeted at specific age groups or families during the year.  Keep an eye on the What’s On pages for specific dates and information.

To book for any of our Summer Schools, please contact the Box Office on 0115 846 7777.

Summer School Programme for 2018

All of our summer schools are only viable with a minimum number of participants. We therefore reserve the right to cancel summer schools and fully refund places with a minimum of one week’s notice.​

Create a Play in a Week

Monday 13 - Friday 17 August
Djanogly Theatre
For ages 9-14

Lakeside welcomes you to a jam-packed week working with professional technicians, designers, musicians and performers to create a show on Lakeside's main stage - to be performed on Friday 17 August. No previous experience is required, just lots of enthusiasm and a commitment to attend for the full week.

Art and Nature

Monday 20 - Friday 24 August
Meet at the Box Office
For ages 8-11

Explore the hedges and woodlands in the grounds of Highfields Park and University Park. As well as learning about the environment through observing and building natural habitats for animals and birds, participants will be using the visual arts to get a long close look at flora and fauna. Working towards Bronze Arts Award is optional for up to four 11 year old participants.

Space Light Colour

Wednesday 29 - Friday 31 August
Meet at the Box Office
For ages 12-18

Rana Begum's colourful exhibtion in the Djanogly Gallery is the inspiration for this Summer School. We shall be exploring the shapes and colours of the city, working with sensual colours and recycled materials to create sculptures and 2D art work for display in outfoor spaces at Lakeside. Working towards Bronze Arts Award is optional for all participants - please inform Box Office is you are interested.