Dinosuars of China

Dinosaurs of China

PLEASE NOTE, this exhibition took place in 2017. For current exhibitions at Nottingham Lakeside Arts, click here.


Family Dino Workshops

Summer School

Palaeo Talks and Film

The Art of Dinosaur Science

Saturday 1 July to Sunday 29 October
Angear Visitor Centre, Nottingham Lakeside Arts

Admission Free
Tuesday - Saturday 11am - 5pm
Sunday - 12noon - 4pm

In a unique partnership between Nottingham City Council and the University of Nottingham, Nottingham Lakeside Arts is thrilled to welcome the Dilophosaurus and an Alxasaurus to Lakeside as part of a world exclusive exhibition of Feathered dinosaurs. Experience an interactive exhibition which tells the story of paleo-art, and discover how science and art help us to figure out how dinosaurs may have looked. Become a Palaeontologist for a day, and investigate the revelation that birds are really dinosaurs. With free workshops for the whole family.

Related Workshops & Events

Family Dino Workshops

As part of the Dinosaurs of China exhibition, Lakeside is pleased to present a programme of workshops and activities for all the family from July to October.

Unless otherwise specified, all workshops cost £5 per child, with free places for accompanying adults, with workshops taking place in the Angear Visitor Centre.

  • 224x224 Create Your Own Dinosaur Costume

    Saturday 1 July, 12noon-1.30pm & 2pm-3.30pm
    Make your own cardboard dinosaur costumes

  • 224x224 Fossil Making

    Sunday 2 July, 12noon-1.30pm & 2pm-3.30pm
    Be a fossil hunter for the day

  • 224x224 Dino Design

    Saturday 8 & Sunday 9 July, 12noon - 1.30pm & 2pm - 3.30pm, free drop-in
    Bring to life your own dinosaur using our virtual design app

  • 224x224 Under the Tail of the Diplodocus

    Saturday 22 July, 1-2pm & 3-4pm
    An interactive storytelling workshop

  • 224x224 Dino Builder

    Tuesday 25 July, 12noon-1.30pm & 2pm-3.30pm
    Build your own dinosaur with lego

  • 224x224 Bring Your Dino Toy Day

    Wednesday 26 July, 12noon-1.30pm & 2pm-3.30pm
    Bring your toy dino to Lakeside

  • 224x224 Raiders of the Lost Park

    Friday 28 July, 12noon-4pm, free drop in 
    A nature trail with an unexpected twist. 

  • 224x224 Be a Dinosaur Detective

    Tuesday 22 & Thursday 24 August, 12noon-1pm & 2-3pm
    Help us to solve a dinosaur mystery

  • 224x224 Shadow Puppet Dinos

    Saturday 2 September, 1pm - 3pm
    Create a wonderful story with dinosaur shadow puppets

  • 224x224 Dinosaur Sock Puppets

    Sunday 3 September, 2pm - 3.30pm
    Create the weirdest and most wonderful dinosaur puppet you can imagine

  • 224x224 Meet a Real Life Feathered Dinosaur

    Saturday 23 September, 2pm - 3.30pm, free drop-in
    Meet Dr David Fox and his Golden eagle, Star

  • 224x224 Dinos in 3D

    Thursday 26 October, 10am - 12.30pm, £8
    Make your own clay dinosaurs. 7-11 year olds

  • 224x224 Patterns in Fossils

    Thursday 26 October, 1.30pm - 4pm, £8
    Explore and make the texture and marks of fossils. 12-18 year olds

  • 224x224 Big Draw

    Friday 27 October, 11am - 4pm, free drop-in
    An annual drawing extravaganza - this year inspired by fossils. 

Summer School: Lost Valley of Dinosaurs

Unfortunately this event has been cancelled. If you have reserved a place, please contact the Box Office on 0115 846 7777 to claim a refund. We apologise for any inconvenience. 

Palaeo Talks and Film

A series of free hour-long talks with professional palaeontologists, connected to and inspired by the Dinosaurs of China: Ground Shakers to Feathered Flyers exhibition.

All talks start at 1pm in Lakeside’s Djanogly Theatre, will last for approximately 40 minutes, followed by Q&As. 

The Making of Dinosaurs of China
Monday 10 July, 1pm - 2pm

Palaeontology at Wollaton Hall: Swimming Plesiosaurs to Flying Dinosaurs
Thursday 13 July, 1pm - 2pm

Not Your Father's Pterosaurs: How Scientists are Reinterpreting Mesozoic Flying Reptiles
Tuesday 18 July, 1pm - 2pm

Dinosaurs in Wonderland: Victorian Artists and the Depiction of Extinct Animals 
Tuesday 8 August, 1pm - 2pm

Dinosaurs and Ichthyosaurs of Britain
Tuesday 12 September, 1pm - 2pm

Did T.rex Have Feathers?
Friday 29 September, 1pm - 2pm

Not Just Dinosaur Food: Understanding Mesozoic Plants and Ecosystems
Tuesday 3 October, 1pm - 2pm

The World's Most Accurate Dinosaur Reconstruction?
Tuesday 10 October, 1pm - 2pm 

Bones, Pickles and Fossils: Hidden Treasures at the University of Nottingham
Tuesday 17 October, 1pm - 2pm

How did a Dinosaur Turn into a Bird?
Tuesday 24 October, 1pm - 2pm

Saint Thomas Productions, Arte France and Rare Media present:
Saturdays from 8 July to 9 September: 11.15am & 2.30pm
Sundays from 9 July to 10 September: 2.30pm
Monday 10 and Thursday 13 July, and Tuesday 12 September: 11.15am

Dinosaurs of China

Saturday 1 July to Sunday 29 October
Wollaton Hall

Tickets: Adult £7, Child £5, Under 5’s free
Book online: www.dinosaursofchina.co.uk/tickets
Open daily

Visit an amazing dinosaur exhibition never before seen outside of Asia: Dinosaurs of China at Wollaton Hall features 150 million year old fossils and full size dinosaur skeletons including the jaw-dropping Mamenchisaurus standing three double-decker buses high! The exhibition reveals how dinosaurs evolved into the birds that live alongside us today. Don't miss this once in a lifetime exhibition which includes fun activities for all the family in the Dino Explorer Zone. Visit www.dinosaursofchina.co.uk for full details