PLEASE NOTE: parking on campus is limited during half-term. The easiest way to get to Lakeside Arts is to use the Toton Lane/Hucknall tram line and get off at the University of Nottingham stop.


Additional free parking will be available for Wheee! visitors at the University Park West Entrance, in the field behind Florence Boot Hall. This additional parking area will be available from Monday 27 May - Sunday 2 June, 10am-6pm. This site is a pleasant 15 minute walk from Lakeside around the lake, so if you park here, please allow extra time to reach us. Campus map


Unfortunately, due to the weather we have had to cancel the performances of Joss Arnott Dance’s Pulse and Motionhouse’s Wild. We apologise for any disappointment caused.


Wheee! Festival 2019

Sunday 26 May – Sunday 2 June

Our eagerly awaited international festival of theatre and dance for children is the place to be this May half term holiday. With high quality shows in the theatre, a brand new Luminarium and our ever-popular Free Family Weekend in the park, you can rest assured that you and the little ones will be entertained and amazed.

Wheee! Free Family Weekend

Supported by the Woodland Trust
Wheee! Family Weekend Festival Partner

Saturday 1 & Sunday 2 June

Join us for fantastic free entertainment from fabulous artists drawn from across the UK! Don’t miss Thrill Laboratory’s unnnervingly entertaining virtual reality worlds unfolding in front of your eyes or Motionhouse’s amazing dance performances. Look out for brilliant musical comedy with juggling from the inimitable Chipolatas, and be amazed by a brand new outdoor piece from Joss Arnott involving a huge revolving drum kit. Enjoy all this, and great make and do arts and crafts activities with your family and friends. Make this a weekend to remember and join us this half term.


The Wheee! Festival week line-up so far...

  • Little Angel Theatre - The Flying Bath flying-bath
    Sunday 26 May, 1pm & 3.30pm
    When everyone has left the house in the morning, the bath toys spring into action and head off on exciting adventures in their magical flying bath! From giving a muddy piglet a shower to putting out a fire for a frightened baboon, they have water at the ready for any emergency - but they're always home for the children's bathtime at the end of the day.
  • Billy Partridge - Woodlandwoodland
    Sunday 26 May - Sunday 2 June
    Billy Partridge won the British Cartoonists Association’s Young Cartoonist of the Year 2016, a prestigious award judged by many big names in the cartoon world, including the Guardian’s Steve Bell and Martin Rowson, Private Eye’s Nick Newman, and The Daily Telegraph’s Matt. We’ve invited Billy to create an outline landscape on the walls of the Wallner Gallery inspired by our green parkland surroundings and our partners the Woodland Trust. We now invite you to contribute to and help complete Wheee! festival Woodland, adding colour and woodland creatures throughout the Wheee! festival week.
  • Luminarium - Daedalum luminarium
    Monday 27 - Sunday 2 June
    Following more than 8,000 visitors to Architects of Air’s Katena in October, we’re thrilled to welcome back our favourite Nottingham-based internationally renowned company to Wheee! 2019 with the UK premiere of a brand new luminarium. Daedalum is named after Daedalus. In Greek mythology he was the father of Icarus and the architect of the Labyrinth of Minos. Daedalum’s core element is a maze of 19 egg-shaped domes. The arrangement of the translucent elements that are the dome tops and pods is designed to produce vistas and hues of considerable variety and subtlety.  A Grown-Ups Only session will also take place on the evening of Thursday 30 May.
  • Wheee! On Tour - Strange Creatures whee-on-tour
    Various dates and times at Nottinghamshire libraries
    MishMash Productions returns to Nottingham after enchanting little ones last autumn with Smile, winning them the Best Family Welcome award at the 2018 Fantastic for Families Awards. Their new production, Strange Creatures, uses magical theatrical chamber music to gently explore what it means to be unique in a surprising and colourful world. This intimate and engaging show, performed by exceptional musicians, will delight children and their families alike.
  • Grand Designs, Mini Modelswoodland
    Tuesday 28 May, 10am-12.30pm
    Imagine being an architect! Have a look at the Bauhaus exhibition and then design a stylish home, taking ideas from the art on show. You will be creating a small 3D model using card and other materials to take home with you.
  • Bauhaus Your City luminarium
    Tuesday 28 May, 1.30pm-4pm
    Find out about Bauhaus principles of design in the Homage to the Bauhausexhibition and then make your own Bauhaus-inspired model home for contemporary Nottingham. Plan it first, draw your plans and then make a small 3D model using card and other materials.
  • Half-term Heraldry whee-on-tour
    Wednesday 29 May, 12noon-4pm
    Design your own coat of arms like a medieval knight. These brightly coloured badges were originally used by knights in battle to help identify each other on the battlefield. Each colour and symbol has a meaning. What will you choose to represent you? Delivered in collaboration with the Portable Antiquities Scheme.

The Wheee! Free Family Weekend | Saturday 1 & Sunday 2 June

Supported by the Woodland Trust - Wheee! Family Weekend Partner

  • Woodland Trustwoodland-trust
    Saturday & Sunday, 12noon-5pm
    Highfields Park
    The Woodland Trust is bringing the magic of trees and woods to Highfields Park. Children can get hands-on with wood whittling and badge making, as well as exploring the exciting tree trail! Plus, you can meet Chief Nature Detective Richard and find out how your family can help protect the UK’s incredible woods and trees.
  • VR Playgroundvr-playground
    Saturday & Sunday, 12noon-5pm
    Highfields Park
    Thrill Engineer Brendan Walker has captured the feelings of speed and weightlessness that you feel as you swoop high and low on a swing and delivered it in a new Virtual Reality experience on an actual swing! Propelled by your swinging, each machine will transport you in thrilling ways through geometric virtual landscapes and 3D musical compositions. Accessible swing available.
  • Motionhouse - Wild wild
    Saturday & Sunday, 1.15pm & 4.15pm
    Oval Car Park
    A daring new dance-circus production in which Motionhouse explores our disconnect with the natural environment, and asks if the wild is still shaping our behaviour in urban lives. Performers use powerful physicality and bold feats to move through a forest of tall poles. From the top, life in the canopy looks down on to the forest floor – a dangerous world of unknown meetings. Where do we belong – as a lone wolf or one of the pack?
  • Joss Arnott Dance - Pulse! pulse
    Saturday & Sunday, 12.30pm & 3.15pm
    Oval Car Park

    Designed by our creative team member, Eleanor Bull, and engineered by Rolls-Royce, Pulse! promises Joss Arnott’s technically charged choreography combined with pulsating soundscore, around an innovatively designed percussive set. Adrenaline-fuelled, physically charged and visually stunning! The Sunday 12.30pm performance will have lower sound levels making it more accessible for some audiences. You can also join us for Stay & Play sessions at 3.30pm each day, as well as a Meet the Cast session on the Sunday at 12.15pm.
  • The Chipolatas - Chipolatinochipolatas
    Saturday & Sunday, 2pm
    Celebrating an amazing 27 years in 2019, The Chipolatas still regularly tour the world of outdoor festivals with their unique blend of accordion and acoustic rhythms with hip-hop, humour and style. We’re thrilled to welcome them back to Lakeside after more than 10 years with this hugely entertaining show involving circus, music, beatbox and ballads.
  • Fredi & Co - Circanelocircoleno
    Saturday & Sunday, 3.35pm
    Great clowning, acrobatics, theatre and dance in this charming show about an artist who wants to deliver a performance to his audience at any cost! Lots of fun for all ages in this spontaneous and delightful show live from the streets of Galicia and Portugal by circus clown Alfredo Pérez Muíño.
  • Mark Evans - Drumming Circledrumming-circle
    Saturday only, 12.20pm & 2.45pm
    Perhaps our most frequent and popular Wheee! festival performer – Mark has been leading drumming sessions here since we first began back in 2005. Undoubtedly a firm favourite with our audiences, he succeeds in creating an amazing atmosphere and delivering a fantastic performance from all our participants every time.
  • XZibitxzibit
    Saturday, 12noon & 3.20pm
    Sunday, 12noon & 2.45pm

    Every March we see amazingly impressive performances in the Xzibit platform curated by Gareth Woodward and Jasmine Eccles as part of a choreographic development programme for 13-19 year olds. This is an opportunity for these emerging young artists to perform to new audiences as part of Wheee!
  • The Fabularium - Reynard The Foxfabularium
    Sunday only, 12.15pm & 3.30pm
    Highfields Park
    Reynard the Fox is the woodlands’ most infamous scoundrel who prides himself on being the trickster of the forest, and when the theft of the King’s Crown Jewels is announced, the animal kingdom immediately blames the fox. Reynard must do everything he can to prove his innocence. Will the gift of his silver tongue be enough to save his own tail?
  • British Games Institute - Joustjoust
    Sunday only, 12.45pm & 3pm
    A videogame, but without a screen?! Join the team from the National Videogame Museum and learn how to play Johann Sebastian Joust, the amazing, fun and surprising videogame for people who don’t play videogames.
  • Megabeast Prod. - Treemendoustreemendous
    Saturday & Sunday, 12noon, 2.30pm & 4pm
    Highfields Park
    Look out for our awe inspiring magical trees on the move around the park.
  • Event Villageevent-village
    Saturday & Sunday
    Highfields Park
    This year’s thematic will be largely driven by arts, science and nature with exciting creative experiments and drop-in activities. Look out for Bird & Blend Tea.Co who’ll be offering samples of delicious child and adult friendly teas including a Unicorn Fizz that changes colour!
  • Sporting Funsporting-fun
    Saturday & Sunday
    Highfields Park
    If you’d like to run off a bit of steam, then join our friends from David Ross Sports Village in football, rugby and pop-up tennis fun.
  • Boat House Chill Out Zonechill-out
    Saturday & Sunday
    Boat House
    If you would appreciate a little bit of peaceful time away from our lively activities and performance programme, then stroll around past Adventure Golf to the Chill Out Zone by the Boat House. There’s space to picnic, withy structures to explore, board games and puzzles to play, and a Paint the Park exhibition to enjoy. Artist Shamila Chady will be leading drop in workshops using found and natural materials to decorate the trees in the immediate environment and there’ll also be a chance to ‘paint the park’!

Wheee! Free Family Weekend Schedule of Events

From Until What's On Where
11am 5.15pm Architects of Air - Luminarium Highfields Park
12noon 12.15pm Amazing Dance with Xzibit performers Amphitheatre
12noon 12.30pm Treemendous by Megabeast Productions Highfields Park
12.15pm (Sun only) 1pm The Fabularium present Reynard the Fox Highfields Park
12.20pm (Sat only) 12.50pm Drumming Circle with Mark Evans Amphitheatre
12.30pm 12.45pm Pulse! by Joss Arnott Dance Oval Car Park (right)
12.45pm (Sun only) 1.15pm British Games Institute with Joust Amphitheatre
1pm 1.15pm Story of Eurydice Eurydice Prevails
1.15pm 1.55pm WILD by Motionhouse Oval Car Park (left)
1.30pm   Silent Disco Amphitheatre
2pm 2.35pm Chipolatino with the Chipolatas Hardstanding
2.30pm 2.45pm Story of Eurydice Eurydice Prevails
2.30pm 3pm Treemendous by Megabeast Productions Highfields Park
2.45pm (Sat only) 3.15pm Drumming Circle with Mark Evans Amphitheatre
2.45pm (Sun only) 2.55pm Amazing Dance with Xzibit performers Amphitheatre
3pm (Sun only) 3.30pm British Games Insitute with Joust Amphitheatre
3.15pm 3.30pm Pulse by Joss Arnott Dance Oval Car Park (right)
3.20pm (Sat only) 3.35pm Amazing Dance with Xzibit performers Amphitheatre
3.30pm   Silent Disco Amphitheatre
3.30pm 3.45pm Stay & Play with Pulse Oval Car Park (right)
3.30pm (Sun only) 4.15pm The Fabularium present Reynard the Fox Highfields Park
3.35pm 4pm Circanelo by Fredi Co Hardstanding
4pm 4.15pm Story of Eurydice Eurydice Prevails
4pm 4.30pm Treemendous by Megabeast Productions Highfields Park
4.15pm 5pm WILD by Motionhouse Oval Car Park (left)


View the Wheee! 2019 brochure


Please note: parking on campus is limited during half-term. The easiest way to get to Lakeside Arts is to use the Toton Lane/Hucknall tram line and get off at the University of Nottingham stop.

Additional free parking will be available for Wheee! visitors at the University Park West Entrance, in the field behind Florence Boot Hall. This site is a pleasant 15 minute walk from Lakeside around the lake, so if you park here, please allow extra time to reach us.

Wheee! is made possible with financial support from:

Wheee! Family Weekend Associate Partners:


Wheee! Festival Print Partner:

Companies performing in Wheee! 2019 acknowledge financial support from:

Gulbenkian, Art31, Birmingham Hippodrome, Without Walls, Freedom Festival, Hat Fair, Out There International Festival of Circus & Street Arts, Garfield Weston Foundation, Foyle Foundation, The 29thMay 1961 Charitable Trust, The City of London Corporation, Arts Council England, DanceEast, Déda, Pavilion Dance South West, Inspire Arts, Dance4, Norfolk & Norwich Festival, Horizon Digital Economy Research, Greenwich + Docklands International Festival.

We would also like to thank Streetwise Opera for their support during the Wheee! Free Family Weekend.