Wheee! Festival 2018

Monday 28 May – Sunday 3 June, 12noon-5pm
Highfields Park

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! Family Weekend

Supported by the Woodland Trust - 
Wheee! Family Weekend Festival Partner

The Wheee! Family Weekend, supported by the Woodland Trust - Wheee! Family Weekend Festival Partner, will take place on Saturday 2 & Sunday 3 June, and as usual there will be lots of arts and craft activities plus outdoor theatre and dance performances. The fun will start at mid-day (although the Luminarium will be open from 11am with the usual ticketed entry) and will entertain family members of all ages. A full programme for the Wheee! Family Weekend is available on its dedicated event page.

Events throughout the weekend include:

  • Fantastic Spiders – facts and fiction with Sarah Goodacre from the University of Nottingham’s School of Life Sciences
  • Camera Obscura workshops with Jon Legge
  • The Curious Perambulator and its inventive Spider Trails
  • A climbing wall, pop-up tennis, football skills and futsal with membersfrom the David Ross Sports Village and Nottingham Tennis Centre
  • Paper Spiders and Giant Web-making workshops
  • Heritage stories from Highfields Park with Nicky Rafferty
  • Summer-watch with Highfields Park Ranger, Steve Clarke and BioBlitz
  • Traditional Chinese Crafts with the Nottingham Confucius Institute

Scheduled events:

11am-5.15pm Architects of Air: Luminarium - Daedalude 2.15pm (Sat only) Candoco Dance Company: You & I Know - duet choreographed by Arlene Philips
11.30am Branching out with Birch & Hazel - magical, funny and informative woodland story & performance experience 2.15pm (Sun only) Motionhouse: Lost - choreographed by Kevin Finnan
11.30am (Sat only) Andy Manley: Stick by me - gentle, beautiful, non-verbal theatre for 3-5 years 2.30pm Middleton Corpus: The Seedling - acrobatic dance theatre, choreographed by Anthony Middleton
12noon-4.30pm Where It All Began - the original Jamie Johnson pilot 2.45pm Charmaine Childs: Strong Lady
12.15pm A Bird in the Hand Theatre: The Bewonderment Machine - artist-built, cycle-powered carousel for ages 2-6 3.15pm Bongo Bolero: The Dick Danger Show
12.30pm Charmaine Childs: Strong Lady - exhilarating feats of strength 3.45pm Branching out with Birch & Hazel 
1pm Mark Evans: music workshop 4pm A Bird in the Hand Theatre: The Bewonderment Machine
1.30pm Bongo Bolero: The Dick Danger Show - acrobatic antics, dad dancing and diving into a bucket of water 4pm Middleton Corpus: The Seedling
1.45pm Branching out with Birch & Hazel  4.15pm (Sat only) Candoco Dance Company: You & I Know
2pm (Sat only) Andy Manley: Stick by me 4.15pm (Sun only) Motionhouse: Lost 
2pm Silent Disco 4.30pm Mark Evans: music workshop
2.15pm A Bird in the Hand Theatre: The Bewonderment Machine    

Wheee! is a Lakeside and University of Nottingham initiative in association with Nottingham City Council Parks & Open Spaces and the Heritage Lottery Fund.
          Wheee! Family Weekend Festival partner:

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  • LUMINARIUM - Daedalude “Luminarium”
    Monday 28 May - Sunday 3 June
    Architects of Air have toured to more than 40 countries across five continents with their extraordinary structures which astonish and delight audiences of all ages. Each luminarium is an intriguing shape, with interiors that are brilliantly iridescent and a maze of dazzling and unexpected spaces.

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  • Where’s Jamie? “Where’s
    Saturday 19 May - Sunday 1 July
    To celebrate the launch of BBC’s premier football drama Jamie Johnson, this unique exhibition invites you to put the places to the faces. Discover the real life locations that became the part of the Jamie Johnson story, taking Jamie from his Beeston bedroom to global super stardom!
     
  • Where It All Began “Where
    Monday 28 May - Sunday 3 June
    A rare opportunity to watch the original pilot episode of this Emmy, Bafta and RTS nominated series – 15 minutes of exclusive material previously unseen by public audiences. Brought to you by award-winning Nottingham photographer Marcus Tate and Director of the TV series, Joe Talbot from the Short Form Film Company.
     
  • The Princess & The Pea “The
    Monday 28 & Tuesday 29 May
    A charming and beautifully quirky dance theatre adaptation of this favourite Hans Christian Andersen story by the brilliant Norwegian company Dybwikdans.  Children are encouraged to help the King to decide whether this unusual creature really is a Princess!
     
  • PEG PUPPETS & STORIES WORKSHOP “Peg
    Monday 28 & Tuesday 29 May
    Make a fantastic peg puppet with fabric scraps and other household bits and pieces, and then devise your own fairy tales to act out.
     
  • Is This a Dagger? “Is
    Friday 1 June
    A tale of foul and fortune, murder and deceit, Macbeth is a gory, bloody and darkly wonderful tale of one man and his pursuit of power. Andy Cannon‘s Is This a Dagger? The Story of Macbeth distils the essence of this epic play into an entrancing one-man, one-hour version for audiences young and old.
     
  • Stick by me “Stick
    Saturday 2 June
    A playful and quirky new show for young children featuring a man and an awful lot of lolly sticks. Created by Andy Manley and Ian Cameron, co-creators of international hit show White.
     
  • Wheee! Family Weekend “Wheee!
    Saturday 2 & Sunday 3 June
    The Wheee! family weekend is always special and this year is no exception. There will be lots of arts and craft activities plus outdoor theatre and dance performances to entertain family members of all ages. The fun will start at mid-day (although the luminarium will be open from 11am with the usual ticketed entry). The Wheee! Family Weekend is supported by The Woodland Trust.