Wheee! Festival 2019

Monday 27 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! 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 comedic acrobatic performances from Lusco e Fusco and 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.

The Wheee! line-up so far...

  • Luminarium -
    UK Premiere
    Monday 27 May - 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. Still at the design stage, this luminarium doesn’t yet have a name but we know from many years of experience that it will be wonderfully imaginative.
  • Luminarium - Grown-Ups Only“Where
    Thursday 30 May, 5.30-7.30pm
    For some Architects of Air’s luminaria are at their best when full of children  marvelling at the wonders inside. For others, our Grown-Ups Only Session allows them to enjoy these colourful and surprising structures in the sole presence of other adults.
  • Wheee! On Tour - Strange Creatures “The
    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.


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 a Lakeside and University of Nottingham initiative in association with Nottingham City Council Parks & Open Spaces and the Heritage Lottery Fund.