On this page you'll find activities and workshops from our arts, culture and heritage partners in these categories:
Here's the link to the latest Parents Newsletter covering the school holidays and new term.
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Ages 16-18. New Art Exchange, Wednesday 17 November 10am-3pm
FREE workshop for KS5 students developing critical analysis, research and public speaking skills. ARTiculation Discovery Days are designed to develop and support students’ understanding and engagement with art. Students do not need any prior experience, all skills required will be introduced on the day.
To book places please contact Articulation by email.
Under 5s. 4 Ocober-6 December.
Nottingham Children’s Book Award is back for the 20th year! it's aim is to foster a love of books and reading as library staff and families read three shortlisted stories and children vote for their favourite. This can be done in two ways – going into the library, asking library staff for the books, reading them and then voting. Or by watching the videos online and using the form to vote. The winner will be announced on 13th December. Find out more on the website.
10am - 5pm every open day. 13 November 2021 to 2 January 2022. Suitable for all ages.
Come and see our exhibition space turned into a giant project lab! Share your voice: What would you protest about? Find out more on the NJM website.
Places available this Autumn 2021 :
There are plenty of free bursary places available for each of these programmes. Email to find out more.
Ages 8-11 11.30am-1pm
Lit Theatre Company is excited to welcome new members to join its youth theatre. Weekly workshops include a mix of theatre practices to develop skills, promote creativity and make friends. 12 weeks bookings cost £55 (one week free) Visit the website to find our more and book or email.
Younger YARD Ages 8-12 years Tuesdays 4.15-6.15pm. Term Time. Free. Develop confidence, communication and creative skills through games, story-making, and drama exercises. As well as making new friends, they explore new ways to express themselves and share their own stories. Sessions are safe, fun and stimulate the senses!
Older YARD Ages 12-18 12-18. Wednesdays 5.15-7.15pm. Term Time. Free. Develop performance skills, explore different styles and devise their own work. Working closely and collaboratively they explore the issues that matter to them and develop their own style as performers and theatre-makers. They create exciting, thought-provoking, and original work..
FREE and open to all, we welcome new members, come along and try a session anytime. To find out more contact.
Nonsuch Young Performer Training
Nonsuch Young Company
Nottingham Music Hub: Robin Hood Youth Orchestra (RHYO)
Ages 11-19. Saturdays 9am-1pm, Nottingham City centre
RHYO plays a diverse range of music from classical to film to jazz. For 11-19 year olds in Nottingham City who can play their instruments to around Grade 4+. They rehearse once a week on Saturdays in the city centre (currently at the Nottingham Cathedral). The annual fee is £48 for pupils living within Nottingham City boundaries, £90 for pupils living in the county and £11 for young people eligible for pupil premium. For more information visit the NMH website.
Nottingham Music Hub: RHYO InterConnect
A great place to meet new people, make friends and become a better musician. Young people get performance opportunities throughout the year and the chance to work with professional musicians.
Strings Folk Connect
For pupils who play the violin, viola and/or cello and can play around Grade 1+ Level. The group will meet once a week on Monday, 4.30-5.30pm.
For pupils who play the acoustic guitar at around Grade 1+ Level. The group will meet once a week on Wednesday, 4.30-5.30pm.
Salsa Jazz Connect
For pupils who play brass and woodwind instruments at around Grade 1+ Level. The group will meet once a week on Fridays, 4.30-5.30pm.
For young people living or studying in the city, the annual cost of joining any music hub ensemble will be £54 (£15 concessions). Please note that you only have to pay one annual fee but can be part of more than one Music Hub ensemble. For young people living AND studying in the county, please note that the annual cost of joining a music hub ensemble is £110. For more information visit the NMH website.
Ages 8-14. Wednesday, term-time, 4.00-4.55pm. Nottingham Playhouse
A new, fun and exciting vocal group that provides opportunities to learn from professional musicians through workshops, competitions and concerts. The group will have both online and live rehearsals. Enrol here.
Ages 13-16. Launching in November, Saturdays 10am-1pm, term-time. Free.
Members will try their hand at a variety of different art forms in our free weekly workshops and masterclasses with professional artists. With access to Nottingham Trent University’s excellent Art and Design facilities, they’ll make new friends, and have the opportunity to exhibit their artwork nationally! The club also looks great on their CV if they decide to apply to college or university later on. The club is run in partnership with Nottingham Trent University and the National Saturday Club. To find out more please email.
Ages 15-25. Nottingham Contemporary
1525 Collective are looking for new members to join them. 1525, are a group of young creatives who gather regularly at Nottingham Contemporary. They strive to be a proactive collective sharing resources, discussing ideas, and mutually supporting each other’s creative interests. More information can be found on the website.
All ages. Play and Learn: In Gallery, at Home, and Outside! Join the family workshops at Nottingham Contemporary or enjoy the activities on the website to keep you busy at home and outside. You can use objects from around the home and for others you might need a few art materials. Free material packs are available for collection from the reception in Nottingham Contemporary, or they can post them out to you! Please email for free material packs.
Tuesdays 4.00-6.00pm. Free.
Are you aged 8 to 11 years? Do you love art and design? Would you like to take part in painting, photography, model making and many other creative activities, every week? You will be virtually visiting the exhibitions at New Art Exchange, finding out about artists and making your own art, with the option to work towards your Explore Arts Award. To book your place please email.
Wednesdays, 5.00-7.00pm. Free.
Calling all 12-16 year olds! This art club is for your OWN art, your OWN style, your OWN ideas! Led by artist Shamila Chady you will be learning art and design skills and taking inspiration from the amazing exhibitions at New Art Exchange. You will also have the chance to work towards your Bronze Arts Award which includes the opportunity to display your OWN artwork. Email to book your place.
When puzzling postcards start arriving through your letterbox asking for help, only you can crack the code and figure out who the mystery writer is. Following a successful postcard drama format, New Perspectives' latest series, Fair Play, is a six-part postcard adventure for families with children aged 5-11 to enjoy together. Plus there's a QR code on each postcard to download with an activity sheet to explore a variety of creative challenges. For more details and book please email.
The Rainbow Library is a pioneering initiative to make more books for young readers that include LGBTQ+ identities and experiences. In summer 2023, they’ll publish eight LGBTQ+ inclusive titles for young readers of all ages, including picture books, fiction and nonfiction, poetry and comics. These books will be developed through consultations with LGBTQ+ young people in Nottingham. The aim is to get these books into every school and library in the UK and Ireland. If you’re interested in supporting the project get in touch by email.
Nottingham City Libraries have a wealth of resources and activities for children and their families. The brand new website makes it easy to find information about libraries, resources, book recommendations, events and more. Whether you are looking for stories and rhymes for little ones, code clubs, after school home work sessions or holiday activities, it’s all covered. You can find out more by signing up to our e-newsletter on the webpage.
Little Movers - Dance4
Ages 0-5. Two Fridays per month, 10-11am, online via zoom
Join Oksana Tyminska for Little Movers fun, creative movement sessions for 0 to 5 year olds and their adults. Booking is essential. Visit the website to find out more.
Jump Start – Dance4
Ages 7-11. 4.15pm – 5.15pm each Monday during term time.
Creative dance experiences to enthuse and excite children to get involved in dance and develop new skills. Cost per session is £3/£1.50 (concessions for those living in or attending primary schools in Sneinton and St Ann’s). Find out more on the website.
Monday-Friday after school, across Nottinghamshire.
The Pythian Club (TPC) offer a comprehensive timetable of after school activities taking place at venues across Nottinghamshire. TPC aspire to support the development of our young people by progressing them onto further initiatives such as a coaching opportunities, young leader’s academy, vocational courses and/or employment opportunities. For more details visit the website or email.
The Creating Connections learning activities have been designed by NAE Associate Artists Shamila Chady and Elaine Winter for use at home or school. Creating Connections is designed to help young people make positive connections with others their age where there is a feeling of disconnection due to cultural and other differences. Download the activity pack.
Ages 11-14 Saturdays and 15-19 Wednesdays at Base 51
LGBTQ+ group - a safe space for young people to express themselves and make friends and join in with a wide range of activities. Book spaces through the Base51 website.
The Change Makers Initiative in partnership with The Burns Price Foundation supports young people under the age of 19 from across the UK, with grants of £100 each to work on grass roots level ideas with art and science at the core of the social action project. Find out more on the website.
Ages 14 years+ first Thursday of each month 5pm-6.30pm. Free.
An exciting arts and activism programme organised by, and for, young people. Be part of a small and dedicated team and learn all aspects of event production. You will produce events and opportunities you want to see for young people in your city. All specialist skills and training are provided. To get involved or find out more please email.
Ages 12-17 Fridays, 5-7pm. Ages 8-11 Wednesdays, 5-7pm.
Join in with Football, Table Tennis, Basketball, Pool, Music and Board Games. Find out more on the CRS website.
From Tuesday 1 June. 10.30-12noon and 1pm-2.30pm £4 per child. Children must be accompanied by an adult.
Meet some of Wollaton’s magnificent trees, learn to identify them and take a closer look at their leaves, flowers, bark and seeds as well as the animal life that lives on and around them. Contact Wollaton Hall to find out more.
Fearless Youth Association is a Nottingham based organisation that aims to inform, empower, inspire and develop young people through workshops, projects and training programmes. They offer free online digital media training programmes for young people to learn or develop skills in a variety of areas:
The Next Gen Platform is an online hub for young people to access a range of workshops and seminars, covering various subjects such as mental health, business and social media marketing. Regular workshops include:
Nottingham Inspired - Mondays 6pm-7pm
Social Media Marketing - Tuesdays 6pm-7pm
CV and Cover Letter Writing - Wednesdays 5.30pm-6.30pm
DJ Classes – Every Thursday 5pm–6pm
Next Gen Monthly Focus Group
We're pleased to bring you the second edition of our free creative activities pack designed for Nottingham’s children and young people. It’s filled with over 40 engaging and fun activities created by 20 of Nottingham’s arts organisations. Read the online version here on issuu or download the pdf here - with all the embedded hyperlinks to videos, music and further activity sheets or download the PDF Print version (without embedded links).
Take part in creative online tutorials and workshops, just for fun or to learn a new skill. Make sure to share your creations on social media and use #challengenottm and we'll share them on our social media
The second edition of the ChalleNGe Nottingham Activities Pack is filled with over 40 engaging and fun activities created by 20 of Nottingham’s arts organisations.
Accompanying teachers notes are available to support curriculum planning.
The activities can be enjoyed in small groups, with family, friends or in the classroom or individually at home. We hope you find ideas that inspire you!