On this page you'll find activities and workshops from our arts, culture and heritage partners in these categories:
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Check out the FREE Fun and Food Sessions taking place across Nottingham over the Summer Holidays. The sessions are packed full of great sporting and creative activities, a great way to keep children entertained over the summer.
Go to the website to find a session near you!
Ages 7-11, Monday to Thursday throughout summer holidays, 10am-2pm, FREE for children in receipt of free school meals. Sessions in Bulwell, Bestwood, Hyson Green, Radford, Forest Fields, Sherwood, Wollaton
A street dance, hip-hop, singing and song writing club. Learn dance routines, how to construct a song or rap, and learn methods to help with physical and mental wellbeing as well as understanding how social media impacts on our wellbeing. To find out more or book email or call 07771606400
Ages 12-16. 2-6 August, 10am-3pm.
The Next Gen Movement Summer camp in conjunction with Nottingham Playhouse is for young people aged 12 - 16, helping them explore their creative talents.
With a mix of music, DJ sessions, poetry, film and video editing and dance with Nottingham born practitioners who are experts within their fields, young people will get a first class experience in new and varied contemporary skills.
Find out more on the Nottingham Playhouse website.
All ages. National Justice Museum. 6 and 13 August, 10am-12pm. Free.
Build a brilliant Lego environment and protest placard for a Lego mini figure.
Craft a message about something you care about and we’ll send this positivity out into the world! You’ll receive a sanitized tray of Lego and each mini protester will be photographed for the Young People and Protest project.
Find out more on the NJM website.
All Ages. National Justice Museum. Every Friday 10am-12:30pm. Free.
Sessions led by artists, makers and writers, all influenced by the unique National Justice Museum.
Find out more on the NJM website.
Ages 7-10 Friday 30 July, 10am to 3.30, Free.
Ages 9-12 Friday 27 August. 10am to 3.30, Free.
Choose just one of these holiday art workshops to enjoy a range of hands-on art activities inspired by contemporary artists. You will have the chance to achieve your Discover Arts Award certificate - the perfect first step for anyone who is passionate about painting, drawing, moulding and constructing.
Booking by email is essential.. Please wear suitable clothes for messy activities, and bring a packed lunch.
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 5-15. Monday 23– Friday 27 August 202, 9.30am-3.30pm, £95.00 full week. With Wraparound Care: 8.30am- 5.30pm £145.00 Full week
A week of dramatic adventures as Nonsuch Young Company‘s Play in a Week returns to stage two incredible pieces of theatre in just one week. Juniors for 5-11 year olds and Seniors for 12-15 year olds, will each produce their own play, working with Nonsuch Studios’ team of highly qualified and experienced theatre professionals and practitioners.
At the end of the week, families and friends can come and see the finished pieces in a spectacular showcase on the Nonsuch Studios stage. For more information please visit the Nonsuch website
Ages 6-11. 10-12 August, 9.15am – 3.45pm. Price for 3 full days £45, concession £6 for 3 full days (for those attending primary schools in Sneinton and St Anns).
Join us for a three-day summer school delivered by Next Door Dance in partnership with Dance4. An energetic and fun experience for children interested in dance, no experience needed. It’s an opportunity to work alongside dance artists to create a performance, which will be filmed on the final day to later share with friends and family. With the opportunity to achieve the Arts Award Discover and gain a certificate at the end. Find out more on the Dance4 website or by or email.
Suitable for all ages. 31 July, 7 August, 14 August, 21 August, 28 August, 5.30-6.30pm. £9.95 per person
Can you help catch the escaped prisoner? Journey back to Victorian Nottingham and solve the case of the escaped prisoner! This family-friendly activity takes place in the Victorian streets of the Narrowmarsh museum experience. You become one of the different families living in the slum and help the head detective search for an escaped convict before he commits another crime! You and your family will investigate the different areas of Narrowmarsh, searching for clues and solving puzzles. Once you’ve finished gathering your evidence, you will be escorted to the Civil Courtroom to go through your findings and solve the case! Find out more on the NJM website.
Ages 11-15 Tuesday 10 August, 11am to 12.45pm, at iC4C
Dance4's Centre for Advanced Training is offering a FREE workshop for young people aged 11 to 15. Explore contemporary techniques and engage in creative tasks whatever your previous experience of dance. Find out more.
From 10 July in your local library or online.
This year’s Summer Reading Challenge is Wild World Heroes. Children are challenged to read six books before September, collecting stickers along the way. If they finish, they get a medal and certificate. There will be story-based crafts available in libraries every day of the summer holidays, these can be done in the library or the packs can be taken home. Find out more on the website or by email.
Hockley Hustle and Young Hustlers music and arts festival hope to return on October 24th to once again cover the Hockley area of town with music and arts activities for all of the family, whilst raising money for local charities. The festival is a vibrant and colourful event and The Hustle are asking for crafty contributions from young people across the city to decorate the streets. If you'd like to get involved as an individual or group with decorating the festival, please email for further information.
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.
This project is dedicated to roses in all their aspects, shapes and colours. The organisers are seeking entries of images of roses and gardens. They can be photographs, drawings, paintings, textile art, crafts, whatever form you wish to use, along with a description of what roses mean to you. Entries for the competition are encouraged by all ages, individuals or groups. There will be an exciting final Autumn event in Beeston, with selected images and stories forming a major online exhibition, book, film and projected light shows. Visit the website for more information and to upload your entries. Closing date 30th September 2021.
Help Year 6 pupils feel prepared for Year 7 with fun SMART activities. The activities have been created by the Nottingham Emmanuel School and are based on the book SMART by Kim Slater, a fantastic book set in Nottingham, that pupils from at least six City schools will be reading together in their Year 7 tutor groups. Don't read the book yet, just download the tasks and follow the activities (with help from Kim Slater herself!) to help you get to know the book.
If you’re the parent of a secondary school student, The Mighty Creatives want to hear from you and your children. Working with a European group of partners in Bulgaria, Spain and Italy, TMC wants to understand the impact of the pandemic on the mental health and wellbeing of young people aged 14-19. This crucial research project is funded by Erasmus+. All of the online surveys are anonymous, so you won’t need to provide any information that will personally identify you. Find out more about the research here. Parents and carers Take the parent survey Children and young people take the student survey
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 8-12: Tuesdays 4.15pm-6.15pm Ages 12-18: Wednesdays 5pm-7pm. Free. Live via Zoom
YARD from the New Arts Exchange is a creative and supportive hub for young people to come together, develop their performance skills, devise their own work, and explore new approaches with a diverse range of professional artists.
Saturdays from 11 September 2021
Little Lit Theatre: Ages 5-7 10-11am Lit Junior Theatre: 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), which can be split into instalments. To find out more please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Lakeside Youth Theatre groups focus on having fun and developing new skills through drama and creative play:
Find out more on the Lakeside website.
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.
Wednesdays, 5.00-7.00pm until 31 March, online. 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.
To book your place please email email@example.com
Tuesdays 4.00-6.00pm until 30 March, online. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
Ages 13-16. Nottingham Trent University. Saturday mornings. Free creative writing workshops .
The perfect space to experiment with words and express yourself using popular culture, films, TV, food, music and art for inspiration. Learn how to write blogs, vlogs, podcasts, reviews, stories, poetry and much more! Explore themes such as race, class, gender, home, belonging, history, the future and global issues. You’ll get to develop creative writing and communication skills, make new friends, and showcase work in exhibitions hosted by the National Saturday Club and London Design Biennale! Find out more on NTU’s website, or email CenSCE@ntu.ac.uk
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.
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.
First Thursday of the month from February 5.00pm-6.30pm. Free. Live via Zoom. Ages 14 and over.
New art Exchange's YOUnique is an exciting arts and activism festival organised by, and for, young people. YOUnique Producers are a small and dedicated team where young people who learn all aspects of festival production by creating the annual YOUnique Festival. To find out more contact: email@example.com
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!
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