Family Theatre In Nottingham

I hate to say it but I think summer is almost done.  The days are getting shorter and the weather is getting wetter and colder by the minute.   The reality for us parents though is that the kids still need entertaining and getting out of the house, before everyone goes up the wall.  As we go rushing into autumn at full pelt I’ve started to think about what we’d like to see at the theatre over the next few months to fill the gap of outdoor play.

It’s nice to have some activities to look forward to with the family, and last September we started visiting the Djanogly Theatre at Nottingham’s Lakeside near the University of Nottingham on a regular basis.  We saw some amazing productions like Emily Brown And The Thing and Whatever The Weather and it didn’t cost us an arm and a leg either!


This autumn-winter Lakeside Arts have got another great line up of children’s and family theatre and here’s what will be heading to see over the coming months.

Grass Sunday 27 September

Children get to meet all their favourite beasties and explore what’s living in the grass all around them in this fun production from Second Hand Dance Productions in association with Unicorn Theatre.

Using lights, performance and puppets they will inspire all families to get mucky  and enjoy the world around them.  Suitable for children aged 4 and upwards.

Take a sneak peak here:

HubBub – A Musical Adventure Saturday 17 October


We’ll be heading to Lakeside to join this new magical musical journey as 5 friends follow the trail of the mysterious blue beetle in the quest for a lost voice. With original live music performed by musicians from the celebrated Aurora Orchestra, this enchanting new show is set to be a big hit.

We’re Going On A Bear Hunt Saturday 24 October – Sunday 25 October

Little Angel Theatre bring Michael Rosen’s thrilling family adventure to life with puppets and a charming performance involving lots of squidgy mug, dark forests and mysterious caves.

What are they going to find?  I know my daughter is going to be captivated by this show already! I have a sneaky suspicion this is going to be my favourite performance too.

Bleu! Sunday 1 November

We’ll be fresh back from our holiday in Spain and in need of a much needed lift from our holiday blues and this looks like just the thing to do it.  Based on a story from Mediterranean Mythology, TPO will take us on a magical journey of music, light and dance.

We will find out what happens when a sea nymph drops a pearl into the sea, and a sailor is charged with finding it.  I can’t wait to see how his adventure unfolds.

Neverland Friday 04 December – Thursday 31 December

And last but by no means least we are off to see Neverland in December.  This Christmas performance, made by a local production team is set to be truly enchanting.



We will be looking forward to meeting our favourite characters from J.M.Barries classic novel in this new adaptation in the intimate setting of Djangolgy Theatre.  Going to Nottingham Lakeside for the theatre is set to become a family Christmas tradition in our house!

To find out what else is showing this theatre season, visit Nottingham Lakeside Arts Children’s and Families page.


Zena Goldman is a UK based travel, family & lifestyle blogger who left her 9-5 job behind in the not-for-profit sector to follow her creative dreams and enjoy a more flexible family life. She began writing Zena’s Suitcase in 2011 and shares the holidays and adventures she goes on with (and without) her 2 young daughters. She wishes her son would join them more often but he’s carving out his own dreams now and enjoying university life.

Since beginning Zena’s Suitcase she has worked with a number of brands and also has a regular monthly feature in the ASDA Good Living Magazine feature, ‘Ask The Expert’ where she shares helpful parenting tips. In 2018 she was also a finalist in the prestigious BIBs Awards for Social Media.

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  1. August 21, 2015 / 12:29 pm

    Oh these look so fab! We don’t have that much in the way of children’s theatre near us, but I am going to try and find some ) Kaz x
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  2. August 21, 2015 / 7:05 pm

    Wow this looks great, I can’t wait until Boo is a little older and we can take her to see this type of thing – I was tempted by ITNG this year but I worried she wouldn’t sit still long enough! hehe
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