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How to find family arts festival events this half term


Family Arts Festival is a UK wide event, lots of venues across the UK will up their family offering over half term, just check out the website to find amazing family arts activities in your area.

The Family Arts Festival is looking amazing in Nottingham this half term. We got a sneak preview when we were asked to appear in a promotional film. In the film we visit eight of the venues in Nottingham participating in Family Arts Festival from 17 October – 2 November 2014. Each venue gave us a sample of what we might expect from Family Arts Festival Nottingham – it really was fantastic. The video was funded by the Arts Council, devised by the venues and produced by Toadstool Media.

I was amazed by how much there is to do for families in Nottingham. Here’s a little sample of our adventures, we filmed over two days, but you have a whole week to make the most of the Family Arts Festival Nottingham events.

First stop was the Theatre Royal and Concert Hall which will have all sorts of foyer fun and great shows over half term.


Then to Nottingham Contemporary to try out the genius art explorer rucksacks, meet the zebra and make some creations linked to the exhibition as a family. Join their family facebook group here.


Next stop the City Library, who will be offering crafts from days gone by and story times…


Then Nottingham Castle, where we found loads of really kid friendly interactive exhibits we had no idea existed, perfect for a rainy day! Check out the video we made there about 3 years ago in the caves!


The to Green’s Windmill where children can learn to bake bread and explore the really hands on Science Centre


Followed by some weaving linked to the amazing hair themed exhibition at New Art Exchange. My kids were really interested in the stunning photographs of hair, head pieces and hairdressers in Nottingham.


At Lakeside Arts Centre we had fun with the kaleidoscopes in the Art Investigator packs, played with Roman tiles in the museum and explored the woods with the Ranger.


We were really lucky to drive up to the doors of Wollaton Hall, Batman like, Wollaton Hall was used as Bruce Wayne’s mansion in The Dark Night Rises. We tried the superhero trail and toured the  house and kitchens and met the amazing collection of stuffed animals.


Unfortunately we couldn’t film at the final stop Nottingham Playhouse, due to exciting renovations, but here’s a backstage tour we did there not so long ago! Do see what they have during family arts festival.

To check out UK wide events near to you visit Family Arts Festival Do check out all the amazing venues we visited as all have superb offerings for families as part of the Family Arts Festival Nottingham this half term. Let any Nottingham friends you have know, whether you live here or not!



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