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Review of the Snow Dragon at Lakeside Arts theatre in Nottingham. 

We were so excited when we were invited to review the Snow Dragon at Lakeside Arts this Christmas. We love going to the theatre as a family and I studied theatre studies A level many years ago, so performing arts is something we all enjoy. 

Lakeside Arts has been a popular choice for us since the boys were little as it is easily accessible for us from the Nottingham City Tram which has stopped outside. The shows are always family friendly, reasonably priced and normally last around an hour without an interval. We have been taking the boys here since they were two years old! 

Located opposite the University of Nottingham and adjacent to Highfields Park which includes a play area, boating lake and mini golf as well as art galleries, museum and two cafe, there is loads for a family to do here and you can really make it a full day out! We arrived a little early to enjoy the outdoor area which  the boys really enjoyed especially the play area which has loads to do for all ages and an outdoor sand pit! 

Next we went to visit the art gallery which was really amazing as the latest exhibition was themed around the Snow Dragon. We  love art as a family so we had loads of fun here. The boys loved the Snow Dragon model. The art was created by a local Nottingham artist and children from a selection of local primary schools.After this we had a cake and a coffee in the cafe and we were then ready to watch the show! 

The show itself was amazing. The boys are 8 and 6 and they both were fully entertained. It is created by the company Tall Stories who have made many great children’s shows including The Gruffalo and The Snail and The Whale. The story is about a young goat called Billy and on New Years Eve, Billy is looking forward to the annual visit of the legendary Snow Dragon who will bring even more goodies. But Billy then bumps into some hungry wolves in the forest and has to escape time for New Years Eve! There were lots of memorable songs and the acting was top quality. Lakeside Arts also offer school performances and relaxed performances too. There was also loads of funny jokes and audience participation which the kids always love. 

The Snow Dragon is showing at Djanogly Theatre between Thursday 28 Nov – Sunday 08 Dec ( no performances on 25 & 26 December) Tickets are priced at £8.50. Suitable for ages 3 +

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Review was completed in December 2019. 

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This Post Has 18 Comments

  1. This looks great, and their smiles say it all! Looks like you had lots of fun.

  2. Aww this show sounds and looks amazing! I think my children would be captivated by it and luckily we don’t live too far from Nottingham 🙂

    1. Thats great you are close by – they often have great shows like this at Lakeside Arts

  3. A lovely place to visit and your blog shows all the interesting things to do there inside and outside where there is a lovely boating lake and walk .

  4. Ah that dragon on the ceiling is amazing. Sounds like you had an amazing time!! Christmas is really coming now 🙂

    1. Yes the art exhibition really helped to get the boys excited for the show!

  5. Sounds like a fantastic show for kids! Love that dragon, looks like an awesome venue.

  6. I think it is great for kids to go and see a live show. Especially around Christmas, it makes it all a real treat for them.

  7. Awww sounds like time well spent indeed, we have to check Lakeside Arts one of these fine days.

  8. The show sounds amazing and it’s really reasonably priced too!

  9. Oh wow, love that huge dragon. Sounds like a great show

  10. Oh wow this sounds like a great show and perfect to take the kids over the Christmas holidays

    Laura x

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