13 reasons why Nottingham loves the arts!

1.       Local theatre: Nottingham has so much theatre on offer, with two theatres on our campus alone! Nottingham New Theatre, our very own student run theatre putting on a new show every week from Wednesday – Saturday, and the lakeside theatre, a professional yet affordable theatre with a beautiful lakeside view and cafe. Other theatres in town include the Lace Market Theatre, the Playhouse, and Theatre Royal


   2.  Spoken Word @ Nottingham Playhouse: First Sunday of every month, 5pm – 8pm, an evening of vibrant, eccentric spoken word artists. Relax and enjoy the performances or see if you can brave the spotlights by entering a competition to perform! For more information go to


3.   Lord Byron: The dashing rough of Romance, Byron become the sixth Baron Byron of Rochdale, heir to Newstead Abbey, and commander of the family seat in Nottingham in 1798. Allegedly, Byron’s first poem (at the age of ten) was about Nottingham.


4.   ‘The Letter Page’ (launching 2nd October): A new literary journal – built up from handwritten letters. Published three times a year, the first issue is out soon. Edited by Jon McGregor (written in residence at the University of Nottingham)


5.    Art Exhibition: At the Nottingham Contemporary where you might find modern pieces conveying political statement with vibrant, colourful objects. The Lakeside Arts Centre also displays modern and interring pieces, with a focus on paintings rather than giant sculptures.



6.   Open Air Theatre at Nottingham: In the summer months, Wollaton Park Hall and the Nottingham Castle host a range of open air production –  enjoy plays from ‘Sense and Sensibility’ to ‘12th Night’ outside these beautiful, historical buildings.


7.     Unique and experimental Theatre Companies: Nottingham houses several inventive young theatre companies – like The Gramophones, Fine Frenzy and 2Magpies – who produce new, exciting theatre. 2Magpies, who’s artistic directors have grown from the Nottingham New Theatre, are dedicated to creating ‘new and exciting devised live performance in unique site-responsive locations in Nottingham and beyond’; their last production was set in a restaurant – where the audience enjoyed a three course meal and a two-actor show played over at the next table!


8.  Pottery Painting: Feel like painting your very own personalised mug? Only a short walk from Broadgate Park you can find ‘Pot N Kettle’ a ceramic café ready for you to paint away. Remember there’s a 10% student discount on Sundays!


9.   Arts loving Societies in the Uni: The University of Nottingham has a strong Arts community. You can perform, watch, direct or tec at the Nottingham New Theatre or Musicality society; write a script for a URN Drama show; attend classes in life drawing or break-dancing; or join the Book Club for a weekly chat about your favourite literary figures.


10.    Bromley Library: Hidden behind an old wooden door in the centre of town lies the quiet beauty of Bromley Library, founded in 1816. With floor to ceiling books, an array of armchairs, an endless supply of coffee, and a walled garden this library is a haven for readers wanting a moments retreat from the bustle of the city. What’s more, the downstairs foyer also hosts contemporary local art and photography exhibitions.


11.     DH Lawrence:  As the birth place and home of 19th century writer DH Lawrence , Nottingham is now home to the  D.H. Lawrence Heritage centre, winner of the Best Visitor Attraction in the Nottingham Stars Awards 2012. There is also a Research Centre open to interested students, enabling access to extensive resources within The University of Nottingham’s Manuscripts and Special Collections.


12.    The Glee Club: A quirky venue that is host to a variety of live comedy and music events, complete with its own retro café and bar. Why not try Nottingham’s Premier Comedy Club, where every Friday and Saturday the best live comics from the top of the circuit are handpicked for your entertainment.


13.    Impact Arts: Us! We review all the fabulous theatre, comedy and art exhibitions in Nottingham; comment on issues in the Arts; and promote creativity among our contributors! Why not send us an email and tell us what you’d like to be involved in, or like our facebook page:


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