Summer Family Activities: Cattywampus!

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Image: Ismail Khokon
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Join in with our fun sensory soundscapes to make and play. Explore analogue and digital techniques to find the beat and create the rhythm.

Bring all your bruhaha, hullabaloo, and rumpus to add to the mix.

A happenstance of collaboration where our families take over the space.

The workshops are drop-in; however we invite you to book a space for your session as spaces are limited.

Our sessions take place on Tue, Wed & Thu, at the following times:

10am - 12 noon

1pm – 3pm

Book one ticket per person, including adults and children.

If you are unable to make it on the day, please cancel your tickets so that others may attend.

If you would like more information, or would like support in completing your booking, please call us on 0115 948 9750.

Free. Limited Capacity. Booking is required.

Your Visit

To prepare for your visit, see our Access and Facilities, and information on Getting Here.

  • Our activities are held in our large ground floor area, called The Space.
  • Find out about our Play and Learn facilitators before you arrive, Getting to know us: The Play & Learn Team
  • We create a sensory and immersive environment.
  • There is a designated sensory area in these workshops.
  • Adult and child noise reducing headphones are available on request.
  • We have a Changing Places facility.
  • We are a Breastfeeding Welcome venue.
  • All our Play & Learn Facilitators hold a current DBS certificate.
  • All our Play & Learn Facilitators have regular safeguarding training.
  • We have staff on duty who are First Aid at Work, and Paediatric First Aid, trained.
  • We are a member of the Family Arts Campaign and part of the local Nottingham Network Group with our cultural friends.
  • Find out about our current exhibitions click here


Entry to our exhibitions and family activities is free.

Our Gallery Assistants are on hand to support a happy and safe environment. Please help by listening to their guidance and let them know if you need any assistance or guidance during your visit.

We ask for you not to take food and drink inside the exhibitions, however you are more than welcome to have your snacks and drinks in The Space when attending our Family Activities

Safe play

Please take care of your children while enjoying the activities, encouraging safe and positive play.


If you took part in one of our sessions and have the time to complete a survey telling us about your experience, please click here. Leaving feedback helps us to improve and to secure future funding for more free family activities.

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