Wildlife Reserve in Nottingham

Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust is the county’s leading conservation charity run by local people for the benefit of local wildlife, with nature reserves across the county – part of a UK network of 46 local Wildlife Trusts working to protect wildlife.

Why should I visit Nottinghamshire Wildlife?

They offer a range of activities for each Key Stage and tailored to curriculum themes, and the programmes are open all year round.
Below are some activities to expect:

Christmas Wreath Making Workshop

Come to Attenborough and create a lovely holiday wreath out of natural resources. Enjoy mince pies and warming beverages as well!

There will be plenty of assistance as you use locally obtained willow, foliage, pinecones, and other materials to make a one-of-a-kind wreath in the calm setting of the Attenborough Nature Reserve.

 

Our all-new wreath-making experience will teach you how to construct a luxurious festive wreath made of natural materials and embellishments.

 

All proceeds benefit the Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust’s mission to conserve and advocate for wildlife across the county.

 

 

Idle Valley Beaver Enclosure Tour

At around 60 hectares, our beaver enclosure is the largest in the UK with space for not just a couple of beavers but up to 18 – that’s 3 families of 6 in three separate territories!

Join us for an exclusive 2 hour guided tour inside the enclosure. Venturing through the beaver’s tangled wetland world, you’ll see clear signs of their activity such as tree felling, damming, lodge building, debarking and digging. You’ll also spot some of the other wildlife benefiting from their efforts.

Darwin and His Finches with David Parkin

Charles Darwin’s views influenced how we think about natural history today. David travelled to the Galapagos Islands to learn how watching finches aided Darwin in developing his Theory of Evolution. David will enlighten this idea with his expertise and firsthand experience of those islands.

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What's on in Nottinghamshire

Assemble + Schools of Tomorrow: The Place We Imagine

13 - 26 August, 2022
In 1968, the legendary Italian-Brazilian architect Lina Bo Bardi drew a fantastical playground. This colourful drawing imagines a series of vast structures in front of Museum of Art, São Paulo (MASP), which she had recently designed. They loom over the museum – as though imagined by children, rather than an architect. This was important for Bo Bardi, who wrote: “the young will be the protagonists in the life of the museum through design, music and theatre”. This utopian play-space was, however, never built. Today, the unrealised design prompts the question: how might we reimagine galleries, play and education? More than three years in the making, in summer 2022 Nottingham Contemporary will collaborate with the design collective Assemble to bring Bo Bardi’s vision to life. Inspired by the architect’s now-famous drawing, this ambitious project will realise a series of large-scale play sculptures, one of which was developed in dialogue with children from three local schools. At each school Assemble worked closely with a resident artist and children over time to explore themes around play. Children’s actions, ideas and responses were at the heart of this conversation; Assemble have created a design for and by the city’s children. So, let’s go and play.

Meriem Bennani: Life on the CAPS

13 - 26 August, 2022
Nottingham Contemporary presents Life on the CAPS, the New York-based Moroccan artist Meriem Bennani’s largest solo exhibition in the UK. Bennani’s acclaimed eight-channel video installation Party on the CAPS (2018–19) will be shown for the first time in the UK, alongside its newly commissioned sequel, Bennani’s most ambitious film to date. Bennani’s films follow the inhabitants of a fictional island in the middle of the Atlantic. Over three generations, what started as an internment camp on the island of the CAPS has developed into a bustling, geographically-isolated megalopolis where refugees and immigrants – who ‘illegally’ teleport across oceans and borders – are held by the state. The sequel – a collaboration with musician and producer Fatima Al Qadiri – continues Bennani’s exploration of displacement and biotechnology. Themes of privacy, protest and public gathering emerge through playful animation, with Bennani offering joy and humor as forms of resistance.

Laura Eldret, Reach, 2022

13 - 26 August, 2022
Reach is a living installation of gold leaf pasted directly on the gallery wall. The work is enacted by young people, where they use thin sheets of gold to create an index of their furthest reach. The installation, like children themselves, is always growing, as more and more imprints are added. Gold becomes a symbol of the everyday magic of the imagination and the alchemy of creativity. As an abstract, decorative form, the work is open to many interpretations. Visitors are invited to leave their own fingerprints in gold as part of the installation. Leaving your own individual mark on the gallery walls, creating a moment of togetherness where you share the invitation with others.

Street Art Festival 2022

13 - 13 August, 2022
Street Art Festival 2021 23rd July – 13th August Launch Party: Friday 22nd July, 6pm – 10pm This Summer at Surface sees the return of the most anarchic, the most spectacular show in town: the Nottingham Street Art Festival. This hugely popular exhibition supports and promotes Nottingham’s vibrant alternative art scene by showcasing some of today’s best local talent. The exhibition will again occupy our three-story building, and feature a salon-style hang with artwork packed from floor to ceiling. The central exhibition spills out onto the alley walls at the back of the gallery where you’ll discover work by some of Nottingham’s finest. The Street Art Festival launches with a DJ set from the enigmatic Osbourne Identity, and an old school new school set of jazz funk, hip-hop, soul and all stops in between. You’ll also be able to sample some authentic Caribbean street food from the awesome Dumplin Shack. As always, there will be a donations bar with a range of ales from local brewery, Pheasantry. Prizes will be awarded on the night by our panel of judges: Marcus Method, internationally acclaimed street artist, Chris Lawton, Skate Nottingham and Skateboard UK, and Finsbury Park Deltics, 2022 Street Art Festival prizewinner. The prizes will be announced by MC PJ Pete, probably the biggest voice in town. This is a great opportunity to pick up some terrific art at affordable prices. Free Entry: Everyone Welcome Launch Party: Friday,22nd July, 18:00–22:00 Tuesday to Friday: 12:00–18:00 Saturday: 11:00–17:00 16 Southwell Road, Nottingham, NG1 1DL Website: www.surfacegallery.org Email: [email protected] Facebook: www.facebook.com/surfacegallery Twitter: @surfacegallery Instagram: @surfacegallery

Summer Family Activities: Play Stations

13 - 25 August, 2022
Join in to take over the space, it’s yours! Our immersive space, created with Southwold Primary School pupils, forms the perfect backdrop for this summer’s creative activities.Explore and share how play connects us, take over the space with gentle gestures of protest. What happens next, you decide. There will be lots of materials to use for making, space to play and time to rest. The workshops are drop-in; however, we invite you to book a space for your session as spaces are limited.

Eye to Eye: Selected Works from the Lambirth Collection

12 - 25 August, 2022
After graduating from the University of Nottingham in 1980, Andrew Lambirth went on to make a successful career as a writer, critic and curator, specialising in modern British art. He has published monographs on leading artists and for twelve years wrote a weekly column for The Spectator. Having purchased his first work of art whilst still a student, he has gone on - latterly with his wife Sarah - to amass a collection of over 2,000 paintings, drawing and prints. Discriminating and knowledgeable collectors, the Lambirths have formed close personal relationships with many of the artists whose works now adorn the walls of their home. This exhibition provides the opportunity to see over a hundred works selected from this impressive private collection.

Martine Hamilton Knight: Pevsner on Camera

12 - 25 August, 2022
The architectural historian Sir Nikolaus Pevsner (1902-83) came to England from Germany in 1933. After the war he created the seminal Buildings of England series of county guides to England's architecture. The Nottinghamshire guide has now been completely revised and updated by historian Clare Hartwell. Nottingham-based architectural photographer, Martine Hamilton Knight, was commissioned by Yale University Press to work with Hartwell on the new book published in 2020. This exhibition presents a selection of her photographs and reveals the considerable challenges of documenting both historical and contemporary buildings for the guide.

Summer Family Activities: Play Stations

16 - 25 August, 2022
Join in to take over the space, it’s yours! Our immersive space, created with Southwold Primary School pupils, forms the perfect backdrop for this summer’s creative activities. Explore and share how play connects us, take over the space with gentle gestures of protest. What happens next, you decide. There will be lots of materials to use for making, space to play and time to rest. The workshops are drop-in; however, we invite you to book a space for your session as spaces are limited.

DC League of Super-Pets

12 - 18 August, 2022
When Superman and the rest of the Justice League are kidnapped, Krypto the Super-Dog (voiced by Dwayne Johnson) must convince a rag-tag shelter pack - Ace the hound, PB the potbellied pig, Merton the turtle and Chip the squirrel - to master their own newfound powers and help him rescue the superheroes.

Minions: The Rise of Gru

12 - 18 August, 2022
Sequel to the Despicable Me spin-off.

Bullet Train

12 - 18 August, 2022
Five assassins aboard a fast moving bullet train find out their missions have something in common. 

Elvis

12 - 18 August, 2022
A look at the life of the legendary rock and roll star, Elvis Presley.

The Bad Guys

12 - 18 August, 2022
Several reformed yet misunderstood criminal animals attempt to become good, with some disastrous results along the way. 

Thor: Love and Thunder

12 - 18 August, 2022
Bring Your Own Baby - special screenings for parents and carers, so they can enjoy a trip to the cinema without having to find a babysitter!

The Railway Children Return

12 - 18 August, 2022
Follow a group of children who are evacuated to a Yorkshire village during the Second World War, where they encounter a young soldier who, like them, is far away from home. Jenny Agutter returns as Bobbie in this sequel to the much-loved The Railway Children.

Curious About Nottingham

12 - 25 August, 2022
Have fun discovering Nottingham with two self-guided, quirky, heritage walks with an optional treasure hunt. Buy in booklet or instant download format & get curious! Are you curious about Nottingham? Looking for an unusual and quirky activity which gets you out in the fresh air whatever the weather? Take one of our self-guided walks with a treasure hunt theme – looping around the better-known sights, as well as some of the more unusual and quirky ones, which combined make Nottingham a fascinating place to explore! You’ll get everything – detailed directions, maps, clues (with answers in the back!), and interesting snippets about the history of Wells and the people that have shaped it. Buy in booklet or instant download format (to use on your mobile device or to print at home) from https://www.curiousabout.co.uk/nottingham.html and explore in your own time. One booklet is enough for four people of all ages to enjoy. Enter code Fantastic20 at checkout for a 20% discount, when you spend over £12 on any purchases from Curious About.

Luminarium: Dodecalis

12 - 14 August, 2022
Dodecalis cleverly draws visitors through its labyrinthine shapes and three domes where they’ll enjoy stunning, neon-like, vibrant colours. Architects of Air's luminaria are always sensory, always magical, and truly make for a truly memorable experience.

Luck

12 - 18 August, 2022
Hi-octane Bollywood thriller with a cast of international characters led by a part-Mexican bandit, part-mafia gangster (Dutt).

Raksha Bandhan

12 - 18 August, 2022
The eldest sibling of the family must carry out his mother's dying wish.

Laal Singh Chadda

12 - 18 August, 2022
Hindi remake of Forrest Gump.