We love the quirky theatre at Lakeside Arts, especially at Christmas. It is such a refreshing change from the tradition of panto and Christmas silliness (which is good in its own way!). 

The venue is on the University of Nottingham campus and, on a crisp December afternoon, it was perfect for a walk around the lake. The boys were Pokemon hunting along with, it seemed, everyone else we passed. Clearly a Pokemon hotspot! 

The trees at the side of the lake were stunning! 

This year’s touring Christmas play, Beasty Baby, is about a family who live in the woods.

They set the cosy scene with their wooden scarves and furry boots as they prepare for the arrival of their first baby- all fussy and excited.

Beasty arrives and the tale unfolds with lots of fun music and, mostly, miming drama of the fun and frolics that many new parents will recognise. 

In all truth Beasty is actually an angel of a baby. Ok a bit of waking in the night but I was shocked the parents awoke before him. That never happens with mine!

He turns into an amusing toddler who knows his own mind and keeps his parents on their toes! The children thought it was hilarious!

The show is aimed at younger children, aged 3-6 years and their families but, even slightly older, we all enjoyed it. It runs for just an hour with no interval and has you feeling really relaxed and ready for the festive excitement with new vigour. 

Tickets are priced at £9.50 and the show runs until 31 December. 

We would recommend it if you are looking for something fun to do that is a change from the usual.
Thanks again Lakeside!

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