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Welcome to Captivate's first Menu of arts and cultural opportunities for Nottinghamshire Schools

In this booklet, which will be revised and added to every few months, you’ll find highlights of our upcoming events, training and creative opportunities available to you from Arts and Cultural organisations from across Nottinghamshire. Make sure you’re signed up to recieve our regular menu updates. You can sign up here.

All listings will tell you the key stage they are appropriate for, as well as contact details for the event organiser and whether they are Artsmark or Arts Award funded.

About Captivate: We are the creative home for children and young people, schools, teachers and cultural enablers across Nottinghamshire to access high- quality arts and cultural experiences.

We are a programme of partner-led activities connecting arts and creative opportunities through ideas, people and places across Nottinghamshire with a current focus on the areas of Ashfield and Mansfield.

Schools Menu Booklet

If you require a hard version of the School's Menu please contact us here

Captivate School's Membership

Join Captivate's Membership 

Captivate’s membership is a free offer open to Schools, Special Educational Needs and Inclusion settings. Membership gives you access to the full range of arts and cultural opportunities across Nottinghamshire. 

Join Here 

Benefits of being a member include:

• Engage in CPD training opportunities 

• Receive Captivate’s Menu of Opportunities, a free resource highlighting events, training and opportunities 

• Support for schools to deliver Arts Award and Artsmark

• Take part in the Creative Schools Network 

• Engage in young people’s cultural enterprise projects 

• Be part of the creation and delivery of cultural programmes

• Receive special offers and opportunities from our arts and cultural members

As a school you will need to: 

o             Provide a dedicated person who can act as an arts and cultural ambassador

o             Take part in Captivate and cultural partner opportunities

Captivate is led by a partnership of schools, cultural and arts organisations working together to provide high quality cultural education opportunities, with a primary focus on Ashfield and Mansfield). 


The Girl of Ink and Stars - Learning Programme

The Spark Arts for Children in association with Inspire: Culture, Learning and Libraries present:

The Girl of Ink and Stars
 A play by Satinder Chohan, based on the book by Kiran Millwood Hargrave.

The Girl of Ink and Stars book has been adapted into a gripping audio drama with the opportunity for listeners to be transported to the mythical island of Joya and be immersed in Isabella and Pablo’s world, joining them on their treacherous journey... all this can be experienced without leaving their seats!

Enriched learning opportunities include:

  • scaffolded learning plans that promote children to produce their own detailed adventures - supporting writing to a greater depth
  • digital sound effects and recordings designed by the composer
  • live Q&A sessions with actors and writers via video link

For children aged 7+
Key Themes: Friendship, resilience, courage, problem-solving

For free resources go to 

For enhanced learning offer contact


Design a bunting flag for this year's Big Draw

Inspire: Culture, Learning and Libraries are looking for oak tree-inspired designs to add to our exhibition! Your design can include oak leaves, acorns, or a whole tree. We’re looking for bold, simple outline designs...think of stained-glass windows.

Click here for more information 

We'll select some of your designs to be painted onto silk and become part of the Miner2Major festival bunting and The Big Draw Exhibition.
Its really simple to take part, click on the button below and follow the instructions on how to send us your design by 1 November 2020. 

Inspire Youth Arts

Free online dance and music classes for young people across Nottinghamshire

Inspire Youth Arts deliver a range of music, dance and digital projects and showcasing events. During the ongoing pandemic, we've not been able to do all the events we usually would but we have been able to move many of our regular groups and sessions to online delivery, with a few now offering in-person COVID -safe sessions too. 

To access  all the dance and music sessions we currently have on offer and for more information or to register your interest for one of the sessions please click here

We have a Frequently Asked Questions section at the bottom that should answer any queries you have, however please do get in touch if there's anything else we can help with. The team can be contacted on 

The Mighty Creatives


The Nottingham Festival of Science and Curiosity

The next festival will be taking place 10 - 17 February 2021. Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the festival will look slightly different; we will be using digital technologies where necessary and adapting to changes in restrictions as they come. Our schools projects have been designed so they can be adapted digitally, and we have consulted with teachers to develop an offer that provides support that's not disruptive and can be adapted to suit the changing needs of teachers and pupils. Our schools projects are open and free to all schools in Nottingham and Nottinghamshire as well as home educated children. 

FOSAC Schools project

All of the schools participating in projects with the Festival of Science and Curiosity will be invited to showcase their work at the Real Science in Schools Symposium. This event is an opportunity for pupils to come together to share their investigations, learn from their peers and meet inspiring local scientists. In 2021, there will be two Symposia: one at the Nottingham Council House on Thursday 11th February and one at Mansfield Central Library on Friday 12th February. If necessary, these will be conducted virtually. 

If you’re interested in any of our other projects, or would like to develop something new with us, then please get in touch: 
Find our more about the Festival at 

Get This!
Get This!

Get This! is a new project led by Mansfield Palace Theatre, working with the Captivate partners to create an arts and cultural provision for looked after children aged 8-19 years across Mansfield and Ashfield. We are delighted to have been funded through The Mighty Creatives sector support commissions, to develop this new area of work for the partnership. As part of the commission, we will create new arts activities for looked after children, and work with Derby Theatre and Nottingham University to offer research, training and skills for artists. 

If you have a child that may benefit from this opportunity, please do get in touch.  


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