Pint of Science festival, Nottingham City Centre, 23 to 25 May

Date: Monday 23 to Wednesday 25 May 2016.

Time: Evening. Exact start time varies by venue; typically around 7pm.

Venue: Four different venues in Nottingham City Centre each host on each of the three evenings – 12 different events in all, each with several speakers.

Age range: All ages. One of the four venues specifies that under-18s must be accompanied by an adult; the other three simply say “All ages welcome”.

Price: £4 per evening event, typically 3 different speakers explaining something about their research area.

Booking: via individual web pages on Pint Of Science web site.

Availability: At time of writing, most events still have places, though a few have sold out.

Our events fall into the following topics:

  • Beautiful Mind – neuroscience, psychology and psychiatry
  • Atoms to Galaxies – physics, chemistry, maths, astronomy
  • Our Body – medicine, human biology, health
  • Planet Earth – geosciences, plant sciences, zoology
  • Tech Me Out – biotechnology, robotics, computers
  • Our Society – law, history, politics, policy, languages


The Pint of Science festival aims to deliver interesting and relevant talks on the latest science research in an accessible format to the public – all in the pub! We want to provide a platform which allows people to discuss research with the people who carry it out – no prior knowledge of the subject is required. It is run mainly by volunteers and was established by a community of postgraduate and postdoctoral researchers in 2012. The main festival takes place annually over three days in the month of May simultaneously in pubs across the world.

This is the first year that it’s come to Nottingham.

The Nottingham page at Pint Of Science has a map showing approx locations of each venue.

Home Rangers home ed drama group at Nonsuch Theatre, city centre, Fridays

Date: Friday mornings in term-time.

Time: 10am to 12 noon.

Venue: N_SPACE, the home of Nonsuch Theatre. 32a Clarendon Street, Nottingham, NG1 5JD.

Area: City Centre, not far from the Nottingham Trent University tram stop.

Age range: No formal age limits. The current group varies from 5 to 13.

Price: £8 per session, or £45 per half term, or £82 for the 12 weeks.

Booking: No need to book – you can just turn up and pay on the day. Alternatively, you can book and pay in advance to get the discount.

Home Rangers page at Nonsuch Theatre

Booking Info page at Nonsuch Theatre

Nonsuch Theatre contact page

Photo: Three young white people are dancing. The one in front is making a strong-arm fist while slightly bent forward, wearing a blue t shirt. The one in the back has both arms up and fingers spread out. One at the side can only partially be seen.

(Photo is from a youth drama festival run by Nonsuch in 2015 – not home edders.)

Discovering & making theatre

Exploring creativity through discovering and making theatre is the perfect way for young people to begin to developing skills that will see them excel in later life. Not only will they gain confidence in expressing themselves but they’ll also become leaders, creators and imaginative team players.

This weekly class from Nottingham’s international theatre company will see participants gain knowledge and understanding of different theatrical forms from throughout theatre history. They’ll practically develop performance skills, experience the many opportunities the arts can provide, explore plays, create their own work inspired by the world around them and, most of all, have fun!

Map showing N_SPACE:

Bigger map showing N_SPACE

Landmarks: The venue is round the corner from Nottingham Women’s Centre, and opposite the Friends’ Meeting House.

Nearest tram stop: “Nottingham Trent University“. All trams passing through the city centre will stop here – you don’t need to be on a particular line. Tram information.

Nearest bus stop: The venue is less than half a mile from the Old Market Square, and a similar distance from the Victoria Centre, putting it close to a large number of city centre bus stops.

If you’re getting the 28, 30, 31, 35 or 36, don’t go all the way in to the city, but get off at “Clarendon Street” bus stop on Talbot Street. Likewise, if you’re getting the 34, 77, 78 or 79, get off at “Wollaton Street” – or while that one’s unavailable due to building works, “Tollhouse Hill”.

City Centre bus map (PDF). N_SPACE is just off the top left hand corner of this map.

Parking options:

  • Onstreet parking on Clarendon Street: Zone 1, £1 per 30 mins.
  • Talbot Street or College Street: 50p per 30 mins.
  • As the tram stop is close, it’s worth considering one of the Park and Ride car parks.

Home ed family bowling meetup, city centre, once a month

Date: a Wednesday afternoon, once a month in term time.

Area: Nottingham City Centre, near Lace Market tram stop.

Age range: Mixed, including some parents!

This is a mixed ages social event. Some parents bowl along with their young people but others sit and chat whilst keeping an eye on their young people. The emphasis is on having fun and meeting other families. It’s a great activity for new people to start with.

The bowling alley can be a noisy place and has coin operated games machines with flashing lights and loud noises, which can be distracting or upsetting for some.

Booking: Book in advance. To get times, dates and price options, email the organiser. Price depends on how many games you book for.

Email: bowling at non-school-nottingham dot org dot uk.

Home ed sessions at Nottingham City Gymnastics Club, Tuesdays & Thursdays

Date: Tuesday and Thursday afternoons during termtime. You can choose between Tuesday and Thursday, or do both.

UPDATE: From Sept 2016 there are extra days and adjusted timings – please see new post.

Venue: Six Ways Community Centre, Denton Green, Broxtowe, Nottingham, NG8 6GD.

Age range: 4 to 16 maximum; in reality the current age groups are more like 4 to 12. You don’t have to have done any gymnastics before.

Area: Broxtowe, on the 35 and 78 bus routes.

From the city centre, it’s about 3 miles, out north-west-ish through Aspley: towards Eastwood or Kimberley or Junction 26, but not that far. The gym club is about 300 metres from one of the entrances to Broxtowe Country Park.

Time: 1pm to 2pm, 2pm to 3pm, or do both hours.

The first hour is the “structured” session, 1pm to 2pm. The coaches guide people through doing specific activities.

The second hour is the “unstructured” session, 2pm to 3pm. The children decide for themselves what to practice, with the coaches on hand to keep an eye and to help if requested.

The Tuesday session and Thursday session both follow this format.

Parents and other children can wait in a sort of small café area with a window through to the gym. Or you can leave and do errands, as long as the club has your phone number.

Nottingham City Gymnastics Club logo

Price: If you’re visiting, one hour £5, two hours £7.50, or if it’s your first time it may be free (ask at the club).

If you’re signing up long-term, you pay by the month. At current prices it works out £4.05 for one hour, down to £2.70 per hour if you went to all four hours. Prices page.

Booking: At the time of writing, both days are full up with a waiting list. You can contact the club on the morning of a session and find out if there’s a place that day because of someone missing it.

To get onto the waiting list, or sign up if a place becomes free, go to the NCGC sign-up page and look for where it says “Home Education Gymnastics”.

The club also runs children’s gym sessions in “after-school” hours, open to all. Most of those are at Six Ways; some are at the Portland Centre in West Bridgford.

Nottingham City Gymnastics Club home page


(Photo is from the club’s web site – probably not a home ed child.)

Map showing the NCGC building, a.k.a. Six Ways Community Centre:

Bigger map showing NCGC building

Buses: The 78 (Turquoise Line) and 35 (Orange Line) buses stop almost next to the club, at Coleby Road Top bus stop, and are fairly frequent. Both buses go into Nottingham City Centre via different routes; the 35 also connects with Bulwell to the north.

Parking: The club building has a small car park. It’s usually possible to park there.

Taster session for new home ed PE group: Haydn Road, Nottingham, Tuesday 10 May

Date: Tuesday 10 May 2016.

Time: 11.15am to 12.15pm.

Venue: Robin Hood Gymnastics Club, Unit 1, Ellesmere Crescent, Haydn Road, Sherwood, Nottingham, NG5 1DX.

Area: about 2 miles north of the city centre, on the western side of Sherwood, towards Basford. Brown Line buses go nearby. A handy landmark is the Nottingham Free School, across the road.

Age range: currently 4+, but see explanation. Update Monday 9 May: age range now set at 4 to 12.

Price: £4 per child, payable by Monday 9 May. To book, go to the new group’s web page at

After the taster, there will be a series of lessons every Tuesday for 12 weeks, starting on Tuesday 24 May and costing £48 per child for the series (which works out at £4 per lesson).

Osipitan PE Group logo.

The minimum age is currently 4 years old (although younger ages can be provided for). At the PE Taster session children will explore running, jumping and some mini gymnastic skills.
A tailor-made 12 week PE program will then be assembled based on the fitness levels and requirements of the group, which will be sent out after the Taster session. Each group will be a max of 12 children and will be grouped according to age.

Class Instructor: Claire Starkey (former Head Coach of British Gymnastics World Medal Winners).

Map showing the Robin Hood Gymnastics Club.

Here’s a photo (click it for bigger version) showing which building you’re looking for. Looking at the view shown here, you’d have your back to the Free School building.

Photo, labelled with where things are. A road going ahead is labelled Ellesmere Crescent. A road going to the right is labelled Haydn Road. On the corner is a car park, and at the back of a car park is a big warehouse. It's mostly grey. The left half of the warehouse is partly blue, and the right half is partly red. On the blue half, a sign reads "ROBIN HOOD", and some smaller letters which can't be read on the photo. A label on the photo points to that part of the warehouse, saying "Osipitan PE group @ RobinHood Gymnastics Club. Unit 1."

Nearest bus stop: “Leonard Avenue“, on the Brown Line along Hucknall Road. There are frequent buses throughout the day; the 15, 16, 16C or 17 all go there. In town, these buses go from stops T1 and T2 on Milton Road just north of Trinity Square, opposite the Victoria Centre.

Alternatively, if you’re coming from out of town along the Yellow Line along Nottingham Road, your nearest bus stop is called “Haydn Road”. Or if you’re coming from out of town along the Purple or Lime lines, your nearest stop would be a different one called “Haydn Road”. Compared to getting a Brown Line bus, these options mean a bit more walking along Haydn Road itself.

Parking: There is parking outside the gym.

Update: You can now contact the organiser by email. osipitan at non-school-nottingham dot org dot uk>

GCSEs etc for home ed teens: info event at Central College, Beeston, Thursday 5 May

Date: Thursday 5 May 2016.

Time: 6pm to 7pm.

Venue: Central College, Beeston Campus, High Road, Chilwell, Beeston, Nottingham NG9 4AG.

Age range: The various courses are for young people age 13 up. The info event is open to all. (Some parents will be bringing their children to hear the info first-hand.)

They ask that you book in advance – see contact info below.

Event info page at the College web site

Photo: A large building. The right hand end is curved. In front is a sign where the word "Central" can be read, along with some smaller lettering.

Central College will be holding their annual information evening for local parents and carers of Electively Home Educated students.

The event will offer the opportunity to find out more about Central’s

* Post 16 offer for students over 16 by September 2016

* Programmes for 14-16 year old students

Central is one of the only FE colleges in the country that offers bespoke GCSE and pre-GCSE programmes for 14-16 year old Home Educated learners (equivalent of Years 10 and 11) as well as full time infill placements for Year 11 students.

The pre-GCSE programme for Years 9, 10 & 11 is designed to offer further development in English, Maths and Science before progressing onto the GCSE programme or a full time vocational course the following year.

The GCSE programme for Years 10 and 11 provides EHE learners with an opportunity to gain GCSE qualifications for progression post-16 and beyond.

Infill placements on a variety of vocational full time college courses for Year 11 students only.

If you would like to attend the event please confirm by emailing centralchoices @ centralnottingham . ac . uk (without the spaces) or calling Central Choices 0115 884 2278

Map showing Central College Beeston building.

Tram and bus stops are right outside.

Nearest tram stop: “High Road – Central College”. You need to be on a Toton tram, not a Clifton tram. Tram information.

Nearest bus stop: “Central College”, on the 36 route, Orange Line and Trent Barton Indigo.
(don’t mix up this stop with the one on the Green Line which is also called Central College – different building.)

Parking: the Central College page about parking at its sites says “No on-site parking for students (07:00 – 17:00)”. This sounds as though perhaps you can park there after 5pm, for evening events such as this. If anyone has better info about local parking, please add a comment below.

Children’s Tap Jam, Netherfield, Wednesday 4 May

Dance participation event mainly for children, with live music, at Loco Youth Centre in Netherfield, Nottingham, on Wednesday 4 May 2016, free. Tap shoes available to borrow. Dance, or watch and listen.

Flyer for the children's tap jam. For text, see blog.
(click on flyer pic for bigger view, or see below for transcript of text.)

5pm till 6pm. Maybe arrive slightly early if you need to find yourself some tap shoes.

This is actually the last in a series, but you don’t need to have been to the previous ones to come to this – beginners still welcome.

Parents & carers are welcome to join in.

Here’s a page about it. (The page says 5pm till 5.45, so please note that for this final one it’s a slightly extended format, 5 till 6.)

Venue: Loco Youth Centre, 139A Victoria Road, Netherfield, Nottingham, NG4 2PD.

Tip from someone who’s been there: “From Colwick Loop Road, go over the old railway line and it’s the next building on the right”.

Youth Centre home page including a map.

Nearest bus stop: seems to be “Victoria Road” on the red route 44, about 500m from the Youth Centre. If anyone knows different, please comment.

Here’s a photo of the Youth Centre (possibly an old one, so it might not look exactly like this now).

Loco Youth Centre, Netherfield, Nottingham NG4 2PD

As with the all-ages Tap Jam last weekend (much enjoyed by those who went!), this isn’t a home ed event as such, just a cool thing which some of us will probably go to 🙂

Copy of flyer text:

Tap Rhythm Project
FREE Tap Jam for Kids
Loco Youth Centre
139 Victoria Road, Netherfield, Nottingham, NG4 1PB
Wednesday 4th May 5 – 6pm
Tap dance freestyle with live music
Tap shoes provided
Parents and carers welcome to join
Hosted by Jess Murray with Ben Martin (sax),
Andy Tytherleigh (bass) and
Jonathan Curtis (drums)
Lottery funded
For more info:
info [at]

Tap Jam at City Arts, Saturday 30 April

A child-friendly, all-ages dance participation event with live music, in Nottingham City Centre on Saturday evening, free for under-14s. Dance, or watch and listen.

A tap dancer on stage looks over at a drummer while dancing. The drummer while drumming looks back.

A Tap Jam is a place for tap dancers to improvise with musicians and other tap dancers. Everyone is welcome whether to take part or simply watch and enjoy.

This isn’t a home ed event as such. It’s child-friendly, informal and not super expensive. Some home edders have been going to other similar events run by Jess, and will probably be going to this too.

  • Both adults and children can take part in the dancing if they want to – or just enjoy listening to live jazz and watching the dancers!
  • The short improvisation session at the beginning is suitable for complete beginners.
  • It’s free to borrow tap shoes.
  • Under-14s go free. Adults £5 before 8pm, or free for the last hour.
  • You don’t have to book, just turn up.

There will be a group improvisation workshop before the main jam starts for you to try improvising in a low key environment and learn some easy approaches to get you started.

Venue is City Arts, 11-13 Hockley, NG1 1FH.

It’s on the east of Nottingham city centre, just round the corner from the north end of the skating rink building, about a third of a mile from the old market square.

It has flat access and a wheelchair-accessible toilet.

There’s a sort of café kitchen area where snacks and drinks are usually available for donations.

Map showing City Arts, Nottingham.

Flyer for Tap Rhythm event, Saturday 30 April 2016

Flyer text:

Tap Rhythm Jam: Nottingham
hosted by Jess Murray
Saturday 30th April City Arts, 11-13 Hockley, NG1 1FH

Freestyle tap dance with live music!

Take part or simply watch and enjoy. For complete beginners to professional performers. Use our tap shoes for free!

£5 on the door or free after 8pm. Free entry for under 14yrs.

6.30pm – 7.00pm Tap improvisation workshop

7.00pm – 9.00pm Tap Jam

Link to Tap Project web page for this event, inc some video of Jess dancing.

Nottingham/Notts college open days for home ed young people

Info sent to Non-School Nottingham from Notts County Council EHE team. Central’s event, at least, in fact includes courses open to 13 year olds.

We have a number of home education open evenings coming up at Nottinghamshire colleges for 14-16 year old EHE students.

Vision West Nottinghamshire College Group EHE Event Vision Studio School, Chesterfield Road South, Mansfield, Nottinghamshire NG19 7BB Thursday 28th April 2016 at 6.00 – 7.30pm.

Central College Nottingham EHE Event Central College Nottingham, High Road, Chilwell, Beeston, Nottingham NG9 4AG Thursday 5th May 2016 at 6.00 – 7.00pm.

New College Nottingham EHE Event New College Nottingham City Campus, Adams Building, Stoney Street Nottingham NG1 1NG Wednesday 11th May 2016 at 5.00 – 6.30pm.

North Notts College EHE Event North Notts College, Carlton Road, Worksop Nottinghamshire S81 7HP Thursday 19th May 2016 at 6.00 – 7.30pm.

Snapshot of home ed activities around Nottingham, Autumn 2015

All of these groups or meetups are organised by or for home ed families. Some cost money, some are free.

  • Skating once a month at the Nottingham rink, age range toddlers to adults, group discount.
  • Climbing once a month at the climbing centre (the old Noel Street baths), separate groups for teens and younger ones.
  • Maths group.
  • Sign language class (fortnightly).
  • Aikido, Tuesdays and Thursdays, run by Shudokan Black Belt Academy.
  • GCSE and NVQ courses for age 14 to 16 run by Central College.
  • History Project, based around a WW1-era document at St Stephen’s Church in Hyson Green. Research, art, presentations etc. Participation is free because supported by Heritage Lottery fund.
  • Arts Award dance group run by Moving Together.
  • Gymnastics on Tuesday afternoons, run by Nottingham City Gymnastics Club.
  • Pottery classes at Hands On Pottery. Potters’ wheel & variety of other skills, ages 5 to adult.
  • Home Ed Debating Society, age 12+. “We play games, debate topical (and not so topical) issues and discuss famous speeches. The atmosphere is friendly, respectful and fun.”
  • Pushchair-friendly walks once or twice a month at various parks round the area, inc Wollaton Park, Shipley Country Park, Attenborough Nature Reserve etc. Children’s age typically 0 to 10. Slowish pace, with time for enjoying chat and puddle-splashing!
  • Longer-distance walks once a month for the older age group. “Hiking off road, up hill and down dale, 3 to 4 hours plus, taking packed lunches/hot flasks etc, out whatever the weather.”
  • East Midlands Christian Home Educators’ Group (a.k.a. Fun Club). Activities, speakers, workshops, for 3-4 years up to about 13.
  • Forest School” – time in woodland, learning about nature, roasting marshmallows etc.
  • Over 150 people have already booked to go to the panto together at Christmas.
  • Talk of setting up a new Spanish group for beginners…
  • Here’s an extra page for info about Mansfield, Leicestershire, Derbyshire & nearby places.

Things can change, so this is only a snapshot, Autumn 2015! For the latest, get onto the East Midlands Home Education email list.

P.S. Non-school families do like to stay home sometimes too! We might be playing, cooking, coding, making music, studying for an exam or for the enjoyment of it, watching something cool on TV or the net, or just relaxing with a book.