Gavin Street, Marketing Manager at Lincoln Drill Hall tells us about the positive effects that arts activity has on children every day.

“In fact, it’s one of the main things that drives us as an organisation. But what are the actual benefits of arts engagement for kids? Here’s a brief summary:

  • Educators understand that art helps kids to develop things like fine motor skills, neural development and problem-solving abilities, which in turn support progress in other subjects like reading, writing, maths and science.
  • Therapists tell us that art helps children to process their world. Children absorb incredible amounts of information and arts activity helps them to explore feelings and deal with emotions in a safe, manageable and reflective way.
  • Artists believe that art is important for its own sake— as a source of beauty and expression for children and adults alike. They also know that working creatively pushes children to think outside of the box, bringing different ideas together in new ways to solve problems and make breakthroughs.
  • Parents understand the value of arts activity to their families. Being creative is a fantastic way to keep everyone engaged and happy and helps with the sometimes difficult transitions of the day.
  • And kids themselves will tell you that art is just fun. Through art they can explore, ask questions, express themselves and share their ideas.

It’s because of these and other benefits that the Drill Hall is so driven to offer arts opportunities to young people, from newborns through to teenagers.

Our HAPPY MONDAY creative play sessions for pre-school children (Monday mornings at 10.30am), have a different focus each week. Little ones explore the world through crafts and making, music and dance and storytelling.”

“We host HARTBEEPS (Wednesdays from 9.30am), which offers musical adventure classes for newborns, babies and toddlers. These multi-sensory and highly interactive workshops create colourful, tactile ‘wonderlands’ for little explorers.

Our FISHTANK YOUTH THEATRE, which has groups for ages 4 to 6, 7 to 11 and 11 to 18, puts kids in the driving seat as they write, create and perform their own productions. And blimey, those kids come up with some truly amazing shows.”



“We also host TIPTOE THEATRE (Mondays, 5.30pm-7pm), an inclusive drama group for children with learning disabilities aged 5+. Sessions include fun creative games, storytelling and role-play.

Our live events programme also offers high quality shows for kids of all ages. Two forthcoming events demonstrate our range. Kitchen Zoo’s TIN FOIL ASTRONAUT (Tuesday 16 April, 11.30am & 2pm) features puppetry and live music and ventures into outer space to teach 3-7s about discovery, individuality and celebrating differences.”

Tin Foil Astronaut 1

“DOES THIS POLITICS THING WORK THEN? (Saturday 27 April, 2pm) is an interactive and very funny show that will bring your kids right up to speed with all things Westminster. So, they’ll be all set to shout at Question Time along with you.


In short, Lincoln Drill Hall offers an environment where it is safe to experiment and create and where children are encouraged to do just that. This is not about creating career artists but raising children who are confident and comfortable with their creativity in whatever form in takes. So why not come along and see what the Drill Hall can offer your kids.”

For further information visit and explore our ‘Family and Kids’ and ‘Participate’ pages. Alternatively call 01522 873894 or pop in to see us.

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