Designed to inspire, support and develop young people


YMCA Creative Academy is a programme of workshops held as school holiday day camps and after-school sessions focused on building creativity, confidence and industry skills within the creative and performing arts.

Our sessions are open to young people of all schools aged 11-18, and provide an open, non-judgmental space to engage with professional singers, actors and dancers in a collaborative, creative environment.








What’s involved?


Drama, dance & singing workshops
Hone your skills, practice techniques, develop resilience and build confidence in your art form!

Get creative and perform!
Have the opportunity to devise your own work and work towards performing for family, friends and the local community at the end of each project.

Be part of a community
Sessions are lively and enjoyable, shared with like-minded young people and led by industry professionals

Weekly sessions

Our Creative Academy is open to young people aged 11-17 and located at the YMCA Community and Activity Village, Newark.

From dance and drama sessions to art techniques, creative writing, and producing their own merchandise, every moment will be filled with excitement and discovery. In our spacious dance and art studios, a nurturing atmosphere, we ensure that each participant feels inspired and comfortable to express their unique talents.

Dates Times Price Price
Tuesday 4:30pm to 5:30pm £4 per session – A variety of dance, drama and singing
– Creative writing for scripts, lyrics, poems and monologues
– Team building games and activities
Thursday 5:45pm to 6:45pm £4 per session – Designing and producing a range of merchandise
– Learning a variety of art techniques; painting, ceramics, prints and much more
– Creating urban artwork – graffiti!

Make an Enquiry


Our scholarships make sure that our school holiday academies are financially accessible for young people and families from all sorts of backgrounds.

They’re made possible through charity grant funding and generous donations from the community.