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Open Sounds

3 people sat around an digital tablet using music software


Open Doors is happy to be working with soundLINCS to deliver the Open Sounds project across the district.

Open Sounds offers opportunities for creating music with young people with special educational needs (SEND) and disabilities and their families. From drumming to singing, music productions, song writing and soundscapes.

For more information call soundLINCS on 01522 510073 or email 


soundSYNC Half Term Activities

Join Open Doors and soundLINCS this February Half Term for soundSYNC - music for movies and films workshops!

Tuesday 13th -  Friday 16th February

2 sessions each day 10.30am – 12.30pm (ages 7+) and 1.30pm – 3.30pm (ages 14+)

Learning Space, National Civil War Centre

Three young people in a musical session

Music for action to music for reflection, using instruments, the voice, iPads, or found sounds. Unlock your creativity with these FREE music sessions while building a library of sounds and music for use as part of the Open Doors Family Arts Festival, Easter 2024.

 Yes, your music could be used in a film!

 PLUS if you attend all four sessions you will have the chance to gain an Arts Award! To do this you must book a space on all four days.

All participants must be accompanied by an adult. Book your space here!

If you have any access requirements or questions please email:




Access Information

  • There are accessible car park spaces at the front of the Visitor Information Centre on Appleton Gate.
  • We have two accessible parking spaces in our carpark to the rear of the building – please email us to reserve these:
  • There are a small number of accessible parking spaces in the public carpark on Appleton Gate which is 200 metres away.
  • We have accessible toilets in the National Civil War Centre and Newark Museum, accessible by lift or stairs.
  • We have two wheelchairs that we can lend for your visit. To reserve one, please email:
  • There are stairs and lifts.
  • The Learning Space is on ground level.
  • The main doors automatically open, but other doors in the building do not.


Open Sounds Partnerships

Participants in a summer music workshop

Newark Orchard School

From music technology to singing sessions, young people had the exciting opportunity to create and produce their own music tracks. On top of this, the wonderful opportunity to complete multiple Discover Arts Awards!

“I always feel very welcomed.”

A close up of a mans hand playing the piano

Autism Support Group

Open Sounds is working with the Autism Support Group at Charles Street Methodist Church to provide young people with Autism the opportunity to play and get creative!

“A highlight of these workshops for me was seeing my child being able to experience playing instruments for the first time.”

A close up of a participant in front of an iPad creating music


For the 25th Anniversary of REACH Newark, a charity that supports people with learning disabilities in Nottinghamshire, Open Sounds provided 12 whole weeks of creativity and fun with music making workshops. The first 6 weekly sessions focused on music technology enabling the following 6 weekly sessions to focus on creating a 25th Anniversary song that will be performed and recorded.

“The group works really well with some fantastic skills development being demonstrated. Everyone seems to really enjoy the workshops and are always very eager each week.

A close up of a man shaking a musical instrument

Ayrshire House

From drums to singing, to having fun with egg shakers, this group really enjoyed their music sessions. After only a couple of sessions, this group were already eager to have a go at creating solo’s and duets.

“It’s great to be able to join in with instruments, if you’re not wanting to sing.”


A group of participants at a singing and music session

Mencap Newark

This group for adults aged 18-25 years with learning disabilities are getting to experience the excitement of soundLINCS Music Workshops. We’re really looking forward to seeing what this group creates!


A close up of a smiling participant in a music workshop

Mencap Gateway

This lively group come together and have a fantastic time creating music. Making music with drums, hand-held percussion and singing, everyone gets enthusiastic about these fun sessions.

“The engagement with the large group was very good. Everyone was included.”


Hear the recorded content at our Open Doors Family Arts Festival, Easter 2024. More information to come soon!