Lancaster Fun Palace 2019

This year’s Lancaster Fun Palace will be held the weekend of October 5th and 6th. There will be exciting events for all – all FREE! – in Lancaster Library and around the city. Keep checking here for further information.

To get involved with the planning of Lancaster Fun Palace 2019, please come along to any of our next meetings. All are at 7pm in the Toll House Inn: June 11th, July 16th, September 3rd, September 24th.

Contact Lancaster Fun Palace on funpalacelancaster@gmail.com or on twitter @lancasterfunpal and join in the (inter)national conversation by following @funpalaces and #funpalaces

Thanks, as always, to the brilliant Friends of Lancaster Library for their support for our Fun Palace.


Meet the Makers 6: Aliki

My name is Aliki, I’m a single mother, and I’ve lived in Lancaster for 18 years. Before that I lived in Greece and in the United States; the two countries my parents are from. I’m an actor and a writer and translator, and I love cooking and comic books and swimming in the sea.

What attracts you to #FunPalaces? I really believe there is genius in everyone. The way so much of our entertainment and technology happens these days is that a tiny group of people somewhere far away make it and sell it to the rest of us – there’s a bottleneck of creativity and who gets to make things is all about funding and connections. But for most of human history, making beautiful things or finding out how things work – art and science – belonged to everybody. It was something you did, not bought. Everything from building cathedrals to making pies is creativity, experimentation, learning. I think we miss that when we don’t get to do it, all of us. We have a right to explore ideas and learn skills, not just to consume what other people have created. Fun Palaces are a way of claiming that right for all of us, of saying this isn’t about money or power, it’s about being human.  

I was one of the first people involved with the Lancaster Fun Palace, back when it started, but I’ve been doing less and less every year. I think that’s sort of wonderful, really, that it’s taken off now and has its own momentum, with new people coming along every time to help make it happen. It keeps it fresh and alive and responsive to the people of our city because it’s made by everybody, not just the same small group of people. It keeps getting renewed. That said, I still run the Lancaster Fun Palace Twitter account, @LancasterFunPal, so if you’ve had any interaction with it you were talking to me!

Meet The Makers 5: Billy

My name is Billy Walden and I am a Carpenter, I was home educated and I have a keen interest in anything mechanical, vintage or antique.  I love repairing things and making things preferably out of reclaimed materials.  I have a rally car called Maureen the Micra and my ideal day out would be rallying or rooting around a scrap yard or wagon breakers.

I like supporting the community and I think that children should be taught things that they enjoy and fun palaces give children a wide range of activities to get involved with.  I think making things should be actively encouraged and children should be discouraged from being on their phones and the internet for long periods of time.  Fun palaces are good for them to interact with each other and learn things whilst having fun.  Learning should be enjoyable and not a pressure, children will learn and understand more this way.  
At Lancaster Fun Palace this year, I am going to be doing a question and answer session about the various projects I have undertaken and I am going to be making something and teaching others how they can make it also.
I can be contacted on my website www.billyarthurwalden.com I am building my educational and fun youtube channel, plenty to see on there from building metal presses out of scrap to my latest rallying videos please subscribe to my youtube channel its just BillyArthur Walden. https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCVH1BwzYjF4dhoHshPDJQEw?view_as=subscriber

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Meet the Makers 4: Jo – Creation Station

My name is Jo and I run The Creation Station Lancaster. The Creation Station inspires imagination and creativity using arts and crafts for everyone aged 0-100! I run a variety of different classes and sessions, with something for everyone. Amongst other things, I run weekly toddler and pre-school classes along with monthly baby classes and intergenerational classes which bring toddlers and the retired together. And that’s without mentioning keepsake sessions, event entertainment, arty birthday parties and slime making workshops!
I became interested in the Fun Palace after attending with my children, and this will be the third Fun Palace I have been involved in. I love that the Fun Palace is open to everyone and that there is such a wide variety of activities going on. Everyone can find something to picque their interest!
This year at the Fun Palace I will be bringing the ever popular Play-Doh and I have some fantastic new toys to inspire the children (and adults) and get their creative juices flowing. I will also be showing people how to draw and doodle zentangles, which is totally absorbing and calming, not to mention stunning artwork!
To find out more about The Creation Station Lancaster, you can check out the website www.thecreationstation.co.uk/joanna-cameron or follow me on social media at www.facebook.com/tcslancaster or www.instagram.com/tcslancaster

Meet the Makers 3: Stuart – Friends of Lancaster Library

Hi, I am Stuart and am currently the Chairman of the Friends of Lancaster Library. The Friends alongside Lancaster library staff and the Fun Palace organisers have been involved in Lancaster Fun Palace for the past six years. In this time it has grown from our first uncertain steps into very popular annual event. I describe it as a celebration of Arts and Science, ranging from mathematically assembled geodesic structures (great fun for children and adults) to belly dancing classes and drumming workshops and everything in between. We always emphasise the ethos as being fun, free and led by the local community, and you get a chance to build Meccano and activate the Meccano robot!

Meet the Makers 2: Ali – Pyjama Drama

Tell us about yourself: My name is Ali from Pyjama Drama. I run public classes, visit nurseries/schools, appear at events and do the most amazing birthday parties where children really believe they have been flying with fairies or sailing with pirates or visiting royalty! https://www.pyjamadrama.com/41-301-1516707370

What attracts you to #FunPalaces? I know there are always a lot of families at the Fun Palace and I particularly want to meet families who are interested in developing their children’s learning.

What are you going to do at Lancaster Fun Palace 2019? I will be performing an interactive show for 3-7 year olds. There is a dragon with 20 heads asleep outside the Fun Palace and we need to sing and dance the Dragon Jive to give it a headache in all 20 of its heads so it will go home for peace and quiet. Will our plan work? Find out at Lancaster Fun Palace!

Meet the Makers: Liz

My name is Liz.  I’m retired and happy to give my time to help my community. And Fun Palace is for the community by the community! It’s great to be working with such an interesting and enthusiastic group of people. And at the actual event it is so inspiring to see people of all ages and backgrounds having fun and learning something new!

I help during the weekend in any way I can from moving chairs and tables to providing information to visitors. And before the weekend I help with organising and programming it all.

I’m surprised sometimes when people say they have not heard of Fun Palaces – but on the other hand, many people are coming back year after year! It’s sometimes a challenge to my energy levels, but the general buzz of enthusiasm and enjoyment energises me (and a piece of homemade cake from the Friends of the Library cafe helps!)