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Free Fun At The Palace

Craft activities taking place at last year's Lancaster Fun Palace.JPG

Craft activities taking place at the 2017 Lancaster Fun Palace
Craft activities taking place at the 2017 Lancaster Fun Palace
John Freeman

Lancaster Fun Palace opens its door again this October for a right royal weekend of free activities for all ages.

This annual weekend, part of the national Fun Palace initiative, offers opportunities to have a go at art, crafts, science, dance, music, drama and more.

Lancaster Fun Palace’s events take place on Saturday 6th October from 10.00am - 4.00pm and Sunday 7th October from 12 noon - 4.00pm , mainly at the city’s Library in Market Square although other venues, including Lancaster City Museum will also be participating.

Among activities at the Library will be crafts with the RSPB and L&M Makers, crystal growing, singing, drama and dance workshops, comic drawing, drumming and Meccano. The Friends of Lancaster Library will also open their cafe, providing homemade cakes.

Lancaster City Museum will host a Science Spectacular on the Saturday morning where visitors can have a go at Lego Robotics while on the Sunday, it’s the home of Creation Crafters with craft workshops for adults.

A full programme of all the activities will be available at Lancaster Library during the weekend or for more information, visit

The idea for Fun Palaces was originally conceived in the Sixties by theatre director, Joan Littlewood and architect Cedric Price as a building to house the arts and sciences, open to all.

Although this idea never came to fruition, in 2013 the concept of a welcoming space open for a weekend every year for a free, friendly festival of arts and science was developed nationally and a group of volunteers produced a Fun Palace for Lancaster.