A weekend of free activities for all ages will take place in local libraries, museums, archives and community venues across Lancashire next month, as part of a national festival of art and science.
Fun Palaces weekend runs from Saturday 5 to Sunday 6 October this year. It is an annual celebration by local people for their own communities bringing together arts and sciences, crafts, technology and digital activities, and events.
County Councillor Peter Buckley, Lancashire County Council’s cabinet member for community and cultural services, said: “Fun Palaces is a really engaging event that gives people the opportunity to enjoy and get involved in arts and science. It has really grown in popularity in Lancashire. When we held this event for the first time in 2013 we had one venue taking part, this year we have 25.
“Talented people from the community and local organisations have offered their skills to create a programme of hands-on activities at each venue involving music, arts, crafts and fun science workshops.
“The annual weekend of events is created by, for and with local people, bringing together arts and sciences. Across the county people will be meeting to make and share art, science, learning, technology, digital activities, culture, heritage and games. It is all free and fun, and this year events will include a sports taster, Egyptology, Boccia and watching a Ukulele performance.”
The event was first started by theatre director Joan Littlewood over 50 years ago at the Theatre Royal Stratford in the East End of London, where she brought artists and scientists together to show how everyone can get involved in different aspects of popular culture.
To find out where events are taking place, call 0300 123 6703, pop in at your local library or visit www.lancashire.gov.uk/libraries-and-archives/libraries/fun-palaces
More information is also available at funpalaces.co.uk