Fun Palaces

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Unexpected venues and community spaces across the city will transform into Fun Palaces on Saturday 5 and Sunday 6 October 2019 for a weekend of celebrations and free activities for members of the public to try.

The Bristol event, which forms part of the annual global Fun Palaces weekend, brings people together to share knowledge and learn new skills, hobbies and talents at FREE workshops in arts, science, research, activism, health, wellbeing, exercise, TV and film, and technology.

Saturday 5 October

Bristol Researchers Fun Palace at Barton Hill Settlement, 10am to 4pm

Barton Hill Settlement, 43 Ducie Road, Barton Hill, Bristol BS5 0AX

Join us for fun, free workshops and activities with researchers from Bristol University. This Fun Palace community event will feature free science, art and craft activities, storytelling sessions and theatre skills workshops with Travelling Light Theatre.

  • ‘Living Anatomy’ workshop with Dr Catherine Lamont-Robinson and Joshua Grover, drop in between 1.15-2.45pm
  • ‘Letter to my Breath’ workshop with Elspeth Penny and Dr Alice, drop in between 1.15-3.15pm.
  • Researchers from the Sphere Project talking all things digital health
  • Find out about micro-organisms and DNA
  • Talk to researchers about current research and treatments for Eczema.

Connect with Barton Hill Settlement on Facebook.

Travelling Light Theatre Skills Workshops

10-11.30am drop in session in the Travelling Light Theatre Studio

Connect with Travelling Light Theatre on Facebook.

Life of Breath Workshops

Living Anatomy Workshop (Room 5) - Explore the magical inner-workings of our bodies through art, movement and sound. All welcome!

Letters to my Breath Workshop (Room 2) - Elspeth Penny, with her letter-writing rack, unusual pens, homemade inks and inspiration will guide you to create a letter to your breath. For all the family. These workshops are free and you can drop in any time while they are running. For further info, please contact nancy.west@bristol.ac.uk or jordan.collver@bristol.ac.uk

Connect with Life of Breath on Facebook. 

Eczema Awareness Sessions

We’re running sessions about to raise awareness about eczema as part of Fun Palaces on 5 October at Barton Hill Settlement 11.30am - 4pm. On the day there will be different activities for families with children and young people. This will include a storytelling and an illustration session in the afternoon. There will be an opportunity to chat to researchers about current research and representatives from an eczema support group for children with eczema, and fun activities to keep children busy.

Information on the Best Emollient for Eczema (BEE) study project.

3D Cell Biology Crafting Session

3D build-your-own-cell using paper plates and scrap materials with a cell biologist. Have fun and learn more about the main parts of a cell and their functions. Drop in session from 12 noon - 4pm

Micro Organisms & DNA Workshop

Learn about the hidden & helpful microorganisms living in the soil around us, what DNA is, how we can observe soil microorganisms using DNA sequencing, how DNA sequencing works and what it is useful for. Children can wear a magical sequencing cape to give them superpowers to decode some DNA. Also, the results from a recent study of soil microorganisms living across Bristol will be shared, which was completed in collaboration with classes at two local schools (Brunel Academy and Merchants'. Drop in session from 12 non - 4 pm.

Avonmouth Community Centre Fun Palace

Painting, upcycling, creating, coding, building and eating cake and drinking tea! 

Connect with Avonmouth Community Centre on Facebook.

Severnside Rail Partnership - Birds on a Train Fun Palace

Join us on the Severn Beach Line train to spot local birds and draw your own to add to the carriage windows. Departing from Avonmouth Railway station at 12.04 we will travel towards Bristol Temple Meads. The return journey departs Temple Meads at 12.36 arriving in to Avonmouth at 1:04pm. You can join us at any station on the line. Inspired by the new mural at Avonmouth station you can alight there to take part in a spray painting activity with the artists at Avonmouth Community Centre.

Connect with Severnside Rail Partnership on Facebook  

Worle Library & Children’s Centre Fun Palace

Mendip Avenue, Worle, BS22 6HN

5 October  10am – 12noon

Art workshop – create space in a bottle Lego & Duplo activities Colour therapy – find out how to improve your wellbeing through colour Holistic therapy – hand /arm massage demo, learn how to be kind to yourself.

Weston Library Fun Palace

Weston Library, Town Hall, Walliscote Grove Road, Weston-super-Mare, North Somerset, UK, BS23 1UJ

5 October,  10 am – 12 noon

Come to our Fun Palace where you will find something for everyone! Photography, Yoga, Lego, Poetry, Dancing, Art, learn a language, baby massage, sewing, or coding are just some of the FREE workshops available.

Connect with Weston Library on Facebook

Sunday 6 October

Harvest Fun Palace

Cranleigh Court Community Hub at Tyndale Primary School
Sunday 6 October 1pm to 4pm

Come and enjoy a harvest meal, grown, prepared and cooked by the local community.

Workshops and activities include, rock painting, making pressed apple juice, children’s craft activities, bulb planting, gardening tips, cakes & refreshments.

More information on Cranleigh Court Community Hub.

Southern Brooks Community Partnerships

Connect and more information here.

For more details about all that's on offer please search for Bristol on the Fun Palaces map or email our Ambassador, Tasmin Head.


What is Fun Palaces all about?

Fun Palaces is a local campaign that happens all over the world. It's about sharing skills and creating tiny revolutions. While the ethos of the campaign - making connections and sharing skills - continues all year long, each year there is a weekend of action where Fun Palaces are built by, for and with local communities.

At the Elizabeth Blackwell Institute, we're pleased to host a Fun Palaces Ambassador, who's focus is on building networks of self-led communities across Bristol - all of whom come together during the weekend of action to build Fun Palaces! For us, this is a chance to link health researchers up with local communities, so that meaningful connections are formed around valuable discussion, and the chance to learn and share together.

Find out more about Fun Palaces, and use the interactive map to find an event happening near you. It's a great chance to meet new people, have a good conversations, and learn something new.

Fun Palaces 2019 poster

If you're based in Bristol, get in touch to find out more! fun-palaces-ebi@bristol.ac.uk 

Follow us on Twitter @Fun_Bristol 


The Elizabeth Blackwell Institute for Health Research hosts Bristol’s Fun Palaces Ambassador Tasmin Head to catalyse health-inspired Fun Palace events with researchers, residents and community partners. 

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