Fun Palaces comes to Palace House – a free day of art and science family activities in a real Palace!


Saturday 6th October 2018  11am – 4pm


The National Heritage Centre for Horseracing and Sporting Art at Palace House, Newmarket is part of Fun Palaces 2018, a free, international celebration of community, bringing people together with arts, science, crafts and tech, taking place on Saturday 6th  October.

Based on an idea from theatre director Joan Littlewood and architect Cedric Price, the first Fun Palaces took place in the UK and worldwide in October 2014, when 138 venues, locations, communities and groups created their own local events.  Approximately 40,000 people participated in person, while tens of thousands more engaged with them online. By 2017, the fourth Fun Palaces weekend, 362 Fun Palaces across the world were made by 13,750 people with 126,000 taking part.

Fun Palaces create events that bring together arts and sciences – but above all PEOPLE – to work together, create together, have FUN together, and in doing so, build our own communities, from the grassroots up.

There will be lots of fun family-friendly drop-in activities at the National Heritage Centre throughout the day! You can meet King Charles II in his Royal Palace, recreate Isaac Newton’s experiments with light, try and stop the Plague coming to Newmarket, craft your own crown, create a gold trophy, be enthralled by our Palace storyteller and immersed in the reign of Charles II.

Each activity will run throughout the day, from 11am to 4pm across the National Heritage Centre with a break for lunch between 1pm and 2pm, you will be able to take part in as many as you like. No booking is required and the workshops are suitable for all ages, children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult at all times, last admission will be at 3.30pm. Fun Palace activities are free; however, normal admission applies to visit the rest of the site.

Hazel Courtley, Community Engagement Manager National Heritage Centre at Palace House Newmarket;

‘We are delighted to be part of the national Fun Palaces event again this year and to be able to offer free art and science activities for local families. This event is an important part of our community programme, funded by Arts Council England’

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