A free day of art and science family activities in a real Palace!

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

Saturday 7th October 2017  10:30-16:30

The National Heritage Centre at Palace House Newmarket is part of Fun Palaces 2017, a free, international celebration of community, bringing people together with arts, science, crafts and tech, taking place on Saturday 7th  October.

Based on a never-built 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 2016, the third Fun Palaces weekend, 292 Fun Palaces across the world were made by 4,800 people with 124,000 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! For the first time ever a live interpretation (‘Time Will Tell Theatre’) of the famous 18th Century artist George Stubbs will be in the Packard Galleries discussing his paintings that hang on the walls, including his ‘Anatomy of  the Horse’. The Mews will be transformed by equine archaeology activities, as Archaeologists from Oxford Archaeology East take you through the process of discovering a skeleton. Watch our playful Palace performance poet, Justin Coe, as he recites poems inspired by what is on show at the Heritage Centre and create some royal rhymes of your own! Get behind the microscope and investigate the microscopic world of the horse with our Science Curator, plus get crafty making your own crown or jockey cap.
Each activity will throughout the day 10:30 to 16:30 around the Heritage Centre so 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 15:30. Fun Palace activities are free, however, normal admission applies to visit the rest of the site.

Chris Garibaldi, Director of the National Heritage Centre at Palace House Newmarket;

“We are thrilled to be taking part in this year’s Fun Palaces which will be a fantastic free event for families. The National Heritage at Palace House Newmarket occupies a unique cultural space, reflecting our nation’s Royal history but also combining this with the drawing together of three often disparate worlds of sport, art and science. This event highlights what a fantastic and diverse collection we have, and I hope everyone has a great day.”

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