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Queen Edith’s FunPalace 2017

8th October 2017 at 10:00 am4:00 pm

9 October: what a wonderful day – blue skies and sun – estimated 500 people of all ages. Here is Chris’ video:

Experiment, create, learn and have FUN in your local community garden and park. Be part of a worldwide weekend of culture, made by your community, for your community.

This is our first FunPalace and the first for Cambridge – a one-day festival, where you can drop by for a few minutes or stay all day. It will be free with activities for all ages and abilities.

We agree FunPalace is a FUNny name but we like the idea: ‘everyone is an artist and everyone a scientist – and has fun’. More about them here: http://funpalaces.co.uk/   

It also gives us an excuse to make our own ‘Palaces of fun’ – in the garden.

We have recruited some amazing ‘Makers’, who are people with a talent (or passion!) and who would like to share their activities with others. They won’t have stalls or sell you anything – just FUN for free.

Ours will be outdoors in the community garden so some activities might be weather dependent – as of 4 October, the forecast is for dry weather.

Timed activities – best to get there at the start, but can drop-in and wander by and away:

  • 10 to 11 am: Autumn moth trapping with Guy and Roo
  • 10.30 to around 1.30 pm: How to make a magic carpet – with Paul, and June.
  • 11 to about 1 pm: Genetics graffiti – with Susan and Steve
  • 11 to about 1 pm: Giant bubbles –  with Emma and some cubs
  • 11.30 to 12 ish (after the moths): Spiral yoga – with Judit
  • 11 to 12: Rock painting – with Claire
  • From 11 am:  Decorate ‘Our Palace’ – visual art activities, including using natural materials, with  Rebecca Ledzion.
  • 12 to 12.30: Nerf that pumpkin – outdoor game with Claire, Nate and William.
  • 12 noon: Indian cooking outdoors with Siva, making some Indian  breads to have with simple curries, with a few things to taste afterwards.
  • 12.30 to about 3.30 pm: Cells in the spotlight – science and art about the cells in your body – with Alison.
  • From 1 pm: Capturing Queen Edith’s – have an informal chat with Roger our QE historian about your take on local history, especially of the park and bowling green.
  • From 1 pm: Fabulous fossils, gorgeous gems and not-so spooky skeletons – with Kate and Gill.
  • From 1 pm: Garden sketching – with Susan and Urban sketchers.
  • From 1 pm: Storytelling with Judit.
  • 2 pm: After lunch social walk with Rahelly and Nightingale Strollers.
  • 2 to 2.30 ish: Bottle rockets – with Shane and Sally, bring a 1.5 to 2 litre fizzy pop bottle if you can.
  • 2 to 3 ish: Hopscotch with Claire
  • 2 to about 4ish: Making pine cone monsters and creatures – with Rachel.
  • 1 to 3 pm: Making maps – communal arts with Kaitlin and Kettles Yard.
  • 3 pm: Acoustic chillout – with John.

Longer drop-in activities (they might break for lunch and hot drinks), probably start at around 11 to finish at 3ish:

  • Something quite Science, with the Cambridge Science Centre – about DNA.
  • Spoon carving and maybe other green woodworking and/or making things with waste wood – with Justin and Julian. We are still gathering suitable waste wood and would love more people with some experience to come along.
  • String making and knotty stuff with Jeremy and some of the 28th cubs
  • The Word Palace – with Melissa and Andrea. Play with words to capture some of the experiences of the day. Easy drop-in-and-wander-about activities that build to make collaborative ‘word architecture’ in the garden.
  • Something wild with Paul from the Wildlife Trust – very sorry Paul wasn’t well enough to come along – but we will see him next time.

We will have hot and cold drinks and some light snacks during the day. Bring a packed lunch – or come and go around your own lunchtime.

Thank you to all the makers (listed above) and other people who helped out before, during and after:  Amanda T;  Barbara (afternoon refreshments); Bob; Caroline A; Colin J; Chris R; Elaine (morning refreshments); Emma W; Emma T; Keith B;  Judit; Lorna B; Lyn; Peter D; Rachel C; Rachel M (afternoon); Rahelly; Sara A; Soalhon; Will & Tom; we could always do with some more!

And thanks to the people who wanted to come but couldn’t – but helped us out beforehand anyway: like Geraint, who is a whizz with a spray can (and maths/physics).


8th October 2017
10:00 am – 4:00 pm


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