Boundary Estate Fun Palace

Boundary Estate Fun Palace

Club Row, London, UK, E2 7EY

6th October, 2018 - 11:00AM - 5:00PM

7th October, 2018 - 12:00PM - 4:00PM

We are bringing back the Boundary Estate Fun Palace for the third time – and this time it is going to be bigger and better than ever. We’ll be at St. Hilda’s East on Saturday 6th October and Rich Mix on Sunday 7th, and as always there will be a huge range of arts, science and sports for everyone to try for free. Keep watching for regular updates and exciting news.



Saturday 6th October, 11am-5pm, St. Hilda's East Community Centre
11:00am Throughout the day you can take part in a range of arts and crafts with some of the folk from St. Hilda's and local residents, play board games and let your imagination soar by designing and making paper planes and flying creatures then let them loose with our electric plane launchers. During the day we'll be joined by Dan Jones who designed and helped make our banner last year and this year will be collecting and sharing traditional playground games and rhymes; Members of the London Euphonia Orchestra will teach conducting and some songs ready for the performance at Rich Mix on Sunday; In Cookham House courtyard throughout the day you can play ping-pong, and Tower Hamlets Tennis will be back with their pop-up tennis courts as will Tower Hamlets Wheelers with bicycle safety checks and they'll show you how to take care of your bike - and your bike riding self!
11:00am The London Metropolitan Archive will be on hand all day to share copies of historical documents and maps, and to discuss the fascinating history of the East East-End
11:00am Members of the Royal College of Pathologists will be bringing some interactive health activities... all to do with the digestive system. We know that the food we eat eventually ends up as, well... poo! But do you know just how much information our poo holds?
11:00am We'll be joined by one Spitalfields City Farm ferrets who will bring along some human company to help you make pots, have seeds to swap and will share their knowledge of gardening and growing.
11:00am Boundary Estate and Guernsey Fun Palace! In a Fun Palaces we're linking our two Fun Palaces together online, sharing skills and knowledge, and learning about each other's communities. (Until 4pm)
11:30am Linda Wilkinson - Discover the history of Columbia Road, one of the East End's most famous streets with this renowned local author, historian and award-winning playwright. (Until 12.30.)
01:00pm Sarah Wise - Find out the fascinating history of the Boundary Estate in a talk then walk in the company of this celebrated historian and author. (Until 2.30pm)
03:30pm John Boughton – The Debate: Social Housing, with the popular ‘Municipal Dreams’ author and blogger. {Until 4.30pm)
Saturday 6th October - Online Fun Palace with Guernsey, 11am-4pm, St, Hilda's IT Suite & The Dorey Room, Guille-Allès Library
11:15am Shared Reading - in a relaxing and informative interactive session from St. Hilda's we'll be hearing and talking about some passages of Guernsey-based writing.
12:15pm Join Sai Pathmanathan, a fun-loving science guru, to make cotton reel racers
01:15pm Discover more about our two communities in an interactive session about history and language
03:00pm Join in with Guernsey's online music session for under-7s (but if you're older and want to join it's a Fun Palace - you can!)
Sunday 7th October, 12pm-4pm, Rich Mix Main Space.
12:00pm Throughout the day you can take part in a range of arts and crafts, play board games and let your imagination soar by designing and making paper planes and flying creatures then let them loose with our electric plane launchers. During the afternoon we'll be joined by Harvey Wells from QMUL and his giant game of operation where you can be the patient, and Hehpzi Tagoe from QMUL who will show you the wonder of worms with ‘worm hunters’ you'll get to handle and observe feature of various species of worms in the UK. Find out about the worm life cycle and their uses with Hephzi.
12:00pm Members of the Royal College of Pathologists will be bringing some interactive health activities... all to do with the digestive system. We know that the food we eat eventually ends up as, well... poo! But do you know just how much information our poo holds?
12:00pm The Linnean Society, the world’s oldest biological organisation, will be guiding you through making stop-motion animation and print making.
12:00pm Help design memo art - share your thoughts and ideas, help them take form and put yourself in the picture
12:00pm Twenty members of the London Euphonia Orchestra will be putting you through your paces at conducting and singing - get a head start on Saturday when a few of the orchestra's members will be at St. Hilda's. (Ends 2pm)
02:00pm Thrive LDN will be bringing their problem solving booths and encouraging people to have conversations about everyday mental health and wellbeing. They will also be inviting visitors of all ages to respond creatively to the booths and the idea of ‘helper’ & ‘helped’.
02:00pm ‘East End Book Club’ with Nadia Valman from Queen Mary, University of London. This is a session for everyone who loves reading. Come and find out about Eastenders in literature over the last two centuries. We’ll read and talk about some famous examples. Discussion encouraged; no prior knowledge required. (Until 2.45pm)

Ten Days...

It's only ten days until the Fun Palaces weekend so we're putting together all the finishing touches and starting to keep a close watch on the transport and weather updates. So far the weather looks good for our outdoor activies with Spitalfields Farm, Tower Hamlets Tennis and Tower Hamlets Wheelers. We've checked London Transport websites and the overground,  underground and buses have no planned closures or changes so all's looking very good indeed!

Getting to the Boundary Estate and our venues -

The Boundary Estate is in the very west of Bethnal Green, on the border with Shoreditch. We're really well served by public transport so getting to us is quite easy. Shoreditch High Street overground is less than 5 minutes from each location, and buses 8 and 388 stop run along Bethnal Green Road, stop at Brick Lane and you'll be within 5 minutes walk away too. Slightly further away the 26, 48, 67, 149 and 242 run along Shoreditch High Street, stop at Bethnal Green Road. Liverpool Street and Old Street stations are around 10 minutes walk away. If you're coming to St. Hilda's by car on Saturday there is on free street parking, but if you're coming to Rich Mix by car on Sunday and are not a Blue Badge holder you will need to use the paid parking at Arnold Circus or along Boundary Street until 2.00pm because of the Sunday Markets - traffic wardens patrol the estate frequently. There are Sunday parking restrictions throughout the Bethnal Green area.


We're a resident made community event and it is important to us that everyone who wants to take part in the Boundary Estate Fun Palace feels welcome and able to participate. It is important to us that we are as inclusive as possible and although some members of our team are disabled we may need to be told if you or someone with you has specific requirements. Please email us if you need any information or advice or will require specific assistance to attend. Both of our venues, (St. Hilda's East on 6th Oct & Rich Mix on 7th Oct), are fully wheelchair accessible with accessible toilet facilities. The entrance to St. Hilda's is level. Activities at St. Hilda's take place over three floors all with lift access and all floors are step-free. Access to the courtyard is via a low-gradient ramp. The main entrance to Rich Mix is via a ramp or steps. Activities at Rich Mix take place on one floor which is step free.

It\'s All About Community:

We're proud that the Boundary Estate Fun Palace is made by residents of the Boundary Estate for all of our neighbours, it's a reminder that community exists and that we can join together and make something positive. The Boundary Estate has a proud history, it was the first fully-planned council estate built in Britain between  1895 and 1901 and one of the first major housing projects of the then newly-formed London County Council. This is one of the reasons we feature local history so prominently in our programme. We want to be able to celebrate our history and our community, something where we can all get together and make something positive - even if only for a day or two - and inspire each other. Fun Palaces does all that, and more. When we held our first Fun Palace in 2016 it was important for us to ensure that we had the support of our local community centre, St. Hilda's East, which is physically and emotionally at the heart of our Estate. And, from day one, they were. St. Hilda's trusted residents with all of the public spaces to do as we wished, and whatever wild and wacky ideas we came up with they looked on nervously but benignly, and even before the day was over the centre's director put 2017 in the diary. That simple act of trust gave us the confidence to approach local individuals and organisations, and with the name of St. Hilda's East behind us we had kudos, we were on our way. There were a few hiccups, a lot of learning and bucket loads of enthusiasm that has carried us through, determined that we will continue. We have, and to a person the makers have all found this to be a truly positive experience. All of the makers from year one have come back each year and our numbers are growing. So here we are at Boundary Estate Fun Palace number three, slightly wiser, still as keen and even more determined to make our Fun Palace a celebration of community - and we're expanding to two days and as well as the support and use of St. Hilda's again we now have Rich Mix Main Space who have trusted us and given us total control, just as St. Hilda's did. Yes we have great organisations such as the Linnean Society, London Metropolitan Archives and the Royal College of Pathologists helping us make our Fun Palace, and we are linking up with Guernsey's Fun Palace online to share skills and knowledge and learn about each other's communities -  but as important and as special to us is the continued support of the local primary school and local businesses and superb community organisations such as Spitalfields Farm, Tower Hamlets Tennis and Tower Hamlets Wheelers, plus all the local artists, historians, crafters and community groups such as the St. Hilda's Guides, neighbours who are knitters, crocheters, embroiderers, pot-makers, . This year over two days we are gong to have over 20 makers offering more than 30 things to do. We are proud of all this. but we are even more proud that the Boundary Estate Fun Palace truly reflects the local community - from makers and supporters to everyone who comes through the door. We think Joan Littlewood would be proud of that. Come along and see for yourself!

It's All About Community:

Five Weeks Away...

With five weeks to go we're starting to draw things together and are delighted with the brilliant range of things that you'll be able to try thanks to the enthusiasm and skills of our contributors/makers, those who are returning and those who are joining us for the first time. We are very grateful that so many people give their time and skills so that we can offer free activities for everyone across the weekend. As ever this is a resident-led community Fun Palace and we're delighted to be back at St. Hilda's on Saturday 6th October and at to be at Rich Mix on Sunday 7th for their first Fun Palace experience. We're very grateful for their support and allowing residents to take over and produce our own Boundary Estate Fun Palace. If you want to get involved as a volunteer at any time over the weekend, or if you have art, craft, science or tech skills you want to share, please email - it really is an enjoyable, good thing to be part of and one that all our volunteers come back to. So far the activities on offer will include bicycle maintenance; learning to conduct, play percussion and sing with an orchestra; knitting; board games; learn and brush up your tennis; make paper airplanes and creatures then see how they fly from our electronic launcher; crochet; history walk and talk; make a digestive system; East-End book club; badge making; skill-sharing and get to know you link-up with Guernsey Fun Palace; stop-motion film workshop; the annual Boundary Estate Fun Palace debate; print making... and more! We'll keep you posted on what's happening, and the full programme will be published here in two weeks time.