Boundary Estate Fun Palace

Boundary Estate Fun Palace

18 Club Row, London, UK, E2 7EY

7th October, 2017 - 11:00AM - 5:00PM

For the second year Boundary residents and St. Hilda’s East are joining together to bring arts and science to the heart of the UK’s first council estate. Building on our experience of 2016 there will be over 27 activities with local artists, craftivists, scientists and community groups bringing inspiring hands-on things to get involved with, make and do for everyone who wants to take part.



Saturday 7th October - All Day Activities
11:00am Art & Craft Sharing Tables – Try your hand at drawing, painting, 3D doodling, crocheting, knitting, bat box making and more – share your skills too.
11:00am Banner Making with Dan Jones - Help create a work of art for our estate with an expert banner maker & artist.
11:00am Beauty on a Budget with St. Hilda’s Food Co-op – Discover how to make all sorts of natural cosmetics and lotions using natural ingredients you have at home.
11:00am Boundary Family History with Louise Raw and Stef Dickers – Bring in your photos and memories to share and create a record of life on the Boundary.
11:00am Brain Twister with PJ Ruchaya – See if you can stop a neuroscientist from confusing your brain by pitting yourself against his cunning tricks!
11:00am Elizabethan Ciphers and Codes with Charterhouse Museum – Create your own secret messages and decode an Elizabethan mystery using 16th century skills.
11:00am Flip-Book & Thaumatrope Making with Sai Pathmanathan – Find out why plastic is not fantastic and make your own animated reminder of the day.
11:00am Handling History with London Metropolitan Archives – See some fascinating documents & images of the Boundary Estate & find out some great facts.
11:00am Spitalfields City Farm – Get gardening advice, swap plans, and make bug Hotels & bird Boxes
Saturday 7th October - Timed Activities
12:00pm The Old Nichol with Sarah Wise – Find out the truth of what was here before the Boundary was built in a fascinating history talk & walk.
12:30pm Nadia Valman, Vivi Lachs & the Great Yiddish Parade Choir & Band – learn songs written by 19th century Jewish immigrants in Whitechapel.
01:00pm Bicycle Maintenance with Tower Hamlets Wheelers – Bring your bike, get it checked over by Dr. Bike & discover how to look after it.
01:00pm Coding and Virtual Reality with Akik Miah & The Inventors Club Whitechapel – learn to code and try life in virtual reality.
03:00pm Candle Making with Julie Begum – Have a go at making your own wax candles and tealights.
03:30pm The Boundary Fun Palace Cafe Debate with Aditya Chakrabortty – Join the Guardian columnist as he asks Boundary residents, Fun Palace makers and special guests “Are We Still at Home in Our Home?”

Disabled Access at, and Travel to, the Boundary Estate Fun Palace

St. Hilda's East is a wheelchair accessible building, step free from the street and throughout the ground floor. There are lifts to the 1st and 2nd floors, once on those floors they are step free. There are wheelchair accessible disabled people's toilets on each floor, I need to clarify if one of them is a Changing Places space and will advise as soon as possible. There is level access to the small gardens at the rear of the building, and the adjoining courtyard of Culham House is accessed via gentle ramp. Cookham Courtyard is level with level access onto the footpath on old Nichol Street and Montclare Street. Assistance and guide dogs are welcome. If you have specific questions or requirements please email me, Philip, at and I will try to help if at all possible. We are a resident made and run event with a small budget, so currently we are not able to provide all that we would like to in terms of access support. As a disabled person I am aware of the frustrations in attempting to take part in events such as this so I am determined to make the Boundary Estate Fun Palace as welcoming and inclusive as possible. There are no parking restrictions in the area if you are coming by car, however please be aware that Boundary Street is the borough boundary, one side (east) is Tower Hamlets where you will be fine, the other (west) is Hackney which does have Saturday parking restrictions. Calvert Avenue too is split - Shoreditch High Street to Boundary Street restricted, Boundary Street to Arnold circus unrestricted on Saturdays. Our nearest Overground Station is Shoreditch High Street, it is step-free train to platform and lift from platform to street level. It will be open on Saturday. On leaving the station turn left, then right onto Bethnal Green Road to the pedestrian crossing. Once crossed turn right, then left at Club Row and carry on - you'll soon see St. Hilda's East on the corner of Club Row and Old Nichol Street. We are served by numerous buses - on Bethnal Green Road the 8 and 388. Stop at Brick Lane, walk along Bethnal Green Road to Club Row and walk along until you see St.Hilda's East. Shoreditch High Street's many buses have some changes to them - please consult the TfL site and check it on the day for up-to-date information. To get onto the estate from Shoreditch High Street walk through Boundary Passage (next to Sports Bar) and you will see Old Nichol Street ahead. Walk along Old Nichol Street until you reach the junction with Club Row and you will see St. Hilda's. Old Street Station and Liverpool Street Station are each a ten minute or so walk away, a few minutes by bus is light traffic.

The Boundary Fun Palace Cafe

Thanks to the generosity of some of our Boundary Estate neighbours there will be some really good savoury snacks available in our Fun Palace Cafe.  Local cafes and retailers, too, have been very generous so we're going to be able to provide great hot and cold drinks, breakfast pastries, savoury snacks, cakes, tarts and biscuits to keep up your energy levels and nourish the brain cells as you take part in some of our 30+ things to do. Ranu at Indigo Cafe at Rich Mix is providing some tasty savoury treats, we have donations of delicious cakes and tarts from Beans <3 Greens on Calvert Avenue, breakfast pastries and fruitare being given by Tesco on Shoreditch High Street, and as our Fun Palace Partner St. Hilda's are their charity of the year Sainsbury's on Bethnal Green Road  is donating teas, coffee, milk, squash, biscuits and cakes. This means every penny from the cafe sales will go to St. Hilda's community projects as a thank you for allowing residents to takeover their building for the day to make a Fun Palace.We hope to beat the amount of almost £400 we made last year. If you're a baker and are able to bring along a cake or bake, a savoury pie or flan for the cafe - you'll be contributing to the Fun Palace and helping raise funds for our local community centre too. We'll give you a cuppa as a thank you!


We're delighted that the brilliant folk at Tower Hamlets Tennis will be joining us from 12.30 in Cookham House Courtyard with some tennis coaches. The St.Hilda's table tennis table will be in the courtyard too, weather permitting.  

Thrive London at the Boundary Estate Fun Palace

We're delighted that Thrive London, a citywide movement supported by City Hall to improve the mental health and wellbeing of all Londoners, will be part of the Boundary Estate Fun Palace with a Problem Solving Booth. This is a safe space with two chairs that brings members of the community together to have conversations they might not usually have and help each other with their problems. If the weather is fine we'll have a gazebo in the St. Hilda's garden, otherwise it will be in a quiet corner of the cafe on the 1st floor.

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