Boundary Estate Fun Palace

Boundary Estate Fun Palace

18 Club Row, London, UK, E2 7HE

5th October, 2019 - 11:00AM - 5:00PM

For the fourth year Boundary Estate residents will be working together to make a community Fun Palace, bringing a day of free arts, science and sport to everyone who wants to come along. In the past three years we’ve all been able to meet a ferret, conduct an orchestra, make a banner, debate with a Guardian journalist, play tennis, play a life-size operation game, discover local history, meet worms and take part in hundreds of other interactive art, craft, tech, science and sport activities.



Boundary Estate Fun Palace at St. Hilda's East, 5th October: All Day Activities 11am-5pm
11:00am Arts & Crafts Sharing Tables will be available all day on both floors, with all you need for drawing, painting, knitting, crochet, origami, jewellery making, plus board games and carom, and much, much more.
11:00am The Joan Littlewood Fun Palace Cafe on the 1st floor will be open throughout the day serving teas, coffee, squash, cakes, pastries and snacks, plus from 1pm until 2pm hot biryani and pizza lunches. Pay what you can afford.
11:00am Dan Jones – Speed Histories: Discover the histories of fascinating but little-known local figures, and make a pearly king and queen.
11:00am Eva Amsen – Violinist: Try your hand at the violin with a member of the London Euphonia Orchestra.
11:00am Institute of Ophthalmology, UCL: Look into what makes our eyes and stem cells the amazing things they are with hands-on eye-opening activities.
11:00am Institute of Physics – Planet Badge: Make your very own space badge. Be inspired by the solar system, the moon, or design your very own unique planet.
11:00am The Linnean Society – Unsung Scientists: Celebrate Black History Month by honouring BAME science pioneers as you make expressive portrait with collagraphic prints. Work may be submitted to the BioMedia Meltdown competition 2020.
11:00am Sai Pathmanathan & Royal Society of Biology – The History of the Balanced Diet: With ‘lucky dip’ hands-on experiments you can find out what makes a balanced diet… Marmite and peanut butter, anyone?
11:00am St. Hilda’s East 130th Anniversary History: Display find out the history of the home of our Fun Palace.
11:00am Spitalfields Farm will introduce you to some furry farm friends, and teach you how to grow your own food at home!
11:00am Tower Hamlets Archives - Discover our neighbourhood’s fascinating local history.
11:00am Tower Hamlets Recycling Team – See if you can beat the recycling team at their own game and try some hands-on activities.
11:00am Tower Hamlets Wheelers - Dr. Bike will be on hand to give your bikes a health check and show you the secrets of cycle maintenance
11:00am Traditional Outdoor Games in Cookham Courtyard: A bit of chalk, a few memories to draw up hopscotch, What's the Time, Mr. Wolf plus other old-style games and possibly a bit of yard cricket - you decide!
Boundary Estate Fun Palace at St. Hilda's East, 5th October: Timed Activities
11:00am London Metropolitan Archives, (until 3.30pm): Find out about the History of the Boundary Estate through photographs, maps and plans from the collections of London Metropolitan Archives.
01:00pm Sarah Wise – Join the historian and author on an Old Nichol history talk and walk (Talk from 1pm, walk 2-3pm)
01:00pm Trapped in Zone One, (until 3pm): The London arts collective will be on hand to share their skills to bring out your inner artist in short workshops.
03:30pm Bangladeshi Squatters Movement – The Boundary Fun Palace Debate, (until 4.30pm), hosted by those involved at the forefront of the fight for decent homes in the borough from 1970s to 90s

Three Weeks To Go!

Time flies when you're having fun and we always enjoy putting together the Boundary Estate Fun Palace, and our fourth one is no exception! We're looking forward to filling St. Hilda's East with over twenty - yes, twenty! - free interactive arts, science, sport, history and craft things for everyone of all ages to try, and there'll be a pay-what-you-can cafe too. This year we will have lots of friends returning to share their skills and knowledge, from local artists, crafters, scientists historians and farm folk to internationally renown organisations meaning that there will be something for (almost) everybody. We'll be publishing our programme next Saturday so you'll have two weeks to check what we'll have on offer so you can plan your day. This year Tower Hamlets will have four Fun Palaces - two taking place in Bethnal Green, our's and St. Margaret's House, plus  at the Bromley-By-Bow Centre and the Half Moon Young People's Theatre, Limehouse - and there are hundred more signed up across the country. Check out the Fun Palaces map by clicking 'Home' at the top of the page. Don't forget to pop back here next Saturday to see our programme, and in the meantime check our Twitter, Facebook and Instagram pages for sneaky peeks at what's lined up...

Four Weeks To Go!

It's only four weeks until Fun Palaces weekend and we've got our badge order in with Awesome Merchandise, it's like opening our Fun Palaces advent calendar!

Our small but superb team are really gearing up with weekly planning meetings and a prep afternoon for our Fun Palace on 5th October St. Hilda's East. We're delighted Dishoom Shoreditch have invited the team to enjoy a post-Fun Palaces breakfast. Thanks, Dishoom!

We'll turn St. Hilda's East into a Fun Palace filled with loads of free interactive things for everyone! You could conduct an orchestra, create a work of art, delve into local history, find out what makes a balanced diet, learn to knit as you natter, discover a courtyard filled with all sorts of games (if the weather behaves but if it doesn't we'll improvise), make something amazing with scientists, problem solve, play board games, try out a craft, debate with 80's squatters - and so much more.

There are wonderful local cafes, restaurants and shops donating refreshments, cakes, snacks, fruit and lunches for everyone to enjoy on the day - we'll let you know who those kind people are as the day draws nearer - so as well as being entertained with superb activities free and for everyone there'll be great food in our cafe where you only donate what you can afford.

We look forward to seeing you there and if you want to share your skill or help out on the day please get in touch.

Six Weeks To Go!

History's always a feature of our Fun Palace so we're delighted that Sarah Wise, historian and author, will be back with a walk and talk about our historic estate, and there'll be more history inside St. Hilda's East Community Centre with Stef Dickers of Bishopsgate Institute and Tom Furber of the London Metropolitan Archives.

There'll be our usual brilliant range of contributors providing free interactive art, science, crafts, sports, a debate and a pay what you can cafe. This year is our community partner St. Hilda's East's 130th anniversary, so we'll be marking the occasion #StHildas130 too.

If you want to share your skills or help out on the day we'd love to hear from you so send us a direct message or email If you're not near us check the Fun Palaces page  for one near you - or make one yourself. If we can anyone can!

Potent Whisper - Rhyme and Resistance

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Fun Palace and Beyond...

We've been part of the Fun Palaces family since 2016 and for everyone involved it's built up our confidence and given us a lot of new skills. Since the start of our adventures we've wanted to use the energy of the Fun Palace and make similar free events throughout the year, and we're pleased to say that this year we're going to make that happen! We're registered to take part in the Great Get Together on 22nd June- full details are being sorted out but it will be free, for everyone and involve food, games and  being together as neighbours. We're also planning a short series of "Skill Sharing Cafes" - mini Fun Palaces - that will be held on one Saturday and one weekday afternoon in July and August.  We'll keep you posted on all the times, dates and other details here, on our Twitter and Facebook pages. We're a small group of residents who really enjoy putting these things together, (on a really tiny budget!), and we're very grateful to have the support of our community partners St. Hilda's East Community Centre and Tower Hamlets Homes - not to mention other Fun Palace makers and the amazing small but mighty team at Fun Palaces HQ. If you want to help us make any of the events or contribute skills at the events please get in touch.