Grange Big Local’s Fun Palace

Grange Big Local’s Fun Palace

Ann Owen Centre, Oak Lane, London, UK, N2 8LT

8th October, 2017

Our Fun Palace will have music, things to make and do, sports to try and people to chat to. Grange Big Local is all about local people: their passions and talents.


Bridge building

Learn about building strong and stable structures with the very kind Blanca and Alan, who will be building balsa wood bridges. Blanca and Alan are local architects - you can find their website here They will be helped through the day by engineer Chris and furniture designer/ cabinet maker Olly Visual Text

Finchley Fire Station will be there with an engine you can climb on and in, and East Finchley Safer Neighbourhood Team are coming too. Many thanks to Matt and Jan.

Calligraphy Corner

Have a go at writing characters in different scripts - neighbours on hand to show you how to have a go at writing in Farsi, Arabic, Hebrew, Hindi and other languages,  

Nail Painting with Vales Nails and Art Against Knives

Brainy Buffoonery

Would you like to find out more about how your brain works? Dr Cath Loveday, principal lecturer in cognitive neuroscience, and Natacha de Lantivy, educational psychologist, will be at the Grange Big Local Fun Palace with some fun experiments for you to try. If you want to learn more, Cath has written a book called The Secret Life of the Brain. You can find it here Thanks for coming along, Cath and Natacha - looking forward to seeing you both.

The Circus Is Coming To Town Ever fancied having a go at juggling, diablo, stilts, hoops or skipping? Airborne Circus will be there to show you what you need to know. Check out their website here 

Flying high

The lovely Joe Sullivan from the RAF Museum will be coming along to the Grange Big Local  Fun Palace for a little model aeroplane building. Thanks Joe! You can check out the museum's website here


9.55am June 29, 2017

A little shout out for the cooks who will be sharing their talents at the Fun Palace. The lovely Naomi, who writes the Asian Food Adventures blog, is volunteering to teach people how to make Vietnamese Summer Rolls. You can find out more about her, and check out her amazing recipes,  here   Roger will be bringing the apple press from the Forest School at Martin Primary, so you can have a go at making fresh apple juice. Here is a link to the Forest School   Finally, Saj will be busy with science experiments, but that doesn't mean you can't take a peek at her recipes in the meantime.   Thanks for all your help, you three.  

East Finchley Open Artists

It seemed time to start filling in a little bit of the programme for the Grange Big Local Fun Palace. First up are East Finchley Open Artists, who will be teaching people how to make eco-art using recycled materials. East Finchley Open Artists are a group of local artists and craftspeople with an ethos that hopes to inspire and share ideas. They are very much at the heart of community events. A huge thank you to Joan Padel, Caitlin Smail, Diana Stoker, Judith Devons and Peter Kyte for volunteering, and to Myra Lawson and Peter Hale for helping to organise this. I'm really looking forward to seeing you. In the meantime, anyone who wants to see their work and support our local artists, is welcome at East Finchley Open Artists open house weekends on 1/2 July and 8/9 July. The details are on their website.  

We have started planning

On Sunday we had our first meeting to plan Grange Big Local's Fun Palace. 17 local volunteers turned up, including artists, musicians, scientists, food bloggers and a sports coach. My vision of a Fun Palace is like the perfect English beach, with waves, sand and rockpools. And ice-cream. Always ice-cream. Our Fun Palace won't look anything like a beach but there will be space to run around in, things to build, places to sit and small curious stuff to examine. And ice-cream. We have a budget, we have a venue and we have people who want to help make this happen. If there is anything you would like to learn or do, or anything you would like to teach or share, please get in touch.  

We have started planning

Grange Big Local - who are we?

Grange Big Local is a community association, run by volunteers, and formed because a small pocket of East Finchley has been awarded money from the Big Lottery Fund and Local Trust. You can find out more about us at or follow us on @grangebl. This is our first Fun Palace, but you can catch a bit of last year's festival and learn more about us here We would love to hear from you.