Grange Big Local’s Fun Palace

Grange Big Local’s Fun Palace

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

8th October, 2017 - 12:00PM - 4:00PM

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.



Grange Big Local Fun Palace - what will you find?
12:00pm Eco-Art with East Finchley Open Artists - make art from recycled materials

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.