Dacorum Fun Palace

This year’s Fun Palace will be ‘hybrid event’ with a mix of online and in-person creative and physical activities and workshops taking place on 2nd an…

Primary Contact

Annie Smith

01442 228390

Date and Time

Saturday 2nd October 2021 09:30-16:00
Sunday 3rd October 2021 10:00-16:00

Location

Hertfordshire,
England,
United Kingdom

Activities are taking place online and at various venues and places in Dacorum. Keep an eye on the programme and Facebook for details!

Description

This year’s Fun Palace will be ‘hybrid event’ with a mix of online and in-person creative and physical activities and workshops taking place on 2nd and 3rd October across Dacorum! 

Active Dacorum and Hemel Hempstead Library are thrilled to be co-creating this year’s Fun Palace with over 16 other artists, community groups and organisations to celebrate Fun Palaces weekend with an array of free arts and cultural activities for and with our community!  Some will be drop-in and some will require booking. See each activity details for information. 

Look out for further details and activities being released in the run up to the weekend. Check the updates below and our Facebook page for all the latest news and information. 

*Please note the programme of activities may be subject to change
**Children attending activities must be accompanied by a responsible adult at all times
***In-person workshops may have to be cancelled at late notice, subject to COVID risk and any changes in regulations, or due to adverse weather (outside activities only)

 

Timetable

Saturday 2nd October 2021

09:30

Autumn Wishing Tree at Tring Library from 9.30-4pm! Drop-in for children and families.

Come and help us decorate our Autumn Wishing Tree at Tring Library. Collect an autumn leaf at the library to decorate and write your wish on – the tree will be on display in the children’s library for everyone to see!

Venue address: Tring Library, High St, Tring. HP23 4AF
www.hertfordshire.gov.uk/services/Libraries-and-archives/Library-opening-hours/Tring-Library.aspx

10:00

Fireworks and Festivals community art activity , 10am-12pm on Sat 2 Oct!
Help Dacorum Heritage Trust create a community art piece which, once completed, will go on display at their Fireworks and Festivals exhibition.

Join DHT at Berkhamsted Arts and Crafts shop in Lower Kings Road for some art fun. Please book by phoning the Berkhamsted Arts and Crafts shop on 01442 866632

Booking is required! Phone 01442 866632

Venue address: 29-31 Lower Kings Rd, Berkhamsted HP4 2AB

10:00

Online Children’s Chair Yoga with Maria from Boxmoor Yoga!
Join Maria as she reads and demonstrates poses from her book ‘Once Upon a Time, You… A Chair Yoga Adventure where you choose what happens!‘. Recorded especially for Dacorum Fun Palace, the video will premiere on YouTube at 10am on Sat 2nd October.

Copy and past the link to join: https://youtu.be/a4-GIwltNtM

www.boxmooryoga.co.uk

By taking part, you are taking responsibility for your health and safety and that of your children. Always follow the advice of health care professionals

10:00

Growing for Wildlife at Chaulden Allotments (HP1 2AF): Sat 2nd Oct, 10am–2pm. Drop-in, all ages.

Drop-in to the allotments to find out how you can improve your garden, allotment or local space for wildlife. Speak to an expert about growing vegetables without using chemicals and what plants to grow for pollinators. There will be some simple activities for children to do and a chance to have a look around this hidden allotment!
Location: HP1 2AF (entrance is off Northridge Way, at the mini roundabout – opposite the turning that leads to Fishery Lane and Camelot Rugby Club. Entrance leads to garages and the allotment).
Copy & paste map link: https://goo.gl/maps/jGn7cVqMdiaKni1m6

10:00

Storytelling for children with Herts Inclusive Theatre, 10-3pm at Hemel Hempstead Library!

HIT is back at this year\’s Fun Palace with storytelling sessions in the library on Sat 2nd Oct. Look out for more details coming soon!

Venue address: The Forum, Marlowes, Hemel Hempstead. HP1 1DN

www.hit-theatre.org.uk

10:30

‘Fill your boots’ at Sunnyside Rural Trusts Free Children’s Autumn Planting Workshop!
Bring your own of pair of ‘little peoples’ boots to plant up with colourful winter bedding – 2 plants per boot. Booking required.

From 10.30 – 12.00 noon. Max. 2 children per adult.
At Hemel Food Garden, Two Waters Road, Hemel Hempstead, HP3 9BY

How to Book
Book your place by contacting Dawn on publicity@sunnysideruraltrust.org.uk or call 0753 3696031. Your booking will be confirmed via email. Please note there are limited places so do book early to avoid disappointment.

11:00

Anna from Anna’s Funky Art is offering free drop-in art activities at the Dacorum Creatives Hub! Come along and paint your own watercolour rainbow and decorate it with some fun doodle patterns on Sat 2 Oct from 11am-1pm.
No need to book, just turn up!

For all ages and children must be supervised by an adult.

This will take place at the Dacorum Creatives Art Hub in the Marlowes Shopping Centre, Hemel Hempstead as part of their Herts Open Studios event.

https://annasfunkyart.co.uk/workshops

11:00

Come and learn circus skills including aerial hoop, tightrope walking, poi, juggling spinning plates and more. Sat 2 Oct, from 11am-3pm on the Rainbow Stage in Hemel Hempstead Town Centre. No booking is required – drop in sessions available on the day!

Phoenix Entertainment
Insta: @Phoenix_ents
www.phoenixentertainments.co.uk

Thanks to Hemel BID for supporting activities on the Rainbow Stage over the Fun Palaces weekend.

13:00

Picasso inspired mixed media portraits with artist Ruby Lewis at Kings Langley Library!
1-4pm, Sat 2nd Oct. Drop-in.

Learn how to create fun and quirky cubist style portraits inspired by Picasso, using painted papers and pastels. The activity may be held outside or inside the library, depending on the weather. Join Ruby for some art fun 🙂

Venue: Kings Langley Library, The Nap, Kings Langley. WD4 8ET
www.hertfordshire.gov.uk/services/Libraries-and-archives/Library-opening-hours/Kings-Langley-Library.aspx

14:00

Create your own beaded bookmark or keyring and learn some basic wire work with Anna from Annas funky Art . Suitable for ages 7+ , all children must be supervised by an adult.
No need to book, just turn up! Sat 2 Oct, 2-4pm.

This will take place at the Dacorum Creatives Art Hub in the Marlowes Shopping Centre, Hemel Hempstead. HP1 1DX.

https://annasfunkyart.co.uk/workshops

Sunday 3rd October 2021

10:00

Learn how to play your favourite panto characters with Hemel Hempstead Theatre Company!
For adults aged 18+.

10-11.30am on Sun 3rd Oct. Join HHTC for an acting workshop on playing your favourite panto characters. Booking required, to join email: hhtc.publicity@gmail.com

11:00

All About Spiders! Online Talk: Sunday 3rd October 11am – 12pm. Booking required.

Join HMWT online for a fun hour talking about spiders! Learn how to identify them, about their fascinating lives and ask all your spidery questions!
To book copy and past the link: https://www.hertswildlifetrust.org.uk/events/2021-10-03-all-about-spiders-online

11:30

Interactive musical storytelling with Imajica Theatre on Sun 3rd October.

Join Moonchild and Earth Sprite as they share with you What a Wonderful World we live in!
Join Imajica for their interactive storytelling shows at 11.30, 1.30 & 3.30 on the Rainbow Stage in Hemel Hempstead Town Centre from 11.30am-3.30pm.

Thanks to Hemel BID for supporting activities on the Rainbow Stage over the Fun Palaces weekend.

14:00

Learn how to make macrame´ keyrings with Bernadines Creations at the Dacorum Creatives Art Hub from 2-4pm on Sun 3 Oct! Drop-in.

Get making and creating with local artist and tutor, Bernadine. She will be at the hub from 2-4pm to show you how make your own macrame´ keyrings.

Venue: Dacorum Creatives Art Hub, Marlowes Shopping Centre, Hemel Hempstead (next to Clinton cards and opposite The Entertainer toy shop)

https://www.facebook.com/BernadinesCreations/

14:00

Family Yoga with Maria from Boxmoor Yoga at Hemel Hempstead Library!
Sun 3rd October at 2pm & 3pm (30 mins each session). Drop-in.

Join Maria from Boxmoor Yoga for some family yoga and story telling! We will choose whether we will fly with an eagle, a dragon or a horse with wings as we bring our story to life with yoga poses. This is a drop-in activity but there will be a max. of 10 people in each session. So ensure you arrive in time to join!

Venue: Hemel Hempstead Library, The Forum, Marlowes. HP1 1DB

15:00

Jump, Jive and Wail! Online dance session with Louise from Dacorum Community Dance.

Louise will take you through the steps and moves to create and join in with Jump, Jive and Wail! Suitable for all ages, you can join in the recorded session on the Dacorum Community Dance YouTube channel on Sun 3 Oct at 3pm.

Copy and past the link to view: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCduJSQPXZ2YtZXDpujbnMSw

By taking part, you are taking responsibility for your health and safety and that of any children in your care. Always follow the advice of health care professionals, especially if you are new to exercise.

Updates

Check out all the fantastic activities that have been added to the Dacorum Fun Palace timetable above – and there’s still more to come, including activities at Hemel Hempstead, Kings Langley and Tring libraries & with Apex at the Active Dacorum Hub! Keep any eye out for further details in the lead up to the weekend 🙂
Posted 18/09/2021 by Annie Smith

Posted 17/09/2021 by Annie Smith

Learn how to make macrame´ keyrings with Bernadine’s Creations at the Dacorum Creatives Art Hub from 2-4pm on Sun 3 Oct! Drop-in.

Get making and creating with local artist and tutor, Bernadine. She will be at the hub from 2-4pm to show you how make your own macrame´ keyrings.

Venue: Dacorum Creatives Art Hub, Marlowes Shopping Centre, Hemel Hempstead (next to Clinton Cards and opposite The Entertainer toy shop) 

https://www.facebook.com/BernadinesCreations/

Posted 17/09/2021 by Annie Smith

Posted 16/09/2021 by Annie Smith

Learn how to play your favourite panto characters with Hemel Hempstead Theatre Company at The Boxmoor Playhouse on Sun 3rd Oct, 10-11.30am!

Join HHTC for this free acting workshop for adults (18+) on how to create your favourite panto characters. No experience needed – why not give it a try and have some panto fun!

Booking required –  to join the workshop email: hhtc.publicity@gmail.com

Address: Boxmoor Playhouse, St John’s Rd, Hemel Hempstead. HP1 1NP
www.hhtheatreco.com

Posted 16/09/2021 by Annie Smith

Posted 15/09/2021 by Annie Smith

‘Fill your boots’ at Sunnyside Rural Trust’s Free Children’s Autumn Planting Workshop!

Do have any outgrown or old children’s boots you don’t know what do with? Bring your own of pair of ‘little peoples’ boots to plant up with colourful winter bedding – 2 plants per boot. Booking required.

From 10.30 – 12.00 noon on Sat 2nd Oct. Max. 2 children per adult.

At Hemel Food Garden, Two Waters Road, Hemel Hempstead, HP3 9BY

Book your place by contacting Dawn on publicity@sunnysideruraltrust.org.uk or call 07533696031.

Your booking will be confirmed via email. Please note there are limited places so do book early to avoid disappointment.

Posted 15/09/2021 by Annie Smith
Imajica Theatre Co.
Interactive musical storytelling with Imajica Theatre on Sun 3rd October from 11.30am-3.30pm!

Join Moonchild and Earth Sprite as they share with you What a Wonderful World we live in.

Join Imajica for their interactive musical storytelling shows at 11.30, 1.30 & 3.30 on the Rainbow Stage in Hemel Hempstead Town Centre from 11.30am-3.30pm.

Thanks to Hemel BID for supporting activities on the Rainbow Stage over the Fun Palaces weekend.

Posted 14/09/2021 by Annie Smith
Herts & Middx Wildlife Trust
Posted 14/09/2021 by Annie Smith

Herts and Middx Wildlife Trust will  running two activities over the Fun Palace weekend. Growing for Wildlife and an online talk about spiders!!

Growing for Wildlife at Chaulden Allotments: 
Sat 2nd Oct, 10am – 2pm: drop-in
Drop-in to the allotments to find out how you can improve your garden, allotment or local space for wildlife.  Speak to an expert about growing vegetables without using chemicals and what plants to grow for pollinators.  There will be some simple activities for children to do and a chance to have a look around this hidden allotment! 
Map link: https://goo.gl/maps/jGn7cVqMdiaKni1m6

All About Spiders! Online Talk: 
Sunday 3rd Oct 11am-12pm: booking required
Join us online for a fun hour talking about spiders!  Learn how to identify them, about their fascinating lives and ask all your spidery questions!  Booking link:- https://www.hertswildlifetrust.org.uk/events/2021-10-03-all-about-spiders-online

Posted 14/09/2021 by Annie Smith
Children's Chair Yoga online
Posted 14/09/2021 by Annie Smith

Online Children’s Chair Yoga with Maria from Boxmoor Yoga!

Join Maria as she reads and demonstrates poses from her book ‘Once Upon a Time, You… A Chair Yoga Adventure where you choose what happens!‘. Recorded especially for Dacorum Fun Palace, the video will premiere on YouTube at 10am on Sat 2nd October. 

To join in click here: https://youtu.be/a4-GIwltNtM

www.boxmooryoga.co.uk 

By taking part, you are taking responsibility for your health and safety and that of your children. Always follow the advice of health care professionals

Posted 14/09/2021 by Annie Smith
Circus Skills with Phoenix Entertainment
All the fun of the circus is coming to Hemel Hempstead!

Come and learn circus skills including aerial hoop, tightrope walking, poi, juggling spinning plates and more. Sat 2 Oct, from 11am-3pm on the Rainbow Stage in Hemel Hempstead Town Centre. For ages 4-12 yrs.
No booking is required – drop in sessions available on the day!

Phoenix Entertainment
Insta: @Phoenix_ents
www.phoenixentertainments.co.uk

Posted 14/09/2021 by Annie Smith
Festivals and Fireworks
Fireworks and Festivals community art activity , 10am-12pm.
Help Dacorum Heritage Trust create a community art piece which, once completed, will go on display at their Fireworks and Festivals exhibition.

Join DHT at Berkhamsted Arts and Crafts shop in Lower Kings Road on Sat 2 October from 10am-12pm for some art fun. Please book by phoning the Berkhamsted Arts and Crafts shop on 01442 866632

Booking is required!

Posted 13/09/2021 by Annie Smith
Anna's Funky Art Workshops at the Dacorum Creatives Hub
Anna from Anna's Funky Art is offering free drop-in art activities at the Dacorum Creatives Hub on Sat 2nd October!

From 11am-1pm, come along and paint your own watercolour rainbow and then decorate it with some fun doodle patterns. For all ages but children must be supervised by an adult.

From 2-4pm, create your own beaded bookmark or keyring and learn some basic wire work. Suitable for ages 7+ and all children must be supervised by an adult.

Taking place at the Dacorum Creatives Art Hub in the Marlowes Shopping Centre, Hemel Hempstead. HP1 1DX
(opposite The Entertainer Toy Shop)

There is no need to book. Just turn up!

https://annasfunkyart.co.uk/workshops

Posted 13/09/2021 by Annie Smith

3 weeks to go!  Here’s a sneaky peek of our draft programme and plans so far J

We’re still confirming final details and there will be more info. to follow very soon for each of the activities (so please note the programme may be subject to change). However, keep an eye on here and on our Active Dacorum Facebook page for updates and news about the activities: https://www.facebook.com/ActiveDacorum

Day

Time

Organisation

Event

Location

Area

Saturday

10:00-10:30

Boxmoor Yoga

Yoga and Stories

Online

Hemel Hempstead

Saturday

11-3pm

Phoenix Entertainment

Circus Skills and Activities

Rainbow Stage

Town Centre

Hemel Hempstead

Saturday

TBC

APEX

Back to Netball

Active Dacorum Hub

Hemel Hempstead

Saturday

TBC

Hemel Hempstead Theatre Co. (HHTC)

Pantomime Character Workshop

Boxmoor Playhouse

Hemel Hempstead

Saturday

10:00-15:00

Herts Inclusive Theatre

Storytelling

Hemel Hempstead  Library

Hemel Hempstead

Saturday

10:00-14:00

Herts Middlesex & Wildlife Trust

Growing Wildflowers

Chaulden Allotments

Hemel Hempstead

Saturday

10:30-12:00

Sunnyside Rural Trust

Hanging Basket Planting Workshops

Sunnyside Rural Trust

Hemel Hempstead

Saturday

11:00-13:00

Open Door

Pottery

Open Door Community Hub

Berkhamsted

Saturday

11:00-13:00

Anna’s Funky Art

Beaded Bookmarks and Keyrings

Dacorum Creatives Art Hub (Marlowes Centre)

Hemel Hempstead

Saturday

10:00-12:00

Dacorum Heritage Trust

Fireworks and Festivals Workshop

Berkhamsted Arts and Crafts Shop

Berkhamsted

Saturday

14:00-16:00

Anna’s Funky Art

Family Watercolour Rainbows

Dacorum Creatives Art Hub (Marlowes Centre)

Hemel Hempstead

Saturday

14:00-16:00

Ruby Lewis Art

Children and family art activity

Kings Langley Community Library

Kings Langley

Saturday

14:00-16:00

Open Door

Family Art

Open Door Community Hub

Berkhamsted

 

Day

Time

Organisation

Event

Location

Area

Sunday

14:00-14:30

Dacorum Community Dance

Jump, Jive and Wail! Interactive dance session

Online

 

Sunday

14:00-15:00 TBC

Boxmoor Yoga

Yoga and Stories

TBC

Hemel Hempstead

Sunday

11:00-12:00

Herts & Middlesex Wildlife Trust

Wildlife Talk:

All About Spiders!

Online

Hemel Hempstead

Sunday

11:00-13:00

Community Action Dacorum

Stone decorating

Dacorum Creatives Hub

(Marlowes Centre)

Hemel Hempstead

Sunday

11:00-16:00 TBC

Imajica Theatre

Interactive

Theatre for Children

Rainbow Stage

Town Centre

Hemel Hempstead

Sunday

14:00-16:00

Bernadine’s Creations

Macramé keyrings

Dacorum Creatives Hub (Marlowes Centre)

Hemel Hempstead

Sunday

am –TBC

Hemel Hempstead Theatre Co. (HHTC)

Pantomime Character Workshop

Boxmoor Playhouse 

 Hemel Hempstead

*Please note the above is not confirmed may be subject to change
**In-person workshops may have to be cancelled at late notice, subject to COVID risk and regulations
***Children must be accompanied by a responsible adult at all times

Posted 10/09/2021 by Annie Smith

We’re really excited to have so many people, community groups and organisations involved in this year’s Fun Palace, to make it bigger and better than ever! 

Including…
Hemel Hempstead Library
Radio Dacorum
Herts Inclusive Theatre
Apex at the Active Dacorum Hub
Sunnyside Rural Trust
Anna’s Funky Art and the Dacorum Creatives Hub
Bernadine’s Creations 
CAD Creative Learning
Phoenix Entertainment
Hemel Hempstead BID
Dacorum Community Dance
Herts and Middx Wildlife Trust
Hemel Hempstead Theatre Co.
Boxmoor Yoga
Ruby Lewis Art 
Dacorum Music School 

We are currently busy planning and will be announcing the activities from the start of September, so look out for updates coming soon.  We cannot wait!

Posted 18/08/2021 by Annie Smith
Excited…
Posted 18/08/2021 by Annie Smith