Dacorum’s Virtual Fun Palace

Dacorum Borough Council and Hemel Hempstead Library have partnered up again this year to bring you an online Fun Palace, as part of Hertfordshire Year of Culture 2020!

Primary Contact

Annie Smith

01442 228390

Date and Time

Saturday 3rd October 2020 10:00-16:30


Hemel Hempstead,
Hemel Hempstead,
United Kingdom


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Enjoy a variety of creative and cultural activities with local artists and community organisations that you can join in with online, as well as downloadable activity ideas you can do through the day. See the timetable below for details! 

Look out for the links to join the sessions on the day on our Active Dacorum and Hemel Hempstead Library Facebook pages!



Facebook Event Link

#HYOC2020 #FunPalaces #ActiveDacorum


Saturday 3rd October 2020


Join Herts Inclusive Theatre (HIT) at 10am for half an hour of storytelling with drama games, song and dance on their YouTube channel! (Approx. 30 mins)




Family Collage Workshop with Anna’s Funky Art.

Join artist, Anna Schofield, and learn how to create a magazine collage. This is a great activity for all ages! You will need some glue, scissors, and a selection of old magazines

It is a live interactive Zoom workshop, so you will need to book your free place before the session starts. Sign up here! https://annasfunkyart.co.uk/workshops
(Approx. 40 mins)



Frogs & Toads Webinar!

Find out all about these glorious creatures and the importance of having or creating a pond in your garden with David from Herts and Middlesex Wildlife Trust. You will need to book a place & this can be done any time up to the start of the session.

Copy and paste the link below to register and receive a unique code to join the David on the day. (Approx. 30-45 mins)




A fun dance session for everyone with Dacorum Community Dance. Join Ellie on their YouTube channel at 1pm to learn some moves that you can enjoy on your own or with friends and family – in a COVID safe way of course! (Approx. 20 mins)




Nature Inspired Baking: how to make hedgehog cookies! Frieda from Herts Middx Wildlife Trust will be showing you on their YouTube channel how to make and decorate hedgehog cookies in this quick and easy to follow tutorial. (Approx 5 mins)




The Colour of Poetry Art Session with Ruby Lewis Art.

Ruby will show you how to make little abstract concertina books on her Facebook page at 2pm. You just need some paint and paper to join in on the day or you can watch the workshop to have a go later! (Approx. 40 mins)



Baby Rhyme Time with Hemel Hempstead Library. A fun songs and rhymes sing-a-long for children of all ages! Join their Facebook page at 3pm to join in. (Approx 30 mins)



Seated Yoga with Maria from Boxmoor Yoga – who doesn’t love a yoga session you can do sitting down!

This is is suitable for abilities but especially those who don’t have much space at home, older adults or those with limited mobility. You can join the session on Boxmoor Yoga’s YouTube channel at 4pm. (Approx. 30 mins).



Can you tell the difference between frogs and toads? 🐸 🤔
In just half an hour you’ll be able to identify a frog from a toad, know where they live, what they eat and how you can help them by providing a pond or just some water in your back garden!
Join David from Herts and Middlesex Wildlife Trust online at 12pm on Sat 3 Oct to find out more. Click here to register for this free session:
Posted 23/09/2020 by Annie Smith
Frogs & Toads!
Posted 23/09/2020 by Annie Smith
Bovingdon Horticulture Society
Posted 18/09/2020 by Annie Smith

Bovingdon Horticultural Society will also be sharing hits and tips at our Fun Palace! 

Gardening and growing plants and vegetables is wonderful for our health and wellbeing, especially in this time of pandemic.

Look out for information about how you can get more from your garden and reap the benefits.

Posted 18/09/2020 by Annie Smith

Yay, our programme of activities is now confirmed! We have storytelling with drama and songs, collage, a talk on frogs and toads, dance, hedgehog cookie tutorial, concertina book making, baby rhyme time and seated yoga. Plenty for all 🙂 

Delighted to have so may wonderful artists and organisations co-creating our Fun palace with some fabulous activities and brilliant knowledge and skills to share. 

Check out the timetable now! 

Posted 17/09/2020 by Annie Smith

Delighted to announce that we now also have Boxmoor Yoga joining our Fun Palace online! In addition to all these other fabulous artists and organisations:- 

Hemel Hempstead Library
Herts and Middx Wildlife Trust
Herts Inclusive Theatre
Anna’s Funky Art 
Dacorum Community Dance
Ruby Lewis Art

Posted 8/09/2020 by Annie Smith
Dacorum's Virtual Fun Palace
Posted 8/09/2020 by Annie Smith

We’re delighted that the following community organisations and artist will be joining us to provide online activities on the day!

Hemel Hempstead Library
Herts and Middx Wildlife Trust
Herts Inclusive Theatre
Anna’s Funky Art 
Dacorum Community Dance
Ruby Lewis Art

Along with lots of downloadable activity ideas you can do! 

We will be announcing the activity details over the coming weeks, so watch this space…  🙂 

Posted 27/08/2020 by Annie Smith