Lancaster fun palace event at Lancaster library this weekend includes quizzes, drama, black history, recipes and crafty bats

Lancaster fun palace will be going ahead this weekend at Lancaster library with a selection of mini fun palaces on different topics.

By Michelle Blade
Friday, 2nd October 2020, 11:17 am
Updated Friday, 2nd October 2020, 11:18 am

This year there are a number of tiny fun palaces to enjoy including: 1. Lancaster Crystal Fun Palace: crystal growing kits will be available over Fun Palace Saturday and beyond (until they run out) from the library main door - please ask.

2. Lancaster Engineering Trail Fun Palace: Exciting packs with a trail map and activities for families will be available on Fun Palace Saturday from the main library door (again, and beyond until they run out).

3. Lancaster Drama For All Fun Palace: online drama workshop led by Emma Rucastle - fun drama games and activities on zoom. Suitable for all ages and experience levels. Children must be accompanied by an adult in the same room (who can, of course, take part...). 11am - noon Saturday October 3. Sign-up via eventbrite at

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4. Lancaster Liz Quiz Fun Palace: a zoom quiz about all things Lancaster hosted by Liz Hooley. Answers given after each question, so come along for as much or little as you like. Sign up at event brite - this link

5. Lancaster Black History Fun Palace: a zoom q&a with the organisers of Black History Lancaster about their current initiatives and how to get involved etc. 10am - 10.45am Saturday morning. Sign up at eventbrite to receive zoom link.

6. Lancaster Recipe Swap Fun Palace: email [email protected] or contact on social media with a favourite family recipe. You will be sent a different recipe to try out. Some of the recipes come from Lancaster's refugee communities - delicious Syrian food and more. Share your results with us when you have tried the meal.

7. Lancaster Crafty Bats Fun Palace: Lancaster-based artist Hilli is encouraging her neighbours to make a bat (or other creature) to display in their windows. Video giving inspiration coming soon on our social media, so you can make a bat for yours!

8. Lancaster One Minute Monologues Fun Palace: There are a range of one minute monologue texts written by finalists in Atticus Books' regular one minute monologue competition. Organisers are encouraging people to ask for a monologue text by contacting them on social media and/or by emailing [email protected] Individuals can then perform the texts and, if they like, upload a video of their performances to social media. Or... of course... write and perform your own one minute monologue of any kind.

9. Lancaster Hundredth Birthday Poem Fun Palace: a poem called "June 8 2038" will soon be on Lancaster Fun Palace social media - and text copies t can be provided too, if anyone would like. It was written by Dr Norbert Hirschborn.

In 1993 President Clinton declared Dr Norbert Hirschhorn to be an "American Health Hero" whose pioneering work in the field of pediatrics/rehydration therapy had saved millions of lives. In Sept 2016 the same Dr Hirschhorn won first prize at a One Minute Monologue event held at Lancaster Library as part of a competition run by Atticus Bookshop. With the writer's kind permission the winning piece has been recorded for Lancaster Fun Palace.

Now...Imagine YOUR 100th Birthday! What sort of day is it? What kind of world? How will you be marking your 100 years on the planet? Perhaps of course you'll be spending it on another planet altogether... either way Lancaster Fun Palace would like to hear from you ... Write your own 100th birthday monologue, story or poem... in no more than 100 words and share it with us as a text or performance. Share on social media or email to

10. Lancaster Carolyn's Gardens Fun Palace: There are some tiny secret gardens near De Vitre Street in Lancaster. Have a wander through (in allowed family bubbles and socially distantly, please!) and then create your own tiny garden.

Use eventbrite to sign up for online events and a zoom link will be sent the day before the activity. If you take part in any of the activities offline (or on) please share on social media, tagging @lancasterfp on twitter or @lancasterfunpal on our new instagram account.

There is also a new page on facebook for this year - Lancaster Fun Palace 2020, so please find and like that as updates will be posted there.