Brace yourself, London, because a load of ‘Fun Palaces’ are appearing all over town this weekend. No, not a royal spin-off of Pat Sharp’s cult ’90s gameshow (or a creepy euphemism), but a weekend of free events celebrating arts and science. The concept was dreamed up by theatre director Joan Littlewood in the 1960s, but it took more than 50 years to bring her ‘Fun Palace’ to fruition.
It’s now in its third year, and this weekend, venues across London are getting fun makeovers. Theatres, swimming pools, arts centres, libraries, schools and museums will be hosting workshops where you’ll be able to try your hand at cake decorating, learn about the science of swimming, make a bat box, or ‘meet your own brain’, whatever that means. And unlike Pat Sharp’s ‘Fun House’, you won’t get covered in gunge.
Find out more about the Fun Palaces.