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A day of free activities celebrating community and culture in Stratford-upon-Avon on Saturday 7 October.

Fun Palaces 2023
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Fun Palaces is an annual, free, nationwide celebration of arts and culture. Drop in and take part in free activities across the town, alongside the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust, Stratford-upon-Avon Library and the Stratford Town Trust.

Saturday 7 October

Magical Story Writing

10am – 3pm
PACCAR Room, Level 2, Royal Shakespeare Theatre

Join our storyteller and writer at the Royal Shakespeare Theatre to create your own story of magic, inspired by our winter shows, Box of Delights and A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

No need to book, just turn up. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Across Town 

Stratford Town Trust, Crowne Plaza

10am - 3pm
Join in, share your skills, make friends, learn how to handle tools, beat a drum, sing, create a harvest rag wreath or a spooky Halloween decoration, or just sit back with a cuppa and enjoy the company.
We have exciting events happening throughout the day alongside stalls with crafts, activities and information, all run by local groups.

Shakespeare Birthplace Trust, Henley Street

Friendship and the Folio! 
10am – 3pm

Discover how Shakespeare's friends brought his plays together in a very special publication. 
Try your hand at print making and writing with a quill. Learn how to weave Tudor-style and create your own friendship bracelet to take home.

Explore Global Street Arts installation at 22 Henley Street and watch live performances of some of Shakespeare’s most well-known sonnets.

Stratford-upon-Avon Library, Henley Street

Drop-in to the library to share your stories with us through music and poetry.

10.15am: Shakespeare for All
Community reading of The Two Gentleman of Verona. Join in or just listen, suitable for all ages.

11am - 1pm: Poetry on Demand
Tell your story to a poet and have a custom poem written on the spot, suitable for all ages.

10am - 1pm: Let's Make Music
Digital music making, suitable for ages 14+

Children’s Activities
10am - 3pm: Make a rainbow shaker or musical 'lolly-monica', suitable for ages 3+
10am - 12pm: Lego Club, suitable for ages 4-11
1pm - 2pm: Chess Club, suitable for ages 7-11

About Fun Palaces

Fun Palaces is an annual, free, nationwide celebration of arts and culture to encourage communities to create by and for themselves. Inspired by theatre director Joan Littlewood and architect Cedric Price’s vision of the Fun Palace; one venue for all arts and sciences, engaging and welcoming for all, Fun Palaces sees people across the UK and worldwide creating their own ‘pop-up’ Fun Palaces. It is about coming together to create, celebrating local people, local places and community in the everyday.


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