This story was published 21 September 2018

North Yorkshire libraries will turn into Fun Palaces for the weekend of 6 and 7 October with free arts, science and cultural activities for everyone.

Fun Palaces logo

Fun Palaces is a campaign to bring culture in its widest sense into the heart of communities. This can include anything from arts and crafts to science and technology or sport. Every year, Fun Palaces have a weekend of action in October when local people share their skills and enthusiasm to give others a chance to try something new.

North Yorkshire County Councillor Greg White, Executive Member for Libraries, said: “Libraries are at the heart of their local community and always provide local people with cultural opportunities and fun things to try, which makes them the ideal place for a Fun Palace. I’m delighted that in this, the fifth year of Fun Palaces, North Yorkshire libraries are again involved.”

All activities will take place on Saturday, 6 October, and will be free. Northallerton library has Scribble Set, an experimental art taster session for adults. Just drop in any time from 10.30am to noon. For children, from 11am to noon there is a Code Club session with the opportunity to build a simple app. And there will be glitter and metallic tattoos for everyone from 10am to 11am.

Pickering library will be host an army tent, with First and Second World War artefacts to view and costumes to try on. If history isn’t your thing, there will be Japanese drumming as well.

Events at Ripon library will include Lego robot building with Abi from Bricktime, jewellery making, digital storytelling, creative writing and a yoga taster session.

Other activities around the county include:

  • performances by Beach Hut Theatre Group and Julie Hatton’s School of Dance at Scarborough library;
  • interactive experiments, a van der Graff generator and slime making at Malton library with Love Science; and
  • coding, sculpting and building Lego robots at Skipton library.

For more information about these activities, contact your local library. Find more information about Fun Palaces.