Fun Palaces – Saturday 8 & Sunday 9 October

Fun Palaces is returning to Sheffield this month, with events across the city popping up and encouraging lots of free family fun, all weekend.

Fun Palaces is an ongoing campaign for culture at the heart of the community and community at the heart of culture, with an annual weekend of action every October. Since 2014 there have been over 572 Fun Palaces, created by, for and with local communities – free, hands-on arts, science, craft, tech and digital events celebrating the passions of local people, with hundreds of thousands of people taking part.

Fun Palaces has five ambassadors across the UK, with Sheffield Theatres taking the reins in Sheffield. As part of this, the organisation works with communities and partners in the city to encourage participation in Fun Palaces activity and to co-deliver a series of public events.

This year’s Fun Palaces are as follows:

Sheffield Theatres
Sat 7 & Sun 8 Oct
Including Wizard of Oz-related fun – technicolour dressing room takeover, mask making, Land of Oz treasure hunt, photo booth, cocktails & mocktails – latin and ballroom dancing workshop, Best Dressed Dame art contest judged by Mother Goose pantomime dame Damian Williams, snooker pom-pom making, and loads more.

Pitsmoor Adventure Playground
Sat 7 Oct | 12:30-3:30pm
Art and science activities for all ages in a play-based setting.

British Science Association Sheffield – Making Sense
Sat 7 Oct | 10am-3pm
Explore the senses by having a go at conducting taste experiments, crafting an eyeball or playing a fruit orchestra, and experience an array of dazzling optical illusions.

Manor Fields Park
Sat 7 Oct | 10:30am-3pm
Focused on the senses, which includes taste, touch, sound, technology and physical fun.

Star House
Sat 7 Oct | 10:30am-12:30pm
Fun-filled games and activities designed to encourage positive and healthy attitudes to sex and relationships, delivered by Sheffield Futures, the largest youth provider in the city.

Theatre Deli
Sun 8 Oct | 11am-3pm
Screen printing at Theatre Delicatessen with The Edge of the Universe Printing Press. 

For more information on Fun Palaces, including all locations and a list of activities, go to


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