Love where you live – Fun Palaces, engaging the community

On the weekend of 7/8 October communities across the country came together to create Fun Palaces. Fun Palaces can happen anywhere over the first weekend of October. They are free participatory by the community for the community.

A Fun Palace is a temporary and moveable event made by local people coming together and bringing arts, sciences and crafts all free and fun to try. Working together and encouraging community engagement.

I went and found an event to see what it was all about.

I was greeted by a gorgeous mandala in the church grounds, I watched as the finishing touches were added.

Members of a local Ukulele group entertained the visitors and honoured guest The Mayor, who joined in one of the drumming sessions organised by Unity Project Runcorn.

Being alongside the River Mersey and Manchester Ship Canal and two minutes from the Bridgewater Canal it seems appropriate to share with the community the perfect food recipe for Ducks. Ingredients were provided to make up your perfect mix, and it NEVER includes bread.

All ages joined in….

Community support officers joined in the indoor archery..

Local artists from Hazlehurst Studios created artwork representing all the venues holding events and activities over the weekend, ready to be coloured in and made into badges.

These are mine:

It was a really fun day of activities, music, food and friends. But this doesn’t have to be just a once a year thing, ‘Love where you live’ encourages people in communities to get together to help improve life for the people and the environment. Thanks to Old Town Bloomers who are a big part of local community engagement for sharing the love and some photos.

Look out for community events where you are and join in the ‘Love where you live’ campaign.



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