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Drop-in sessions

Croydon Fun Palace is all about getting people involved in making a weekend of experiences and happenings over 4–5 October. To make this as engaging as possible, we’d love for a range of people to take part – everyone is welcome, and encouraged, to contribute; the Palace can make a space for all sorts of things.

If you’d like to talk to other Fun Palace Makers about how you might get involved, come along to one of our drop-in sessions, to be held in the café space at Matthews Yard at the following times:
6.30pm – 7.30pm, Saturday 28 June
7.30pm – 9.00pm, Tuesday 1 July
7.30pm – 9.00pm, Friday 4 July
7.30pm – 8.30pm, Sunday 6 July

Whoever you are, whatever you can do, you can play a part in building Croydon Fun Palace. The only qualification is a willingness to take part! After that, it’s just a matter of working out how you could fit in to the weekend…

Perhaps you’re a citizen journalist or blogger. Maybe you can sew up a storm or build a robot from scratch. Or are you great at meeting new people and making them feel welcome? Any of these skills and qualities, and many, many more, can contribute to Croydon Fun Palace.

Let us know what you could do on the Get involved page or come along to one of the drop-ins to be inspired by other Fun Palace Makers!

What could you do?

Over the course of the project so far, we’ve made a lot of friends and had a lot of offers of help. We’re now looking to consolidate those offers and turn them into an outline plan for the weekend.

Remember the Fun Palace motto: ‘Everyone an artist, everyone a scientist’. Everyone can contribute something that will enrich the Croydon Fun Palace – what could you do?

If you’re keen to get involved, from having a cup of tea with us to share your views (look out for our drop-in feedback sessions) to leading a workshop or putting on a performance, please register your interest on the ‘Get involved’ page. This will help us to capture all of the wonderful possibilities so that we create the most eclectic and exciting Fun Palace that we can. We’ll be reviewing registrations in mid-July, so be sure to register by 9 July.

With an overview of who wants to be involved and how, we can start to make connections between people and mix up skills and experience in interesting new ways. We hope that you’ll want to be part of this!

So, what are you waiting for? Let us know how you’ll shape Croydon Fun Palace. Get involved now!

Croydon Fun Palace: A model

Based on the success of the Easter Fair, and positive feedback on the walking trail that we offered as a way to explore the local area, we’ve developed a structure for the Fun Palace weekend. CFP will have a central Croydon hub, with satellite activity across the surrounding area linked via an interactive explorer trail.

We hope that this combination of a central hub with outpost happenings in surrounding spaces will allow for a good mix of activities and experiences that encourage people to engage with Croydon in new ways. What do you think? Where would you like to see activity as part of Croydon Fun Palace?

Easter Fair

Easter Saturday saw a mini Fun Palace pop up at the first ever Exchange Square arts and crafts fair. This was a chance to talk to people about the idea of a Croydon Fun Palace, to try out some activities and get people’s opinions on them and make some new friends who might contribute to the project. There were also cupcakes.

Over the course of the day, we spoke to almost 100 people about the project, and many more saw our stall. We hosted a heritage trail in the surrounding area which over 20 people followed, some using an augmented reality app on their phone with content that was made especially for the day. Two local artists led creative activities to gather people’s ideas for the project and for the future of Croydon more broadly.

We made lots of new friends and were impressed by their many talents. Here’s a taster of what we might be able to bring into the Croydon Fun Palace:

Easter Fair ideas

Thanks for all of the views, suggestions and offers of help that we got at the Fair. Keep checking back to find out how we’re going to use all of this over the Fun Palace weekend on 4–5 October.