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A day of FREE interactive family fun celebrating the arts and sciences

The Queen’s hosts Havering’s first Fun Palace on Saturday 4 October – a day of FREE interactive family entertainment as part of a nationwide celebration of arts and sciences.

From crafts, song, dance and poetry to history tours and science workshops, this is an unmissable day of fun for all ages – all completely free-of-charge!

The Theatre joins hundreds of venues and organisations across the UK in this fantastic cultural campaign – inspired by the artistic vision of the late renowned theatre director Joan Littlewood, who would have been 100 this year.

The day kicks off with the Hornchurch Hidden History Tour – audiences will be led around various interesting sites on this funny, informative event filled with local anecdotes! This is followed by several exciting dance, drama, sing-along and science workshops for the whole family.

A vibrant variety of arts and crafts events and activities will fill the Queen’s Foyer throughout the afternoon including: the Loomi Bandz Challenge, a Yarn Bomb, plastic bag sculpture, origami, knitting, cake-decorating, balloon-modelling, henna tattooing and face-painting.

Everyone is invited to take part in the Havering Speaks Challenge, where they have a minute to be recorded on a camcorder telling the world a little about themselves and what they love about Havering. The Queen’s has also launched The Havering Selfie Wall project, which invites everyone to take some weird and wonderful ‘selfies’ all over the Havering area and submit them to the Theatre, preferably via Facebook or email to haveringfunpalace@gmail.com

There will be a poetry reading in the afternoon and a multitude of fascinating lectures with speakers including Havering Friends of the Earth, who will discuss the environmental crisis affecting the British bee population, a retired policeman as well as a biomedical scientist, who will give an enthralling presentation titled Issues with Tissues – exploring the cells of plants and animals.

Echoing Joan Littlewood’s famous quote “Everyone an artist, everyone a scientist”, Queen’s Education and Outreach Manager Patrick O’Sullivan added: “Fun Palaces is a programme that brings our communities together across the country to deliver, teach and explore with each other. We hope as many people of all ages come and grab this golden opportunity to enjoy a whole day of fun for free!”

Look out for details on the Queen’s Theatre website on queens-theatre.co.uk, on Facebook on /haveringfunpalace and follow the event on Twitter @HaveringFP.

For more information about the nationwide Fun Palaces project, visit funpalaces.co.uk