Programme 2016 – Revised

The weather forecast for Saturday is looking too damp for holding our Fun Palace in the courtyards, so we’re getting on with making a brilliant day at St. Hilda’s East Community Centre between 10am and 6pm. All the activities and events are free and open to everyone and there’ll be reasonably priced refreshments and lunch at the Fun Palace’s cafe or you can bring your own food to enjoy in the cafe space.

Getting to the Boundary Estate is easy. Lots of buses stop near us on Shoreditch High Street and Bethnal Green Road, and Shoreditch High Street Overground is moments away. Liverpool Street and Old Street stations are around 10-15 minutes stroll away. If coming from Bethnal Green Road please note that Chance Street footpaths are very narrow and blocked with street furniture – use Club Row for a less frustrating experience if you are a wheelchair user, have limited mobility or are coming to see us with young children.

Disabled Access: St. Hilda’s is fully accessible with a lift to the upper floors. Accessible toilet facilities  are on the ground floor.

Please note that some events/times may change, all times will be tweeted @palace_fun and displayed in St. Hilda’s East and entrances to the courtyards. Share your photos of the day with us and the Fun Palaces community across the world @palace_fun using #FUNPALACES.


St. Hilda’s Main Hall

Community Knowledge Stalls & Workshops

Amnesty International Tower Hamlets – Human rights campaigns

Bookstall hosted by Brick Lane Bookshop

Charterhouse Museum of London –Elizabethan codes & ciphers

Idea Store, London Borough of Tower Hamlets

London Metropolitan Archives – Boundary Estate history

Mears Group – DIY & home maintenance information & advice

Tower Hamlets Homes – Housing information & advice

Veolia – Crafts, upcycling & recycling

Women’s Environment Network – Growing and gardening advice with WEN & local community gardening groups


10.00: Sarah Wise – A History of the Nichol and the Boundary Estate

11.00: Sarah Jackson, East End Women’s Museum – East End Suffragettes

12.00: Nadia Valman – ‘A Child of the Jago’ A walk around the home of the novel

15.00: Roger Mills – A History of Cable Street

16.00: Stef Dickers, Bishopsgate Institute – Images of the East End from the Bishopsgate’s Archives

Workshops – Ground Floor

10.00-11.30: Wool craft with Heather Ridley Moran

11.00-14.00: Clay Modelling with Polly George

12.00- 15.00: Block Printing with Deb Scott

13.00-15.00: Cake Decorating with Steve, Albion & Boundary Pastry Chef

14.00-15.00: Fabric Painting with Julie Begum

Entertainments – Ground Floor

Music from the Cedar String Quartet – 13.00 until 14.30

Sicilian Marionette Shows from Bus King Theatre 14.30 & 15.30

Story Telling for Under 5’s – 11.00 & 15.00

Second Floor

Computer Coding Workshops with Nadil Bourkadi , Computer Suite

11.00, 13.30 and 15.30

The Carnival of Lost Emotions from Queen Mary University of London 12.00-17.00


Dan Jones, a rhyme collector and artist, will be in the Main Hall and the First Floor Cafe at various times throughout the day. Whatever your age and wherever you grew up share your rhymes with him.

 There will be arts and crafts tables for everyone to use all day, and carrom, chess and draughts will be available to play. Share your knowledge and skills – teach someone something new and discover a skill you never knew you had!

We’re sorry but the weather has meant some of the previously advertised sports, games and entertainments have had to be cancelled – we hope you’re not too disappointed!