Roll up, roll up for Rossington Fun Palace

Portrait of Pendulum Wave Machine by Brett Harkness
Portrait of Pendulum Wave Machine by Brett Harkness

A Doncaster community centre is set to be transformed into a ‘laboratory of fun’ next month, when the nationwide Fun Palace project comes to town.

On Saturday July 4, Holmescarr Centre on Grange Lane in Rossington will be taken over by Doncaster’s Right Up Our Street team, who’ll be putting on an assortment of free arts and science activities for visitors of all ages, both inside and outside of the centre.

Pendulum Wave Machine from Travelling Light Circus at Enchanted Parks

Pendulum Wave Machine from Travelling Light Circus at Enchanted Parks

Following the Fun Palace motto of ‘Everyone an Artist, Everyone a Scientist’, the activities will include lessons in cloud spotting and special effects makeup, giant bubble making, puppet making and creative writing.

There will also be a sensory area for children under three-years-old, circus skills workshops and yarnstorming - a form of street art that uses crocheted items to decorate an area or venue, rather than graffiti.

Katherine Warman, arts supporter for Rossington, from Right Up Our Street, said: “We’re really excited about bringing the Fun Palace to Rossington. It’s a great chance for local people to come along and try out all sorts of fun arts and science activities.

“We’ve already been out working with local people to create the crochets for our yarnstorming, and the reception to the idea has been brilliant.”

“We’ll be transforming the centre into a laboratory of fun – a really exciting environment where people of all ages can take part in a huge variety of creative and science-related activities. It’ll be a great day out for all the family.”

Rossington Fun Palace is part of the Arts Council England-backed national Fun Palace initiative – the brainchild of theatre director Joan Littlewood, who had dreamt of creating temporary home for arts and sciences which was open and welcoming to all.

Sadly, Joan’s dream was never realised but decades on, director and author Stella Duffy has brought Joan’s vision to life, with 120 Fun Palaces created by communities across the UK in 2014.

Katherine added: “It’s fantastic to be creating a Fun Palace of our very own here in Rossington.

“The whole idea of the Fun Palace is to bring together communities through culture, arts and science – an ethos truly engrained in our own Right Up Our Street project work.”

Rossington Fun Palace will be open from 10am-3pm on Saturday 4 July. Entry and all activities are free. Refreshments, including a barbecue, will be available to purchase on the day.

For more information about Right Up Our Street, visit