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Fun Palaces Bristol

13 September 2017

From the 7th - 14th October 2017 Bristol will host a number of community-led Fun Palace events, exploring the health of people and city through science and art. The events will be part of Bristol Green Capital Partnership’s Healthy City Week programme – exploring wellbeing that doesn’t cost the earth - and the global Fun Palaces campaign - where everyone is an artist, everyone a scientist.

Join your neighbours over the 7th and 8th weekend at the Healthy City Week Fun Palace Hubs: Lawrence Hill’s Wellspring Healthy Living Centre and Avonmouth Community Centre to explore five key health themes: air pollution; food and healthy eating; mental health and wellbeing; smoking; and active travel.

 Highlights include:

  • Ride the Fun Palaces trains along the Severn Beach railway line to explore roving exhibitions on mental health, food swaps, lantern making and more!
  • Customise a YoBike with health-inspired designs in a graffiti workshop at Wellspring Healthy Living Centre! 
  • Learn about air quality with interactive games from Bristol’s iGEM team and find out more about citizen sensing!
  • Swap home-made food and your favourite recipes whilst learning about nutrition!
  • Join urban walks and immersive dances to explore your city from Lawrence Hill station!
  • Learn new skills in creative craft workshops at Avonmouth to nurture your wellbeing!
  • The University of Bristol will also be hosting a magic-themed Fun Palace where you can craft your own wand and write spells in the Wills Memorial Building!

And so much more! 

Bristol’s Fun Palaces are supported by the University of Bristol’s Elizabeth Blackwell Institute for Health Research working together with Bristol Green Capital Partnership, and are led by local people and partners as we collectively explore our personal and environmental health through the art, science, skills and stories in our communities. 

Fun Palaces is an ongoing campaign for culture at the heart of community and community at the heart of culture, with an annual weekend of action every October. Since 2014 there have been over 572 Fun Palaces worldwide, created by, for and with local communities. These free, hands-on arts, science, craft, tech and digital events celebrate the passions of local people and are now in Bristol! 

Elizabeth Blackwell Institute became part of the Fun Palaces campaign in 2016 through hosting one of five UK Fun Palace ambassadors. The ambassadorship programme enables a lead, in Bristol, Ellie Shipman, to encourage more locally-led Fun Palaces and initiate new collaborations between health researchers and Bristol communities. 

Come and be part of a Fun Palace on Saturday 7th and Sunday 8th October, and on into Healthy City Week until 14th October 2017 - or sign up to make your own here!

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Further information

Find out more about Bristol’s Healthy City Week Fun Palaces and the rest of the Healthy City Week programme at Follow@bgreencapital #HealthyBristol 

Follow@Fun_Bristol #FunPalacesBristol and find out more at

Contact Fun Palaces Ambassador Ellie Shipman for more information at

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