Families invited to celebrate Fun Palaces weekend with Lancashire Adult Learning

Families are being invited to enjoy an action packed day of activities by attending Lancashire Adult Learning’s Fun Palace next month.

Northlight’s historic doors in Brierfield will open for a fabulous Fun Palace on Saturday 6th October between 11am and 3pm.

There will be the chance for visitors to be a scientist, an artist, a chef, a singer, a technology mastermind or a sports star… or all of them if they would like to be!

Fun Palaces is an ongoing campaign for cultural democracy, with an annual weekend of action every October, and the campaign, now in its fifth year, promotes culture at the heart of community and community at the heart of culture.

Throughout the day, a wide range of activities will take place at Northlight for people of all ages to get involved with. Activities so far include:

  • Face painting – Get creative and give it a go
  • Science, Technology and Engineering Challenge – Build the tallest tower, the strongest bridge or a LEGO car that moves on its own
  • Astronomy
  • Sports activities with Burnley FC in the Community
  • Have a go at First Aid with Resusci-Anne (with qualified staff instruction)
  • Join LAL’s Community Choir
  • Get crafty
  • Transport yourself to a beach/disco/space with LAL’s green screen
  • Learn how a 3D printer works – Have a go at basic designs and see it in action
  • Enter a world of robotics and Build MILO the Space Rover
  • Create colour chaos with Ozobots
  • Cheap, healthy and nutritious meals with LAL’s microwave cookery workshops
  • And much more!

A competition is also taking place for children in the community to get involved in local heritage by entering the Northlight Now and Then Art Challenge.

There has been a mill on the site since 1838 – originally one of the first steam powered cotton-spinning mills then later a manufacturer of surgical supplies in the 20th Century – before its transformation to the home of Lancashire Adult Learning in 2017.

To enter, just bring along to the Fun Palace your creative vision of Northlight – either how it looks now or how you imagine it to look as a working mill. The competition will be judged on the day.

Lancashire Adult Learning is also on the lookout for anybody with an amazing skill, talent or hobby who would be happy to share it on the day. Please contact Laura Myers on 0333 003 1717 to see how you can get involved.

Head of Adult Community Learning at LAL, Nicola Hall, said: “Lancashire Adult Learning’s Fun Palace is all about getting involved in and with your local community and we’re incredibly excited to be involved in the initiative again.

“A Fun Palace can be anything you want it to be – and we have a brilliant range of fun activities for all the family to get involved with on the day.

“But you won’t be coming along to see what is going on, you’ll be coming along and having a go! Why be face painted if you can face paint? Why watch a choir when you can take a starring role?

“We look forward to welcoming the community into Northlight when we open our doors on Saturday 6th October.”

In February, Lancashire Adult Learning was named as the national Adult and Community Learning Provider of the Year winner at the Tes FE Awards.

As well as its targeted delivery and partnership work, Lancashire Adult Learning offers a huge range of planned provision across the Red Rose County, from Arts and Crafts to Humanities classes, Languages to Health and Wellbeing sessions and Functional Skills English and Maths and Employability courses.

For more information about LAL, contact 0333 003 1717 or visit www.lal.ac.uk

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