LAL supports Fun Palaces weekend with exciting activities

Lancashire Adult Learning provided an exciting package of learning opportunities for all ages during the hugely popular annual weekend of Fun Palaces.

LAL supported Lancashire County Council with the initiative by providing a range of learning activities at libraries across the county including Accrington, Clayton Green, Leyland, Nelson and Ormskirk as well as at Fleetwood’s Maritime Museum and both The Harris Museum and Lancashire Archives in Preston.

Activities varied from Lego Robotics, Science Spectacular and Arts and Crafts through to lino cutting and Getting to Know Your French Cheeses.

The event is organised for, and by, local people, and started over 50 years ago when Joan Littlewood, Theatre Director at the Theatre Royal in Stratford, brought artists and scientists together to show how everyone can get involved in different aspects of popular culture – with the firm belief that community belongs at the core of all culture.

This year’s extravaganza followed a successful year in 2016, with 292 Fun Palaces across 11 nations, led by 4,800 local people, with 124,000 people taking part.

Head of Curriculum at LAL, Nicola Hall said: “It was fantastic to be involved with the Fun Palaces initiative again – providing interesting and engaging learning opportunities and helping bring communities across Lancashire together, which is at the heart of what we do.

“The activities that we put on in the libraries across Lancashire are just a flavour of what we offer. I hope that everyone who attended the events up and down the county enjoyed the Fun Palaces as much as we did.”

One of those who enjoyed the activities included Esme Jenkins-Beard, 6, who was at the event at Leyland Library. She said: “I loved the Lego Robotics and I can’t wait to do it again!”

Lancashire Adult Learning delivers 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 Employability courses.

LAL has a number of upcoming events where members of the public can come along and sample the curriculum offer and sign up to courses.

These start with a Festive Market at Nelson and Colne College between 10am and 2pm on Saturday 9th December. There will be stalls selling a wide range of seasonal treats, the chance for children to meet Santa and his reindeer in a grotto and there will be musical entertainment throughout the event. Those attending will also have the opportunity to take part in a variety of ‘have-a-go’ taster sessions for courses and sign up to a course on the day.

A Festival of Arts and Languages will take place at The Storey in Lancaster from 4pm until 7pm on Wednesday 13th December where there will be the chance to view an art exhibition, join in with free ‘have a go’ taster sessions, seek course advice and enrolment, and sample arts and crafts activities and different languages and cultures.

A similar free Learn Something New Taster Day will also take place on Wednesday 10th January at Chorley Library from 10am until 3pm, where people looking for something different to try in the New Year or those wishing to improve their skills for employment can come along and meet some of the Lancashire Adult Learning team.

For more information about LAL, contact 0333 003 1717 or visit

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