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Theatre by the Lake transforms into a Fun Palace for the day

Keswick’s local theatre is opening its doors on Sun 7 October between 11am – 3pm and turning itself into a Fun Palace, a free day of local-led cultural activities for all to get involved. The day is part of a larger UK-wide celebration where community organisations host fun drop-in sessions throughout the day for people of all ages – from tots to teenagers, mums to mechanics and farmers to firemen!

Each interactive session throughout the day is led by various individuals or groups from the local community who have a passion they want to share. All activities operate on a walk-up basis so there’s no need to book and you don’t need any previous experience, just bags of enthusiasm. The idea is to give something new a try in a fun and supportive environment. Simply turn up and join in!

There’s lots of fun in store, with sessions held across the building including From Page to Stage with Cumbria Script Writers, a workshop exploring how written words acquire different meanings when acted; Teaching The World A Song with Keswick Amateur Operatic Society where participants learn a new song; Lucy Rocks with local geological enthusiast, Lucy Preston who’s hosting an interactive palaeontological party with some very old fossils and Colour, Design and Theatre with Louie Whitemore, theatre designer who is showing how designers use colour to help tell a story.

For the younger ones, Zoe McLain from The Wordsworth Trust will be opening her Rucksack of Rhymes where children aged 0-5 yrs can join for an hour of singing and storytelling around the theme of walking adventures. She will then lead some Creative Crafting Activities for children age 4+ yrs, looking at what William and Dorothy Wordsworth wore on their walks and inspiring you to make your own versions. A dressing up box, full of colourful exciting costumes and hats, will also be available.

Theatre by the Lake is part of Fun Palaces 2018, a free, nationwide campaign for culture at the heart of community and community at the heart of culture happening over the weekend of the 6 & 7 October 2018. Each Fun Palace celebrates the unique skills and passions of local people – run by, for and with the local community. Since 2014 a total of 934 Fun Palaces across the world have been made by 24,000 ‘Makers’ with 340,000 people taking part. This year will be the fifth Fun Palace weekend.

Fun Palaces create events that bring together arts, science, craft, tech, digital, heritage and sports activities – but above all people – to work together, create together, have fun together, and in doing so, build our own communities, from the grassroots up.

Zoe Bailey, Associate Producer at Theatre by the Lake says, “This is a really exciting opportunity for us to host a community-led event and share the wonderful passions held by our local ‘Makers’. It’s for anyone who wants to try something a bit different and we hope will bring people from all walks of life together, build connections and spark creativity. We look forward to welcoming you – and perhaps skills you never knew you had!”

To ensure a great experience for everyone involved, some activities will be capped at a certain capacity. All events are free and take place at Theatre by the Lake, Lakeside, Keswick, CA12 5DJ. Find out more and see the day’s schedule at

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