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St. Margaret's Fun Palace

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Venue: all across St. Margaret’s House

12-4pm | Free

Our cafe serves food daily , Check out their menu here

Come along on Saturday 5th October as the whole of St Margaret's House transforms into a Fun Palace for people of all ages!

Activities will be happening in the Create Place, Hall, Yoganest, Chapel and even our Ayoka Charity Shop! Discover your inner artist and become part of the St Margaret's Community through our music, crafts and theatre sessions.

You can drop in on any of our workshops between 12-4pm! Going on, we’ve got….

Chapel – The Bramble Jam Collective – All Ages

The Bramble Jam Collective became a part of St. Margaret’s House family in spring 2019; meeting monthly to jam musically and share foraged goods to literally make jam. Our Fun Palace will mark the beginning of when their monthly sessions will be open to the public. They will be leading musical jam sessions throughout the day with breaks in between for tea, eating together, decorating jars and telling you all about their group.

Hall – Plant Your Own Herb Pot Workshop – All Ages

Come and join Bhavini, our chef from the Gallery Café and plant your own winter hardy herbs to take home with you. Learn about what they can be used for and how to look after them indoors.

Hall – Interativos – All ages

INTERATIVOS is a playground for adults and children of all ages and abilities. A space to create, to think and to relax and to flourish the artist inside of you! Come and join artists Sylvia Morgado and Secil Erel, get stuck in with acrylic paints, recycled materials and make whatever you want.

Hall - Craftivist Workshop with The Fallout Club - All ages

The Fallout Club invite you to come and make a simple badge to celebrate the work of caring for children and the elderly. You can make a badge for yourself to celebrate and recognise the important work you do, or as a gift to show your appreciation for the work of another parent or carer. 

The Fallout Club Craftivism workshop combines the mindful and reflective qualities of craft while also stimulating discussion around poverty, unpaid carework and emotional labour. Moving the discussion about mental health and self-care to address collective social support. 

Hall – Ayoka Playzone – All Ages

Our charity shop receives so many wonderful donations throughout the year. To share the love, we’ll be setting up a play corner with toys, games, board games to play with on the day – all of which can be taken home with you if you want. Small donations welcomed.

Hall Tunnel Exhibition

On your way into the main space of our Fun Palace, gaze your eyes upon all of the wonderful artwork created by students of St John’s Primary School and the Bangladeshi Parents and Carers Association. Artwork will be displayed at all heights, even for little ones.

Create Place – Roman Road’s Borrow-a-Bag sewathon

After a successful campaign over summer, the Roman Road Borrow-a-Bag scheme is setting back up in our Create Place for another sewathon.

Did you know that more than 400 plastic bags are given out EVERY DAY along Roman Road? Plastic Free Roman Road and Tower Hamlets High Streets team have been joining forces with their Borrow-A- Bag scheme. The idea is that our community will come together, donating fabric waste, resources, space, time and people-power to create reusable fabric bags. These bags will be available at local shops so people can borrow them when they have forgotten to bring their reusable bags from home. 

Can't sew? No problem; there are many ways to help: ironing, folding, cutting, pinning, collecting fabric, and donating fabric. Food donations for our volunteers are also welcome!

Our sewathon session is family friendly - kids can busy themselves at our eco craft table or help out with the sewathon!

Ayoka & other spaces – Bric à Brac Theatre

Come and meet Alex, Christina and Alice - three sisters who got split up and grew up all over the world but reunited in Tower Hamlets! The sisters now own the Ayoka Charity Shop and all the clothes inside have a story… Listen, write down and explore these stories with us - and even wear the clothes! Alex, Christina and Alice will be wondering around the spaces throughout the day so go and say hi!

& and much much more!


More about Fun Palaces

Fun Palaces is a campaign that promotes culture at the heart of community and community at the heart of culture, with an annual weekend of action every October - and, this year, St. Margaret’s House are excited to take part!

The weekend is led by local people for local people, with everyone sharing their passions and skills in everything from craft to sports, to get everyone of all ages involved!

We’re one of four Fun Palaces happening in Tower Hamlets this year! Our friends at Boundary Estate, Bromley By Bow Centre, and Half Moon Theatre will also be host to some activities.


Interested in volunteering?

Here at St. Margaret’s House, we are always in need of a helping hand to ensure our programme is as good as it can be.

Some of the things we are always in need of help with:

  • Stage managing

  • Sound engineering

  • General event set-up

  • Managing ticket sales on the door

  • Getting audience feedback

  • Helping run our event bars

  • Promotion


If you have a passion for performing arts, wish to improve upon your own experience and are up for helping out, please email George at programme@stmargaretshouse.org.uk with the ‘event date and title’ in the subject, along with a contact number.

Earlier Event: October 3
GEISTE + Ben Osborn
Later Event: October 11
Cut a Rug