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About the event

Don’t miss this very special day where our communities come together, young and old, to be inspired by creative activity and togetherness.

Join us for our annual Fun Palaces open day on Sunday 6 October with free activities, exhibitions, crafts and performances happening 11am – 4am across our beautiful historic theatre.

Fun Palaces is an annual nationwide celebration, throwing open the doors of our great buildings, to celebrate creativity across all our communities.

Watch and take part as a range of groups and individuals share their passion and skills across the building and see behind the scenes as you explore the New Theatre Royal.

For 2019, we’re delighted to include a range of science activities for all ages, celebrating UNESCO’s International Year of the Periodic Table, which is almost as old as the theatre itself!

Bring along your Beano/Dandy comic and get it signed by long-time comic book artist and writer Andy Fanton, who will be glad to draw you a little keepsake of your favourite Beano character.

A selection of artist, historian and broadcaster Leo Stevenson’s incredible work has been installed for exhibition at the theatre, join us in admiring the pieces, some of which were featured on the BBC’s ‘Serious Fakes’.

Fun Science‘ are performing a brilliant science show on the main stage along with hands-on activities and demonstrations.

Keeping you entertained throughout the day is local comedy cabaret performer The Fabulous Josh, who will compere the day and entertain on the main stage alongside The Syncettes, Portsmouth singers Hannah Clark and Sian Anderson – a showcase of local talent!

Young ones can get involved with Nutcracker themed crafts and discover our historic building by taking on The Nutcracker Trail – you could win a special prize!
Hands-on science activities for children will be happening all day.

Pop into The Repair Cafe to learn how to mend anything from a holey jumper to a broken appliance with helpful tips from our volunteers. Bring along your beloved clothes in need of repair for assistance to give them new lease of life!

Surprises and memories will be created at Fun Palaces 2019 – don’t miss it.