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Fun Palaces are back for 2021!

Posted on 20 Sep 2021

Libraries transform into Fun Palaces with free community events from 1st – 3rd October.

Get ready for an action-packed weekend at your local library this October, as libraries host their annual Fun Palaces.

Great fun for all the family, there will be a programme of community events to bring people together for a range of creative activities at select libraries across Devon.

Fun Palaces 2021 is a free, nationwide campaign for culture at the heart of community and community at the heart of culture happening over the weekend of the 1st – 3rd October 2021.

Participating libraries include Barnstaple, Crediton, Exeter, Newton Abbot, Northam, Okehampton, Sidmouth, Seaton, South Molton, Tavistock, Teignmouth, Tiverton, Torquay and Torrington – each with a unique set of activities and events. Check in with your local library to find out what’s happening in your community.

Callum Elliott-Archer, Centre Manager at Exeter Library said, “We are looking forward to hosting a Fun Palace again this year at Exeter. We have lots planned, including a printing workshop by Double Elephant and an innovative music installation experience by Simon Belshaw. It’s free to come along and join in, and a chance for families to get out and do something creative together.”

Alex Kittow, Chief Executive of Libraries Unlimited, the charity that runs all 54 libraries said: “Fun Palaces are a fantastic opportunity to welcome people back to our spaces and for us all to reconnect with our communities. Community events are so important in maintaining a sense of connection and we are delighted to once again be hosting a wide range of activities, put on by and for local people, at Fun Palaces across Devon and Torbay.”

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 2,100 Fun Palaces have been made across the UK and worldwide by over 40,000 local people (‘Makers’) with 650,000 people taking part. This year will be the eighth Fun Palaces 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, connect our own communities, from the grassroots up.

A full list of events can be found online at or by visiting the Fun Palaces website at

Libraries Unlimited believes…

…in the unlimited potential of library services to make a positive difference to people’s lives and communities through a shared love of reading and access to high quality information and facilities.