Fun Palace

Saturday 1st October, 10.00am to 3.00pm
Go along and be part of the fun as you try out different arts, science, health and heritage activities aimed at anyone of any age.

Join in with arts and craft activities from Mr Straw’s House National Trust, The Harley Gallery, From the Heart Charity and Bassetlaw Museum. Have a go on the smoothie bike with ABL Health and take fun football challenges with Worksop Town FC.
Try out fun science tricks with Ignite, discover stop-motion animation with Inspire Learning and experience virtual reality with the University of Sheffield’s Women in Engineering Society. Also enjoy performances from young local musicians and watch LAND / ING – a new film by Hetain Patel and the people of Nottinghamshire, filmed at Worksop Priory and created as part of the Mayflower400 commemorations.

On top of all that, find health and heritage activities next door at the Aurora Wellbeing Centre, who are partnering with the library to provide extra Fun Palace fun! Entry to Fun Palace is free and no booking is required – simply turn up and take part in the free activities.

Jazz Steps Live

Tuesday 11th October, 7.30pm
The Martin Speake Quartet will be playing. Martin Speake is one of the most interesting and rewarding contemporary alto saxophonists. His playing owes more to the West Coast ‘Cool School’ than to the 60s ideas of John Coltrane but never ignoring his Bebop roots. Enjoy subtle and original arrangements of classics as well as self-penned material. Tickets can be purchased for £12.00 (advance booking advised).

Dementia Friendly Film Screening

Grease (PG)
Friday 7th October, 10.00am

This is a relaxed screening suitable for all but particularly for those with memory challenges, their friends and family. Tickets are just £1.00 and can be purchased in advance.

Small World Cinema

Friday 21st October
At this free family film event, find out how early cinema pioneers invented different ways to make images come to life.
Children will make Zoetropes and Thaumatropes, popular Victorian optical toys, to animate images. Families can settle down to enjoy a programme of short animations, curated by the London International Animation Festival. These are from around the world and are largely without dialogue so can be enjoyed by all.

Children will be invited to do the craft which will begin at 10.00am and the animations will begin at approximately 10.45am. Places are limited – booking highly advised.

Family Theatre – Grandad Anansi by Elayne Ogbeta

Monday 17th October, 10.30am
Don’t miss Half Moon and Z Art’s production of Grandad Anansi by Elayne Ogbeta, which is touring five Inspire Libraries.
Abi and her Grandad tell each other Anansi folktales. They play games as they work together in the garden among the beautiful flowers and tasty vegetables. As they plant memories, they share secrets and develop a bond that nothing can break. Grandad is as smart and mischievous as the wily Anansi legend. Can he find a way to tell his granddaughter about his plans to return to Jamaica, his beloved homeland?

Join these intrepid characters in this humorous and heartfelt inter-generational adventure, as they step into the unexpected. With evocative live music, Grandad Anansi is an uplifting tale of love, courage and letting go. The show is suitable for children aged four to nine and their families. Tickets are £3.00 for library members and £6.00 for non-members (booking highly advised). For more details, visit

The Big Draw 2022: Come Back to Colour Workshop

Friday 28th October. 10.00am to 11.30am
Join professional dance artist Takeshi Matsumoto for a free family workshop.

The Big Draw Festival is a worldwide celebration of drawing! How can we use the body to create a drawing? This workshop invites children and their family to explore new and fun ways of moving and drawing. You will make a large piece of drawing together by tracing the body to create layers of life-sized outlines and discover hidden animals, vehicles and landscapes. Have fun moving together to make your colourful mark and contribute to a collaborative community artwork.
Workshop places are limited – booking essential.

Puppet Play Workshop

Saturday 29th October, 10.00am
The library will be hosting a free workshop called Puppet Play for children aged five to nine and their grown-ups. In this creative, fun and interactive workshop families will learn about making puppets and how to bring them to life to tell stories, with artist Nikki Charlesworth. Places are limited – booking highly advised.

Booking for any of these events can be done at, in person at the library or by phone on 01623 677200.