Category: Stirchley community

Stirchley Baths – Fun Palace !


Who wants to be a Fun Palace Maker?

Stirchley Baths would like to offer itself as a venue to host a Fun Palace event at some point over 1-2 October weekend, but we need community Fun Palace Makers to get involved!

What is a Fun Palace I hear you ask?! “Fun Palaces is an annual, free, nationwide celebration of arts and culture, driven by localism, innovation and engagement, with a core passion to encourage communities to create by and for themselves. Fun Palaces shouts, sings, shimmies, stomps from the rooftops: arts and sciences, all culture, is a crucial part of human life, and they are truly glorious!”


Can you run a science experiment or an art or craft activity? Are you in a band or someone who can get people up dancing? Do you have a PlayStation and could supervise a Minecraft corner? Can you organise a few games, run a jewellery making session, lead a walk or a bike ride, or talk to people about local history? Can you teach people how to garden? What could YOU offer to engage people in YOUR community in FUN stuff?



“Fun Palaces is not just about the weekend, it is about coming together to create, celebrating local people, local places and community in the everyday.”

Fun Palaces are RADICAL!! What do the Fun Palaces organisers mean by that? They think…

  • Radical Engagement means ANYONE should be able to make a Fun Palace
  • Radical Participation means ANYONE can go to a Fun Palace and – hopefully – find something there that they’d like to do. And if they can’t find anything there they’d like to do, that they are allowed to create something they’d like to do while they are there
  • Radically Local means that, whatever you want to do in your Fun Palace, there is probably someone in your community, someone locally, who knows how to do it. (Or who knows someone who knows how to do it!)
  • Radically Community means that YOU, your own community, are best-placed to be your own leaders, your own Makers. We think that we’ve had enough of flying in experts to tell communities what to do. We think you know.
  • It’s radical to say Everyone an Artist, Everyone a Scientist – we believe it too. And we believe that changing the world, from the grassroots up, locally, in and with community, can happen while having radical FUN.

If you have read to the bottom of this, we think you might be someone who can get involved in helping to organise or contribute to a STIRCHLEY Fun Palace event at some point during 1-2 October.


If so, please get in contact with us or pop in and speak to a member of staff or else come along to a Kick Off Meeting on 17/8/16 6.30pm at Stirchley Baths


We are more than happy to take on the initial coordinating role through the Stirchley Baths Heritage Programme (as we have a small pot of funding and some people resource), but as essentially a grass roots movement, Fun Palaces are community-led!


Looking forward to hearing from you if you can spare a few hours to help organise or do an activity on the day – it should be FUN !


This Saturday: Advance with Feathers Live Performance

This Saturday 21st May Stirchley Baths presents a very special performance, for one time only, of Advance with Feathers. The live performance is the conclusion to a year long collaboration with artist Justin Wiggan who has created new work around the redevelopment of Stirchley Baths and the themes of hope, transition and future. At the performance you will also receive a limited edition 7″ vinyl recording of the new sound piece created.

IMG_20160517_134430Saturday’s performance will be a moving sonic experience for the audience who will be part of an installation of film, building materials and balloons while award winning opera singer Suzanna Purkis fills the main hall with voice from on high in her lifeguard chair.

Justin and the ‘Centre for Curious Sonic Investigation’ worked to produce the project with Kate Andrews, and several volunteers. Participants patients from Stirchley’s St. Andrews hospital, children from Cotteridge Primary School and the local community to collect words and sounds that participants associated with hope, transition and future.

Advance with Feathers has been funded by Arts Council England and Heritage Lottery Fund. 

Book tickets here via Eventbrite, limited tickets will be available on the night but cannot be guaranteed.



Sign up here to volunteer

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You can follow in the footsteps of many community members who are supporting Stirchley Baths by joining our fantastic volunteer team. The volunteer programme provides fun and rewarding opportunities to get involved with Stirchley Baths through heritage, arts and general centre support. The programme also provides training and social opportunities. When you volunteer 50 and 100 hours of your time, you will earn special volunteer swimming style badges!

To sign up to our volunteer programme and be added to our newsletter with the latest opportunities please fill out this Form.

Community Preview Evening


25 November 6.30-8pm
Stirchley Baths

We welcome everyone in the community to come along and have a look around your new community building, hear about the heritage programme and sign up for some of the exciting activities that will run from the centre. All welcome, no booking required.

Want to get involved? We are looking for volunteers to support the heritage programme. If you are interested please contact Kate Andrews –