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Festival of Communities

Sunday 12 June | Queen Mary Mile End Campus

Explore Queen Mary University of London's Mile End Campus as the Festival of Communities unfurls the bunting with interactive activities, children's games, demos and give-it-a-go sports.

All activities and workshops are free to attend and food from local providers will be available to buy. 

Find out how to get to campus. Learn more about accessibility at the Festival and how we are keeping everyone safe.

Check out some of the activities happening on Sunday and scroll down to find out about timetabled workshops.


Date: Sunday 12 June 2022

Location: Queen Mary University, Mile End Campus

Times: 11:30am - 4:30pm


Health and Wellbeing

Find out what health and wellbeing services local community organisations have to offer and take part in interactive activities run by Queen Mary researchers. See how 3D printing might influence the future of medicine and get creative talking about asthma. Test your sense of smell or try your hand at Boccia – a Paralympic sport designed for athletes with high support needs. There will be plenty of opportunities to share your views about health and loads of fun family activities. 

Hands-On Science

Find out about black holes and exoplanets with Queen Mary astrophysicists, play Higgs Boson Dominoes and join a tour of the rooftop telescope (the observatory dome is visible from Mile End Road!). Dance with scientists to find out how researchers use apps to improve their dancing, and see your eyes in action with eye tracking technology.  All activities at the Festival are accessible to people with mobility impairments and wheelchair users except the telescope tour and Synch.Live - an art experience and brain science experiment. Find out more about accessibility.

Green Living

Explore green living in Tower Hamlets with fun family activities and hands-on demonstrations from community organisations and Queen Mary researchers. Make a battery out of a lemon and see how it works to light a LED! Enjoy candy floss and find out how it is similar to the fibres used in research labs. Fish for magnetic toys and get creative to find solutions for plastic pollution. Learn about sustainable shopping and share your thoughts on the Ultra-Low Emission Zone (U-LEZ) with fun-filled quizzes and games.

Creative Crafts

Make a sun catcher for patients at St John’s Hospice and get creative with artists from the Whitechapel Gallery. Experience the Tower of London’s Superbloom with Queen Mary heritage students: make origami flowers, pomanders, and plant a seed to take home. Learn how we experience music through colours and share how music looks to you by contributing to a digital artwork. See an exhibition of community-made art and have a go at needle-felting. There will be hands-on creative activities for everyone to try and plenty of family fun! 

Heritage and Culture

Rediscover the Bow Heritage Trail with the Roman Road Trust and tell researchers about the history that matters to you. Read young people’s poems with Literacy Pirates and solve puzzles to win the Captain’s Treasure! Use a lego model x-ray to read sealed documents, step back in time to an Old English kitchen, and colour in the past with Queen Mary’s Archives. Play Bingo in French, German or Spanish, learn to write your name in Arabic, and try Chinese calligraphy. You can even give Greek dancing a go with fun and simple dances for all the family!

Local Opportunities

Find out about local opportunities with community organisations like the Activities for Families Action Group, the Ocean Regeneration Trust, Whitechapel Gallery, Tower Hamlets Rotary Club, Literacy Pirates, Mind in Tower Hamlets and Newham, the Thai Boxing Fighters Academy and more!
Chemistry demonstration with young people


Check out our programme of workshops running throughout the day. 
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