Royal & Derngate hosts a number of annual festivals and special events that create imaginative and fun ways for all ages to take part in arts activities.

Fun Palaces 2018

Everyone’s an artist, everyone’s a scientist.

Fun Palaces is an annual weekend of arts and science events created by, for and with local people.

This year The United African Association is hosting a Fun Palace event at Royal & Derngate on Sat 6 October 1-2pm

Part demonstration and part workshop, any age can join them to listen and learn, so come along – it’s FREE!

For information about Fun Palaces, have a look at their website at  If you would like to get involved in future community activities at Royal & Derngate, contact Erica Martin or call 01604 655732.


True Colours Day

Come to Royal & Derngate on Sun 7 October 12-5.45pm and join our Arts Leaders for a celebration of unity and acceptance where everyone if encouraged to be proud of who they are.

Inspired by the Pride Rainbow Flag and Kinky Boots message of celebrating being who you want to be, True Colours Day is an opportunity for local people to come along to the theatre and be creative together.

There will be performances from local young people, workshops and opportunities to find out more information on local LGBTQ+ groups, societies and forums. So take part in the workshops, come and see the performances and drop in on the day to celebrate with us.

To see the schedule for the day, click on the link below:


All activities are FREE but you must book workshop places in advance by contacting Box Office on 01604 624811.

For more information about becoming a Royal & Derngate Arts Leaders, contact Trudy Bell or call 01604 655740.


National Theatre Connections 

Connections is the National Theatre’s nationwide youth theatre festival. Each year it offers a unique opportunity for youth theatres and school theatre groups to stage new plays written for young people by some of theatre’s most exciting playwrights.

Each year Royal & Derngate hosts one of the regional festivals, with over 500 young people involved in over four days of fantastic workshops, creative activities and performances.

For more information on National Theatre Connections, visit

If you are interested in being a volunteer during festival week, contact Erica Martin.


Shakespeare Anniversary Weekend

Royal & Derngate marked the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death and celebrated his legacy with performance heritage tours across Northampton and a major ceremony in Abington Park.