Lancashire Science Festival – what is it, where is it and what’s on

Posted on - 31st May, 2017 - 7:00pm | Author - | Posted in - Kid's stuff, Preston News, UCLan, University campus, What's On in Preston
Lilly gets to grips with a magnifying glass at last year's festival
Lilly gets to grips with a magnifying glass at last year’s festival

Lancashire Science Festival is returning to keep children and adults entertained and informed during the end of June.


The free annual event includes a mind controlled Dr Octavius tentacle and a ‘seeing with your ears daredevil’ mask.

Events run across the University of Central Lancashire’s Preston campus and include performances from BBC Science presenter Greg Foot.

He tells the story of his scientific adventure up the world’s highest pop-up lab at Everest Base Camp.

Other events include Matthew Tosh’s shows on the Science of Fireworks, a slapstick comedy theatre performance about quantum physics and TV personality The Blowfish performs heavy metal marine biology.

Science festival director Dr Jo Heaton-Marriott said: “The popularity of the award-winning Lancashire Science Festival is growing year-on-year and that shows the mass appeal of free, educational events in the North West. Last year our festival attracted more than 17,000 visitors over three days, while 6,000 places for this year’s schools’ days were snapped up in less than 15 minutes.

“We are very proud to welcome so many people, both young and old, to a fun and engaging event which we hope inspires the next generation to love science as much as we do.”

Read more: A parent’s eye view of the Lancashire Science Festival

You can see the full programme for the festival, which runs from Thursday 29 June to Saturday 1 July, on the festival website.

Families can register for a family pass from Wednesday 31 May, all workshops are available to pre-book and tickets cost £1 per participant with money going to the Mental Health Foundation.

Have you been to the science festival? What did you think? Let us know in the comments below

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