Lancashire Science Festival confirms dates for 2018

Posted on - 25th January, 2018 - 12:00pm | Author - | Posted in - City Centre, Kid's stuff, Preston News, UCLan, University campus, What's On in Preston
Children learn about astronomy at the Lancashire Science Festival
Children learn about astronomy at the Lancashire Science Festival

A celebration of all things science is returning to the city for a seventh year.


Lancashire Science Festival has confirmed it will take place in late June.

The three-day event is hosted by the University of Central Lancashire and last year attracted more than 17,000 visitors.

Popular with families the event will also mark the 190th anniversary of the university since it was founded as the Institute for the Diffusion of Knowledge.

Read more: What kids made of last year’s Lancashire Science Festival

This year’s festival has the theme of ‘Through the Ages’ and runs from June 28 to June 30.

Festival director Dr Liz Granger said: “In 2018 UCLan is celebrating 190 years of history and to mark this occasion the theme for the Lancashire Science Festival will be ‘STEM through the ages’.

“We’ll be celebrating all things science, technology, engineering and maths from the past, present and future. Amongst the dozens of shows and activities taking place, visitors can look forward to appearances from famous scientists of yesteryear, getting a sneak peek at cutting edge research taking place at the university right now and a re-appearance of a crowd favourite, the futuristic Titan the Robot.

“As always, the Festival will be completely free of charge, which wouldn’t be possible without the support from the STEM businesses we work with across the region.”

The science festival has become a staple of the city’s events scene and has won a number of awards for its commitment to bringing science to the masses.

Kids had fun, but learned a lot about science in the process

How you can help the science festival

The festival is looking for businesses to sponsor the event and to get involved in the festival – by showcasing what they can do.

Festival director Dr Liz Granger said: “This is a unique opportunity for businesses and organisations to get involved in the early stages of planning for the Lancashire Science Festival. Our aim is always amaze and engage the future generation and leave all visitors feeling inspired and local businesses have an important role to play in this.

“It’s not just about gaining invaluable exposure for your business to thousands of people, getting behind the Lancashire Science Festival is also the perfect opportunity to give back to the local community.

“This is a fantastic event enjoyed by thousands and we really rely upon our sponsors, contributors and volunteers so if you think you can play a part in supporting the festival, get in touch.”

For more information on how to get involved contact 01772 894288 or email

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