Lancashire Science Festival returns to Preston

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Lancashire Science Festival at UCLan
David Badin, 10, St Gregorys Catholic Primary School.
Photo Neil Cross Lancashire Science Festival at UCLan David Badin, 10, St Gregorys Catholic Primary School.
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A renowned science festival in back bigger and better than ever.

Hosted by Preston’s University of Central Lancashire, the free annual event is offering a huge variety of electrifying shows, workshops, exhibits and hands-on activities across three days.

Among this year’s star attractions is a mind controlled Dr Octavius tentacle and a ‘seeing with your ears’ daredevil mask, both created by UCLan’s Dr Matthew Dickinson.

Other highlights include Matthew Tosh’s shows on the Science of Fireworks and the Science of Stage FX; What’s The Matter - a slapstick comedy theatre performance about quantum physics and Heavy Metal Marine Biology, presented by television personality The Blowfish.

Festival favourite BBC Science presenter Greg Foot also returns, telling his story of his scientific adventure to the world’s highest pop-up laboratory at Everest Base Camp.

Dr Jo Heaton-Marriott, Lancashire Science Festival Director, said: “Last year our festival attracted more than 17,000 visitors over three days.

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

The award-winning festival, which is now in its sixth year, will run across UCLan’s Preston city centre campus from Thursday, June 29 to Saturday, July 1, with two days dedicated to school visits and an open public event on the Saturday.

Registration for a free Lancashire Science Festival family pass is now open and workshops are available to book from £1 on the Lancashire Science Festival website.