We have been festivaling (not a word, but I’m going with it) with the kids since they were small. Feeling that a festival or two over the summer is an important part of their education as well as ours. It’s a chance to kick back, soak up some great music and learn new skills.
This year, we decided to look further afield than a kids festival, something a little different to broaden their young minds, and discovered Bluedot Festival. Bluedot is an intergalactic festival of music, science, arts, culture and the exploration of space. Perfect for my gang of budding scientists.
Bluedot is back for its second year, and has raised the bar with the announcement of its vast science bill adding to an already impressive music line-up that features Pixies, Orbital, and Alt-J to name a few. Set against a backdrop of the iconic Lovell Telescope at Jodrell Bank, Bluedot combines a truly stellar line-up of music with a ground-breaking programme of live science experiments, expert talks and immersive artworks.
The festival promises a journey of scientific discovery through its acclaimed Dot Talks series, interactive family science shows and the return of the hands-on Star Field with its new off-shoot, the Planet Field. Experts in their field will explore fascinating topics including space travel, volcanoes, climate change, spider silk, black holes, the search for extraterrestrial intelligence and more.
Family festival goers can discover a world of wonder in the intergalactic family areas which are packed full of cool science shows, hands-on activities, amazing animations, a dazzling array of surprising tricks, science superheroes and weird brain illusions – all designed for the young and young at heart!
From cosmic interactions with singing astronauts, to wind-powered sculpture and a colony of sonic blue dots, Bluedot 2017 presents a programme of space and science inspired art. ‘How I Hacked My Way Into Space‘ is not to be missed: enter the highest-tech shed imaginable, complete with pyro rockets, NASA screens and revolving satellites.
When you are sitting comfortably, experience an intimate show about the fine line between obsession and madness, and the glorious possibilities for scientists and artists to work together, by the acclaimed UnLimited Theatre. Bluedot 2017 will also welcome back the celestial processions by Handmade Parade, the immersive Outer Space area in the wooded Arboretum and a nightly illuminated spectacle on the Lovell Telescope.
The Star Field – Discuss and explore the latest discoveries with our very own festival scientists in a series of tents and stalls packed with scientific displays, games and interactive experiments.
The Space Pavilion– Enjoy high energy interactive shows and catch dazzling science demonstrations.
Mission Control – The exhibition area will bring to life a collection of artifacts and models on display, ready to inspire all ages.
The Arboretum – Enjoy the fresh air, and a sumptuous picnic while the children run free in our kids play area and become the next Jedi in our brand new Star Wars Light Saber training camp.
We can’t wait!
7/8/9 JULY 2017
JODRELL BANK Discovery Centre,
The University of Manchester, Macclesfield, SK11 9DL
Full weekend camping tickets are now on sale and start from £149
Purchase tickets via their website.
That’s not all! We are collaborating with Bluedot to giveaway a Weekend Family camping ticket for 4 (two adults, two kids). To enter, please complete the rafflecopter widget below. Winner will be announced Friday 5th May. Good Luck!
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Lou Archell, a writer, photographer, stylist and founder of Littlegreenshed. A UK lifestyle & travel blog
Lou is also a busy mum of two amazing boys and the founder of Sisterhood Camp – an annual creative retreat for recharging and empowering brilliant ladies, Lou is passionate about supporting and inspiring others whether through her workshops, writing, photography or lifestyle hacks.