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Wales’ largest science festival returns to Swansea

Swansea University will once again showcase its inspiring research to the people of Swansea later this month as the Swansea Science Festival returns for a third year.

In partnership with the National Waterfront Museum, the festival kicks off with the Family Weekend on 26-27 October – which attracted over 9,000 visitors last year.

With over 40 exhibits and hundreds of interactive activities, the Family Weekend will take visitors on a journey of discovery as researchers explore the depths of the sea, land, air and space. Young visitors and their families will get the chance to visit  ‘Lyons Wand Shop’ where you can make your own unique wand using code, catch a glimpse of TV Wildlife Biologist Lizzie Daly and say ‘Ello!’ to CBeebies’ Mr Bloom.

Meanwhile, families and theatre fans can expect magical storytelling brought to life by the multi award-winning Theatr na nÓg at the Dylan Thomas Theatre with a choice of Welsh and English performances of The Butterfly Hunter and Heliwr Pili Pala.

This year, as part of the fringe festival which will take over venues across the city until November 1 with a variety of exhibitions and workshops, Swansea University will be teaming up with venues in the Uplands to premiere the ‘After Dark’ event.

Those over the age of 18 can enjoy live performances from the musical mathematician Kyle Evans, hot off the heels of the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, as well as comedian, writer and broadcaster Robin Ince.

Other fringe festival activities include opportunities to join the CSI team after hours in a museum’s atmospheric galleries to uncover a murder mystery, and to witness a live radio play recording following the journey of a leading NASA scientist during the 50th anniversary of the moon landing.

Andrew Rhodes, Registrar and Chief Operating Officer at Swansea University said:

“Now in its third year, we are hoping to make the Swansea Science Festival even bigger and better than previous years. Through this event, we are bringing our leading research into the heart of the community through a wide range of interactive activities and showing that science is not just for academics, but for all.

“We are pleased to announce this year that we are working with a number of corporate exhibitors including ICC Wales, Tata Steel and Plantasia, and also charitable exhibitors including the British Heart Foundation and Tenovus Cancer Care. We are also thrilled to be partnering once again with the National Waterfront Museum and look forward to welcoming everyone to this fantastic event.”

View the full programme for the Swansea Science Festival.

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