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Journey into Space UniHert planetarium

26/09/18

Fishes! Victorians! Planets! Swearing!

 Something exciting and downright unexpected is coming to Norwich.

And not just one thing; lots of things. 

That's right. The Norwich Science Festival is BACK and so so good. 

If you're sat there thinking that this isn't for you then I ask you to keep an open mind. This is no bunsen-burner-and-threat-of-detention science; it's not gridded paper and chewing the end of your pen; it's not Mr Thorpe's PowerPoint presentation on the hypothetical extinction of pondweed in the local area. 

Some of these events are crazy, and totally not what you'd learn in your average science lesson at school. During the festival - which runs from the 19th to the 27th of October - there will be a programme of events to appeal to all ages and tastes, plus there will be planetarium in the Cathedral and a VR experience bus where you can experience what it's like to land the Soyuz capsule! 

Here's our pick of events! Bookable events do sell out, so make sure you reserve your ticket early!

Benedict Allen – Ultimate Explorer
Friday 19 October
7.30pm–9.30pm, inc. interval

In a brand new show, adventurer-explorer Benedict Allen tells the whole unvarnished truth of his most recent adventure – a solo expedition to Papua New Guinea, during which he filmed his journey to visit a community he had befriended thirty years earlier – when he hit the headlines after failing to turn up for a flight to Hong Kong, prompting his friends and family, and eventually the world media, to become concerned for his wellbeing. Benedict will recall the highs and lows of this awe-inspiring trip, tell exhilarating tales from his life as an explorer and show never-before-seen material from his travels across the globe.

Venue: Norwich Playhouse
Cost: £20, £17.50 concessions
Age: All ages
Book: norwichplayhouse.co.uk

Benedict Allen - Ultimate Explorer
Benedict Allen - Ultimate Explorer

An Eye Below Zero - with Doug Allan
Friday 26 October
6.30pm–7.30pm

Did you ever wonder how to approach belugas underwater? Get up close and personal with polar bears without being eaten? Stop your fingers falling off from frostbite? How much do wildlife programme makers rely on scientists, and do our programmes ever contribute to scientific discoveries? Doug Allan is one of the world’s best known and respected cameramen, and in this presentation he’ll be sharing his own personal insights about marine biology, diving, and filming at the poles. Over his career, he's filmed for series like The Blue Planet, Planet Earth, Frozen Planet, Ocean Giants, Operation Iceberg and Forces of Nature.

Venue: Norwich School, Blake Studio
Cost: £15, £10 concessions
Age: 10+
Book: norwichsciencefestival.co.uk


Eye Below Zero - 26th October
Eye Below Zero - 26th October

The Speed of Colour: An Abstract Encounter with Astrophotography
Tuesday 16 – Saturday 27 October
(Tue–Sat 9am–5pm)

This exhibition from Rosemarie Blackthorn and Christopher Grimmer explores the space between the representational nature of astrophotography with the ambiguity of abstract art. Using Newton’s seven colours of visible light, Rose works with Chris’ images of celestial bodies to create paintings that investigate the experience of looking up into the night sky. Together, Chris and Rose consider the limits of technology and imagination, pushing against the boundaries of what seen, what is known and what can be believed.

Venue:  Anteros  Arts Foundation
Cost: Free, drop-in
Age: All ages

Speed of Colour - Rosemarie Blackthorn and Christopher Grimmer - Tuesday 16 – Saturday 27 October
Speed of Colour - Rosemarie Blackthorn and Christopher Grimmer - Tuesday 16 – Saturday 27 October

Go Jump in the Sea!
Friday 19 October
12.30pm–1.30pm

The Marine Conservation Society dares you to go stick your face in Norfolk’s beautiful seas – there lies a world of wonder, amazing sea beasts, precious delicacies, and prehistoric remains. But beware, the future of this living treasure is threatened and in your hands. What will you do?

Venue: The Forum, Auditorium
Cost: Free, booking required
Age: 11+
Book: norwichsciencefestival.co.uk

Go Jump in Sea - credit: Paul Naylor
Go Jump in Sea - credit: Paul Naylor

Space Descent with Tim Peake: The VR Experience Tour Bus
Sunday 21 & Monday 22 October
10am–4pm

Ever wanted to be an astronaut? Step aboard the VR Experience bus to find out how it feels to journey through space! Strap on a Gear VR and experience Tim Peake’s incredible descent from the International Space Station in stunning virtual reality. Undertake space training and learn how to launch a rocket and how to land the Soyuz capsule. Experience a digital space walk and have a selfie in space! Presented by Samsung and the Science Museum Group. T&Cs apply – see website.

Venue: Outside The Forum
Cost: Free, drop-in
Accessibility info: norwichsciencefestival.co.uk

Space Descent VR Tour Bus
Space Descent VR Tour Bus

Dragon Hall Debates: Should We Let Nature Take Its Course?
Monday 22 October
7pm–9pm

With sea levels on the rise and tidal erosion escalating, the fragility of being an island nation has never been more apparent, particularly to Norfolk’s vulnerable coasts and the people who call them home. Happisburgh coastal campaigner Malcolm Kerby and Patrick Barkham, author of Coastlines: The Story of our Shore, join our Dragon Hall Debates panel to discuss and debate. Should we take action, or let nature take its course?

Venue: National Centre for Writing, Dragon Hall
Cost: Free, booking required
Age: 16+
Book: nationalcentreforwriting.org.uk/dragon-hall-debates

Dragon Hall Debates - credit: Andrew Dunn
Dragon Hall Debates - credit: Andrew Dunn

Technology: Redefining the Possible
Wednesday 24 October
2.30pm-3.30pm

Technology redefines what is possible. Simon Wheatcroft has taken this philosophy and literally run with it.

Losing his sight at 17, Simon has utilised technology to augment what he is capable of - initially using off the shelf tech, then forging forward to collaborate in creating the technology of the future to enable him to run marathons. Simon truly demonstrates the synergy of man and machine. Sponsored by Loveday and Partners.

Venue: The Forum, Auditorium
Cost: £7
Age: 8+
Book: norwichsciencefestival.co.uk

Technology Redefining the Possible
Technology Redefining the Possible

Dinner with a Difference
Thursday 25 October
7.30pm–10.30pm

Want to know a bit more about the science of how and why we like our food when we eat? Then why not join us for a Dinner with a Difference, an evening of delicious food, delightful fun and diverting facts in the company of two scientists and a chef.

Venue: No. 8 Thorpe Road
Cost: £40
Age: 18+
Book: tinyurl.com/dwad18book

Dinner with a Difference
Dinner with a Difference

Swearing is Good for You with Emma Byrne
Friday 26 October
7.30pm–9pm

Not only has swearing existed since the earliest humans began to communicate, but it has been shown to reduce physical pain, help stroke victims communicate, and encourage people to work together as a team. Emma Byrne, science communicator and AI specialist, presents a spirited defence of strong words.

Venue: The Forum, Gallery
Cost: £7
Age: Adults only (language)
Book: norwichsciencefestival.co.uk

 

Swearing is good for you
Swearing is good for you

Did the Victorians Ruin the World?
With Helen Arney and Kat Arney
Wed 24 Oct
6.30pm–7.45pm

Did the Victorians ruin the world? Join these science sisters to find out, and vote on whether you would change it back! Comedian Helen Arney (Festival Of The Spoken Nerd, Coast) and science writer and broadcaster Kat Arney (How To Code A Human, Herding Hemingway’s Cats) put aside sibling rivalry to dissect the dark underbelly of this golden era, in this show inspired by their BBC Radio 4 series. Prepare for history to meet hilarity: sharp wits, true facts and tiny top hats in an event that respectfully begs to differ. NB: voting restricted to male landowning gentry registered before 1819.

Venue: Norwich Playhouse
Cost: £12, £10 concessions
Age: 12+
Book: norwichplayhouse.co.uk

Did the Victorians ruin the world?
Did the Victorians ruin the world?

Journey into Space with the University of Hertfordshire Planetarium
Monday 22–Saturday 27 October
10am–4pm on the hour

Travel to the planets of the solar system, and to worlds, planets, stars and galaxies beyond in the company of astronomers from the University of Hertfordshire, in their state-of-the-art, mobile planetarium. Shows every hour, on the hour, lasting 45 mins. Please note that the planetarium will be dark inside, and visitors must be comfortable looking up at the visuals.

Venue: Norwich Cathedral, Cathedral Close
Cost: £5
Age: 5+
Book: norwichsciencefestival.co.uk

To the Solar System and beyond
To the Solar System and beyond

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