Tickets for the free award-winning Lancashire Science Festival are now available.

The University of Central Lancashire’s (UCLan) science spectacular returns for a one-day extravaganza on Saturday 23 October.

The registration desk and showfloors, on UCLan’s Preston Campus, will open at 9.00am and the shows start from 10.00am, allowing families plenty of time to experience the fun and real-world applications of science, technology, engineering, maths and health.

The free-to-attend event, which is one of the biggest free events in Lancashire and is now in its ninth year, will enthuse and inspire the next generation with the very best in electrifying shows, fantastic workshops, exciting exhibits and hands-on activities.

Among those stand out performers are Mathew Tosh, who will be dazzling audiences with his Pyrotrickery show; The Blowfish will be returning with his popular Heavy Metal Marine Biology show; while David Hall will wow the crowds with his Mathmagics event.

Other activities will include Unmasked: The Science of Superheroes, which will invite the audience to test out their own superpowers and explores the psychology, biology, computer science and astrophysics of our favourite superheroes; Ensonglopedia, which will ask what does it mean to be human?; and Perspectricks, which will see science magician Matt Pritchard share a host of perplexing optical illusions, impossibilities, and ambiguous objects created from household items.

The amazing Bubbles and Balloons Show will question if you can catch a bubble? Make it last for ever or make it square shaped? while exotic animals will be able to be handled in sessions covering the rainforest, habitats and minibeasts.

On the interactive showfloors, youngsters will be able to explore the world around us or step into new ones with Minecraft workshops. Other workshops will ask how do infections travel and how do we stop them? Can you build your own spaceship? What makes the best den?

If either young or old have always wanted to know what it’s like to walk on the moon, then one of the UCLan-led astronomy stands will simulate a moonwalk via a virtual reality headset.

The Festival will close at 4.00pm. Tickets can be secured at




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