Family Fun at First Ever Suffolk Science Festival

Discover the planets, robots and more at the first ever Suffolk Science Festival in Bury St Edmunds.

A pop-up planetarium, robots, magic bubbles and fingerprinting are just some of the activities on offer for families this weekend during the first Suffolk Science Festival in Bury St Edmunds.

The three-day festival, organised by the Kinetic Science Foundation, takes place at The Athenaeum, St Edmundsbury Cathedral, Moyse’s Hall Museum and Bury St Edmunds Library on Saturday 10 February and Sunday 11 February.

Visit the Planetarium at The Athenaeum throughout the weekend and experience life on the International Space Station plus watch a 3D film about the Solar System.  You will be transported into space for 30 minutes in an amazing experience which feels like you are above the clouds. 

There will also be a chance to find out more about the Athenaeum Astronomy Association, take part in an Exo Planet Workshop, make a Star Viewer plus many more planet and solar system activities.

Visit the free Robotics Workshop on Saturday and Sunday at St Edmundsbury Cathedral and meet some of the robots.  Who would have thought that you can have the most fun learning to build a robot with instructors and then letting you robot go for a walk. Plus find out about the car that is trying to break the land speed record and build your fastest car.

The Cathedral will also host the Mini Beast Roadshow on Saturday (10 February) and get up close and personal with some amazing creatures.  Plus there will be exhibits from RAF Honington, the RSPB, a chance to see Chocolate Welding, Stixx engineering and architecture plus Bubble Mania with Magic Bubbles and a Toddler Zone with Science for the Under 4’s throughout the weekend.

At Moyse’s Hall Museum exhibits include Rolls Royce (Sunday only), a chance to try out smells and tastes with Bury St Edmunds-based ingredients manufacturer Treatt, a maths roadshow, a pop up science book shop with Moon Lane and an architecture roadshow.

Children will get the chance to find out how to fingerprint a crime scene at Bury St Edmunds Library as well as a chance to try badge making and lots of arts and crafts.

Plus there will be a trail around the town to find the Planets so stop at each station/venue and obtain the stamp for a card to say you have visited the venue.  At the last location when your Trail card is complete you can enter a draw for some family prizes.

The festival is free to attend but there may be some activities. Age restrictions apply for some activities and booking is recommended for some events. See the Suffolk Science Festival website for more information.