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Thousands enjoy free science fun during half-term holidays

(5 November 2019)

Thousands of visitors of all ages enjoyed hands-on experiments and inspiring science at our Celebrate Science festival during October half-term.

What is Celebrate Science?

Our annual, free, family-friendly science festival, held in a marquee on Palace Green.

This year was our tenth anniversary edition.

Highlights included our Planetarium and a Sun Dome where visitors could learn about the power of the Sun and fusion energy.

How did this year’s festival go?

It was a huge success!

Over three days, we welcomed over 6,000 visitors – taking the total over the whole ten years to nearly 60,000.

Paul Bowe, from East Rainton, Sunderland, visited with his four daughters: Marley, ten; Macey, seven; Molly, six; and Milly, four.

He said: “I’m interested in science and it’s fantastic to be able to bring the kids to something like this. They’re naturally inquisitive and the way the stalls are set up really gets them engaged. It’s a great event.”

Marley added: “Science is my favourite subject at school. Celebrate Science is really fun – to do experiments with lots of different things. I really like the Planetarium.”

Inspiring science

Celebrate Science is a chance for visitors to see the inspiring science we do at Durham University and we hope might inspire children to pursue a career in science.

It’s part of our extensive science outreach programme, which also includes our Schools’ Science Festival, students helping science teaching in local schools and training for local science teachers.