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The Times Cheltenham Science Festival

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The Times Cheltenham Science Festival


06-6-2017 to 11-6-2017


Imperial Gardens

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Featuring the latest in companion robots, an interactive talk on Virgin’s new space plane, and a special event on the RSC’s new digital production of The Tempest, this year’s Times Cheltenham Science Festival will be the most ambitious yet. Taking place over six days, it is bigger than ever before, with more than 200 shows, talks, and workshops for children, families, and adults.

The festival focusses on new frontiers in technology and space exploration this year, developed with the help of the 2016 Guest Directors BBC Technology correspondent Rory Cellan-Jones and former present of Virgin Galactic Will Whitehorn.

This year’s Festival also has more free and interactive events than ever before. Landing in Imperial Gardens the week before British astronaut Tim Peake returns to Earth will be a spectacular Space Dome. Here, would-be space voyagers can find out what it takes to launch a rocket, live on a space station, navigate a solar storm, set foot on a new planet and fly among the stars. We’ll be bringing science …around town with pop-up events, science buskers, and hands-on activities in the heart of the town as well as our interactive zones on site. Visitors can try out a VR obstacle course in the Discover Zone, get blown away by wind power in the Siemens Curiosity Zone, design a high-tech smart bedroom in the EDF Energy Zone, fly a plane in the GE Pavilion and get up close and personal with BBC presenters in the BBC Science Zone.​

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