An out-of-this-world October half-term
Explore the sky, space and the things that fall out of it this October half-term. Taking inspiration from the mill-owning Greg family’s interest in space, you can discover the world of meteorites and fireballs with interactive experiments and an awe-inspiring cosmodome show.
You might know that the Greg family founded the cotton mill at Quarry Bank. But do you know that they also studied the night sky and wrote science fiction? This half-term, as part of Manchester Science Festival, we’re shooting for the stars with an amazing week of experiments, games and storytelling.
Are you an Earthling?
Do you think that Martians would believe in life on other planets? In 1880, Percy Greg wrote a sci fi novel about a man who takes a trip to Mars and meets an alien race who don’t believe that he’s real. Percy created a Martian language for his book, and his novel is thought to be the first written use of the word ‘astronaut’ in the English language. Join us for interactive storytelling and meet a Martian for yourself. Do you think that you can convince him that you’re a real Earthling?
Experiment with space
Become a scientist yourself and have a go at experiments and science games. You can handle samples of real meteorites, as well as an actual piece of Mars, and play Musical Meteorites as you discover how meteors fire through the sky. In the garden, you can help Robert Phillips Greg to catalogue his meteorite collection, and find out how rocks burn up in the Earth’s atmosphere in an experiment involving just a piece of cotton, a syringe, and the air around us.
The activities for October half-term are included in the Quarry Bank admission price (excluding the cosmodome show). Metorites and Fireballs is part of Manchester Science Festival, and is sponsored by Waters.
Manchester Science Festival
Thursday 19 October – Sunday 29 October
Play with science, create something amazing and discover art, workshops, performances and big experience at England’s largest science festival. For all ages, across Greater Manchester.
For more information visit www.manchestersciencefestival.com.