Gravity Fields at Woolsthorpe Manor

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We're delighted to be welcoming the Gravity Fields Festival to Woolsthorpe from September 21-25, as we host some exciting events for schools and the general public.

Gravity Fields is a unique festival which explores the physical sciences through science, arts, speakers, comedy, dance, drama and outdoor spectacle. It's based in and around Grantham in Lincolnshire and Woolsthorpe Manor, birthplace of Isaac Newton, has its own mini-fest as part of the programme.

The Manor's special programme of events covers the festival's five days (21-25 September), commemorating 350 years since Newton fled Cambridge to escape the plague and made spectacular scientific advances from his Woolsthorpe home.

During the festival the bubonic killer hits the village, in 'Plague Days' re-enactments for schools and families, with plague victims, doctors and body collectors in sinister bird masks, courtesy of Greenwich and Lewisham Young People's Theatre.

Speakers include Dr Michael Mosley (from the BBC's Trust me, I'm a Doctor), who tracks Galileo's rise from an unlikely background, and Cambridge engineer Dr Hugh Hunt celebrating the genius engineers of WW2. Two of the Festival's scientific patrons also feature: world Newton expert Professor Rob Iliffe will be speaking on Newton and Samuel Pepys, and Professor Valerie Gibson chooses her top ten of Newton's scientific achievements.

These are all ticketed events run by the Gravity Fields Festival and tickets are available from the Festival booking office

  • On weekday mornings local primary schools will be exploring the Great Plague with a company of actors
  • On weekday afternoons and on Saturday 24 September there will be a wide-ranging series of ticketed talks for secondary school students and the general public in the lower yard marquee
  • From Monday 21-Saturday 24 September the site will also be open to visitors as usual, although access may be restricted in some places.

Please note that entry to Woolsthorpe for Plague Day on Sunday 25 September is by ticket only - follow the link above to book.

Tickets are selling fast - buy yours now!

" We should never underestimate the impact Newton has had on the world and should be proud that he was born, bred and achieved his most notable scientific works here at Woolsthorpe Manor."
- Jannetter Warrener, Operations Manager at Woolsthorpe Manor