bluedot festival: Family line-up at Jodrell Bank

If you’re thinking of taking the kids to a festival this year, get your skates on and get tickets to the brand new bluedot festival, with a great family lineup and kids go free on Sunday!

The three-day festival of discovery is located beneath the iconic Lovell telescope, and with the weather looking good for the weekend, we’re heading down straight after school breaks up for the summer on Friday! The adult line up is enticing all on its own (Air, Underworld and Caribou headline for starters) but when you’ve got kids in tow it’s always worth taking a look at what’s on offer just for them, and at bluedot its a long, quite exciting list.



Budding astronauts are invited to join the interactive, intergalactic Star Field area to explore the latest discoveries and performances from bluedot’s very own festival scientists. Entertainment includes Explore the Moon, Mars & Meteorites – offering kids the chance to hold a piece of the moon collected by Apollo astronauts, Urban Astronaut, Plants that Bite Back, Britain Breathing, Power of Light, Manchester Energy, Evolution of Landscapes and many more.

The Star Pavillion boasts an array of high-energy interactive shows for the whole family to enjoy. Saturday brings the brilliance of science to life, with amazing shows from football to game shows to pop songs and everything in-between, hosted by award-winning science communication company, Science Made Simple and award-winning local maths communicator, Katie Steckles.

Sunday see’s three dazzling demonstrations – Explore your Universe and Destination Space – by professional science communicator, Dr Matt Pritchard (AKA the Science Magician) along with two shows by Blue Peter’s very own scientist, Steve Mould and a final show – Titchy Tiny Science – designed for the younger science enthusiasts, by Nic Harrigan.

Loveable pink space-mice, the Clangers, will be whistling hello at bluedot festival on Saturday and Sunday inside the UK Space Agency Mission Control dome. Kids both big and small can enjoy storytelling, a space-themed mini-show and screenings of some of the favourite episodes. There will also be giant Clangers inflatables, knitting and crafting workshops, meet and greets with Clanger favourites – Small Clanger and Tiny Clanger plus Q&A’s with the series producers and much, much more.

Families can also relax and enjoy the fresh air while the children run free in The Arboretum’s play area.

Taking place 22-24 July at Jodrell Bank, the Cheshire observatory at the cutting edge of humanity’s quest for knowledge, bluedot is a brand new three-day festival of discovery that promises to fuse a complex mix of artists, speakers, scientists and performers into an event unlike any on earth.

Full weekend camping and day tickets are now on sale. Adult weekend tickets start from £129 and day tickets start from £35. Children’s weekend tickets start from £69 and day tickets from £25 (Friday and Saturday). Children go free on Sunday. The seven-course menu provided by Michelin star chef Aiden Byrne in ‘The Restaurant at the end of the Universe’ starts from £69.

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