Lancashire Science Festival- next weekend’s family fun

This is where we are headed next weekend.

Lancashire Science Festival

It’s held at UCLan, in Preston. It’s free. There is plenty to do on the day; a drop-in science showfloor, an emergency zone including a fire engine (Leo will love that), workshops in forensic science, emergency medicine, trauma theatre…and a daredevil extreme sports stunt show. Plus if you haven’t booked onto the lectures, you can pick up tickets in the stand-by queues.

This year they’ve made an effort to include more activities for younger kids. And there are free lockers, and a pram park, and baby changing. And the canteen is open all day for lunch too.

And free parking too. What’s not to like?

 

Family Festival Fail

Today we used the promise of the Lancashire Festival to persuade (I say persuade, I mean bribe) the kids to tidy their rooms up. The newspaper advertising looked fab; lots of stalls were promised, a funfair, donkey rides and ‘family fun’. So we packed up the family and went to have fun.

Only one word can describe the event. Letdown. Enjoying the miniature bus ride

It was apparent that the great advertising was due to the festival being put on by the newspaper group which had done said advertising. This annoyed Jo, as besides the fact that the thing could be done under the trade descriptions act, she has been trying to get the local press to commit to some free PR for the Lancashire Science Festival, and they won’t bite. Obviously, that is because they have their own festival. Which is lame.

Admittedly, it may have been better if the weather had been a bit brighter. One of the best bits of entertainment was watching people grip their gazebos and try not to lose them to  the wind.

We had cupcakes and candy floss and a ride on a miniature bus.  I enjoyed that the most (see pic..) 🙂

Next week is the Lancashire Science Festival. Jo promises us it will be fantastic. Should be, she’s been working really hard on it.