Now that schools have broken up for summer, I suspect many parents across Peterborough will be looking for things to keep their children occupied. Luckily, there are a range of exciting, free (and educational!) activities over the coming weeks that are perfect for inquisitive minds, young or old.
This list is based around the world of STEM – Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths. As one of the founders of Peterborough STEM Festival I thought it would be helpful for parents to find out what’s going on in the area.
Please check each event’s relevant website before attending to make sure it’s suitable for your and your family.
Peterborough STEM Festival Roadshow – Peterborough One Retail Park
CHaOS (Cambridge Hands-On Science) and ICE (the Institute of Civil Engineers) will be at a roadshow organised by Peterborough STEM Festival. Held at the Peterborough One retail park on Sunday August 5th, in between Van Hage and Kiddicare.
Tim Peake’s Soyuz Tour – Peterborough Cathedral
Probably not the first thought for exhibits about space, but Peterborough Cathedral has events that are sure to inspire the next generation of astronauts.
From 11th of August to 5th November, Tim Peake’s Soyuz space capsule will be on display along with Tim’s emergency spacesuit and Soyuz descent parachute.
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PECT Green Festival – Ferry Meadows
Taking place on the 11th and 12th of August at Ferry Meadows, the Green Festival encourages visitors to discover how to live more sustainably and to develop long-term behaviour change. Areas of focus include everything from sustainable transport, recycling, locally and sustainably produced food, and nature and biodiversity.
August 14th and 21st
Virtual Worlds – Peterborough Central Library
Take a trip into Virtual Worlds to create digital art and stories.
East Anglian Air Ambulance Emergency Services Fun Day – Ferry Meadows
Support the great work carried out by EAAA and other emergency services on their popular fun day at Ferry Meadows. Activities include a children’s fairground, face painting plus a flying visit from an Air Ambulance!
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For budding coders, Code Clubs are being held at Vivacity libraries across Peterborough.
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When schools return in September it doesn’t mean that the fun has to stop!
From October 5th to 14th, Peterborough Cathedral is continuing it’s space theme with a Museum of The Moon exhibit, featuring a seven-metre art installation of the moon. There will also be lunar-inspired activities and events to take part in during this time.
Peterborough STEM Festival is back on Saturday October 13th for it’s big main event. Aimed at ages 5-16 – but suitable for all the family, this year’s event at the KingsGate Conference Centre near Parnwell celebrates everything Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths from Peterborough and beyond with talks, workshops and interactive exhibits to get involved in.
A number of special guests will be coming along, including BAFTA-winning children’s TV presenter Maddie Moate and Horrible Science author Nick Arnold.