Derby British Science Association

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Science things to do as summer ends

Those of you who are parents of younger humans may well be in countdown phase now, and seeking last minute entertainment prospects before one more episode of ‘Winx Club’ sends you over the edge. Or you might be seeking some entertainment for yourself; to fill that week  in August that you booked off from work before you remembered last year and that plane full of babies. Or you might be eight years old and utterly fed up of Dad’s woeful attempts to amuse you by prefacing household chores with “this will be fun!”

Whatever your fun needs hopefully something coming up in the next few weeks will suit you…

First up we cross over the border into Nottinghamshire, to Ravenshead. Papplewick Pumping Station only fires up the steam engines 8 times a year (it’s a jolly costly business) and this coming Bank Holiday weekend is one such weekend. The pumping station will be open from lunch time till 4pm on both Sunday and Monday. It is a beautiful piece of Victorian engineering, and seeing it in action is a great opportunity for adults and children to see steam in action. If you haven’t been to that end of Nottinghamshire before directions are available on their website. Entry for adults is £6, £3 for those 5-16 and £4 for students and pensioners.

Still over the border Clumber Park in Worksop has Minibeast Monday on Bank Holiday Monday, which is part of the National Trust’s 50 things to do Before You’re 11 3/4 where there are lots of opportunities for those aged 5-11 3/4 to get involved in environmental activities. Great for the budding David Attenborough in your life.

Speaking of Attenborough… Attenborough Nature Reserve has pond dipping on Monday 28th, for children aged 2 and over. It costs £2 per child and runs from 10.15 until 12.15.

At Derby City Library on Wednesday 29th there is ‘Story Lab‘ which combines those two great things science and stories. It is on 10-5pm and you can just turn up.

On Saturday 8th September, from 2pm-4pm, Professor George McGavin will be giving a lecture, at the University of Derby, entitled ‘To the Ends of the Earth’. Tickets are available from Derbyshire Wildlife Trust and cost £5 for adults and £2 for children. Contact them on 01773 881188.

Ongoing events:

Until 10th September at Cresswell Crags you can see an exhibition of some of the biggest fossil insects ever found.

Whilst at Moira Furnace in Swadlincote until 30th September you can see an iron making blast furnace from the early 19th century.

Whether you fancy bugs and plants, or cogs and steam there’s hopefully something to keep you and yours occupied.


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