Be inspired by science at Bluedot

Bring all the family to Bluedot this summer for a weekend of inspiring science!


Bluedot Festival, 7 – 9 July
Day Tickets:
£59 | Weekend Tickets: £159


Bluedot is our annual festival of discovery that combines science, arts, music, and culture in to one big celebration held here at Jodrell Bank. Last year’s festival saw nearly 15,000 in attendance and we’re looking forward to welcoming even more when it returns this summer from 7 – 9 July.

The festival, which has already won multiple awards and received wide critical acclaim after its debut last year, is co-curated by us and it embodies one of our core missionsto inspire the scientists of the future.

The festival is made with families in mind and, along with plenty of engaging science activity, music, and arts, you’ll also find great family camping facilities, lots of amenities, plenty of early morning activities, and an abundance of great food and drink. In fact, thousands of families are so excited, they’ve already booked their tickets (and we think you should too!)

We can’t wait to welcome you all in July. Here’s some of the inspiring science engagement activity that we’ve been working on for you…

Science Shows

We already run hugely popular live science shows throughout the year. Our audiences, young and old, just love them and that’s why we’ve put together a packed programme of shows throughout the festival.

Perfect for all the family, science shows include live experiments, fascinating demonstrations, and even the occasional (controlled) explosion! Here’s a few of the Science Show highlights you can expect to see at Bluedot…

  • See a giant ‘neuron’ created live on stage as you explore the ways nerve cells send messages through the brain and body in Hack your Brain
  • Explore the science and technology used by crime-fighting detectives in Science Sleuths
  • Have some big, bubble-bursting fun with Science Made Simple’s Bubbles and Balloons
  • Enjoy a whizz bang show about chemistry and music in A quantum of Science with the University of Manchester’s Dr Frank Mair
  • Join Jodrell Bank’s own Science Enagement Team in a series of their most popular science shows.

The Star Field

Situated directly under the impressive Lovell Telescope, the Star Field is the ultimate science fairground. In a series of tents and stalls packed with displays, games and interactive experiments, festival-goers will have the opportunity to find out about the latest discoveries in science, technology, and space exploration.

This is where our own Jodrell Bank scientists will be, talking to you all about our latest discoveries.

You’ll also be able to discover more about the development of the amazing SKA Project and watch out for the return of our ever-popular Planetarium dome.

Other highlights of the Star Field include:

  • Explore the science of the mind with Medical Research Council
  • Investigate your genes with the Wellcome Centre for Human Genetics
  • Create some Mito Art with the Wellcome Centre for Mitochondrial Research.
  • Find out about the Moon, Meteors and Planets
  • Discover how to make graphene, the University of Manchester’s wonder-material, with sellotape,
  • Celebrate the inspirational women of science with Science Grrl,
  • Find out the many ways of using light with our very own Photon Science Institute and the Science and Technology Facilities Council’s Diamond Light Source.

The Planet Field

New for 2017, the Planet Field is an additional science fairground situated in Jodrell Bank’s 35-acre Arboretum. This new experience will have a focus on ‘spaceship earth’, our fragile ‘blue dot’ planet, and the ways in which we look after the only planet we have ever known.

Planet Field highlights include:

  • Have a go at cloud-spotting and find out about the way in which we will deliver the festivals of the future with The Met Office
  • Watch Himalayan glaciers melt with the Rocky Glaciers team from Aberystwyth
  • Join the British Geological Survey to find out what happens when earthquakes shake the planet.
  • Meet the team from the British Science Association who will help you ‘free the bees’
  • Find out how we can develop sustainably with our international charity partner for the festival, Practical Action.
  • Discovery Astrobiology and organisms in extreme environments
  • Learn how chemistry makes clean water and why our wildlife matters.

Click here to view what’s on each day at this summer’s Bluedot Festival

Bluedot Festival, 7 – 9 July
Day Tickets: £59 | Weekend Tickets: £159