Here at Jodrell Bank we see science as an integral part of culture.

Our own field of interest, Astronomy, has been a key part of the human experience for millennia, stretching back to Neolithic sites such as Newgrange in Ireland and Stonehenge in England; Chankillo in Peru and the Royal Observatory, Greenwich.

Jodrell Bank itself is underpinned by a story of great scientific achievement and discovery, intertwined with world events. On 7th July 2019, in recognition of its internationally significant heritage, science and cultural impact, Jodrell Bank Observatory was awarded UNESCO World Heritage Site status. This inscription acknowledges the site’s tremendous scientific endeavours and its role in achieving a transformational understanding of the Universe.

This part of our website explores the ways in which science and culture interact – both here at Jodrell Bank and elsewhere in the world.

The countdown to bluedot began a while ago, and with suspense building, there’s 8 weeks to go till the return of our award-winning festival bluedot (18-21 July), so now’s the perfect time for families to start planning their trip.

Designed by the award-winning TV gardener Chris Beardshaw, in collaboration with Jodrell Bank’s Professor Tim O’Brien, the Galaxy Garden has been a real highlight of the Jodrell Bank gardens for the last 7 years.

This summer’s bluedot festival falls on the 50th anniversary of the historic 1969 Moon Landing and we’re thrilled to announce the first phase of our mind-blowing Moon-themed line-up! Taking place 18-21 July 2019 our multi award-winning festival will bring a summer of celebrations honouring the moment humankind stepped foot on another celestial body and celebrating Jodrell Bank’s unique […]

Moon Landing 50th will run throughout 2019 and is set to include a wealth of events and activities to engage our visitors and communities with this important anniversary.

Taking place 18-21 July 2019 and marking the 50th anniversary of the moon landing, this summer will see our fourth instalment of the multi award-winning festival and an even bigger celebration than ever before.

4 September, 2018

What’s on this autumn?

As the seasons start to change and summer turns to autumn, we’re looking forward to a host of exciting new events…

From 19-22 July, we welcomed more than 18,000 festival-goers to Jodrell Bank for a packed celebration of science, music, art and discovery.

This year’s bluedot (19-22 July) has an incredible line-up and the arts and culture programming is bigger than ever.

The award winning bluedot festival will be opening in just three weeks time with Blue Planet in Concert, performed by the Hallé Orchestra on Thursday 19th July. The event kicks off a brand new family four-day format for the festival and promises to be a night to remember.

We’re thrilled to have Practical Action on board once again as one of bluedot’s official charity partners for 2018.