Summer science events from at-Bristol

Summer science events from at-Bristol

Get involved in the action in June, July and August 2013

At-Bristol, the award-winning science centre, is going to be a busy place of the coming months. Not only are they heavily involved with Bristol's Big Green Week, they will also be hosting a very special guest when Gromit Unleashed takes over the city.

Aardman model makers, whose work includes the Oscar-winning Wallace and Gromit animations, will be running masterclasses to help any aspring Nick Parks out there. Participants will create their very own Gromits and bring them to life in Animate It!, at-Bristol's animation exhibition.

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The centre will also be hosting a packed programme of Live Lab activities, live science shows and Planetarium shows running all summer long! Scroll down for information about upcoming events...

Exciting summer holiday activities

Make Your Own Gromit!

From 25 July.  Model making workshops £3 in addition to standard admission price (other activities included in admission)

At-Bristol - Animate It

Take a break from hunting out giant Gromits across the city with a visit to At-Bristol!  Meet a real-life Aardman model maker, who'll teach you the tricks of the trade and help you make your very own Gromit in an expert-led masterclass.

Once your creations are ready to star on the silver screen, bring them to life in Animate It!, At-Bristol's unique animation exhibit.  Take a journey through the history of animation, direct your own adventure, and meet Wallace and Gromit themselves - they'll be here every day over the summer!


Hands-on science in Live Lab


Fly by Wire Engineering Challenge

From 16 July, drop-in sessions daily from 10am - 4pm.  FREE with standard admission.


Become an engineer for the day with our Fly by Wire challenge! Working together with your family and friends, you can put your engineering skills to the test and investigate ways of powering a flying craft - all under the guidance of Rolls Royce experts.

Using the same principles as those used in some of the world's most complex engines, you can choose your propulsion system, design the aerodynamics and test your aircraft along our wire track to see if you have what it takes to master the art of flight!

This activity is supported by Rolls Royce.

Live science shows

Explore Your Universe: Family show

Regular shows at weekends and during school holidays.  FREE with standard admission.

Explore Your Universe with this exciting family show, bringing to life the latest discoveries in science - from atoms to astrophysics!  Follow in the footsteps of top UK experts at the cutting edge of research as we explore what links particle accelerators with 80s hair, and find out what space telescopes have in common with adrenaline-fuelled police chases.

At-Bristol - Explore Your Universe

See yourself in infrared and watch laser beams above your head in this highly charged show, produced with the UK Association for Science and Discovery Centres (ASDC) and the Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC).

Planetarium shows

Summer Night Sky Planetarium Show

From 18 June, regular daily shows.  £1 in addition to standard admission price.


As the evenings turn warmer, it's the perfect time to stay out later and look to the skies!  Join At-Bristol's expert presenters for a tour of the Summer night sky, from black holes to colourful stars.  Take a trip to the Milky Way, learn how to spot the Summer Triangle, and discover the myths behind Aquila the Eagle and Cygnus the Swan - constellations you can see from your own back garden this summer!

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Little Stars Planetarium Show

Weekends and school holidays, 2pm.  50p in addition to standard admission price.

Come and get star struck with At-Bristol's specially-designed Planetarium show for the under fives. All tiny explorers are welcome to join in with an interactive story full of exciting sights and sounds - perfect for introducing younger adventurers to the wonders of the night sky.