Norwich Science Festival 2018 - 10 top picks for families

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From a trip into space with astronaut Tim Peake to making a robot obey your commands - here's how to take part in Norwich Science Festival 2018.

Ever wondered what it sounds like inside a tree? This is your chance to hear the inner rumbles, pops and surges of a tree, via highly sensitive microphones. Tree Listening is in Chapelfield Gardens, Norwich, on Saturday October 20, 10am-12 noon and 1-3pm. Free, drop-in, all ages.

Physics Fest is a day of hands-on fun involving everything from super-conductors to vacuum bazookas, the chance to find out about the physics of landslides and volcanoes, and lots of physics-based entertainment. It's all at the Explorium in The Forum, Norwich, on Sunday, October 21. Free, drop-in, all ages, 10am-4pm.

Find out how it feels to journey through space on board the virtual reality tour bus with astronaut Tim Peake. He narrates the descent from the International Space Station in stunning virtual reality. Try space training, experience a digital space walk and have a selfie in space.

Space Descent with Tim Peake is outside the Forum on Sunday and Monday, October 21 and 22, 10am-4pm. Free, drop-in for ages 13-plus.

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Explore the strange and magical properties of matter with fireballs, fire tornadoes and amazing chemical reactions, with science broadcaster and author Mark Thompson.

Spectacular Science with Mark Thompson at the Sir Isaac Newton Sixth Form on Monday October 22, 3-4pm. For adults and children over five, £6.

Travel across the solar system and beyond, to planets and galaxies, far, far away, accompanied by astronomers and their state-of-the-art mobile planetarium. The Journey into space planetarium will be in Norwich Cathedral Close from Monday October 22 to Saturday October 27 in. Shows on the hour, every hour from 10am-4pm, last 45 minutes, for anyone aged five and above, tickets £5.

Programme a robot to obey your commands and make it walk, roll or jump through an obstacle course.

Robot coding is at the University Technical College Norfolk, Hall Road, Norwich, Tuesday October 23. For ages seven-plus, £6.

Make a 3d model of yourself, find out about DNA sequencing, play with toys which encourage a love of learning and explore tech with scientists from the University of East Anglia, the Earlham Institute, Network Rail, Hethel engineering, the BBC and more.

Tech day at The Explorium, Wednesday October 24. Free, drop-in, all ages, 10am-4pm.

Walk into a giant gut, find out what ants and jelly beans have to do with our bodies and much more at the health day in the Forum's Explorium, Friday October 26. Free drop-in, all ages, 10am-4pm.

Celebrate the wonder of the world with scientists, have a go at crazy experiments or try building a mini cathedral at the Science Fun Day for Families in Norwich Cathedral, Saturday October 27. Free, drop-in 10am-3pm.

Fartology is an outrageous, hilarious and wind-filled family science show from BBC gastronaut Stefan Gates is packed with spectacular science stunts and games. The celebration of bodily functions makes complex science unforgettable and unforgettably funny. See a giant bottom, hear some gusty guffs and smell, well … Fartology is at the Sir Isaac Newton Sixth Form on Saturday October 27, 2-3pm. Tickets £7, seven and over.

The Norwich Science Festival runs from Friday, October 19 to Saturday, October 27. It is packed with science-inspired family-friendly activities, entertainment and exhibitions, many of them free.

And it's not just for children. Lots of the 130-plus events are designed for teenagers, and some for adults only, including Swearing Is Good for You with science communicator and artificial intelligence specialist Emma Byrne.

The Festival is based at the Forum, but takes place across Norwich.

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