Scientific voyages at bluedot 2017

Gemma Gibb, Associate Editor
Professor Tim O'Brien courtesy bluedot

Scientific Voyages at bluedot 2017 at Jodrell Bank Discovery Centre, Macclesfield 7 — 9 July 2017 Tickets from £27.50 — Book now

As well as a stellar music line up bluedot offers one of the most stimulating science programmes on this planet revealing latest breakthroughs, cutting edge research and exploring (and answering) all the big questions you could possibly think of.

The “dot talks’ series includes over 50 TEDx style explorations from experts all over the world including the BBC’s Dallas Campbell on how we can leave the planet, the European Space Agency’s Vinita Marwaha Madill  on “how to be a rocket woman” and the University of California’s Andrew Siemion alongside Professor Mike Garrett on the search for extraterrestrial intelligence. The variety is impressive with our secret favourites being the American philosopher-sociologist Steve Fuller on the current state of life-extending technology and Manchester’s Keith Jensen on how human children in captive environments (schools) compare to chimpanzees in zoos.

A Big Question Time panel of scientists from the University of Manchester will give festivalgoers the chance to ask anything – get your questions on aliens, spaceships, climate change, time travel and anything else you have ever wanted to know ready.

A range of family science shows and live experiments in the Star Field and brand new Planet Field are to be announced soon.

Scientific Voyages at bluedot 2017 at Jodrell Bank Discovery Centre, Macclesfield 7 — 9 July 2017 Tickets from £27.50 Book now

Where to go near Scientific voyages at bluedot 2017

Tourist Attraction
Nether Alderley Mill

Eateries, shops and toilet facilities can be found at nearby National Trust site Quarry Bank, located approximately 7 miles away. Alternatively, Nether Alderley Mill is also approximately 1.4 miles from the high street of Alderley Edge which has a range of cafes, restaurants and shops.

Yu Alderley Edge

High-end Chinese restaurant that combines traditional Cantonese cooking and modern ideas. Based in Alderley Edge.

Alderley Edge
Les Deux Pizza Bar

Charming independent pizza and cocktail bar in Alderley Edge, that prides itself on only using the freshest ingredients.

The Courthouse Cheshire

A one-of-a-kind hotel experience in Knutsford, this beautiful dog-friendly venue is – as you may have already guessed – a renovated court house, with plenty of original fixtures and fittings.

Barristers Restaurant & Bar

The in-house restaurant for The Courthouse in Knutsford, serves high-end but pleasingly traditional food with a fantastic range of drinks for the thirsty traveller.

Cheshire House Bar and Grill
Cheshire House Bar and Grill

Based in the heart of Knutsford, Cheshire House Bar and Grill combines a beautiful location with top-level cuisine and a superb range of drinks.

Bar or Pub
The Church Inn, Mobberley

This is one of our favourite cosy pubs: not far from Manchester, The Church Inn is Grade II-listed and dates back to the 18th-century.

Danes Moss Nature Reserve
Danes Moss Nature Reserve

Danes Moss near Macclesfield is an oasis of lowland raised bog, one of the scarcest and most threatened habitats in the UK. The open areas of the bog are covered with cotton grass, cross-leaved heath and at least six species of sphagnum moss.

West Park Museum

West Park Museum was purpose built to house the Egyptian collections of Victorian explorer Marianne Brocklehurst, daughter of the Macclesfield mill owner, John Brocklehurst.


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