28th October 2017
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Saturday 28 October
Open until 9pm
Most activities free with admission
Discover the wonders of the galaxy with special guest Maggie Aderin-Pocock from BBC's The Sky at Night.
Bring the whole family to discover the mystery and wonder of the galaxy that inspired Watts in a Cosmos-themed late night opening. Visit our pop-up planetarium, create glow-in-the-dark paintings and make a twinkling constellation in a jar.
Hear astrophysicists talk about Watts's thought-provoking painting Sower of the Systems and enjoy music and cocktails under the stars. Drop by the Tea Shop to try seasonal food and drinks.
Create luminous galaxy paintings with fluorescent paint and neon glitter and sculpt with glow in the dark playdough.
Drop in from 10.30am
Enjoy a multi-sensory storytelling session where you'll meet sky gods & star maidens, dance with the seven sisters and hear how the Milky Way was formed.
10.30am, 11.30am, 1.30pm & 3.30pm
From 4 - 9pm:
Experience an out-of-this-world 30 minute tour of the night sky. See a galaxy collision, a virtual supernova and more.
Tickets for the Pop-up Planetarium have now sold out. There will be limited availability, on a first come first served basis for those who have already booked admission on the night.
Make glow-in-the-dark paintings inspired by G F Watts's The Sower of the Systems. Create a twinkling constellation in a jar.
Join artist Emilie Giles to make light-up stars using conductive thread and LEDs. Together you will transform the Artist in Residence Studio into a glimmering night sky by bringing craft and technology together. Part of Make:Shift:Do, the Crafts Council's national festival of craft innovation workshops.
When night falls, try out our telescopes and gaze at star clusters, planets, and swirling nebulae.
Enjoy a performance of sci-fi film themes, including Apollo 13, Star Wars and ET, by the City String Ensemble.
Hear music from the latest Ursine Vulpine album, including a piece inspired by Watts's painting Endymion.
Special guest: Dr Maggie Aderin-Pocock
The space scientist, educator and TV presenter will give a talk on her work and her fascination with the stars and then judge the arts and crafts made throughout the evening.
Cosmic Cocktails & Gin Tasting
Enjoy delicious gins & tonics and a special Cosmic Cocktail created by Silent Pool especially for this event.
Enjoy delicious handmade, free range pies and mash from The Pie Hole's Airstream-style trailer.
Children go FREE!