Bluedot festival has announced Family Day, taking place on the first full day, Friday 22 July 2022.

Now in its fifth year, bluedot continues to be one of the best family friendly festivals in the UK. Of course, as the home of Cheshire’s Jodrell Bank Observatory, the team behind the event has put together top-level science and space themed science shows and activities plus kids cinema, interactive workshops, a dedicated Mother & Baby space and FREE entry to Jodrell Bank’s Discovery Centre.

This year, to celebrate Family Friday, bluedot will also host an exciting illustration competition, giving children the chance to have their artwork displayed at the festival. Schoolchildren across Cheshire, Greater Manchester and Liverpool will be encouraged to send in their space illustrations and the winners will be shown on the main stage screens throughout Family Friday. One lucky winner will also have their drawing projected onto the iconic Lovell Telescope.

Highlights across Family Friday include the incredible and astronomical Space Shed which returns to bluedot for 2022, amazing its audience with stories, interviews and DJ sets from the country’s coolest garden shed.

The Actual Reality Arcade, a life-sized interactive game zone suitable for children of all ages, will bring classic arcade games of the past to life with families playing together for a dose of classic arcade nostalgia.

There are also dance workshops, discos and parades throughout the weekend. Combining both music and science, on Friday, Twisted Time Machine will take audiences on an interactive journey through time and space landing in the best music decades from the 1920s through to modern day and beyond.

Jedi Lightsaber Training takes place, make sure you sign up for a masterclass to perfect those lightsaber skills.

And when it comes to immersive arts experiences, the Luminarium, a beloved bluedot favourite, returns with an immersive light tunnel maze experience for exploration and play.

Music highlights on Family Friday include Groove Armada, Spiritualized, Kelly Lee Owens and Kojey Radical, plus the VIP Village will be hosted by District whilst comedian Lolly Adefope will head up the culture programme.

Over the rest of the festival weekend there’s a headline slot from astronaut Tim Peake, an appearance from CBeebies favourites Clangers and an interactivescience show from Brainiac Live.

bluedot 2022 will take place 21-24 July. With children’s day tickets starting from just £25.00 and under 5’s completely free, the festival is set to provide one of the best value for money family days out in Cheshire. 

Bluedot festival website and tickets available here: bluedot festival

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