Bluedot festival family lineup 2022 has been revealed. The music, science and space festival that takes place under the Lovell telescope at Jodrell Bank has always had a seriously strong and diverse range of activities, understandably able to attract top names to its programme. Forget face painting and a dress-up box, Bluedot leads the way with a host of experts in their subjects, from astronauts and writers to university research teams bringing their latest discoveries to entertain and inform.

Headlining is superstar European Space Agency astronaut Tim Peake; he’s a fascinating speaker who will no doubt be entertaining families with his tales of life aboard the ISS.

Unlimited Theatre is back with the fabulous Space Shed. It’s an unassuming garden shed which opens up to become a space-exploration vessel. The troupe performed a one-(space)man play How I Hacked my Way Into Space with Jon Spooner in 2017. Theatre designer Rhys Jarman has dressed the shed with items gathered from car boot sales and geeky websites –  vintage tools, Star Wars models, telescopes, planet mobiles and more. It tours the summer festivals but its place at Bluedot, under the Lovell Telescope, feels like its natural home.

Described as ‘the science museum meets Top Gear’, Brainiac Live is based on the iconic TV series, with live experiments featuring daredevil stunts, exploding dustbins, combusting microwaves and an all-round breathless ride through the world of the weird and wonderful.

CBeebies series Clangers – a family of imaginary creatures who live on a blue planet in space – first aired in the late 60s at the height of the space craze. The show returned in 2015, narrated by Michael Palin and the characters join Bluedot 2022 – even including a DJ set.

The Luminarium is a popular Bluedot favourite with an immersive light tunnel maze experience for exploration and play, while the festival’s fire garden is reinvented as the Origins experience.

The popular Jedi Training Academy is back too – it’s bound to fill up quickly for the sessions so make sure you sign up. And if you head for the Star Fields you’ll find over 30 exhibitors, many from the local area, with experiments and workshops to entertain children and provide a learning space for adults too.

Also confirmed are film screenings with Aardman Animations alongside a specially-curated bill of Morning Family Films, Hengercise, Big Fish Little Fish presenting their Cosmic Disco, Twilight Parades with Global Grooves, Shlomo’s Beatbox Adventure for Kids and Bhangracise

Star Fields at Bluedot

For tickets and information visit Bluedot festival
Dates: 21 to 24 July

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