Science and craft will collide this May Bank Holiday at MakeFest. Visitors of all abilities can get involved in DIY tech, engineering, craft and creativity at this two-day event taking place on May 26th and 27th.
Featuring everything from soldering and stitching to coding and engineering, the annual festival has become an exciting part of the Manchester calendar. Plus the museum’s Explainer team have created a special printing workshop where you can put your own stamp on things. Find out how people used to print designs on cotton and take home your very own printed piece of material.
MakeFest is free, but there may be a small charge for some activities. Then from Bank Holiday Monday onwards throughout the half term there will be a host of family-friendly events, shows and workshops, including pinhole camera making, Early Years engineers and engine demonstrations.
For adults and older children Space Descent VR with Tim Peake allows visitors to fly through space and pilot a capsule back home using the latest state-of-the-art Samsung Gear VR technology. Tickets cost £6 and the VR is available only to ages 13 and over.
There is also a host of permanent displays and exhibitions, from the world’s only replica of Baby, the first ever stored-programme computer, to the huge Shackleton spy plane in the Air and Space Hall and the machinery that powered the mills that made Manchester a global success story. Visit the world’s first station platform, complete with a lovingly restored first class waiting room, marvel at the buildings that have stood since the very beginnings of the Industrial Revolution and get to grips with science in the Experiment! gallery.
For the latest programme updates and information visit: www.msimanchester.org.uk