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What’s on: Grantham Gravity Fields Festival

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The Grantham Gravity Fields Festival opens this week for its third year.

The five day festival of science, arts, heritage, music, drama and outdoor spectacular with world class performers in and around Grantham will take place between September 21 and 25.

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Photo: Gravity Fields

Top 20 Festival Events


Wednesday, September 21

Plague days school event

  • When: 9.45am – 12pm
  • Where: Woolsthorpe Manor
  • Price: £4 per student

Experience the plague up close and dangerous. Watch as Greenwich and Lewisham Young People’s Theatre show you exactly what the plague was like.

Anti-gravity box

  • When: 10am – 8pm
  • Where: Abbey Gardens
  • Price: Free

A unique opportunity to experience life where the rules of gravity have changed completely.

Photo: Gravity Fields

Anti-gravity box Photo: Gravity Fields

Ministry of Science

  • When: 1.30pm (school show) 6.30pm (family show)
  • Where: Grantham Meres Leisure Centre
  • Price: £9

Watch this extraordinary science show, which promises to come with a bang, a whoosh and most of all with a hovercraft built on stage.

‘Ulysses Unbound’ and ‘The Stacked Deck’

  • When: 8.30pm
  • Where: Guildhall Arts Centre
  • Price: £12 (£8.50 for schools)

Ulysses Unbound is a thrilling cascade of stunning characters, costumes and imagery. The Stacked Deck Life is a contemporary ballet based on a combative game of cards which four players are all desperate to win.

Photo: Gravity Fields

‘Ulysses Unbound’ and ‘The Stacked Deck’ Photo: Gravity Fields

For a full list of events click here.


Thursday, September 22

Astronomy and space

  • When: 10am – 12.30pm
  • Where: Guildhall Arts Centre
  • Price: £3

Speakers including Dr Jen Gupta and female astronomers from the University of Birmingham give a morning of talks and astronomy activity sessions.

Project Sky Cube

  • When: 10am – 8pm
  • Where: Guildhall Arts Centre
  • Price: Free

A creative sound and visual installation which will explore Isaac Newton’s ideas of the ether recorded from Joanna’s microlight aircraft.

Photo: Gravity Fields

Project Sky Cube Photo: Gravity Fields

How to become a genius

  • When: 4.15pm
  • Where: Woolsthorpe Manor
  • Price: £6

Hear from Michael Mosley, a science presenter and journalist, speak about how Galileo, a middle aged maths lecturer with several illegitimate children, had his big breakthrough thanks to the arrival of a Dutchman in Venice with a crude telescope.

School pinhole camera project

  • When: 10.30am-12pm or 1pm-2.30pm
  • Where: Grantham Museum
  • Price: £3 per student

Test the science as student groups have the opportunity to create their own negative photographs. Run by staff and students of Grantham College.

Pinhole camera. Photo: Gravity Fields

Pinhole camera. Photo: Gravity Fields

For a full list of events click here.


Friday, September 23

Solargraph Exhibition

  • When: 9am – 4pm
  • Where: St John the Baptist Church, Colsterworth
  • Price: Free

Come and see a selection of special pictures taken all over Grantham and beyond by local artist Kelly Barfoot.

Body of Light

  • When: 10am-10.40am (for toddlers age two-five) and 5.30pm-6.10pm (for ages three and above)
  • Where: Guildhall Arts Centre
  • Price: £3 per participant

Enjoy a fusion of dance and technology as choreography and electronic sounds work together in this presentation by Darren Pritchard.

Body of light. Photo: Gravity Fields

The awesome truth about rainbows

  • When: 1pm
  • Where: Woolsthorpe Manor
  • Price: £6

Join Dr David Fairhurst, an inspirational senior physics lecturer at Nottingham Trent University, as he burns chemicals, sprays vodka, and tracks ants to explore the fascinating science behind rainbows.

Scientific glassblowing

  • When: 2.30pm
  • Where: St Wulfram’s Church
  • Price: Free

Stephen Ramsey, Department of Chemistry, Imperial College London, will give a talk and demonstration of glassblowing.

Scientific glassblowing. Photo: Gravity Fields

Scientific glassblowing. Photo: Gravity Fields

For a full list of events click here.


Saturday, September 24

Family science fair

  • When: 10am – 3pm
  • Where: The George Shopping Centre
  • Price: Free

Visit the science fair and see demos, table top activities and use amazing technology.

Bubbles and balloons

  • When: 3pm
  • Where: Guildhall Arts Centre
  • Price: £7

Witness giant bubbles and whizzing balloons. In this interactive and memorable show you can explore the best things about bubbles and of balloons.

Bubbles and balloons. Photo: Gravity Fields

Bubbles and balloons. Photo: Gravity Fields

Ockhams Razor

  • When: 1pm – 2.30pm
  • Where: St Wulfram’s Church
  • Price: £12

See this critically acclaimed aerial theatre company, which specialises in creating physical theatre on new pieces of aerial equipment, perform a fantastic triple bill including three pieces.

The LED Umbrella Project

  • When: 9.30pm
  • Where: St Peter’s Hill
  • Price: Free

Cirque Bijou presents one hundred choreographed dancers, one hundred LED umbrellas and the town of Grantham as their stage.

Ingenius night out. Photo: Gravity Fields

Ingenius night out. Photo: Gravity Fields

For a full list of events click here.


Sunday, September 25

Albee vector sound collector

  • When: 11am
  • Where: Guildhall Arts Centre
  • Price: £5

Come and see a show featuring an epic tale of love, adventure and a sound-hoover called Mustard.

The Unparalleled Adventure of One Hans Pfaall

  • When: 7pm
  • Where: Guildhall Arts Centre
  • Price: £10

Come and see a sci-fi adaptation from Edgar Allan Poe’s novel of the unparalleled journey of bankrupt artisan Hans Pfaall, who, in an attempt to escape his miserable situation, decides to reach the moon by way of a giant gas-balloon.

The Unparalleled Adventure of One Hans Pfaall. Photo: Gravity Fields

The Unparalleled Adventure of One Hans Pfaall. Photo: Gravity Fields

The big bang in 60 minutes

  • When: 12pm
  • Where: Guildhall Arts Centre
  • Price: £6 for talk or £9 for talk and a book

Simon Singh, author of Fermat’s Last Theorem and The Code Book, talks about his history of cosmology entitled Big Bang.

Dr Death and the medi-evil medicine show

  • When: 3pm
  • Where: Guildhall Arts Centre
  • Price: £7

A historically and scientifically accurate panto for children and childish people! Join the time-travelling ‘Doctor Death’, Simon Watt, to see if he can ‘cure’ you with animation, puppetry and audience participation. Suitable for ages seven plus.

Simon Watt, also known as Dr Death. Photo: Gravity Fields

Simon Watt, also known as Dr Death. Photo: Gravity Fields

For a full list of events click here.