Chester and Ellesmere Port are this week (May 28 - June 5) celebrating Cheshire’s science rich heritage by taking part in Amazed by Science, a week-long series of events to promote science, technology, engineering and maths.

Now in its third year, Amazed by Science is organised by Marketing Cheshire and the University of Manchester’s Jodrell Bank to promote and celebrate the region’s strengths in science and capture children’s imaginations through a jam-packed programme of events across Cheshire.

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In Chester, families can get involved by visiting the town hall this Thursday (June 2) for fun science activities and a talk by one of Amazed by Science’s sponsors, Urenco. While in Ellesmere Port, Urenco will also be on hand at Cheshire Oaks Designer Outlet hosting a range of activities for kids to learn about how fun science can be.

Little ones can also enjoy a day of fun science at the Port Arcades in Ellesmere Port on the same day.

Between Tuesday, May 31 and Thursday, June 2, visitors to Chester Zoo will be able to meet its scientists and find out more about their work at various locations around the attraction.

Events at Jodrell Bank for the Amazed by Science festival during May half term

The Aliens Science Show (June 1-3) at Jodrell Bank Discovery Centre should be a fascinating event.

A blurb for the show states: “Have you ever wondered if there are any aliens out there? In this show we will explore where they might be, what they might be like and what we are doing to try to find them through a series of fun experiments.”

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Between June1-3, Destination Space, also at Jodrell Bank, will explore what life has been like for British astronaut Tim Peake while aboard the International Space Station. And on Sunday, June 5 – the day when Tim is due home – the venue will examine what his return to earth will be like.

Astronaut Tim Peake beamed live to 300 children at World Museum Liverpool
Astronaut Tim Peake when he was beamed live to 300 children at World Museum Liverpool

Katrina Michel, chief executive at Marketing Cheshire, commented: “Cheshire is a hotbed for science and innovation, home to a thriving science corridor, world class scientific assets such as Jodrell Bank, and a wealth of leading science based attractions.

“Amazed by Science aims to inspire and motivate children and families to explore all that Cheshire has to offer and provide the opportunity to get hands-on experiences and ignite a love for science.”

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Venues for this year’s festival include Catalyst Science and Discovery Centre at Widnes, The Port Arcades and Cheshire Oaks Designer Outlet at Ellesmere Port, Chester Zoo, Crewe Lifestyle Centre, Fiddler’s Ferry Power Station, Golden Square Shopping Centre at Warrington, Hack Green Secret Nuclear Bunker at Nantwich, Jodrell Bank, Lion Salt Works at Northwich, Norton Priory and Tatton Park.

The full programme, which is sponsored by British Science Association, Clicky Media, NNL, Sellafield, Siemens, Waters and Urenco, is available at