A Golden Moon-themed concert for Wrexham

Techniquest Glyndŵr welcomes the public of all ages to what is going to be a fantastic evening of music and celebration, marking 50 years since mankind first stepped foot on the surface of the moon and 50 years of Wrexham Symphony Orchestra began delighting audiences with their music.

With it being almost 50 years since a human first set foot on the moon’s surface, Techniquest Glyndŵr and Wrexham Symphony Orchestra have joined forces to celebrate this historic event.

On Saturday 21st July, 50 years to the day of the landing, the Orchestra is presenting a special space-themed programme at 7.30 pm at the William Aston Hall, Wrexham Glyndŵr University.

Pre-concert shows on the night will be presented by Techniquest Glyndŵr in the Foyer in their StarDome, together with Hands-on Moon and planetary activities to try out.

The concert also celebrates the 50th Anniversary of the formation of the Wrexham Symphony Orchestra.

Orchestra Chair, Matthew Ellis, commented

“ This joint concert came about by a small piece of serendipity. We had planned a 50th Anniversary Concert to be performed by the Orchestra a while ago, but, for various reasons, it had to be postponed.

When the concert date was re-set our Marketing Coordinator, Derek Jones realised the new date coincided with the special Moon Landing Weekend that was already being planned over the weekend of 20th and 21st July to mark the Moon Landing anniversary.

We thought it would be such a great way to collaborate and make even more of the occasion by arranging a special theme to the music for the concert including Gustav Holst’s the Planet Suite.  

The Symphony Orchestra has close connections with the University, and the Vice Chancellor  Maria Hinfelaar is the Honorary President

Speaking recently at the University, Maria said,

“As Honorary President of Wrexham Symphony Orchestra, the Orchestra in Residence at the University, I am so pleased to welcome this unique joint piece of work with Techniquest Glyndwr. Techniquest Glyndwr is a subsidiary charity owned by the University which runs a science Discovery Centre on the University Campus.

They have been working hard to present a programme of special Moon Landing  activities over the weekend of 20/21st July and it’s wonderful to see the themed concert being staged at the end of the first day of that special weekend which also celebrates the 50th Anniversary of the founding of Wrexham Symphony Orchestra”

Scot Owen, Centre Manager said

Thanks to funding from the UK Association of Science Discovery Centres and the UK Space Agency  we have been able to present a full programme of Moon related activities at our centre over the weekend that marks 50 years since the first moon landing by mankind on 20th and 21st July.

I am pleased that we have been able to work together with Wrexham Symphony Orchestra for the programme over the weekend,  especially since we have three members of our staff who regularly play in the Orchestra. I am proud to say they will all be playing on the 20th July at the special anniversary Concert.

I would urge anyone purchasing tickets for the concert to make sure they come early so that they don’t miss out of the range of moon themed activities that we have organised in the Foyer of the William Aston Hall before the concert, where they will also be able to take part in the continuous programme of planetary journeys we will be presenting in our StarDome.

Tickets for the special concert can be purchased online from the Orchestra’s website, William Aston Hall Box Office and in person from Techniquest Glyndŵr, Wrexham and Llangollen Tourist Information Centres and Rowanthorn Gift Shop, Oswestry.

Discover North East Wales’ amazing engineering heritage with Techniquest Glyndŵr!

Techniquest Glyndŵr has been awarded funding to bring an exciting programme of events to the Wrexham area this summer.

Techniquest Glyndŵr are very pleased to have been selected as one of the recipients of the Royal Academy of Engineering 2019 Ingenious grants, which are awarded to projects that present engineering in new and exciting ways to diverse audiences across the UK.

Their project, “11 Mile Journey – Discovering North Wales’ Amazing Engineering” will celebrate the unique engineering heritage of the Pontcysyllte Aqueduct and Canal, which this year marks 10 years as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Techniquest Glyndŵr is developing new, interactive workshops and family-friendly activities which will demonstrate the amazing feat of engineering that makes the 11 miles of canal, including two aqueducts, so special.

These activities will be delivered free of charge at community events and schools across the area from June-October this year. Confirmed events so far include our presence at the Llangollen International Eisteddfod, a family fun day at Trevor Basin on 29th June, and workshops at Ty Mawr Country Park on 26th July.

Through these events, Techniquest Glyndŵr will give local communities the chance to learn more about the strong engineering heritage of the area through hands-on, interactive activities, as well as providing an insight into current opportunities within engineering by working with local engineers from industry, academia and professional institutes at the events.

The activities will contribute to a wider programme of exciting events for everyone to get involved in; including family fun days, dance workshops, photography and poetry competitions, and much more; which will be taking place across the region this year to commemorate 10 years since the inscription of the Canal and Aqueduct as a World Heritage Site.

The events are being delivered in partnership with Wrexham County Borough Council, Clwydian Range and Dee Valley AONB, and Canal and River Trust, amongst others. Keep an eye out for details of these events as they are announced!

Looking for Engineers

Techniquest Glyndŵr is currently looking for engineers to collaborate with on this project, to assist with the delivery of these activities and act as industry experts for our audiences to meet and engage with.

Engineers involved in the project will benefit from bespoke support, information and training from Techniquest Glyndŵr to boost their confidence, and be given the opportunity to engage with different people and enhance their own public engagement skills. A minimum commitment of attending one 90-minute training session and one event for the project is all that is asked, no previous experience necessary!

Dawn Pavey, Projects and Fundraising Coordinator at Techniquest Glyndŵr said;

“I am very excited that Techniquest Glyndŵr is working in partnership with local organisations, engineering firms, county councils and professional institutes to bring workshops and activities to the communities that live on the doorstep of the Pontcysyllte World Heritage Site.

Techniquest Any engineers who are interested in volunteering for this project, as well as any schools, community groups or event organisers in the local area who would like to know more about these activities, are invited to contact Hannah Marubbi (hannah@tqg.org.uk) or Dawn Pavey (dawn@tqg.org.uk) at Techniquest Glyndŵr, or phone 01978 293948 / 01978 293400 to speak to one of us."

Adult Learning at Techniquest Glyndwr

Adult Learners explore science!

In an innovative collaboration between Wrexham County Borough Council Adult & Community Learning and Techniquest Glyndŵr adult learners are able to take part in some hands-on science learning at Wrexham’s science centre on the Glyndŵr University Plas Coch Campus.

The popular science discovery centre is more usually known for its work with schools and its exciting public programme for families with its 65+ interactive exhibits and engaging live science shows.

However, through their 'Skills in the Workplace' adult learners’ programme, the team at Techniquest Glyndŵr are helping local adult learners enjoy a series of problem solving and practical science activities including programming robots.

Today Caitlin Langford and Suzanne Davies, both adult learners from Wrexham, are learning how to programme a LEGO EV3 robot to follow a series of coded instructions in order to navigate an obstacle course safely.

As she showed some photos she had taken on her phone, Caitlin said,

“Yesterday we had a challenge to design and make a roller coaster out of some provided materials - it was fun creating something that actually worked.

Today I had to overcome a bit of fear over robots to programme a mini LEGO robot to go round an obstacle course – although Josh from Techniquest took us through how to programme various instructions it didn’t quite work as well as we hoped, even though the machine managed to go a little way round the course!”

Dawn Pavey, Projects Coordinator with Techniquest Glyndŵr said,

“Around 3 years ago we successfully applied to Wrexham County Borough Council to become one of their approved Adult Community Learning providers.

This has now opened the door for some exciting collaborational work and has enabled us to develop enthusiasm and interest in science amongst local adult learners.

We’re hoping the ‘Skills for the Workplace’ Programme we are currently offering adult learners will really take off once word gets about how fun and useful the sessions are.

Science activities are a great way to practice teamwork, communication and problem solving skills that are essential for most jobs.”

Michelle Wright, Development Officer with Wrexham Adult and Community Learning added:

“The aim of the courses at Techniquest Glyndŵr is to engage learners, who may be reluctant to be in a traditional classroom environment, into fun learning opportunities which, in turn, will help to develop transferable employability skills.

ACL will be looking to develop these courses during the next financial year, opening up more opportunities as the year progresses. Our target participants are 16+ for Essential Skills provision, 18+ for employability training or the over 50’s for social inclusion and digital inclusion.

If any adults in the Wrexham area would like to develop their confidence or need support to overcome any barriers to learning they are experiencing we would love to introduce them to the opportunities that are out there.

Wrexham Adult Community Learning (ACL) Partnership can support adults with advice and guidance to access training courses in community venues right across the Wrexham area.

Please contact me by phone on 07584 335409 or by email at acl@wrexham.gov.uk

Adult Learners are also the focus of Wrexham’s Festival of Learning due to take place in June.

It is hoped to stage a launch event to coincide with Wrexham’s Street Market in the town centre on Saturday May 25th, where it is hoped that Tŷ Pawb will be playing host to a line-up of adult learning taster activities including some science busking from Techniquest Glyndŵr. The event will be giving a flavour of the variety on offer during the month long Festival of Learning which includes a special focus on the UK wide Adult Learners’ Week running from 17th to 23rd June.

With funding provided by the Learning and Work Institute, the Festival has been developed by Wrexham Glyndŵr University in conjunction with Wrexham County Borough Council to involve a wide variety of local organisations in offering an enticing menu of community based informal learning opportunities to engage with adult learners.

Sarah Gaffney, Widening Access Coordinator at Wrexham Glyndŵr University commented,

“Through working with partners including Techniquest Glyndwr, WCBC, Advanced Brighter Futures, The Denbigh Workshop and Coleg Cambria, taster sessions will be delivered across the borough in various community venues.

The idea is to increase participation in learning from hard to reach families and adults by promoting local courses, and enabling people who might not have considered returning to learning to experience classes ranging from Mindfulness to Maths to Making Hanging Baskets!

All sessions are free and we hope to launch the Festival of Learning at the Wrexham Street Festival on Sat 25th May to promote all the sessions.”

Celebrating the moon landing

The 50th Anniversary of the first landing of humans onto our moon is to be marked by an exciting new programme of special space related activities and shows to be developed for the general public and schools by Techniquest Glyndŵr this Spring and Summer.

Techniquest Glyndwr has just received the good news of funding success from Phase 2 of the Destination Space funding programme. The funding has been awarded to just 13 science centres across the UK by the UK Association of Science Discovery Centres (ASDC) in partnership with the UK Space Agency. Techniquest Glyndŵr is the only science centre in Wales and the North West region of England to receive an award from this new programme.

This funding will enable not only the delivery of new specially devised space related workshops and activities for schools across North Wales and North West England but also a summer of moon landing related activities during the school summer holidays.

This new 2.5 year programme, called Destination Space 2, aims to make a strategic step-change nationally in sharing cutting-edge space science and engineering with children, families and the public more widely. It builds on all the training, knowledge and enthusiasm for space science in science centres across the UK, enabling delivery of these amazing space activities into the future.

Following on from the huge success of ASDC's initial Destination Space education programme, the UK Space Agency is supporting ASDC to create new space resources that will inspire families and school-children with the exciting science and engineering of future space missions, including UK spaceports and space launchers, the new James Webb Space Telescope, the ExoMars mission and innovative ways to use data from satellites.

Dr Penny Fidler, the CEO of ASDC and Programme Director of Destination Space said

“This is such an exciting time for space in the UK. We have spaceports being built here in the next few years, we play a world-leading role in building our own satellites and brilliant new ideas to use the satellite data are being thought up all the time, and to top it off, we have the Mars mission in two years’ time.”

She continued,

“We are delighted to be sharing all these latest innovations with children, families and the public across the UK, and are rather hoping we might inspire the next round of UK space entrepreneurs.”

Catherine Mealing-Jones, Director of Growth at UK Space Agency said:

“Our £50 million spaceflight programme is a key part of the UK Government's Industrial Strategy.
The space sector is growing fast and we’ll need 30,000 more people to join it over the next decade to meet our ambitions for growth. In partnership with the UK Association for Science and Discovery Centres (ASDC), the UK Space Agency will bring the latest space science to children and families across the UK and help inspire the next generation of space scientists, engineers and entrepreneurs.”

Dawn Pavey, Projects Coordinator at Techniquest Glyndŵr commented

“We’re so pleased that our funding bid to the ASDC has had such a positive outcome. Having been involved in the delivery of the first round of the Destination Space Programme we have been able to witness at first hand the excitement of our school visitors and families in the fantastic achievement of Tim Peake’s mission to the International Space Station three years ago.

With the funding from Phase 2 of the Programme now assured we can continue to generate even more enthusiasm and interest in space exploration, especially since it is 50 years since, on July 21st 1969 Neil Armstrong became the first person to step onto the lunar surface.

We’re now hard at work on the detailed preparations and necessary staff training to present this new programme and make it even more exciting and engaging than the previous one.”

Dinosaurs are coming!

Dinosaurs Annual Pass Event

The next Annual Pass event at Techniquest Glyndwr is likely to be extremely popular. With the theme of Dinosaurs the event will appeal to all those children who have a special fascination for prehistoric beasts.

Places  for the event can be booked for one of the three sessions taking place on Saturday January 5th. The sessions run from 11:00 to 13:30, 12:00 to 14:30 and 13:00 to 15:30.

Annual Pass events are free to Annual Passholders, and up to 6 guests can be invited per Passholders at just £4 each.

 

Annual Passes at Techniquest Glyndŵr cost just £20 and give you free entry to the centre for a full twelve months and free entry to special Annual Pass Events that take place several times through the year. It also gives you discounts in our Science Shop at the Centre as well as discounted entry to special events such as TechZone and Astronomy Club.

This fun event will include the following:

  • Investigating some fossils on loan from the National Museum of Wales. Fossils
  • Stepping into the shoes of an archeologist by discovering what’s hiding under the sand
  • Meeting Dennis the Dinosaur!
  • Making your own Dino mask as well as other creative activities.
  • Taking a snap of yourself in our "dino" photo booth
  • Immersing yourself in prehistory with our new Dinosaur public science show

PLEASE NOTE:

Booking is essential via our online booking system as places are limited, even if you hold an Annual Pass!

You must hold a valid Annual Pass that should be presented at reception upon arrival. If yours has expired, don’t worry, you can renew it on the day – just let us know when you book.

If you do not already have an Annual Pass then you can buy one over the phone anbd collect it when you come in to the centre
Pass Holders can bring along a maximum of 6 guests, who will be charged £4 each. Guest places must also be reserved at time of booking. Please let us know whether your guests are adults or children.

Children must be accompanied by an adult for this event.

 

 

Students organise Christmas Market

Students organise Science Centre’s first Christmas Market

 

Students from Glyndŵr University have been busy organising the first ever Christmas Market to be held at Techniquest Glyndŵr.

 

 

The Christmas Market will be taking place on Saturday 1st December from 11 am and 4.30 pm and, especially for the day, the Science Centre will be offering reduced price entry for the day to the public at £3 for adults and £2 for children.

 

 

The event promises to be a great lead-in to the Christmas period with a Santa’s Grotto, carol singers, a Christmas card workshop, and 15 Christmas Market stalls from small local businesses offering festive fare together with a prize raffle with donated prizes from local attractions which include Wrexham Football Club, Chester Zoo, Knowsley Safari Park and the National Trust.

 

 

With visitors having access to the 65+ hands-on science exhibits together with live science shows all day the student organisers hope that the event will be a real draw.

 

 

All proceeds from the event, apart from sales at the market stalls, will go towards the charity, North Wales Science that operates Techniquest Glyndwr to boost its ability to excite and interest children in science and technology.

 

 

 

 

 

The four students from Glyndwr University, Alison Booth, Adrianna Manias, Susie Armstrong and Sarah Gregory are in their second year of a Hospitality, Tourism & Events Management Course and have been organising the Christmas Market as a practical element of their studies.

 

As Sarah said

“Organising this Christmas Market has been a really productive hands-on learning exercise for all of us.

We spent our first year looking at all the theory side of the topic and this event is the start of the practical side of the course which we will be focusing on in our second year.

The coursework involves a mixture of theory and practical elements and the organisation of the market helps to build up the practical skills around event organisation and management.”

Susie said

“This is the first practical event we have all been involved with and it’s been a steep learning curve for us as we have been grappling with all the aspects of organising and promoting a successful event.”

The students were responsible for publicising and organising the presence of small local businesses in support of the event and they report that all the available 15 ‘pitches’ for the event have been booked and they have organised the layout and programme for the day.

Mandy Jones, Senior Exhibitions and Events Officer at Techniquest Glyndwr, commented

“This is the first time we have worked with the Hospitality, Tourism & Events Management Department at the University by supporting them in providing practical placements for their undergraduates.

I would like to thank the students for all their hard work in preparing for the event and I am sure, given the effort they have put in, it will be really successful.

It’s also been a learning exercise for us as well. We will be able to better gauge the sort of practical experiences we can offer the students which will also help us a not for profit business."

 

Work placements for young women

Techniquest Glyndŵr has teamed up with local charity “We Mind the Gap” to offer 5 work placements of 4 weeks each to young women from the Wrexham area. The overall placement programme will last until March 2019.

WeMindTheGap traineeship provides life skills, opportunities and work experience in a holistic, “walk alongside” model to young women who haven’t had the best start in life. Powered by Moneypenny, the award-winning company in Wrexham, the charity has successfully delivered 4 years of traineeships with great results.

Chair and founder Rachel Clacher says,

“It’s been a privilege to work with Techniquest Glyndŵr and other businesses across Wrexham who provide work placements to our young trainees allowing them to experience different ways of working and find where their talents lie”.

Kirsty Molyneux has just started her work placement with the science discovery centre and is already finding her feet as the newest member of the floor staff.

“I love it here”, she said, “especially since I get to meet lots of children who are visiting the centre and I help them get the most out of their visit."

She added

“I hope to work in children’s entertainment in the future so the experience I am getting here is going to be really useful. I would really like to work here once my programme with “Mind the Gap” to build on the experiences I will have during my placement here”

Kirsty explained that once she had moved into her own flat in Wrexham, her support worker introduced her to “We Mind the Gap” to help her develop her confidence and employment skills through a mixture of work placements, training workshops and study.

The charity set Kirsty up with her own personal schedule for the next six months which will amongst other experiences, involve 2.5 days per week on a variety of work placements, and half day a week at Coleg Cambria helping bring her English and Maths qualifications up to scratch.

Mandy Jones, Senior Exhibition and Events Officer at Techniquest commented

“Our first experience of offering work placements through ‘We mind the Gap’ was last year, when they approached us to provide a work placement for a trainee whose planned placement fell through at very short notice.

Our experience then was so positive, and the person who worked with us gained so much out of the experience that we felt we could offer more opportunities this year to more young women who wanted to improve their skills and chances of gaining good employment positions.

Kirsty is the first of a group of work placements we are offering to local young women right up until next March."

She continued
“Judging by the fact she has fitted in so well right at the start I am sure she will have a great time with us. She will be picking up plenty of varied experience as we deliver science related excitement to our visitors.”

A Weekend Science Festival for Wrexham in October

An exciting weekend of science discovery will be taking place in Wrexham town centre at the end of October. Organised by the volunteers of the British Science Association – North Wales Branch it will be involving a unique collaboration of local organisations to provide ‘DARGANFOD//DISCOVER’ an  event which will be running from Friday 26th to Sunday 28th October.

Techniquest Glyndŵr is pleased to be one of the delivery partners for the event, along with Tŷ Pawb, Undegun, Bank Street Social and the Wrexham Enterprise Hub, presenting a packed programme of events across the five venues for people of all ages visiting the town centre.
As part of the event, Techniquest Glyndŵr will be opening up their town centre venue in Chester Street/Henblas Square between 11am and 4.30pm on both the Saturday and Sunday.

At the venue there will be a special ‘Cancerquest’ interactive exhibition over the weekend. The roadshow, developed and presented by the Wales Cancer Partnership, is designed to spread awareness in a family friendly way about cancer and the research being carried out to combat it.

 

 

Visitors will be able to walk through and examine at close quarters a giant inflatable structure showing the inside of the human bowel whilst nearby, various engaging hands-on activities will be available demonstrating the work being carried out by the Partnership to identify and treat cancer which explore the properties of DNA and cells.

 

 

 

 

 

Elsewhere in the former TJ Hughes departmental store building a variety of hands-on family friendly science exhibits will be available for visitors to try, the cardboard construction zone will give free reign for children to build all sorts of imaginative structures, diddy car races will be run for different age groups and there will be a range of small local businesses will be setting up their

 

stalls selling anything from craft items to hand made fudge.

 

 

In addition to this, on Saturday 27th October, Techniquest Glyndŵr’s TechZone team will be hard at work helping visitors to build robots and carry out computer coding as part of the DARGANFOD//DISCOVER ‘Digital Discoveries’ drop-in event at the Wrexham Enterprise Hub in Queen’s Square. This event will run from 9am-12pm, and also features virtual reality from CEMET and computer game design with Wrexham Glyndŵr University.

Techniquest Glyndŵr will also be performing our family-friendly live science show’10 of the Best’ at 2pm on Saturday in Tŷ Pawb’s performance space, featuring our most exciting and intriguing science demonstrations!

On Sunday 28th October there is a fantastic evening of astronomy planned at Tŷ Pawb from 4pm. ‘Big Universe’ will feature a fascinating talk from Martin Griffiths (Director of Brecon Observatory / ex-NASA) on the Celtic myths of the night sky, and Techniquest Glyndŵr will be delivering shows in our inflatable planetarium, as well as leading some live stargazing up on the roof of Tŷ Pawb.

Hannah Marubbi, Techniquest Glyndŵr Projects Coordinator commented:

“All of us at TQG are really excited to be involved in bringing this new science festival to Wrexham. There is a fantastic programme of events and activities planned for the weekend, with something to please everyone. A brilliant way to start the half term holiday!”

Mike Corcoran, a member of the organising team, said:

“We can’t wait to welcome visitors to DARGANFOD//DISCOVER in Wrexham. We’re all passionate about the sciences, and about the impact expanding your mind, questioning your beliefs and finding out about your world has both for people and for whole communities. We know many feel the same way, and we’re thrilled to be welcoming some fantastic speakers, presenters and performers to Wrexham, for what should be a great weekend!”

The DARGANFOD // DISCOVER weekend has kindly been sponsored by Wockhardt UK and organised by the British Science Association (North Wales Branch).

For the full programme of events and to book tickets, head to the event website www.darganfod-discover.co.uk. Any enquiries can be directed to contact@darganfod-discover.co.uk.

The full programme for the weekend is below:

DAY    VENUE EVENT TITLE  AUDIENCE START TIME END TIME PRICE
FRIDAY
26th October
Bank Street Social Physics in Biology and Science in Music Ages 18+ 19:00 21:00 FREE
SATURDAY
27th October
Wrexham Enterprise Hub Digital Discoveries All Ages 09:00 12:00 FREE
SATURDAY
27th October
TQG Town Centre Pop Up
Henblas Sq./Chester St.
Cancerquest
Plus various interactive science activities
All Ages 11:00 16:30 FREE
SATURDAY
27th October
Tŷ Pawb Create-A-Scope Family Fun 12:00 16:00 FREE
SATURDAY
27th October
Tŷ Pawb Techniquest Glyndŵr Live Science Show –
“10 of the Best”
All Ages 14:00 15:00 FREE
SATURDAY
27th October
Tŷ Pawb Big Ideas Ages 12+ 17:30 21:30 £10.00
SATURDAY
27th October
Undegun Robots All Ages 12:00 14:00 FREE
SATURDAY
27th October
Undegun Apollo 11 Ages 18+ 20:00 00:00 £3.00
SUNDAY
28th October
TQG Town Centre Pop Up
Henblas Sq./Chester St.
Cancerquest All Ages 11:00 16:30 FREE
SUNDAY
28th October
Tŷ Pawb Space Craft Family Fun 12:00 16:00 FREE
SUNDAY
28th October
Tŷ Pawb Wall-E-Screening All Ages 14:00 15:00 FREE
SUNDAY
28th October
Tŷ Pawb Big Universe All Ages 16:00 19:00 £3.00

Preparing for the new term

With the school holidays mostly over for the schools that we serve we are now gearing up for the new term with preparations on our educational programme.

We are in the final stages of producing our new programme which we will be offering to Primary and Secondary schools across North Wales, Shropshire, Cheshire, Wirral, Warrington and Merseyside.

Our programme can be delivered here at our base in Wrexham and combined with access to our 65+ interactive science exhibits or presented on site at schools in the region.

If you are thinking of supporting your STEM curriculum with some engaging, interactive science presented by our skilled and enthusiastic Science Communicators  please call us on 01978 293400.

A flying theme to three days of Family Science Fun

This week Techniquest Glyndŵr will be opening up its temporary pop-up venue in Wrexham town centre for three full days of science fun and interaction in the run-up to the Bank Holiday on 23rd, 24th and 25th August between 11am and 4.30pm. Entrance to the activities will be free of charge.

In a unique collaboration with the RAF and its celebrations marking its 100th year, the Wrexham based science centre will be presenting an even bigger range of activities over the three days in the former TJ Hughes building in Chester Street/Henblas Square with the additional input from the RAF.

The country’s youngest armed service will be bringing along staff and presenting a special displays showing the role that Wrexham and its people have played in the success of the RAF over its first 100 years and a display illustrating the importance of Wales to the RAF as part of RAF100.

As a special on  August 25th only  the National Archives will be running a drop-in at their stand showing you how you can trace your family history and its connections to the military – sure to be popular so come early to see how it’s done!

The local Defence Electronics and Components Agency (DECA) from MoD Sealand (formerly RAF Sealand) will also be hosting a number of practical interactive STEM activities for children at the venue on all three days with the aim of inspiring the younger generation to take an interest in science and technology.

As a special additional activity, on Saturday 25th August only the RAF have arranged for the National Archives to host a stand offering drop-in sessions to visitors so that they can be taken through their families’ military history and be given ‘how-to’ instructions.

On the theme of flight, Techniquest Glyndŵr will be running special flight workshops where children will be able to construct flying

models to take away whilst Glyndŵr University Computer Science department will be bringing along their mini drones for children to practice their flying control skills.

Elsewhere in the ‘pop-up’ families will be able to try their hand with a number of interactive science exhibits brought from the main Science centre on the University campus with additional exhibits on special loan from the Winchester Science Centre.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Throughout the three days prizewinning “Diddy Car Races” will be run for each of three age groups of children on a specially cordoned

 

off course which takes advantage of the smooth surfaced walkways around the ground floor of the building. Winners of each age group on each day will win a family voucher to visit Techniquest Glyndŵr, and on the Saturday a prize draw will be held with the prize being a new Diddy Car.

 

 

Senior Exhibition and Events Officer Mandy Jones commented:

“It’s been brilliant being able to work with the RAF and Wrexham Council to add to our special pop-up events in the town centre. With what we have planned it will make a fantastic run-up to the Bank Holiday weekend for everyone especially since it is free of charge. And with the fly pasts of famous RAF aircraft, a Hercules aircraft on Thursday 23rd at around noon and a Dakota aircraft around 3.15pm it will certainly liven up the town.
I would say to everyone in the Wrexham area to come on down over the three days and have some great family fun to start the Bank Holiday weekend in style! ”