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! ”

A scientific Playday

A Scientific Playday in Wrexham!

 

Techniquest Glyndŵr provided a major scientific boost to Wrexham’s popular Playday which took over a number of places in the town centre of Wrexham last Wednesday 1st August.

 

Making full use of the empty former TJ Hughes building in Henblas Square, the Wrexham based Science Discovery Centre laid on a huge array of fun activities designed to engage with children of all ages and their families all absolutely free. And visitors flocked into the building in their hundreds to take part.

 

 

The ground floor of the building was packed with fun seeking families for the whole day and was filled with a range of stalls, activities such as diddy car racing, juggling and special interactive displays.

 

 

 

 

Several departments of Wrexham Glyndŵr University had brought along staff and equipment to the PlayDay event and were providing a variety of interactive experiences throughout the day.

 

 

The Forensics Department had organised a fingerprinting activity, virtual reality experiences and practice flights with mini drones were provided by the Electronics Department, and TV studio equipment was set up by the Creative Industries Department giving children the experience of being “on camera” in front of a green screen as in a real studio.

 

Bangor University School of Natural Sciences and the RSPB both provided interactive exhibits and experts in wildlife and ecology which supported the Operation Earth project which featured in Techniquest Glyndŵr’s public programme

 

 

 

 

Senior Exhibition and Events Officer Mandy Jones, who organised Techniquest Glyndŵr’s activities said:


“It’s been a brilliant day and we’ve been really busy. We were very pleased to add to Wrexham’s ever popular PlayDay activities by providing our special science engagement. Having different parts of Glyndŵr University contributing their staff and equipment really helped to add extra interest and I could see that a lot of our visitors were interested in what they had on offer.

The event also coincided with a visit of panel members from the Inspiring Science Fund who are currently assessing our funding bid to enable us to move permanently to the town centre. We were pleased to show them how much the public have got involved with us here and how popular we are with families.”

Street Festivals with a flavour of science.

Wrexham’s streets come alive each month with the regular street festivals which are organised by the Wrexham town centre partnership on the last Saturday of each month. Techniquest Glyndŵr supports the festivals by opening up the doors to the building which they hope will eventually be their future home between Henblas Square and Chester Street, the former TJ Hughes Wrexham store.

The Family Fun Science Days happen on the following dates:

Saturday 28th July 2018
11am – 4.30pm
Wednesday August 1st 2018
Wrexham Play Day
11am – 4.30pm
Saturday 25th August 2018
11am – 4.30pm
Saturday 29th September 2018
11am – 4.30pm
Saturday 27th October 2018
11am – 4.30pm

Visitors can take part in a lively variety of science themed activities taking advantage of the generous space offered by the whole of the ground floor of the former TJ Hughes building in the town centre.

One of the more popular activities for visitors is to take part in the continuous programme of StarDome shows which are presented in a continuous programme of shows in the science centre’s very own portable planetarium which is set up for each of the days.

Staff from Techniquest Glyndŵr also provided a selection of other science activities for visitors to take part in, various science busking and circus tricks and a small selection of the 65+ science exhibits brought from the main centre on Wrexham Glyndŵr University Campus especially for the event.

 

 

“Diddy Car Races” for three age groups of children are being held throughout each of the days on a specially cordoned off course which takes advantage of the smooth surfaced walkways around the ground floor of the building – with a leaderboard showing the fastest times for the children taking part, the races provide a fun prizewinning competition for children to take part in.

 

 

 

 

Other stalls at the events included local craft orientated small businesses,  local community groups providing hands-on activities for visitors and the very popular local fudge makers,

Little Fudge Box selling their hand made high quality confectionery.

 

 

 

 

 

 

The cardboard construction zone is set up to make use of quantities of large cardboard boxes which had previously been used to contain goods ordered for the science centre. It attracts lots of budding young architects to design and build small person-sized dens and various other imaginative structures which can be climbed into.

 

Street Festival has a science twist!

Last Saturday Wrexham’s streets came alive again with another of the monthly street festivals organised by the town centre partnership. Supporting the event was Techniquest Glyndŵr who opened the doors again to the building which they hope will eventually be their future home between Henblas Square and Chester Street.

A steady stream of visitors came through the doors all day to take part in a lively variety of science themed activities that took advantage of the generous space offered by the whole of the ground floor of the former TJ Hughes building in the town centre.

One of the more popular activities for visitors was to take part in the continuous programme of StarDome shows presented in the science centre’s very own portable planetarium which was set up for the day. Through most of the day there was an excited queue of both young and not-so-young people to take part in a guided journey through space.

Staff from Techniquest Glyndŵr also provided a selection of other science activities for visitors to take part in, including basic computer programming, demonstrations of a humanoid robot programmed to dance ‘gangnam style’, various science busking and circus tricks and a small selection of the 65+ science exhibits brought from the main centre on Wrexham Glyndŵr University Campus especially for the event.

 

 

“Diddy Car Races” for three age groups of children were held throughout the day on a specially cordoned off course taking advantage of the smooth surfaced walkways around the ground floor of the building – with a leaderboard showing the fastest times for the children taking part, it provided a fun prizewinning competition for children to take part in.

 

 

 

Demonstrating his expert juggling skills, volunteer Robert Parkinson who works for a multinational science based

manufacturing company located in Wrexham was able to tutor many of the younger visitors in the finer points of juggling . Robert recently joined the volunteer team at the science centre and with the support of his employer, Solvay, he hopes to assist at future STEM related events that are planned from time to time taking place at the main science centre at Plas Coch.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Amongst the stalls and exhibits was a magnificent and very colourful menagerie of steel animals that was provided for the day by the British Iron Works based just down the road in Oswestry.

 

 

 

 

Other stalls at the event included local craft orientated small businesses, a local guiding group who provided a hands-on activity for people to make their own scented bath salts complete with young guiders on hand to assist and the very popular local fudge makers, Little Fudge Box were selling their hand made high quality confectionery.

 

 

 

 

The cardboard construction zone was set up to make use of quantities of large cardboard boxes that had previously been used to contain goods ordered for the science centre. It attracted lots of budding young architects to design and build small person-sized dens and various other imaginative structures which you could climb into.

 

 

 

 

 

One of the main purposes of opening the building for the day was to engage with the public and raise awareness of the bid for major funding that the science centre had submitted to the UK wide ‘Inspiring Science Fund’ offered by the Wellcome Foundation and the UK Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS).

 

Senior Exhibition and Events Officer Mandy Jones commented :

“Opening up here today is just one of our programme of monthly pop up science eventsheld on the last Saturday of the month in the middle of town. Through these events we are hoping to engage with a much wider audience, simply because we are in the town centre rather than on the University Campus.

In our funding bid we have stated that a town centre location will significantly improve our ability to make contact with new customers and today’s activities are helping to demonstrate this and so far we have had great support from the public who have come through our doors today.

We have also presented our funding bid as an opportunity to contribute to a wider effort from a number of businesses and organisations in and around Wrexham to help re-vitalise the town centre with an increased variety in the “offer” of the town centre. It is hoped to encourage more visitors to explore what the town has to offer and helping to make the various businesses operating there have a more secure future.”

Science with a Portuguese heritage

Esta semana continuamos com nossa série contínua de eventos gratuitos de ciência em família ligados à herança portuguesa, através dos quais alcançamos nossa comunidade portuguesa local.

This week we continue with our ongoing series of free family science events linked to the Portuguese heritage through which we hope to reach out and engage with our local Portuguese community.

 

O evento desta semana, que acontecerá no centro da cidade de Wrexham no sábado, 2 de junho, das 14:00 às 16:00, será sobre Transporte e Navegação.

This week’s event, taking place in Wrexham town centre on Saturday 2nd June from 14:00 to 16:00, will be on Transportation and Navigation.

 

 

 

A Techniquest Glyndŵr estará novamente abrindo sua base temporária no centro da cidade, no prédio entre Chester Street e Henblas Square, que costumava ser a antiga loja TJ Hughes

Techniquest Glyndŵr will be again opening up its temporary town centre base in the building between Chester Street and Henblas Square that used to be the former TJ Hughes store.

 

Alinhado para este evento gratuito está o nosso sempre popular Planetário StarDome, no qual iremos explorar as constelações e estrelas que ajudaram a guiar os primeiros exploradores portugueses.

Lined up for this free event is our ever popular StarDome Planetarium in which we will be exploring the constellations and stars that helped to guide the early Portuguese explorers.

 

 

Haverá também uma série de atividades práticas para crianças que farão bússolas, sextantes de navegação e planisférios (gráficos especiais que mostram posições planetárias).

There will also be a range of hands-on activity for children which will be making compasses, navigation sextants and planispheres (special charts that show planetary positions).

Pacotes para levar para casa com informações para atividades adicionais para tentar em casa serão dados para as famílias que comparecerem ao evento.

Take-home packs with information for additional activities to try at home will be given to those families that attend the event.

Mais informações em info@tqg.org.uk ou 01978293400

Further information from info@tqg.org.uk or 01978293400

Newton’s Apple Pips take root in Wrexham

Three apple seedlings grown from apple pips from the very apple tree that inspired Newton’s theory of gravity have been presented to Techniquest Glyndŵr by National Trust Erddig, the historic major visitor attraction just outside Wrexham.

The seedlings were offspring from the apple tree that first took root around 400 years ago of the variety ‘Flower of Kent’.  National Trust Erddig has become famed for its large collection of apple trees and aptly, in the grounds of this stately home there is a fruit tree that has been propagated from the original over in Cambridgeshire.

As Erddig’s Head Gardener, Glyn Smith says

“These seedlings won’t exactly be the same as the original tree, as they will probably have been cross pollinated by other trees in the gardens here at Erddig and will also have genes from their parents and grandparents. So if they grow, there may one day be a new variety. Isaac’s Erddig Pippin perhaps?”

This unique collaboration between two local visitor attractions came about as a result of an initiative developed by the UK Association of Science Discovery Centres (ASDC) and National Trust’s property Woolsthorpe Manor in order to mark International Science Centre and Science Museum Day. This is a global event backed by UNESCO .

Apple pips taken from apples grown from the original apple tree at Woolsthorpe Manor were distributed to a limited number of science centres across the UK, with ASDC member Techniquest Glyndŵr taking part in November 2016.

As well as contacting Erddig for their support Techniquest Glyndŵr also involved children from two local schools in planting the apple pips that arrived from Woolsthorpe, the Welsh medium school Ysgol Plas Coch and Rhosddu Primary School.

Glyn Smith continued

“After Simon Brown from Techniquest Glyndŵr contacted me I agreed to participate in the project and we received just three apple pips from the tree which still survives at Woolsthorpe with the other precious samples being planted by school children near the science centre .

Originally the project was to work just with two local schools to plant and raise the pips and eventually plant them out, but I was happy to use my expertise in ensuring that there was the maximum chance of having live offspring from the seeds.

The pips needed around six weeks stored in a refrigerator, before actual planting, and several times they were nearly thrown out!
Without much hope that we would succeed in germinating any of the pips, to my amazement all three germinated and are now about two inches tall. I was pleased to hand them over to Simon for looking after in the Science Garden at the centre.”

Sir Isaac Newton was famously sitting under an apple tree, when a falling apple inspired his revolutionary theories about gravity and Techniquest Glyndŵr, having opened their new Science Garden at their base on the campus of Glyndŵr University, was keen to plant and grow an apple tree with such a close and historic connection with the world famous scientist.

A further scientific connection to the apple pips and tree was pointed out by Jannette Warrener, Operations Manager for Woolsthorpe Manor, National Trust’s attraction in East Anglia.

“Pips from our tree have been in space on the International Space Centre, originally sent up with Tim Peake as part of his ‘Principia’ mission. They have certainly travelled far and wide!”

She added

“I was delighted to have shared apple pips with other amazing sites for science across the country and hope that the project will have engaged young people with the fascinating story of Newton. He truly shaped modern scientific thinking here at Woolsthorpe when he worked on his theory of gravity and also explored light and calculus.”

The CEO of ASDC Dr Penny Fidler said

“We were delighted to have celebrated International Science Centre and Science Museum Day by sharing Newton’s apples seeds with families and the public through the impressive network of UK science centres. As a nation and a global society we have some major challenges ahead that will take scientific creativity and entrepreneurship to solve.

Science Centres and Museums are at the heart of bringing the latest science to the public across the UK and helping children and adults to get involved with science in a hands-on and inspirational way, building the skills we need to create a better world for the future.”

Scot Owen, Centre Manager at Techniquest Glyndŵr, commented:

“As a member of the ASDC we were pleased to join in with this imaginative project and also help strengthen our links with two local primary schools as well as Erddig and the National Trust.

The story of Newton’s Apple is well known and by being able to have the chance to grow a living apple tree connected with this famous scientist and associate it with the story of how it helped to develop Newton’s theory of gravity I am sure it will help to fire up the imagination of local children and kindle a greater interest in science.

We would like to thank Glyn for helping to germinate and look after these valuable seeds. We’re delighted that we now have three healthy seedlings to nurture and grow on, ready for planting out not only in our own Science garden here at Techniquest Glyndŵr but also in the grounds of the two closest Primary Schools to our centre.”

Local video company supports science centre

Techniquest Glyndŵr was a lucky prize winner in a competition held recently by local video production company CreativeJigsaw based in Penyffordd. The prize was a professionally filmed and produced promotional video that was offered at a substantially reduced cost.

This week the final version of the video was passed on to Techniquest Glyndŵr, the product of a day of live filming at the popular science centre based in Wrexham followed by the necessary production editing.

The charity will now be making use of the film to help increase public interest in the centre and raise awareness of its potential move into Wrexham town centre into the former TJ Hughes building in Henblas Square/Chester Street.

Scot Owen, Techniquest Glyndŵr’s Centre Manager said

“We have been wanting to produce a promotional video for some time and the competition provided an ideal opportunity to produce a high quality video at an affordable cost!
Having just seen the final version of the film I have been impressed at the way CreativeJigsaw have been able to highlight the fun and excitement of what we do. It is surprising to see how a day of filming can be transformed into such an attractive short promotional video. It will be a fantastic help in telling more people about what we do.”

The film will now be used whenever possible when the Charity attends public events and has just been posted on Techniquest Glyndŵr’s Facebook and YouTube channels. It will shortly also be uploaded to the Charity’s website at www.tqg.org.uk.

Nigel Edwards, proprietor of CreativeJigsaw commented:

CreativeJigsaw were very pleased to have Techniquest Glyndŵr as one of two second prize winners in our recent competition. It allowed them a 50% discount against the cost to produce a film that will help promote the centre and also boost its case for funding”.

Major funding bid submitted by Techniquest Glyndŵr

Techniquest Glyndŵr has just submitted a major bid to the Wellcome Trust under their ‘Inspiring Science Fund’. Co-funded by the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS) and Wellcome, the Inspiring Science Fund supports science centres across the UK. It is a capital fund promoted by the Association of Science Discovery Centres that helps centres rethink what they do and what they offer to the public.

Seizing the opportunity to fund the development of a town centre base in Wrexham, North Wales Science, the charity that operates Techniquest Glyndŵr, submitted an initial proposal in October 2017. Following consideration of the applications by the grant panel Techniquest Glyndŵr was successful in reaching the second round, and invited to submit more detailed proposals by the 28th February.

On the day of the deadline the Chair of the Board of North Wales Science, Iwan Thomas formally submitted the detailed bid for funding and commented as he clicked the submission button

“It’s a proud moment as Chair of the Board to click the submit button on our funding bid. Here’s to a long term future in our potential new Wrexham town centre base, working with partners.

A huge thanks to the team in Techniquest Glyndŵr and Wrexham Glyndŵr University for all their hard work! Fingers crossed now!”

Techniquest Glyndŵr will then be invited to London to meet the Inspiring Science Grants panel in mid-June when the team will be grilled over the details and feasibility of their bid with the successful organisations notified in July as to the outcome of their bids.

Techniquest Glyndŵr has been working with support from Wrexham County Borough Council, Wrexham Glyndwr University to develop their bold plans and the funding bid, if successful, will enable a major science discovery centre to operate from the town centre location.

Scot Owen the Centre Manager said:

“We think we have made an excellent case for this funding, combining as it does, our desire to develop our operations in the town centre location but also complementing a variety of regeneration initiatives focused on the town centre including the Ty Pawb arts hub due to open in April.

We have had great support from our local MP Ian Lucas, our Welsh Assembly Member, Lesley Griffiths and AM Ken Skates, Cabinet Secretary for Economy and Transport in the Welsh Government who have all written letters of support for our bid. Wrexham County Borough Council have also been extremely supportive providing input thorough a number of different departments to help us on our way.

We are still interested to hear from any local businesses and industry who may wish to become involved with us and help with sponsorship. You can contact us via our website www.tqg.org.uk or by email info@tqg.org.uk  “

Techniquest Glyndŵr calls out for votes to bag a share of Tesco’s bag fund

Techniquest Glyndŵr, Wrexham’s very own Science Discovery Centre is bidding to bag a massive cash boost from the Tesco Bags of Help initiative.
Tesco teamed up with Groundwork to launch its community funding scheme, which sees grants of £4,000, £2,000 and £1,000 raised from carrier bag sales in Tesco stores awarded to local community projects.

Three groups in every Tesco region are shortlisted to receive a cash award and shoppers are being invited to head along to Tesco stores to vote for who they think deserves the most funding.
Techniquest Glyndŵr is one of the charities on the shortlist in the Wrexham area and is hoping to fundraise enough money to celebrate their 15th Anniversary in style by offering a celebration event free to the general public in the Summer holiday period.

Scot Owen, Centre Manager at Techniquest Glyndŵr said

“It’s fantastic news that we have been selected to be in the running for money from the Bags of Help scheme at Tesco. We hope that shoppers will remember us as they vote in-store so that we can have a generous share of the funding that will be made available.

We want to use the funds to mark our 15th year of operation with an exciting celebration event which will be open to the public free of charge. The more funding we can win, the better the event can be, especially since we also want to make use of our newly acquired additional space in the Town Centre.
We want this celebration event to attract as many local families as possible to highlight the way we have been able to bring the excitement of science and technology to children over the years.

From when we opened in 2003 we have seen a steady and consistent growth in visitor numbers and engagements, from approximately 40,000 in our first 18 months to 82,655 in the last year.”

Voting is open in the Tesco Extra store in Wrexham from 1st March to 30th April. Customers will be able to cast their vote using a token given to them at the check-out in store each time they shop.”

Tesco’s Bags of Help project has already delivered over £43 million to more than 10,000 charitable projects around the UK. Tesco customers get the chance to vote for three different charities every time they shop.

Alec Brown, Head of Community at Tesco, said:

“We are absolutely delighted to open the voting for March and April. There are some fantastic projects on the shortlists and we can’t wait to see these come to life in hundreds of communities.”

Groundwork’s National Chief Executive, Graham Duxbury, said:

“We’ve been thrilled to see the diversity of projects that have applied for funding, ranging from outdoor classrooms, sports facilities, community gardens, play areas and everything in between.
“We’re looking forward to learning the results of the customer vote and then supporting each group to bring their project to life.”

Funding is available to community groups and charities looking to fund local projects that bring benefits to communities. Anyone can nominate a project and organisations can apply online. To find out more visit www.tesco.com/bagsofhelp .

Bold plans for Wrexham Science Centre

 

 

Techniquest Glyndŵr has just announced the successful conclusion of negotiations for an additional space that will soon be available for the popular Science Discovery Centre in Wrexham to engage new audiences in the excitement of science and technology.

The former TJ Hughes premises located between Chester Street and HenblasSquare, Wrexham has lain empty since 2011 when the retailer closed its doors in the town for the last time. With the signing of a 12 month agreement the building will now have a new lease of life, playing host to a programme of community science events, exhibitions and fundraising events which are being planned by Techniquest Glyndŵr to take place over the next year.

 

Working with support from Wrexham County Borough Council, Wrexham Glyndwr University and the Welsh Government, the Techniquest Glyndŵr team are excited by this opportunity. It will help to reach new audiences, develop new partnerships and closer links within the town centre whilst retaining their existing presence on the university campus.

It is hoped that the events will be a prelude to the ambitious plans of North Wales Science Limited, the charity that runs Techniquest Glyndŵr, to move its operational base to the building in the centre of Wrexham in 2019.

 

In front of the former T.J. Hughes building, Henblas Square, Wrexham are Chair of the North Wales Science Board, Iwan Thomas (R) together with Scot Owen, Centre Manager Techniquest Glyndŵr (L) and Mandy Jones Exhibition & Events Coordinator Techniquest Glyndŵr.

Making the announcement on behalf of the charity, Iwan Thomas, Chair of the Board of Trustees said:

“Techniquest Glyndŵr has a fantastic offer and this opportunity to have a presence in the town centre will really help to put us on the map and attract even more visitors to the town.
This development will also add significantly to the cultural offer being developed by Wrexham County Borough Council, including the Ty Pawb arts hub, which will help to create additional footfall to all of the town centre businesses.

With this presence in a prominent location in the town,in addition to our current centre,we will significantly increase our ability to engage people of all ages with science and technology.”

The negotiations have been complex and have involved the owners of the building MCR Property Group, Wrexham Borough Council, North Wales Science Limited and Wrexham Glyndŵr University agreeing a feasible plan to take over the building on a short-term basis. This is prior to the outcome of a series of funding applications which will enable the transformation of the building into a major visitor attraction as a large science discovery centre right in the heart of Wrexham town centre.

Lynda Powell, Director of Operations, Wrexham Glyndŵr University and a board member of North Wales Science Limited said:

“The University had the foresight in setting up North Wales Science almost 15 years ago.Since then the charity has grown into the significant presence that Techniquest Glyndŵr has both on our campus and more widely in the community.

With our close working relationship developed over the years we are pleased to have been able to assist with this venture as part of a long term growth plan for Techniquest Glyndŵr.

I would particularly like to acknowledge the proactive support of the building’s owners MCR Property Group which has made this development possible.”

Techniquest Glyndŵr is launching a major fundraising initiative which will involve eventsand applications to a variety of potential funders including charitable trusts and local industry. The charity also hopes to establish stronger links with local technology businesses as part of the bold development plan by making possible the acquisition of exciting new interactive exhibits and the development of additional science workshops and shows.

Scot Owen the Centre Manager said:

“For a long time we have been looking at ways to have a more visible presence in Wrexham, and our current location has made it difficult to attract the sort of visitor numbers we want in order to ensure a longer term sustainable future for the centre.

The opening of the temporary town centre venue will be a great way to celebrate our 15th year of operation and we intend that this new presence will help ensure that Techniquest Glyndŵr will be thriving for many more years to come.”

Techniquest Glyndŵr’s Exhibition and Events Coordinator, Mandy Jones commented:

“Recent news showed that Wrexham has a growing tourism economy which is now worth nearly £116 million.
With this additional presence we are hoping to be able to contribute further to that growth by attracting new visitors to the town and this is the exciting first step towards developing a permanent town centre site.

We are looking to the public and local and regional industry to help us achieve our charity’s ambition to develop this additional base into an exciting ‘go to’ venue right at the heart of the community”

 Comments are invited about ideas on what could be incorporated within the new base - activities, facilities, exhibitions, events. Please leave your comments below with your suggestions