UPDATED: Tickets have now sold out
British astronaut Tim Peake is visiting Manchester Museum of Science and Industry in October and a limited number of free tickets are available for people with kids who’d like to be in the audience.
Peake will appear at MSI on Saturday, 15 October, to talk about his adventures on board the International Space Station.
The event will be a family trailblazer for this year’s Manchester Science Festival, taking place 20 to 30 October.
In a fun and unusual twist each adult must be accompanied by a minimum of one child in order to maximise the number of future astronauts able to attend.
Youngsters hoping to follow in Tim’s footsteps will have the opportunity to hear him speak about his experiences in orbit and quiz the spaceman on what life is really like on board a space station.
A limited number of tickets will be available for the free event, so families need to act quickly if they want to meet their space hero. Tickets are available from 10am on Friday, 30 September. (See below)
The six month Principia mission saw Tim carry out a spacewalk and run a marathon in space, and the astronaut became a hit on social media – he now has more than a million Twitter followers.
Tim’s appearance in Manchester is part of a seven-date UK tour organised by the UK Space Agency and the European Space Agency, which will also take in the Science Museum in London, on October 19.
Around 11,000 people celebrated the launch of the UK’s first official ESA astronaut at the Science Museum in London on 15 December 2015, with millions more people across the UK watching the action on BBC Stargazing Live.
“I’ve been extremely touched by the support of the British public before, during and after my mission to the International Space Station and I hope that my post-flight tour will allow me to thank as many of those people as possible,” Peake said
“I received the footage of the launch parties that were held in the four UK capitals a couple of days after I arrived in space so now I will be able to attend in person to join in with the celebrations.”
Antonio Benitez, Director of the Manchester Science Festival, said: “This is a really exciting opportunity for families in Manchester to meet one of the UK’s greatest astronauts. Tim’s journey to space inspired so many people and we very much enjoyed following his adventures on board the International Space Station – we can’t wait to hear about them in person.
“This event is the perfect trailblazer for this year’s Manchester Science Festival which is full of thrilling events for all ages.”
Rebecca Evernden, Director of Policy at the UK Space Agency said “The Principia mission has been a huge success and the British public have followed it all the way. We’re delighted that Tim will be touring the UK giving his own perspective on their time on the International Space Station.
“We hope that the tour builds on the fantastic educational and outreach programme that the UK Space Agency has made part of his mission.”
The Tim Peake event at Manchester Museum of Science and Industry will start at 10am on Saturday, October 15. Tickets are free but must be booked in advance. They will be released at 10am on Friday, 30 September, and will be available to book at manchestersciencefestival.com.
Tenth anniversary for Manchester Science Festival
2016 marks the tenth birthday of Manchester Science Festival (MSF), produced by the Museum of Science and Industry.
Billed as part laboratory, part playground, MSF is a showcase for the most creative, surprising and hands-on science, where people of all ages can participate, experience and be curious about the world around them.
Last year the Festival staged 138 unique events, exhibitions and installations, delivered by 86 partners from the public, cultural, community and academic sectors across Greater Manchester. Last year’s event attracted around 120,000 participants over 11 days – making it England’s largest Science Festival.
This year’s Festival marks the end of the city’s year-long role as European City of Science, and runs throughout half-term from Monday 20 October – Sunday 30 October. The Festival is supported by Siemens as part of the Curiosity Project; a three-year programme aimed at bringing science, technology, engineering and mathematics to life for young people across the UK. Siemens has been a long-term supporter of the museum, with a local office of 700 employees, many of whom volunteer at the Festival each year.