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STEM based kids activities in Peterborough

August 3, 2018

At last! The summer holidays are finally here. I don’t know about you but those last few school runs really dragged. Especially with the heat we’ve been having lately. But now we are free from the monotony of school runs, I’m ready to spend some quality time with my kids and get them out and about.  Dexter is now old enough to understand the local libraries’ summer reading challenge and really wants to take part and I’ve been thinking of some other educational things we can do together too. As a result, I’ve compiled a list of some STEM based kids activities in Peterborough this summer. If you don’t know, STEM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths so the events listed below are aimed to fire up your children’s passions for learning whilst being either super cheap or free and fascinating!

I’m happy to add more events if you know of any I’ve missed. Just drop me a message or a comment on this post.

STEM-based kids activities in Peterborough – This Summer

Astonishing Astronomy – Peterborough Archives Central Library – Saturday 4th August

Come and join Peterborough Archives to discover unique stories from Peterborough’s past. Learn about Peterborian Astronomer, George Alcock who discovered comets just by sitting in his garden and memorising thousands of stars and constellations. Be inspired and make your own comet or constellation viewer. No booking required – Drop-in session, pay by cash on the door £2 per child (adults free)


STEMfest Roadshow with CHaOS & ICE – Sunday 5th Aug

What better place to start than with Peterborough’s very own STEM fest roadshow. Join CHaOS (Cambridge Hands-on Science) and ICE (The Institution of Civil Engineers) for a great family day out with exciting Science and Engineering activities – completely free! Suitable for all ages from 3 years old and up, the event is a fun (and free!) way to experience STEM subjects.
No booking is needed, so come along and find us next to Van Hage – for more details visit

Peterborough STEM festival Roadshow, Sunday 5th August at Peterborough One retail park


Tim Peakes Soyuz Tour – Saturday, Aug 11th onwards

See Tim Peake’s Soyuz TMA-19M space capsule, accompanied by Space Descent VR, in beautiful 900-year-old Peterborough Cathedral. The spacecraft has endured temperatures of more than 1500 degrees Celsius and has travelled at 17000 miles an hour during its journey to and from the International Space Station. It carried astronauts Yuri Malenchenko, Tim Kopra and Tim Peake on their Principia mission, returning to earth on 18 June 2016.

As part of the exhibition, you will be able to see Tim Peake’s own Sokol KV-2 emergency spacesuit which he wore during the launch and return to earth. The magnificent 25m diameter parachute deployed in the descent of the spacecraft to earth will also be on display. And don’t miss the opportunity to take a photo posing in the ‘selfie spacesuit’!

Entry to the exhibition is free of charge and open until November 5th. More info can be found here

PECT Green Festival – Saturday, Aug 11th & Sunday, Aug 12th

This year, Nene Park Trust plays hots to the PECT Green Festival. Bringing together attractions, community groups, charities and businesses, the Green Festival offers plenty of fun for the whole family. The event encourages visitors to discover how to live more sustainably and to develop long-term behaviour change. Areas of focus include everything from sustainable transport, recycling, locally and sustainably produced food, and nature and biodiversity.

There are lots of opportunities for audience participation, and the Festival also includes exciting environmental-themed artworks by local artists who are specially commissioned to highlight sustainability issues in innovative and engaging ways. For more info, head here –

Virtual Worlds – Central Library – Tuesday 12th and 21st August 2018

Virtual Words – Free digital arts and stories workshops

Explore the art of telling stories in an exciting new way at these free sessions for children

aged 10-18. This summer holiday Central Library will host artists from One to One Development Trust for these exciting sessions exploring virtual reality and digital storytelling.14th August 11am-1pm – Create digital art and stories in Virtual Reality

21st August 11am-1pm – Create digital art and stories using Twine software

Children are welcome to come to one or both sessions. Booking in advance is essential as places are strictly limited. Book at any Vivacity Library or email
PCs will be available or you can bring your own Wi-Fi enabled laptop or tablet.
Children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult

East Anglian Air Ambulance Emergency Services Fun Day – 18th Aug – Nene Park Trust

The East Anglian Air Ambulance Emergency Services Fun Day is back at Ferry Meadows following an amazing turn out in 2016!
They will be joined once again by our friends at the East of England Ambulance Service Trust (EEAST), Cambridgeshire Search and Rescue (CamSAR), Cambridgeshire Constabulary, Cambridgeshire Fire and Rescue Service, Cambridgeshire and Suffolk SERV blood riders and NHS Blood and Transport!
There will be children’s fairground rides, face painting and the Ferry Meadows Railway will be donating their train fares on the day to us so enjoy a ride across the park and support EAAA! Hot and cold drinks will be available as well as cakes and an ice cream van, so bring a picnic and spend the day with EAAA.
One of the air ambulance helicopters will arrive on the day – time TBC – so long as the weather is fine to fly and they have not been called out on a mission. A great opportunity to meet our crew, see our helicopter and find out how your donations help us to keep saving lives!
Normal Ferry Meadows parking charges apply. Last year the car parks filled up and the overflow car park will be open, but please consider popping along on your bikes, travelling by bus or using the Nene Valley Railway to reduce traffic! More Info…

Museum of Mischief – Peterborough Museum – Various dates throughout the summer – 10am-5pm

£4 adults, £3 children/conc, £12 families (under 5s free)

The Beano Town gang is in trouble!!! While sneaking into a science lab, Dennis accidentally activates a Time Travel Machine. Now the whole gang is lost in time and they need your help to find a way back to the present. Enjoy crafts, activities, and storytelling with Dennis the Menace, Minnie the Minx, Bananaman and their friends.
  • Dino Dash  25 – 26 – 27 July
  • Roman Race 31 July – 01 – 02 August
  • Victorian Vamoose  7 – 8 – 9 August
  • Future Flash 21 – 22 – 23 August
Head on down to The Museum of Mischief, at Peterborough Museum and get involved with the Summer Reading Challenge in a fun and interactive way.  Enjoy crazy crafts, tricky trails and sneaky science experiments.

Get yourself down to Peterborough Museum!

If after all that, you still want more, then look out for these STEM event’s later in the year.


Code Club at Bretton Library – Scratch for Beginners – Fortnightly during term times. Sat 2pm

Come along to a fun and informal introduction to computer coding.
Suitable for ages 7-11 with a parent or carer.
Very limited places and PRE BOOKING IS ESSENTIAL. Please click here to book your place. 
Code Club is FREE to attend.

Code Club at Central Library – Scratch for Beginners – Fortnightly during term times. Sat 1.30 pm

Come along to a fun and informal introduction to computer coding.
Suitable for ages 7-11 with a parent or carer.
Very limited places and PRE BOOKING IS ESSENTIAL. Please click here to book your place. 
Code Club is FREE to attend.

Kids that code

Museum of the moon – Peterborough Cathedral –  October 5th

Vivacity presents Museum of the Moon, a visually stunning installation by artist Luke Jurram. The moon, measuring seven metres in diameter and featuring 120dpi detailed NASA imagery of the lunar surface, will be suspended in the magnificent space of Peterborough Cathedral.
At an approximate scale of 1:500,000, each centimetre of the internally lit spherical sculpture represents 5km of the moon’s surface. Over its lifetime, the Museum of the Moon will be presented in a number of different ways both indoors and outdoors, so altering the experience and interpretation of the artwork. As it travels from place to place, it will gather new musical compositions and an ongoing collection of personal responses, stories and mythologies, as well as highlighting the latest moon science.
The installation is a fusion of lunar imagery, moonlight and surround sound composition created by BAFTA and Ivor Novello award winning composer Dan Jones. Each venue also programmes their own series of lunar inspired events beneath the moon.
Luke Jerram’s multidisciplinary practice involves the creation of sculptures, installations and live arts projects. Living in the UK but working internationally for 19 years, Jerram has created a number of extraordinary art projects which have excited and inspired people around the globe. Jerram has a set of different narratives that make up his practice which are developing in parallel with one another. He is known worldwide for his large scale public artworks.


Peterborough STEM festival – Kingsgate Conference Centre – October 13th

Peterborough STEM Festival is back on Saturday October 13th for it’s big main event.  Aimed at ages 5-16 – but suitable for all the family, this year’s event at the KingsGate Conference Centre near Parnwell celebrates everything Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths from Peterborough and beyond with talks, workshops and interactive exhibits to get involved in.  
A number of special guests will be coming along, including BAFTA-winning children’s TV presenter Maddie Moate and Horrible Science author Nick Arnold. More information on this one will be added as I get it. The event is set to be huge with new things being confirmed every day.

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