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Take the kids to Wonderlab at the National Science and Media Museum

Can you hear the vibration?
Can you hear the vibration?

The new, state-of-the-art interactive gallery at the National Science and Media Museum is now open and invites children to become scientists through the interactive exhibits featuring the science behind light, sound and images.

With more than 20 mind-blowing attractions, Wonderlab is a wonderful place to take the kids!

The gallery features a massive mirror maze, a 15m echo tube and a musical laser tunnel, as well as the world’s first permanent 3D-printed zoetrope.

Children can turn their entire body into a corkscrew on a giant screen, take a selfie showing their face through a drop of water and shout and scream into a colossal echo tube the length of an articulated lorry!

Throughout your visit there are live experiments taking place, extraordinary experiences allowing visitors to explore the stunning science of light and sound.

Entry to Wonderlab is free but it is recommended that families book in advance through the website: www.scienceandmediamuseum.org.uk/wonderlab

The museum has also confirmed it will host the Soyuz TMA-19M spacecraft that carried Major Tim Peake to the International Space Station and back to earth.

Visitors will be able to see it in September when it travels outside London for the first time since it was acquired by the Science Museum Group last year.

Spectacular show to switch on Christmas lights

The Dream Engine's The Diamond in Singapore

Bradford Council is set to stage an innovative outdoor show with stunning pyrotechnics and breathtaking aerial performances for its annual Christmas Lights Spectacular.

Internationally renowned British street theatre masters, The Dream Engine return to City Park with Heliosphere.

Beautiful acrobats suspended below two huge silver helium balloons will perform mesmerising routines whilst pyrotechnic specialists, External Combustion will light up the sky with powerful fireworks displays.

The Christmas Lights Spectacular will give local people an opportunity to experience a cutting edge piece which has never been seen in Bradford before.

In Dream Engine’s The Diamond, a giant translucent pod inflates magically lifting a cocooned artist into the air.

Once fully filled with air, the performer will execute a breathtaking aerial ribbon show set to an atmospheric soundtrack.

The Council has also organised some more traditional elements to the Christmas event.

Audiences will be encouraged to sing along to popular Christmas carols performed by Bradford Festival Choral Society and Priestthorpe Primary School children.

Bradford’s Lord Mayor, Councillor Joanne Dodds will lead the countdown for the Christmas lights to be switched on.

Funfair rides will be on offer along with a range of tasty delights from a range of food stalls.

The Christmas Lights Spectacular runs from 4:45pm to 5:45pm, Saturday 14 November in City Park, Bradford.

Admission is free.

Coun Susan Hinchcliffe, Portfolio Holder for Education, Skills and Culture, said: “The annual Bradford’s Christmas Lights switch-on has a reputation for bringing something out of the ordinary to the city centre.

“This year’s performance sounds equally spectacular and breath-taking. It is sure to bring in the crowds.”