British Science Festival hosting after-hours events

Night owls can explore a museum and an array of other Tyneside venues after hours as part of an international festival

Rohan and James Styles at the Great North Museum ahead of the Science Festival sleepover

Night owls can explore a museum and an array of other Tyneside venues after hours as part of an international festival.

The British Science Festival, in Newcastle from Saturday September 7 to Thursday September 12, includes a cinema sleepover and a series of after-hours events.

Festival-goers are being challenged by scientists to stay up all night for SciScreen at the Tyneside Cinema on Saturday September 7.

There will be a marathon session of sci-fi films, and the audience will also be part of an experiment.

Between screenings of films including The Man with Two Brains, Back to the Future, Memento and The Fly, film fans can explore how a lack of sleep is affecting their sense of vision, time, rhythm, memory and reactions.

Dr Kirstie Anderson, a consultant neurologist at the RVI Hospital, will kick off proceedings with an introductory talk on sleep deprivation and Drs Quoc Vuong and Manon Grube from the Institute of Neuroscience at Newcastle University will also be on hand to run tests throughout the night.

And kids are invited to their own festival sleepover at the Great North Museum the same night.

The Newcastle University event will show youngsters how their bodies work and discuss the science of dreams.

A range of talks, demonstrations and workshops will include neuroscience, health and nutrition, personal wellbeing, human behaviour, astronomy and zoology. Scientists will answer kids’ questions like: What’s hiding in your mouth? Why are children better than adults at sleep? And why do lullabies have such a soothing effect?

There’ll be a sleepover beauty lab with medical science students Brigitte West and Rose Brown from Newcastle University, the bloggers behind Beauty by the Geek, film screenings, planetarium sessions, bedtime stories and the University’s own Street Scientists team will be bringing science to life with live performance.

Night owls keen to experience the darkest skies in England can board the astronomy bus, also on the Saturday, for a trip to Kielder Observatory.

The British Science Festival’s opening party will also take place on the Saturday with a fusion of music, art and science.

Taking place at Globe Gallery – a disused bank, complete with vaults at Blandford Square – party-goers can interact with audio-visual installations and make their own artwork.


Newcastle University has two family passes (two adults, two children) for the Night at the Museum event to give away to two lucky Journal readers. Simply send your name and address to for a chance to win


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