Space Rocks! Art and Astronomy Family Day

Saturday 23 November

10.30am – 4pm/ All activities are FREE but booking essential

Do you love stars and space?

Get inspired at our Space Rocks family event with a whole day of hands-on art and science talks and activities!

Electromagnetic Spectrum Workshop

10.45am/ 11.30am/ 1pm/ 1.45pm/ 2.20pm/ 3.05pm

Find out about different types of light in this interactive workshop with the experts from Kielder Observatory. See hand-on demonstrations of lasers and lenses, diffraction glasses, infra-red cameras and ultra violet sensitive beads.

Space Rock Photogram Workshop

10.45am/ 11.10am/ 11.35am/ 12.30pm/ 12.55pm/ 1.20pm/ 1.45pm / Ages 6+

Make your own photogram (a picture made using light sensitive paper) inspired by meteorites with artist Helen McGhie in our pop-up darkroom.

Clay Meteorite Workshop

10.45am/ 11.30am/ 1pm

Join the experts from Kielder Observatory to learn all about the solar system and examine real rocks from space (including rocks from the moon, mars and different parts of the asteroid belt), before making your own clay meteorite with artist David Partington.

Astronomy and the Experience of Darkness Talk

2.45pm – 3.45pm

Join photographer Helen McGhie and Dan Monk from Kielder Observatory to hear about the inspiration behind Helen’s photographic work in the Observe, Experiment, Archive exhibition and the collaborative process with the Kielder Observatory team.


This event has been funded by the Institute of Physics (IOP), NEPN (North East Photography Network) and Arts Council England.

Please note some sessions have minimum age guidelines.


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