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Prepare for an asteroid to hit Gloucester


What would you do if a Supervolcano erupted, or asteroid impacted, YOUR local area? Visit an amazing science spectacular at Gloucester Library this Saturday 28th October.

Gloucester Library is being taken over by SMASHfestUK, along with local scientists, engineers and artists. It’ll no longer be just a library, but also a space camp, a disaster survival zone and home to a giant graffiti volcano! 

Completely free and for the whole family, there will be tonnes of drop-in events, organised by SMASHfestUK, Gloucester Library and creative producer Hannah Brady.

The festival will run from 11am - 4pm, taking over the whole downstairs space of Gloucester Library as well as outdoor activities right next door. Visitors will be able to make their own asteroid, create ice volcano patterns, launch and test a water rocket, build a truss bridge and watch a giant volcanic coke eruption at 3.30pm.

SMASHfestUK is an interactive STEAM festival (science, technology, engineering, art and maths). The goal? To increase diversity and widen participation in STEM and the arts, with the tagline: ‘A Festival. A Big Story. An ADVENTURE!’.

Each year SMASHfestUK focuses on a different story based on a natural disaster, exploring how to understand the phenomena, survive the event and rebuild society afterwards. This Gloucester mini-festival looks at not one, but two disasters… ‘Asteroid Impact’ and ‘Supervolcano’!

Free tickets are available via Eventbrite:

Cllr Tim Harman, cabinet member for public health and communities said: “Our libraries are offering a wider range of activities as part of their digital offer; this includes exciting science and technology events such as SMASHfest.”

Jane Everiss, head of libraries services said: “We hope lots of families will be attracted by what the library is offering and drop into our first big science event.”