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From 7-12 June, Cheltenham Town Hall and Imperial gardens will be transformed into the ultimate venue for discovery, debate and hands-on fun – as the usually genteel setting springs to life with thousands of people celebrating the tenth Cheltenham Science Festival. This landmark anniversary looks set to be celebrated in true festival style, with more experiments, mind-expanding debate and inspiring science than ever before.

The immensely popular Discover Zone returns to the main hall with demonstrations and interactive exhibitions offering inspiration for all ages. And, for the first time, the festival also welcomes an adult-only interactive space in Area 42. This will be the place to experience the very latest technology – not yet on the market and on public display for the first time here. Other brilliant new additions include hands-on
action in the Lego Education Zone and the chance to get up close with the stars of BBC Science in the BBC Science Zone in an informal setting. The feast of free events, surprising additions and family friendly entertainment ensure that the 2011 festival is a relaxed, enjoyable and inspiring way to spend the day in Cheltenham.

2011 marks the tenth Cheltenham Science Festival, and the festival gets in the party spirit with more eXplosive, eXciting and mind-eXpanding events than ever before with the festival theme of ‘X’. The theme has inspired a series of events exploring of all things X-related – from X-men to X chromosomes. The programme looks back over the past ten years as it delves into the advances in science since the first festival in 2002 – and looks ahead to the science of the future with cutting edge research and debates. From the wonders of the universe, to the science of cannabis, via the latest advances in stem cell research –– Cheltenham puts some big questions under the microscope.

The party continues with a programme of outstanding speakers – bursting with world-renowned thinkers, Cheltenham favourites and comedy genius. Just some of the stellar scientists making the line-up are everyone’s favourite physicist Brian Cox – who, due to huge demand, is now appearing in a special second Wonders of the Universe event; scientific superstar Robert Winston, anatomist and star of Coast Alice Roberts, comedian Robin Ince and writer and comedian Mark Steel in a one-off Cheltenham exclusive. Look out too for some of the world’s greatest thinkers, scientists and researchers as they all join in the debate.

The whole programme is overseen by three Guest Directors – including the first ever children’s Guest Director. Graphic novelist and influential writer Alan Moore, child psychologist and broadcaster Tanya Byron, and family friendly Gastronut Stefan Gates will lead the celebrations with their inspiring passion for their very different areas of expertise.

So, whether you’re a fervent science festival fan, or have never been before – there is a whole world of wonder to be enjoyed in this year’s line-up. Alongside the chance to meet some truly inspiring people, you can explore the issues which really matter to you – like health, nature and technology – and enjoy the thrill and fun of hands-on experiments, performance and comedy. Join the party, experiment and enjoy – and see the world in a whole new way!

The Times Cheltenham Science Festival runs from 7-12 June. Tickets are available now from the Cheltenham Festivals Box Office

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