Saturday’s town centre festival transformation starts on Thursday evening and culminates in an explosive finale.
It’s a programme of giant puppets, light and dance shows, music, busking and juggling, St Wulfram’s transformed into Space Station Grantham, children’s entertainment and laboratories engineering mysterious, pulsating experiments and huge Giant of Science emerging for Saturday’s show-stopper.
On Thursday evening the Chantry Dance Company premieres its amazing Chasing the Eclipse celestial dance spectacle at 7.45pm and 9pm in the Market Place, a promise of things to come.
In Conduit Lane the Volatile Light exhibition from IOU spills outside into light painting.
On the Friday evening, St Peter’s Hill becomes a giant theatre stage – literally – with a mysterious laboratory springing up thanks to London based outdoor arts company Emergency Exit Arts. Local performers join eminent scientists as they feed their experiment with knowledge mined from previous generations.
In neighbouring Abbey Gardens, Catalan artists Titeretu will display five giant puppeteer hands made of iron and wood...with a chance for the audience to take control.
Saturday’s road closures allow the festival to take over the centre of town with a compelling mix of science displays from the George Centre to St Wulfram’s Church, Grantham Museum, and the Conduit Market stores.
At 5pm historic silk banners process from St Wulfram’s to St Peter’s Hill to mark the end of the In Newton’s Footsteps walks - and the ever popular Dizzy O’Dare opens their Museum and the Wonderful World of Mr E.
Main evening events begin at 7pm with Chasing the Eclipse returning to the Market Place, surrounded by a special food and craft market and fringe events promising music and ntertainment.
On St Peter’s Hill an apothecary encampment offers Higgler’s Eye Magic and a meeting with Jack’s doctor of physic apothecary.
And, finally, the laboratories give birth to their Giants of Science aided by 1,000 students, local children and community groups and a procession reaching the High Street at 9pm.