North east youngsters to enjoy festival fun at University of Aberdeen

North east youngsters to enjoy festival fun at University of Aberdeen

The University of Aberdeen is set to welcome more than 700 school pupils from across the North-east to its campus for the Marathon Oil School and Children’s Festival.

The Marathon Oil School and Children’s Festival kicks off today (Tuesday, May 7) and runs until Sunday, May 12, with a host of fun events taking place.

Youngsters will be taking part in a variety of activities during the Marathon Oil Schools’ Festival, including meeting ‘itchy coo’ Editor, James Robertson who will be hosting a Scots language session with The Gruffalo in a new Scots version of the popular story. The Gruffalo theme continues in the form of interactive workshops exploring sound and music, courtesy of the University’s music department.

The Rowett Institute of Nutrition and Health will be hosting hands-on workshops for pupils, which will give them the chance to carry out spectacular experiments using everyday kitchen items.

Other highlights in the jam-packed school’s programme include an, ‘Exploring Your Universe’ workshop which has seen the University team up with Satrosphere Science Centre.

The Children’s programme will take place on May, 11 and 12, with a great selection of events taking place from storytelling, learn to speak Gaelic with your Teddy and the opportunity to drop into the Cruickshank Botanic Gardens to find out about how important bees are for the environment and taste some delicious food.

The Hack N Make event on Sunday, May 12 will offer the opportunity for children and adults to make their own LED flashing badge, make DNA from sweets and visit our 16ft video wall. It’s one for all the family.

Jill Burnett, Events and Engagement Executive at the University of Aberdeen, said: “We are delighted to be able to offer such a fun filled programme of events for the Marathon Oil School and Children’s Programme.

“We have a great selection of events for children and adults to enjoy, and it is fantastic to be able to offer a wide range of themes to youngsters, including storytelling, music and science, as well as events in the Sir Duncan Rice Library, King’s Museum and the Natural History Centre.

“There is definitely enough on offer to allow young – and more mature - imaginations to run wild!”

The Marathon Oil School and Children’s programme is part of the University of Aberdeen’s May Festival.

Tickets for the May Festival are available now and can be booked by visiting:

www.abdn.ac.uk/mayfestival

Tickets are also available at the Aberdeen Box Office and bookings can be made in person or by calling 01224 641122 until Noon on Thursday, May 9.

From Friday, May 10, tickets will be available from the May Festival box office at the University.

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