Celebrate outer space with us this summer!

Tue 9 Jul 2019

This summer we are launching in to outer space with plenty of space fun for the whole family. Kids will be taken into an out of this world adventure with the Space Chase Summer Reading Challenge, the whole family can celebrate 50 years since the moon landing at The Hannells Darley Park Concert and everyone can be taken on a journey through the universe with Professor Brian Cox.

For this year’s summer reading challenge children aged 4 to 11 year olds will join the super space family, The Rockets, in an out-of-this-world adventure on a thrilling mission to track down books stolen by mischievous aliens. The Space Chase challenge is to read or share six library books, collecting rewards along the way, with a certificate on completion and a special extra award for reading four extra books.

The Summer Reading Challenge will also have a programme of free space events at Alvaston, Mickleover and Riverside Libraries. These events include If you believe…, Sammy’s Space Adventure, Roald Dahl’s The Enormous Crocodile, A Quite Remarkable Adventure and Space Race animal handling workshop. Find out more about the Space Chase Summer Reading Challenge here.

Music fans can take a trip to the dark side of the moon on Saturday 27 July with Floyd in the Flesh. At Landau Forte College Theatre Floyd in the Flesh will be delivering an incredible 8 piece, fully live tribute to Pink Floyd. This show, featuring an out of this world light and laser show will fully immerse the audience into the atmosphere, sights and sounds of a real Pink Floyd live show. Limited tickets are available for £15.

The ever-popular The Hannells Darley Park Concert this year will be celebrating 1969 and golden anniversaries. As Sinfonia Viva return, supported by Rolls-Royce, with accomplished conductor Ben Pope, they promise to bring a programme that will celebrate the moon landing among other great events of 1969. This evening of classical music and fireworks is certain to be a wonderful experience for the whole family. Find out more about The Hannells Darley Park Concert taking place on Sunday 1 September here.

A Derby Arena audience will be taken on a journey through the universe on Tuesday 10 September as Professor Brian Cox brings his show Universal – World Tour 2019 back to Derby. Professor Brian Cox offers a fascinating insight into the universe, making challenging ideas accessible to all, exploring the vast, possibly infinite universe and our place within it from earth to the edges of the cosmos. Limited tickets are available from £47 - £37 and can be purchased here.

This year’s Derby Festè will be taking Derby into outer space with a programme of events around the theme of space, moon and tides. Derby Cathedral will be transformed as Museum of the Moon by artist Luke Jerram is installed for Derby Festè; the installation will be a fusion of lunar imagery, moonlight and surround sound composition. Derby Festè will be taking place on Friday 27 and Saturday 28 September in Derby City Centre, find out more here.