Space activities coming to Gunwharf for festivities

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SPACE City Portsmouth is coming to Gunwharf Quays as a host of intergalactic events will take place as part of this summer’s festivities.

From Friday June 17 to Sunday June 19, the seafront shopping centre will be providing a range of space-themed activities for visitors of all ages.

Each day Gunwharf Quays’ plaza will be home to a space station full of family entertainment, including a real Mars Rover which will make its way across a sandy Martian-style landscape.

There will be hourly presentations of information about the stars in a science dome planetarium. Shoppers will have the chance to try solar telescopes, courtesy of the University of Portsmouth.

And they will be able to buy space-themed art and astronomy books, as well as speaking to experts from Astrium about the firm’s work building satellites.

On Friday and Sunday, between 12pm and 3pm, Sparky the Robot will entertain crowds with his ability to walk, talk, play music and squirt water. The event ties in with the space theme of this year’s Portsmouth Festivities.

Gunwharf Quays managing director Peter Emery said: ‘The Space City is such an exciting part of the Portsmouth Festivities and I am excited that Gunwharf Quays is part of the celebration. We have number of interesting activities on offer and I think people will find the experience both fun and educational.

‘It’ s great to offer a mix of entertainment to suit all ages and I’m sure there will lots of big kids enjoying the robots, time travel and NASA astronauts.’

On Friday the activities start at 12pm, and on Saturday and Sunday they begin at 10am.