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Popular nature weekend returns to Tullie House Museum

[A] popular, free nature event is to return to Tullie House Museum and Art Gallery on Saturday 28th and Sunday 29th April.

The Nature Explorers Weekend encourages families to participate in hands-on activities and explore what makes Cumbria’s nature so exciting.  The event takes place across the whole museum and brings together nature organisations, societies and museums from the North West of England, to celebrate what is special about Cumbria’s wildlife.

Families will take a trip around the museum and participate in lots of activities, including exploding volcano modelling, miniature swamp box making, plant exploring, bone handling, whale blubber experiments, clay nature printing and the opportunity to use high-tech equipment to make a virtual river using light and sand.

There will also be live reptiles and Professor Pumpernickel will be back with his Spectacular Science Shows.  Join him at 11.30am or 2pm, both days, for explosions, fire and mind-bending magic!  Tickets for Professor Pumpernickel’s show are £5 for children and £3 for adults.

Last year, over 800 people came to the nature weekend, which was held for the first time, and this year Curator Simon Jackson is hoping more people join in the fun.  Speaking about the event, he said “Nature Explorers is back again and we are simply thrilled.  It is wonderful that so many organisations are joining us to offer an activity-packed, fun-filled weekend at Tullie House, allowing visitors to discover Cumbria’s amazing natural world.”

The free festival takes place between 10am and 4pm on Saturday and 11am and 4pm on Sunday and for a list of all the activities included visit  Visitors will not need to book tickets for this event, however tickets to Professor Pumpernickel’s spectacular science show should be booked and paid for through the box office on 01228 618700 during museum opening hours.

Please note: the Rayne Shoes for Stars exhibition is not participating in this event and therefore museum charges to this exhibition only apply.  For further details contact 01228 618718.

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