10am - 11pm

Saturday 5 October 2019

World Space Week 2019

The University of Surrey and the Institute of Physics have partnered with an array of local organisations to celebrate World Space Week 2019 (4 – 10 October).


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What's on

On Saturday 5 October 2019 we will be organising a 'high street takeover' in Guildford to celebrate World Space Week – take a look at our timetable for the day and come along to enjoy free activities for the whole family!






Art exhibition

Tunsgate (upper level)



A gallery of space-themed artwork submitted from students in Key Stage groups 1-4 will be on display in Tunsgate throughout the day.
View information about the art competition (PDF).
View the art competition terms and conditions (PDF).

Carl Sagan’s Guide to Fake News

Guildford Library

2:30pm and 3:30pm


Carl Sagan was one of the leading NASA scientists who became increasingly worried at the misuse of science in the media. Since his death in 1996 the growth of social media has only made the spread of "fake news" worse. In these sessions, fellow scientist John Mitchell will show a series of science stories presented as news reports and the audience then votes whether the story was true or false and how Sagan's "baloney detection kit" can help you decide. View the event poster (PDF).

Orchestral performance

Tunsgate (upper level)



The University of Surrey Orchestra will perform space themed pieces to open the prize giving.

Art prize giving

Tunsgate (ground level)



All entrants in the art exhibition will be invited to a prize giving in Tunsgate, which will be opened by a guest speaker. Prizes will be given for KS1-2 mixed media entries and KS3-4 photography entries.

Street stalls

High street



Interactive stalls with various hands-on demonstrations will line the high street, provided by the IoP, the University of Surrey, Fair-Space, NPL, SATRO, RAS and Winchester Science Centre.

Satellite exhibit

Tunsgate (ground level)



SSTL will be showcasing their large model satellite alongside launch videos and videos of their facilities, as well as various experiments.

Physics busking

High street



A selection of fun activities to get involved with, including a Mars Rover challenge, alka-seltzer rockets and a tornado in a bottle.

Solar observing

High street bridge (near Debenhams)



Solar telescopes will be setup for daytime solar observing, alongside some hands-on activities.

Star gazing

High street bridge (near Debenhams)



Take a look at the night sky with a variety of telescopes, with the option of trying some lunar sketching.

Unplug & Play board game café

17 Jeffries Passage


£6 per person (£5 for 12 and under) for 3 hours, £4 per person (£3.50 for 12 and under) for 1 hour.


Accessibility: split level venue. Customers must descend 5-6 stairs with a banister to reach a table.


At Unplug + Play we have loads of awesome space games in our board game library! Take a break from the beautiful streets of Guildford and come play some fun, quirky and strategic space games that our lovely staff will teach you! Use code ‘Alpha Centauri’ for a free snack pot.

Space-themed storytelling

Guildford library




Aimed at ages 3-7, with parents/guardians.


Both sessions are suitable for little ones and grownups who are prepared to sing, play and have fun together as we learn about the world around us.


First session: “Molly and the Moon”

Join our storyteller for a tale about a little child called Molly who wants to learn about our friendly Moon in the night-time sky.


Second session: “The Falling down question”

Join our storyteller for a tale about a little child called Bella who wants to learn about why things fall to the ground.


After each story there will be an opportunity to dress-up with our space themed costumes.

Coffee shop comets

Yvonne Arnaud Café


Holy Trinity Church

11am – 1pm


Various craft activities will be on offer at the Yvonne Arnaud café and during the Holy Trinity coffee morning:

  • Create your own comet from craft items to take home.
  • Make a crater using flour and cocoa powder.
  • Design a planet, a colouring activity.

Star Wars themed night

Alley Bar


For ages 18+ only

Come along to the Alley Bar to take part in the Star Wars themed night, fancy dressed appreciated! Free entry, and deals on drinks until 11pm.

Evening public lecture - all ages welcome

Odeon cinema, Guildford

Doors open at 5.30pm, talk 6pm-7pm

Limited seating, book a seat for free here

Public lecture by Professor Justin Read, Head of Physics at the University of Surrey.

His main area of research is gravitational probes of dark matter, studying everything from the tiniest galaxies in the Universe to giant clusters of galaxies.

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