Discovery Point in is celebrating its 30th anniversary on Saturday 1 July but, despite it being the start of the school summer holidays, visitors are being encouraged to wrap up warm!
Discovery Point will be hosting an austral winter – winter in the Southern Hemisphere – as experienced by the crew of the RRS Discovery that included Captain Robert Falcon Scott, Ernest Shackleton and Edward Wilson, on the highly successful British National Antarctic Expedition in 1901.
Visitors on 1 July will be able to discover what it takes to be a Polar explorer; learn how to tie knots like a sailor; watch a live demonstration of the preparation of hoosh and the chance to taste traditional ships biscuits and take part in an interactive afternoon of exploration, experiments, and messy play.
Events taking place on Saturday 1 July:
Throughout the day: a trail to follow and a photo opportunity with Emma the Emperor Penguin who was brought back from Captain Scott’s Terra Nova Expedition 1910 – 1912.
11.00 – 12.00: Crafty Cabins
The Discovery is setting sail again but not before we say goodbye! Can you help us decorate the cabins for the long journey ahead?
One winner will be selected. The winner will receive a prize, access to the Discovery Dome for themselves and their family, and will have their artwork displayed in Captain Scott’s very own cabin aboard the ship!
Great for kids aged 5+
12.00 – 13.00: Life as a Polar Explorer
Discover what it takes to be a polar explorer! From clothing and gear to diet, learn more about the tough but fun life of a polar explorer, with a live demonstration of the preparation of hoosh and the chance to taste traditional ships biscuits!
13.00 – 14.00: Big Science for Wee Explorers
Have you ever wondered how penguins stay warm in Antarctica? Or how a compass works? Join us for an interactive afternoon of exploration, experiments, and messy play!
Great for kids aged 8+
14.00 – 15.00: Antarctic Leadership: What We Can Learn From the Coldest Place on Earth
From Scott and Shackleton to Amundsen, learn more about the leadership styles of the famous polar explorers and how they defined the Heroic Age of Antarctic Exploration.
Suitable for all ages
18.00 – 19.30: Discovery at Dusk: Guided tour of the RRS Discovery
Activities are FREE with museum admission or an existing annual pass; booking essential! Under five years old go free with a paying adult.