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Wrexham Science Festival smashes visitor record

Friday 22 July 2011

Record numbers of visitors flocked to this year’s Wrexham Science Festival.

The festival, held at venues across North East Wales, came to an end on Friday (DEL JULY 22).

More than 3,500 tickets were booked for more than 40 free talks and lectures, while displays at the Eagles Meadow shopping centre brought science to the heart of Wrexham.

Event organiser Katie Dutton said: “We are delighted at the response from the public to this year’s festival.

“Feedback from visitors after each event has been excellent and has really reflected a growing public interest in science, which we aim to lead here in North East Wales.”

Many of the talks were based at Glyndŵr University, including the university’s new Centre for the Creative Industries.

Katie added: “Welcoming so many people of all ages to the university is fantastic. We would like to thank everyone for coming along and making the event such a success once again.

“While the main festival programme is now finished, we are looking forward to November 23 and 24 this year, when the team behind the Bloodhound supersonic car project will be visiting.”

Among the highlights of the festival were Guardian science writer Ben Goldacre, recorded in conversation for a future BBC Science Cafe programme.

Also recorded was a science-based pub quiz at the Bridge End Inn, Ruabon, which saw a team of Glyndŵr University experts see off a spirited challenge from pub regulars.

To keep up to date with the Bloodhound visit and other science festival news, join the mailing list at www.wrexhamsf.com or email wsf@glyndwr.ac.uk.

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