The world changed here - Gravity Fields Festival celebrates Sir Isaac Newton
Staged every two years, the Gravity Fields Festival is the UK’s only festival dedicated exclusively to the scientific legacy of Newton - born and raised at Woolsthorpe Manor near Grantham, and a pupil at the town’s King’s School.
Woolsthorpe was home to his world-changing thoughts on light, gravity and mathematics, with early drawings hand carved on Manor walls. The apple tree that famously inspired his theory of gravity survives to this day.
With a line-up of nationally and internationally renowned scientists, as well as some of the best contemporary talent in the art world, Gravity Fields Festival, organised by South Kesteven District Council, has a packed programme of science, arts and heritage events in and around Grantham, 26-30 September.
This year, the Festival celebrates another Lincolnshire pioneer, botanist Sir Joseph Banks. It’s 250 years since he sailed to Australia on board HMS Endeavour with Captain Cook, before returning a celebrity with 30,000 plant specimens.
Marking this historic milestone, the 2018 festival has a theme of Voyages of Discovery culminating in a show-stopping outdoor arts spectacle on Saturday 20 September and the spectacle of HMS Endeavour ‘sailing’ up Grantham High Street.
Inspired by the discoveries of the New World and boosted by funding from the Arts Council, the evening’s free entertainment includes French company TILT’s light garden and an astounding aerial show from world-class performers Gorilla Circus.
Among other highlights is a Night at the Manor, an after-dark experience at Woolsthorpe Manor, with night time tours of the house, science talks, street food and a party atmosphere.
New touring artwork, Museum of the Moon, will light up the nave of Grantham’s St Wulfram’s Church with a seven metre ‘hanging’ moon showing detailed NASA lunar imagery accompanied by a surround sound composition.
Taking place under the Museum of the Moon, The Hogwallops bring a display of circus skills blended with physical comedy, clowning, juggling, storytelling and slapstick in a colourful and funny show.
'Plant Hunting in South America’, celebrates 2018’s strong botanical theme with a talk by Tom Hart Dyke - dubbed the ‘new David Bellamy’, - who shot to fame in 2000 when his Columbian jungle expedition went badly wrong.
The Festival also offers a chance to explore Grantham Library’s hidden treasures by viewing the extensive Newton Collection, including books dating from the early 1700s.
Some events are free, and tickets for paid events are bookable through the website. For full details, visit www.gravityfields.co.uk