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Lincolnshire's Gravity Fields Festival (from 26-30 September) is set to offer a bus ride like no other through the streets that Sir Isaac Newton trod as a boy…
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Rear View from IOU is an eye catching, one-of-a-kind open top vehicle that mixes live performance and digital technology – with groups of 20-plus benefiting from special ticket prices.
It’s the quirkiest highlight of the five-day science and arts festival – the only one in the UK combining Newton heritage with modern, creative and inspirational interpretations of his legacy. Passengers will find themselves on a mystery adventure through the town where Newton was schooled, lodged in the old apothecary shop, and later drove his cart to market from his home and birthplace at nearby Woolsthorpe Manor.
The mobile auditorium from Yorkshire-based international theatre company IOU has backward facing raked seats and new technology positional sound earphones deliver an imaginary soundscape help to pose the question: ‘If at 65 you could say something to yourself at 23, what would it be?’
Its route is a 70-minute journey with storytelling, poetry and digital projection as a seated audience watching fact blurring with fiction to depict the life of a woman, played out behind the bus.
Groups of 20 or more benefit from special rates of £5 per ticket, down from the normal £10, while coach drop off points plus parking at nearby Gonerby Moor services make it even easier for groups to take this ride with a difference.
Inspired by South Lincolnshire’s most famous son, the arts, science and heritage festival is staged every two years in and around Grantham and organised by South Kesteven District Council.
A line-up of nationally and internationally renowned scientists joins some of the best contemporary talent in the art world in a packed programme of events.
This year’s Festival also celebrates another Lincolnshire scientific pioneer, botanist Sir Joseph Banks, who 250 years ago 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 free Saturday evening spectacle of great ships that set sail, battered by storms, steered by the stars and savaged by sea monsters.
Among other highlights is Night at the Manor, an after-dark experience at Newton's home, Woolsthorpe Manor, with night time tours of the house, science talks, street food and a party atmosphere.
Touring artwork Museum of the Moon will light up Grantham’s St Wulfram’s Church, thanks to a seven metre moon showing detailed NASA imagery of Earth’s natural satellite accompanied by a specially-created soundtrack.
Some events are free, and tickets for paid events are bookable through the website.
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