Hundreds head to Sandford Mill for Science Discovery Day

Over 500 visitors flooded through the gates at Sandford Mill, Chelmsford, for its Science Discovery Day: The Great Outdoors on Sunday 9 July. The event was a fantastic opportunity for those with a love of nature and a sense of adventure to discover the science to their wild side.

During the day there were lots of fun hands-on activities; from archery to bridge building, rope making to blacksmith demonstrations, as well as model traction engine rides. For those who wanted to get up close with nature there were wildlife safaris: children with sweep-nets collected insects along the river and watched their mini beasts under magnifying glasses. The mill’s Engine House was also open for visitors to hear about the story of Sandford Mill, look at the many exhibits from the pioneering days of radio, and create their own news in the ‘Sandford Studio’ with the museum’s collection of Marconi TV cameras.

Chelmsford City Council’s Cabinet Member for Leisure, Councillor Julia Jeapes says: “We are delighted how this new event has captured the public’s imagination. The event is a great way for children to learn about science and nature in a fun, hands-on way in a very special environment.”

The ‘Science Discovery Day: The Great Outdoors’ chief organiser, Carolyn Hammer added: “The day was a massive success, with many families pouring through the doors. The staff and volunteers all did an amazing job keeping everyone entertained, with rocket making to willow crafting.”

Sandford Mill is the former water works for Chelmsford and dates back several centuries. The mill is only opened to the public for a few days each year. The next Science Discovery Day will be on Sunday 22 October, where the theme will be ‘Space and Beyond’.

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