You asked, we listened… W5 Late returns on Saturday 23 June 2018!
W5 Late is a strictly adults-only, after-hours evening at Northern Ireland’s award-winning science and discovery centre!
With over 250 interactive exhibits and four incredible exhibition areas, there’s plenty to see and do!
Meet our life-sized humanoid robot as Robothespian goes LIVE! Scale the heights on Climbit, and engage with the experts in our exciting range of science shows and lecture theatre talks! (see below for talks schedule)
Marvel at moving, ROARING dinosaurs in our incredible Dinosaur Encounter exhibition and try your hand at drawing some prehistoric predators at Sketch Club with local illustrator Blair Bailie, plus so much more!
You’ll have a dino-night evening!
There will be a fully licensed bar where you can have a glass of wine or cold beer.
W5 Late is running from 7pm-11pm. Admission is £12.00 per adult. Capacity is limited, therefore online booking essential. Tickets must be booked through Eventbrite- click here to book.
Please note, Spacebase will not be open for W5 Late.
Welcome by the 501st Legion Ireland Garrison: 7-8pm
Roary the Raptor: 7-8pm (walking the floors 8-10pm)
Robothespian Live: 7-9pm
W5 Shop & Lego Zone: 7-11pm
Northern Ireland Concert Band: 7-9pm
W5 Coffee Shop: 7-10.30pm
Exhibition Floors: 7-11pm
Climbit & Coffee Dock: 7-10.30pm
Live Demonstration Shows: 7.30, 8.30, 9.30 & 10.30pm
Facepainters: 7.30 - 9.30pm
Exhibition Floor: 7-11pm
Fossil Finders: 7-11pm
Live Demonstration Shows: 8, 9 & 10pm
Dinosaur Encounter Exhibition: 7-11pm
Lecture Theatre Talks: 7.45-10.30pm
'Too wet for dinosaurs? What can fossils tell us about life in the Jurassic of County Antrim' by Dr Rob Raine: 7.45pm
'Why Ireland’s landscape looks the way it does: Clues from Father Ted Country' by Dr Mike Simms: 8.30pm
'The Rise and Fall of the Dinosaurs' by Dr Stephen Brusatte: 9.15pm
'Dinosaurs at the Movies: The Good, The Bad and the Raptorous!' by The Dino Guy: 10pm
Book Signing by Dr Steve Brusatte & Dr Mike Simms
Living Reptiles & Concourse Activities: 7-11pm
The Point - Level 5
Sketch Club with Blair Bailie: 8-10.30pm
W5 Late – Event Information:
Please note, Spacebase will not be open for W5 Late. Suitable shoes must be worn on Climbit.
Whilst not particularly well known as a fossil location, the rocks along the spectacular Antrim coast have yielded up their fossil remains to palaeontologists since the late 18th Century. The fossils that have been found tell us a great deal about what life was like in this part of the world during the Jurassic.
Talk by Dr Rob Raine, GSNI
Ireland is like a pork pie; crinkly around the edges but flat in the middle. How did it come to look like this? What rocks lie beneath our feet, and what processes have sculpted them into such a distinctive landscape? It owes far more to endless ‘soft days’ than to Ice Ages or floods, and some of the clearest evidence can be found in Father Ted Country (aka The Burren). This talk will open your eyes to the landscapes around you and why they are so varied.
You will also have the opportunity to buy a signed copy of Mike's best-selling guidebook to the landscape of the Burren.
Talk by Dr Mike Simms, Geologist, National Museums Northern Ireland
The dinosaurs were an empire that dominated the world for over 150 million years, and in this talk Dr Steve Brusatte tells the story of dinosaur history from origins to extinction. The talk is based on his new bestselling book The Rise and Fall of the Dinosaurs. Learn about how dinosaurs started humbly as cat-sized creatures living in the aftermath of a horrible mass extinction, gradually rose up to dominance, grew into some of the largest animals to ever live, gave rise to birds, and then ultimately went extinct. In telling this story, Steve will weave together his own tales of discovering dinosaurs and doing fieldwork around the world.
Talk by Dr. Stephen Brusatte, University of Edinburgh
Known as Ireland's biggest dinosaur enthusiast, Sean JP Markey (AKA 'The Dino Guy') is on a mission to bring the joy of the prehistoric world to people young and old alike.
Blending some scientific know-how with a lot of pop culture fun, his panel talk, Dinosaurs at the Movies: The Good, The Bad and the Raptorous! - a whistle stop tour of how dinosaurs have been represented on the silver screen down through the ages - was named the most interesting talk at Dublin's 2018 Comic Con by ComicBuzz.com.
Often referred to as a 'dinosaur hype man', Sean's adventures in Mesozoic miscellany have seen him do dinosaur shows everywhere from the Irish Film Institute to London's Comedy Store, and even made a few TV appearances! When not performing live, Sean can usually be found sourcing news for his weekly Geek Ireland column, the Dino Digest.