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Hands-on weekend events at Cambridge Science Festival cancelled due to coronavirus

The hands-on events taking place over the two weekends of Cambridge Science Festival have been cancelled to help prevent the spread of coronavirus.

The weekend activities attract thousands of families every year to venues including the Guildhall, but have been called off this year due to the Covid-19 outbreak.

Cambridge Science Festival activities at The Guildhall in 2018. Picture: Keith Heppell
Cambridge Science Festival activities at The Guildhall in 2018. Picture: Keith Heppell

The festival’s talks and lectures are still due to take place, although organisers advised visitors to check its website for updates.

Cambridgeshire’s first case of the virus was confirmed yesterday (Tuesday).

A spokesperson for Cambridge Science Festival, which began this week and is supported by the Cambridge Independent again this year, said: “Cambridge Science Festival has taken the very difficult decision to cancel hands-on activities over the two weekends of the festival.

“The weekends are our busiest days with thousands of families visiting venues such as the Guildhall to take part in interactive events.

“The health and safety of our visitors, researchers and volunteers is our most important priority and we therefore feel this is the most appropriate decision to take at this time. We still have lots of talks and events on offer and at the moment, we have been advised that there is no reason to consider cancelling public lectures.

“However, we are very mindful that the current situation is changing rapidly and decisions are made daily. We ask people to check our website regularly for updates.”

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