Don't forget – the Dorchester Family Science Festival is coming up with some fantastic hands-on learning and experiments.

It is being held at the Corn Exchange on Sunday, March 17 from 1pm-5pm and is free to enter.

There will be a range of activities, hosted by local scientists, allowing visitors to try all sorts of investigations – find out how physics can allow you to stick a book together without glue, discover the invisible world of microbes, explore the biodiversity of the natural world, and even use a spectrometer to learn what stars are made of.

Plus there will be lots of other hand-on experiences including meeting a real hawk, handling some amazing fossils and holding a tarantula.

The event will also see the debut outing of the Dorset Inflatable Museum, as reported in the Echo.

The event is being organised by Bournemouth University, the Thomas Hardye School, the Dorset County Museum and Dorchester Town Council with support and sponsorship from the Royal Society of Biology.

The festival is part of British Science Week, a celebration of science, technology, engineering and maths, which runs from March 8-17.