Family Fun Day: Life Fantastic

Drop in between 11.00am and 4.00pm, Saturday 15 February

The Royal Institution of Great Britain GB United Kingdom W1S 4BS 21 Albemarle Street London

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  • Confetti over set of Life Fantastic Christmas Lectures
    Credit: Paul Wilkinson


£12 Adults


£6 3-18 year olds


Faraday members free. Members and Associates get two free junior tickets.

Event description

The 2013 CHRISTMAS LECTURES® were all about life; the greatest show on Earth from the lowliest worm to the mightiest mammal. Discover where you came from, find out if you are a mutant and hear a talk from the Christmas Lecturer herself, Alison Woollard!

Hands-on activities

Among the many activities on offer, you can try experiments from the CHRISTMAS LECTURES like using webbed gloves to feel what it would be like if you didn't experience programmed cell death (called apoptosis).

The Royal Veterinary College will be bringing a hands-on stand of veterinary resources to give you the chance to try out your skills in RVC On Tour.

You'll also be able to see if you have the genetic mutation that makes you a supertaster, use our microscopes to get up close to a variety of objects, inflate some lungs and make your own genome bracelets.

This is just a small selection of what we've got happening - come along to join in the fun!

Theatre talk 1

Life Fantastic - Alison Woollard
Alison will share some popular demonstrations from the CHRISTMAS LECTURES in a whistlestop tour of the 'Life Fantastic'.

In the Faraday Theatre at the following times

Theatre talk 2

The horse as the ultimate athlete - Renate Weller
This lecture will describe the unique anatomical features and amazing biomechanical mechanisms that allows the horse to outrun Usain Bolt, Mo Farah and Paula Radcliffe.

In the Faraday Theatre at:


Please note

Family Fun Day activities are suitable for 6-12 year olds though older and younger siblings and friends are also very welcome.

Entrance for Faraday Members and under 3s is free. Adult Ri Members are entitled to bring two accompanying children free.

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Benefit from free and better than half-price tickets, special offers and access to the CHRISTMAS LECTURES ticket ballot.

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