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Astro Camp 2015: Blast off for the Space Race Challenge at The Dandelion Hideaway

Wednesday, 22nd April 2015

The National Space Centre has teamed up with glamorous camping specialist The Dandelion Hideaway to offer a unique Space Race experience. Camp out under the stars for an evening of family astronomy, workshops and craft sessions.

Book the family into one of the gorgeous canvas cottages at The Dandelion Hideaway, located on the southern fringe of The National Forest, for the weekend of 5/6 June and launch off into the Space Race Challenge.

With expert help and guidance from National Space Centre staff, you’ll build and launch rockets, design a team mission patch, handle real space artefacts, try space food and launch and land an egg – from The Dandelion Hideaway’s own chicken coop!

A spokesperson for the National Space Centre said: “We hope to create a fantastic afternoon and evening event for enthusiasts, novices and the curious, to enjoy astronomy and science, in an inspiring outdoor environment.”

The Dandelion Hideaway is a working farm and the luxurious canvas cottages are set in the gently undulating, beautiful Leicestershire countryside on the edge of The National Forest. Throughout your stay you can also enjoy farm walks and get out and about in the Forest – when you’re not busy planning your mission to Mars!

Saturday 6 June will start with a briefing session, before the afternoon action begins with Rocket Build Challenge, Artefact Hunt and a Life in Space talk around the Fire Pit.

Then you’ll endeavour to Launch and Land an Egg before a Cosmic Chill Out around the camp fire: challenge your sense of taste and smell with astronaut food and the smells of space! Watch some fun marshmallow science!

Then, Blast Off into Sun Down – the whizz bang part of the night when the whole group will build a comet and launch a real rocket.

You’ll end the evening with a tour of the night sky, with the help of a telescope on the veranda of your canvas cottage, spotting satellites and looking at the planets Jupiter, Venus and Saturn. Experts from the National Space Centre will be on hand to explain the night sky and help families find the constellations.

The Dandelion Hideaway is offering a great introductory price of £450 for this two night weekend in a luxury canvas cottage sleeping six guests.To make a booking for the weekend visit their website and book for a 2 night stay starting Friday 5th June.

To make the most of your visit to The Dandelion Hideaway, you will find Hicks Lodge, the National Forest Cycle Centre within easy reach, with its nine miles of safe off-road cycling, and Twycross Zoo, with its new giraffe enclosure complete with open air paddock and high level viewing platform.

For more ideas of things to see and do in the area, see the National Forest & Beyond Visitor Guide:

The weekend at The Dandelion Hideaway is the first of three Astro Camps within Leicestershire this summer. The National Space Centre is out on the road to Long Meadow Farm on 20 June and to Bosworth Water Park on 4 July. See more here: