AN event to enthuse children and their families about science, technology, engineering and maths will return for a third year.

Science in the Park will be at Priory Park, Malvern, and will be a fun-packed day of activities, which has proven highly successful over the previous two years.

The event runs from 10.30am to 4.30pm on Saturday, with a collection of brightly-coloured pop-up gazebos erected around the park.

Among those taking part are the Institute of Physics, The Institute of Engineering and Technology, Institution of Mechanical Engineers, Earth Heritage Trust, Cancer Research UK, and Malvern Panalytical.

Opening the event is Paul Walker, vice-chairman of Warwickshire College Group and former managing director of Malvern Panalytical.

There will be hands-on exhibits, live demonstrations, and interesting science activities.

Various objects such as inflatable dinosaurs, inflatable planets, and furry microbes are distributed around the park to form a series of treasure hunts and trails.

Activities the children will be able to take part in include blowing bubbles, mixing chemical solutions, firing off rockets, observing sunspots are observed, and deploying robots.

Specimens are observed, geological samples are explained, and fossil nodules are opened.

Temperature and humidity are measured, solar power is generated, and oncology - the study of cancer - will be discussed.

Children will be able to collect stickers in their laboratory notebooks as each activity is completed, and stamps of achievement are provided as they report the results of their investigations.

A spokesman for the organisers, the social enterprise Innovate Malvern CIC, said: “Free alfresco events like this are really enjoyable days out for all the family.

“The format encourages children to learn about science whilst breathing fresh air and even generating some vitamin D.

“We believe these kinds of experiments will pave the way to securing a whole new generation of knowledgeable scientists and engineers.”