FAMILIES enjoyed the sunshine and warm weather as they took part in a day of fun activities and hands-on experiments with Malvern Science in the Park, run by Innovate Malvern and in Priory Park.

A number of fossil nodules were cracked open by palaeontologist Dr Mark O’Dell, and children could hunt for dinosaur information on the dinosaur trail with a quiz courtesy of the Earth Heritage Trust.

Furry microbes were hanging in the trees to be drawn by budding microbiologists, and astronomers could walk the length of the solar system set out in distance scale with inflatable planets.

Other highlights included investigations using optical microscopes by the University of Worcester, and a hands-on microscopy trail supported by the Royal Microscopical Society.

Dr Adrian Burden, managing director of Innovate Malvern, said, “It was a pleasure to see so many young children enjoying the wonders of science, from oncology to palaeontology, and from material science to astronomy.

"A special thanks go to all the organisations that supported and participated during the day, especially the STEM Ambassadors who volunteered their time.

"I also want to thank Paul Walker MBE for opening the event, Dr Alan Smith for his help co-organising the day and Business Mix for being the platinum sponsor of our events this year."