25/10/2018 @ Somerville Youth & Play Provision (SE14 5JN) :

28/10/2018 @ Woodpecker Youth Club (SE14 6EU):

Can you hear it? We are receiving hostile signals from the depths of space. Governments all over the world are preparing for the worst and a space centre is planned to open in Peckham this October Half-Term.

The SMASHfestUK Space Response Team is looking for cadets aged 11 to 16 to join them and become highly trained astronauts in a day. Will you accept the challenge?

At this summer-camp-like event in October half-term, you will join other young people from South East London and train with them to become an astronaut. Upon registration in the morning, you will be given your equipment (which includes your own personal Cadet ID) and will be greeted by the SMASHfestUK Space Response Team. You will then be trained, through a series of challenges and activities, as an astronaut. At the end of the day, you will be ready to tackle any space mission and, possibly, have saved Earth from a catastrophic threat.

Amongst other exciting activities and challenges based on real-life NASA training exercises done by recruits on their journey to become astronauts, you should expect:

1. Exploration of Mars’ surface: follow our Space Exploration team in their search for life on Mars’ surface and contribute to the research of many. Could we ever live on the red planet?

2. Perform a space-walk: imagine having to perform a highly complicated task whilst floating in space … how would you feel? Join our Rescue Team and discover what astronauts have to do on a space-walk … by performing one!

3. Drive a rover: when humans can’t do it, a robot will! Join our Space Exploration team in their mission to safely drive a rover onto the surface of a planet never explored by humans. What you’ll find might surprise you.

Not so sure what to expect? Have a look at SMASHfestUK’s past events and projects here

How will the day unfold*? 

09:30 to 10:00 – arrival, registration and welcome

10:00 to 13:00 – activities

13:00 to 14:00 – packed lunch (provided by the family)

14:00 to 17:00 – activities

17:00 to 18:00 – end of day

*Please be aware that the plan for the day is likely to change slightly.

If you have already registered your place, you will receive more information on the logistics of the day nearer to the date of the event you have booked. 


25/10/2018 @ Somerville Youth & Play Provision (SE14 5JN) :

28/10/2018 @ Woodpecker Youth Club (SE14 6EU):


The boring bits (parents, look here!):

SMASHfestUK have a track record working with both secondary and primary schools, young people and community groups local to Deptford and Lewisham. All our activities merge Arts and Science together, bringing educational topics to life with highly entertaining and hands-on activities in an informal and accessible setting. .

On this day, the young people involved will have a chance to meet researchers from a wide range of universities in London. All the activities have been designed to have an educational component, introducing GCSE topics in an entertaining and highly engaging way.

The SMASHfestUK team has over 15 years of experience engaging with young people of all ages and all believe that the sciences and arts must be accessible to all. All members of the team have Enhanced DBS checks and are trained in safeguarding.