Christmas lectures go off with a bang!

Setting crisps on fire, making spinach glow, and detonating hundreds of ping pong balls were just some of the experiments the children attending Warwick’s Christmas lectures were treated to this year.

Mind boggling optical illusions, giant glow sticks, drill-powered umbrellas, and hundreds of bubbles also featured in the interactive shows.

Ally Caldecote, who organised of the events said: "It was great to demonstrate some exciting live science to local children and their teachers, group leaders and families. We also really enjoyed meeting some young scientists and having them up on stage helping us with our experiments.

"We are always delighted at the enthusiasm for these events and this year we were able to take to the stage at Warwick Arts Centre’s biggest theatre and were thrilled to be sold out."

Both shows in Warwick’s annual science extravaganza were performed to capacity audiences at the Butterworth Hall. More than 500 tickets at the two events were booked free of charge by local schools, youth groups, Cubs, Brownies, Scouts and Guides.