Dive into sustainable living with edible cocktail blobs, bath bombs and Cardiff’s first zero-waste store at Techniquest’s latest After Hours.
On 7 February, the famous after dark event will return to Techniquest by exploring man-made changes to the world’s oceans with its highly-anticipated Under the Sea event.
Visitors will be treated to a special talk and pop-up shop from environmentally-conscious cosmetic company Lush, discovering the science of irreversible change with bath bombs.
For a small additional fee, Lush will also provide the opportunity for visitors to get hands-on with the colourful fizzing bombs, letting them make and take home their own Big Blue bath bomb or the brand-new Turtle Jelly bomb.
Moving into the centre’s Imagination Playground for the evening will be Cardiff Harbour Authority (CHA) which will host an eco-lounge, a relaxation area made entirely from rubbish removed from the Bay.
The lounge will host Skipping Rocks Lab, making its debut in Wales with Ooho cocktails. The company will be alongside CHA, who will teach visitors how they manage the marine welfare of Cardiff Bay’s iconic waterfront.
Also joining the event will be Ripple, Cardiff’s first ever not-for-profit zero waste store, providing a pop-up shop filled with essential items suitable for a “waste free starter pack”.
In an immersive evening filled with environmental experts, visitors will be able to explore the damaging effects of plastic pollution on the world’s seas while enjoying all the centre has to offer.
Cardiff University experts Tiago Alves and Emma McKinley will be on hand to discuss the Sea4All project, while Keep Wales Tidy will take a pop-up shop to the Lab, with the opportunity to take part in a beach clean activity.
Guests will also have the chance to get hands-on with the centre’s two floors of interactive exhibits, whilst also enjoying access to a fully licensed bar and street food from award-winning caterers Cleverchefs.
Lesley Kirkpatrick, CEO at Techniquest said: “As we continue on our mission to make science fun and accessible to people of all ages, we’re absolutely thrilled to be hosting such an exciting and important event as part of After Hours, sponsored by Admiral.
“With many organisations taking a stand against harmful plastics, we couldn’t be prouder to be collaborating with local businesses and partners to spread awareness of plastic pollution with the engaging, interactive science that our centre is known and loved for.
“We’ve been working hard to become an environmentally conscious organisation, and what better way to learn about the future of marine life than with our own After Hours event, which is so beloved by many.”