Monday, January 18, 2016

News: More events as Magna turns 15

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The Magna Science Adventure Centre has added a number of exciting new events to its 2016 schedule as it celebrates its 15th birthday.

Set in the former Templeborough steelworks, Magna is a family attraction with more than 100 hands-on exhibits. A £46m Millennium project, Magna opened its doors as a visitor attraction for the very first time in 2001. Millions of pounds have been invested in conference facilities at the centre which plays host to nationally important music events, boxing, corporate launches and award ceremonies.

Having secured approval to restructure the debt currently owed to Rotherham Council, Magna operators have started expanding the events calendar which already includes successful Christmas parties, an Oktoberfest and themed evenings.

The "Inspiring Yorkshire Business" event is taking place at 9am to 3pm on Thursday February 18 with Magna bringing together 100 high-profile exhibitors, informative workshops and a wealth of main-stage presentations throughout the day from nationally-renowned speakers. The event is free to attend for all businesses.

Organised by the venue itself, it follows on from the successful Yorkshire International Business Convention (YIBC), a leading business event in continental Europe, that was held at the Rotherham venue in 2014.

The Magna Wedding Fayre is taking place from 10am to 4pm on Sunday January 24, with stalls for more than 60 exhibitors, as well as a fashion show, entertainment and special prize competitions. Magna is offering complimentary prosecco to the first 100 guests to arrive and free goody bags to all brides.

Donna Shaw, marketing co-ordinator at Magna, said: "The last wedding fayre here was attended by around 700 brides-to-be and around 3,000 people in total, and we're hoping to reach similar numbers this time round. We are aiming to make this event one of the biggest in the region."

A Caribbean Carnival will be coming to Magna in the summer with a two week festival which is potentially the biggest event the venue has ever hosted.

The South Yorkshire Carnival Arts Regional Festival is being organised in collaboration with Trinidad and Tobago born creative consultant Debora Alleyne De Gazon. She is the creative director of the award winning arts company Creative Learning Circuit and also the creative director of London Notting Hill Carnival.

The festival is targeted at local schools, community groups, dance groups, musicians, designers, culinary artistes and others, and Magna is urging local businesses to get involved, in what will become an annual event.

The festival's unique blend of South Yorkshire and Caribbean heritage will promote a range of creative talents and skills for all age groups and cultures. It will take place from Friday July 15 to Saturday July 30 and will include a carnival fashion show, an international calypso concert, comedy festival and food festival among the planned events.

John Silker, chief executive of Magna trust, said: "It's set to be a great two weeks and we're really excited about having an educational focus as well as an entertaining one which will bring a benefit to the entire region.

"It's testament to Magna to have another great event coming here on top of all the other events that we have throughout the year. With the planning of the festival now into full throttle, things are starting to happen already and before we know it the festival will be upon us. Hopefully it's going to be an annual event on the calendar."

Magna events website

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