About Us

About Us


The festival is proudly brought to you by South Kesteven District Council.

Gravity Fields is a festival of science, arts, heritage, music, drama and outdoor spectacular in and around Grantham to celebrate Sir Isaac Newton’s legacy.

South Kesteven District Council is proud to present our fourth Gravity Fields Festival. The festival is inspired by Grantham’s most famous son, Sir Isaac Newton, who was born and raised at nearby Woolsthorpe Manor and went to the King’s School here in Grantham. This year we have assembled another fantastic line-up of nationally and internationally renowned scientists and some of the best contemporary talent in the art world. As well as many familiar faces, we are delighted that Professor Brian Cox and the country’s first astronaut, Helen Sharman, will be joining us for the first time.To celebrate the 250th anniversary of Captain Cook’s famous journey to the South Pacific on board HMS Endeavour with Lincolnshire botanist Sir Joseph Banks, this year’s theme is ‘Voyages of Discovery’. Expect incredible scientific spectacles about exploration, navigation, space and astronomy. Gravity Fields brings science to life in the most exciting, accessible and entertaining way. Whatever your age and interest, there is something for you. We also have an exciting education programme for schools and colleges.

Please do book ahead to avoid disappointment, but please remember that there are many free events to attend and free street art to marvel at.

A highlight of our outdoor programme will be on Saturday 29 September, when there will be an incredible interpretation of Banks’ Endeavour voyage in the centre of town. Don’t forget your camera! The festival is based in and around Grantham, but we’re also delighted that Newton’s family home, Woolsthorpe Manor, will be opening its doors again this year as one of our venues.

My sincere thanks go to the SKDC team, Arts Council England, the National Trust, our volunteers, venues, hosts, local business groups and community group participants. We look forward to welcoming you to historic Grantham for an unforgettable event.

Councillor Matthew Lee – Leader, South Kesteven District Council


For the 2018 Festival we are once again working with Rosa Productions:

Festival Curator: Rosemary Richards rosemary@rosaproductions.co.uk
Co-Curator Science Dr Harry Cliff
C0-Curator Outdoor Arts Jeremy James


Professor Valerie Gibson
Val is Head of High Energy Physics at the University of Cambridge and former UK spokesperson n for the LHCb experiment at the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) in CERN, Geneva. She gained her doctorate degree in Experimental Particle Physics from Queen’s College Oxford and has previously held a physics fellowship at CERN.  She has published more than 300 papers on aspects of High Energy Physics.
Professor Rob Iliffe


Rob is Professor of the History of Science at the University of Oxford and director of the  Arts and Humanities Research Council-funded Newton Project,  a non-profit organization dedicated to publishing in full an online edition of all of Sir Isaac Newton’s writings — whether they were printed or not. Since January 2008 the collaborative project has published over four million words of text in physics, mathematics and theology.
Dallas Campbell


Dallas Campbell has forged an extremely successful media career as a science  writer and TV presenter.  His curiosity and original mind have led him to become one of television’s freshest and funniest talents and he even won a Celebrity Mastermind trophy answering questions on the films of Werner Herzog. His most recent role was fronting BBC2’s City in the Sky examining the challenges of modern aviation. He also presented The Gadget Show, BBC1’s science series Bang Goes the Theory and Supersized Earth.

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