Something for Museum of Computing fans to ‘Byte’ into in Milton Keynes

Stormtroopers protecting the reconstruction of 1951 EDSAC computer
Stormtroopers protecting the reconstruction of 1951 EDSAC computer

The month-long Summer Bytes Festival starts at The National Museum of Computing on Bletchley Park later this month.

Open every afternoon from noon until 5pm, the Festival has fun and learning in store for all the family with opportunities to interact with robots past and present and experience different realities – virtual, augmented, retro and real-time.

“There’s something for all the family and plenty to keep youngsters entertained, enthused and stimulated,” said events manager Mathew Yeomans.

“Once they get a taste of the action, Bytes visitors keep returning, so we offer a special family Big Bytes multiple visit ticket at a bargain price.”

The Bytes Festival opens with a Galactic Saturday on July 30, when visitors can come face-to-face with Star Wars characters including R2-D2.

Under 16s coming in sci-fi costume will have free entry.

Throughout August, visitors can experience different realities and see into a completely different world from the safety of our Museum with virtual technology like Oculus Rift and more.

There is stunning augmented reality too with Pokémon Go (the Museum is a Pokémon Gym!), the Quiver app that brings 3D colouring cards to life and an insight of the 4D+ world of Octagon Studios flashcards magically transformed with iPads.

Good old-fashioned retro reality is featured too with computer games that absorbed youth a few decades ago.

For the full Bytes timetable of events, see www.tnmoc.org/bytes