Budding young scientists from Bolton will be taking part this weekend in a major science festival on its first appearance in the North West.

A total of 42 pupils from St James’s Church of England High School in Farnworth will be taking part in the New Scientist Live festival, which aims to inspire youngsters to go on to future careers in science and technology.

The festival, held in Manchester Central, will run from Saturday March 12 to the following Monday, with the first two days open to all comers.

St James science teacher Katie Roach said: “Bolton contributes significantly to the North West region being a world-class hub of scientific and technological learning, research, innovation and industry. We firmly believe we have the next generation of scientific leaders here in Bolton. .

“This trip to New Scientist Live is an opportunity for our pupils to meet and interact with the people who are shaping the world of science and technology."

The New Scientist Live festival’s appearance in Manchester marks the first time the event will be held in the region after a five year run in London.

Brain and body, the universe, the earth and technology and engineering are the four themes that will run through talks, interactive performances, workshops and hands-on activities geared towards scientists of all ages.

St James’s headteacher Catherine Anderson said: "We are thrilled that we have the opportunity to send over 40 of our ambitious students to The New Science Live event.

 “The trip will stimulate, challenge and inspire our young people with some of today’s biggest scientific discoveries and ideas. 

“We hope this will cement their plans to pursue careers in science in the future." 

A total of 30 exhibits will be on show at the festival, with the final day dedicated to schools around the UK.

New Scientist Live commercial and events director Adrian Newton said: “We are delighted to get ready to welcome the pupils from St James’s to our festival.  

He added: “It’s the first time we’ve hosted our festival outside of London and we couldn’t be happier to welcome the pupils to our education day.”