Cambridge Science Centre


The world's first rocket powered punt goes off with a bun!

Written on 7 Jul 2015 in Press Release

The Voyage of the Beagle will be revisited on Tuesday 21st July as the world’s first rocket powered punt makes its maiden voyage down the River Cam from Darwin College, Cambridge.

To launch its exhilarating new exhibition COSMIC, the Cambridge Science Centre will challenge new boundaries in rocketry by sending a punt along the river fuelled by Fitzbillies’ buns. Fitzbillies’ buns have fuelled generations of Cambridge punters, now their legendary power will be directly unleashed in a rocket engine adapted for use on a traditional Cambridge punt.

“At the Cambridge Science Centre our aim is to offer our visitors journeys of discovery that surprise and delight,” said CEO Cindy Forde. “Today’s launch symbolises that the best kind of learning has a large dose of fun.”

Cindy continued: “COSMIC invites you to step out of this world into a space adventure, exploring our solar system, stars and the extraordinary machines which enable us to discover new frontiers. Its hands-on and interactive exhibits put the visitor firmly in the driving seat.”

Highlights of the COSMIC exhibition include the opportunity to get up close to a real rocket engine, find out what it takes to stay alive in microgravity, and discover what it feels like to orbit a black hole.

Matthew Edwards, Domestic Bursar at Darwin College, said: “We’re delighted to host the launch of this fascinating exhibition. The Cambridge Science Centre offers a wonderful way to share the university’s knowledge and research with the world. The Beagle doesn’t often enjoy moonlighting as a rocket, but I'm glad ‘she'll’ be on another voyage of discovery.”

Photos: Images available upon request.

For further information contact: Kathryn Ford,, 01223 421 831; or Sophie Baillie,, 01223 421

Cambridge Science Centre: The Cambridge Science Centre is an educational charity which hosts hands-on exhibitions, workshops, shows and talks to get the public excited about science and technology. As an educational charity, the Centre helps establish the value of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) as vital skills for day-to-day life and future careers.