British Science Week is March 11 to 20:
That’s actually a link to just one event in this Week, a walk of the solar system, based on my Thousand-Yard Model. But from the page about the walk you can easily click “Home” to survey all the other information.
The walk will be in a pleasant London space called Fortune Green.
Contrary to what the Science Week website says, the walk isn’t just on March 11 and 18 but on 12 occasions from March 12 to 20, so for more accurate information see its own page.
It is the brain-child of Peter Abrahams, who lives next to Fortune Green. He told me last September 30 that “After the lunar eclipse [of Sep. 28] I started thinking how to explain it to my five year old grand-daughter, not a major problem with balls and lights and lying on the floor. But then I thought about explaining the solar system and thought of laying it out on the Green and that is how I came across your article.”
He proposed to the Friends of Fortune Green that it be done in the spring, and they went on to make it part of British Science Week, which is like a Pleiades of starbursts all over the archipelago.
The guided walk is free, but limited to a manageable number, so you’d better book to avoid disappointment. There may also be a visit to the nearby Hampstead Observatory. Tilly and I are going to get to London for it on March 19.
The guide will be Mark Jacobs, a member of the local astronomy club, who (I can’t help mentioning) lives on Agamemnon Road. Others have helped, getting schools interested, and producing information boards (which may become permanent) at each planet.
One of Peter’s inspirations was that a Belisha beacon is just at the right position to serve as the Sun – and the right size too, eclipsing the Sun when seen from the model’s Earth – and large and bright enough to be seen from the model’s Jupiter. You know what a Belisha beacon is? https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Belisha_beacon
Britain’s Science Week should be an easy target for you to hit, being (March 11-20) a ten-day superweek. Appears Britain has taken another step into decimalization. – Not really (I imagine that the Week has grown so successful that it’s had to be extended), though there was once a proposal by an eccentric Brit for a metric calendar of millidays, centidays, decidays, decadays, hectodays, and kilodays to sweep away the old Babylonian seconds, minutes, hours, weeks, months, and years (see the “Calendars” section of The Astronomical Companion.)