Science and nature will go under the spotlight at this weekend's First Light Festival in Lowestoft. 

Thousands of people are expected to attend the all-ages event, which is June 17-18 (Saturday and Sunday).

Organisers First Light CIC said: "This year’s festival programme shines a particular spotlight on time and tide, imaginatively exploring the relationship between the sea and the stars as we celebrate 2023 as the Year of the Coast.

"Sing, dance, make and create – but above all make your own First Light memories – in your own way."

Scientists, researchers, marine biologists and leading thinkers will hit the town for a free, family-friendly science showcase on South Beach as part of the festival.

Audiences of all ages will be able to discover the latest research from organisations including The Natural History Museum, Cefas and ClimateUEA.

Topics ranging from reintroducing bison to the UK to the secrets of the seaside will be explored through interactive games, talks, workshops and conversations.

The showcase will take place in Kensington Gardens from noon to 7pm on Saturday and 10am to 4pm on Sunday as part of the festival’s Planet Positive zone.

Local organisations attending include Suffolk Wildlife Trust, Norwich Astrological Society and East Coast College.

Cefas, the Lowestoft-based, world-leading marine research organisation, will bring its Discovery Zone to the festival.

With the festival supported by East Suffolk Council alongside other partners, including Arts Council England, Suffolk County Council and the New Anglia LEP, Katie Graham, East Suffolk’s cabinet member for communities, leisure and tourism, said: "First Light is always an incredible event, creating pride and providing a genuine boost for the town and local businesses.

"East Suffolk Council is proud to be a major funder and supporter."

This weekend, Greater Anglia will run an additional late train from Lowestoft to Ipswich on Saturday, June 17 - as the service departs Lowestoft at 11.05pm.