New Exhibit! Operation Ouch! Food, Poo and You

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Have your kids ever been curious about the body? Most specifically…poo? Kids are interested in all sorts of weird and wonderful tidbits of life and their own body is one of the most important aspects of life that we should all know about! Even if it’s as gross as poop! Well, the Science and Industry Museum in Manchester has a brand new exhibition for you…Operation Ouch! Food, Poo and You.

We think it’s about time you learned more about poo and check this summer event out…

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What is Operation Ouch! Food, Poo and You?

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This unforgettable journey is part of a summer-long programme of family fun that deep dives into our brilliant bodies with super-sized science!

With interactive activities, special missions and an exhibition experience like no other – it’s a summer activity you won’t forget any time soon.

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Where is Operation Ouch! Food, Poo and You?

You’ll find this curious exhibit at the Science and Industry Museum in Manchester!
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Science and Industry Museum,
Liverpool Road,
M3 4FP

Opening Times

21st July 2023 – 2nd June 2024
10:00 – 17:00


Adult £10.00
Child £9.00
Child (under 3) free

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What Does Operation Ouch! Food, Poo and You Include?

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For curious minds and science lovers, here’s your chance to deep dive into the digestive journey as you explore the human body and where food goes when we eat!

Maybe you’ve heard it’s actually a hit BBC Children’s TV series? Well, it’s now being brought to life, bringing you and the kids closer to the poo-duction line than before at this premiere blockbuster exhibition!

Join Dr Chris, Dr Xand and Dr Ronx as you head out on a special mission to uncover where our food goes once we eat.

You’ll be shrunk to miniature size, swallowed, squeezed through and spat out of Dr Xand’s digestive system on an adventure like no other! Explore the important role of each organ in the digestive journey – from the gallbladder and bowels, down to the large intestine and…out the other end. You’ll discover how food is broken down, sniff out the science on how the poo-duction line works to remove the waste and you can get stuck into an interactive activity to fight off the bad bacteria in the body!

Not only that, but you can listen in on inspiring stories from young people who live with various digestive conditions and how their medicine is helping them! Ogle at fascinating objects in the science museum and stand in awe at the amazing cutting-edge technology like Larry the Vomiting Robot! He had a key role in helping scientists understand the distribution of norovirus particles! Nasty!

If that wasn’t enough, you can take part in a super epic experiment on finding out how food is smashed, mashed, pulped and absorbed in the human body. With an allsensory experience, you can immerse yourself in the sights, sounds and smells of your fascinating digestive system!

Are you ready to get stuck in on your poop-tacular journey?

Psst…did we mention it’s the FIRST time Operation Ouch! has been brought to life as an exhibition! So, you can’t miss out on this!

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Is the exhibition accessible for those with additional needs?


You can even find relaxed sessions with adjusted sound levels are the below dates:

Friday 11 August 2023, 10.00–12.00
Sunday 1 October 2023, 10.00–12.00
Sunday 19 November 2023, 14.30–17.00
Sunday 21 January 2024, 14.30–17.00
Sunday 3 March 2024, 10.00–12.00
Sunday 12 May 2024, 10.00–12.00

Will the doctors be there in person?

Dr Chris, Dr Xand and Dr Ronx will be digitally present throughout the exhibition.

Is this a multi-sensory experience?

Yes! You’ll be able to smell, hear and see with various additional activities that are all centred on everyone’s favourite subject – poop!

There will also be sensory activities for the kids to get stuck in.

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If Operation Ouch! Food, Poo and You, really piques the curiosity of your kiddies, then don’t miss out on the incredible exhibit!

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