The exhibition, sponsored by Air Products, Irwin Mitchell Private Wealth and Vanderbilt homes, tells the fascinating story of Tim Peake's astronomical adventure, from growing up in Chichester to becoming the first British ESA astronaut.

The children had a wonderful time during their sleepover, enjoying a torch-lit hunt around the museum, space-themed craft activities, birthday cake and an interactive bedtime story, before settling down to sleep in the Tim Peake Gallery.

Sophie Williams, aged 7, said; "It was really good fun. My favourite part was building space things out of cardboard and singing Happy Birthday to Tim Peake before we went to sleep."

Tim Peake thanked the group, tweeting, "Thanks for the good wishes everybody - have fun."

The next Tim Peake-themed sleepover for families, suitable for children aged 7 - 11 years old, will be held on Saturday, 5 August at The Novium Museum and is available to book now for £25 per person.

People can find out more by calling 01243 775888 or visiting The Novium Museum  

Date of release: 11 April 2017

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