Little Mancs can meet one of their favourite TV stars at the Science and Industry Museum this weekend

This is your chance to meet Dr Xand and asking your poo-probing questions.

Emily Sergeant Emily Sergeant - 5th February 2024

You can take your little Mancs down to meet the star of one of their favourite TV shows at the Science and Industry Museum this weekend.

In case you hadn’t heard, Manchester‘s iconic Science and Industry Museum is currently hosting world-first exhibition Operation Ouch! Food, Poo and You – which is based off the popular children’s BBC show of the same name.

The family-friendly exhibition gives visitors the chance understand more about the inner workings of their own bodies, and the important role science plays in supporting our digestive health.

It’s all about diving under the skin to “explore the science inside us all”.

Thousands of families from across Greater Manchester and beyond have already visited the city centre museum make the most of the new exhibition, and get stuck into the wide range of immersive and interactive activities it has on offer.


But for those who haven’t been able to pay a visit yet, this weekend couldn’t be a more ideal opportunity to do so, as Dr Xand Van Tulleken – who is one of the presenters of the BBC show Operation Ouch! – will be at the museum on Sunday 11 February to meet visitors as part of his myth-busting mission to answer some of the public’s deepest questions about digestion.

After already lending his own digestive system to be turned into one of the exhibition’s most-popular interactive activities, Dr Xand is back to meet and greet all the voyagers “travelling like a poo” through his intestines.


Happening at 1pm-1:20pm, and then again at 4:30pm-4:50pm, all visitors will have the opportunity to see Dr Xand in action as he takes to the stage in the Revolution Manchester Gallery to answer poo-probing questions in front of a live audience, before getting the chance to grab a selfie with the main man from inside the exhibition too.

“This exhibition is our most epic experiment yet,” Dr Xand said ahead of his visit to Manchester this weekend.

“I can’t wait to be back exploring my own insides.


“Our bodies are amazing, and one of the first questions kids often ask is the biology of how we put food in and something else comes out.

“If we can understand that process, we’ve learned something that’s fundamentally important to life, so as well as being brilliantly entertaining and of course absolutely disgusting, this exhibition is full of really amazing and essential science.”

Little Mancs can meet Dr Xand Van Tulleken at the museum this weekend / Credit: The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

Tickets to visit the museum and exhibition on Sunday 11 February are now available to book.

Free standard museum entry tickets will give you access to the Q&As with Dr Xand, but an exhibition ticket must be purchased for specific times for the photo opportunity, and these are limited, so booking as soon as possible is encouraged to avoid disappointment.

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Grab your tickets here.

Featured Image – The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum