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Children can get hands on with coding at the Dr Who Zone at BBC's Make It Digital fun days
Children can get hands on with coding at the Dr Who Zone at BBC's Make It Digital fun days
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Tech-fans can get hands on with some of the newest tools in digital creativity this weekend.

The BBC’s Make It Digital tour comes to Blackpool’s Festival Headland on Saturday and Sunday, offering free activities to families.

They’ll be able to ‘become’ a Dalek, getting to grips with digital coding and programming Dr Who’s arch enemy - and taking on a Cyberman, as part of a game to retrieve the Orb of Fates.

Make It Digital has been set up by the broadcaster’s Learning and Regions department, as its ‘flagship education focus for 2015’ with the aim of inspiring a new generation ‘to get creative with coding, programming and digital technology’.

The tour ‘aims to put digital creativity in the spotlight like never before, and help build the nation’s digital skills’ during the free events, which run from 11am to 5pm at the weekend.

Sinead Rocks, head of BBC Learning, said: “This tour is an important part of BBC Learning’s contribution to the Make it Digital initiative.

“With it being aimed at a wide age range it’s a great opportunity for both young and older to get to grips with the idea of what digital and coding is all about.

“By using popular TV programmes such as Doctor Who and the Weather, we hope to demystify the digital world for the thousands of people we will meet face to face across the summer.”

On the day, the BBC Weather Zone will introduce visitors to the basics of coding by allowing them to code the weather by reading the jet stream, and some lucky visitors could also get the chance to present the weather with North West Tonight’s weather presenter Eno Eruotor.

BBC Radio Lancashire will be broadcasting live, and offering a behind the scenes look at how the digital world has revolutionised broadcasting.

And the Digital Discovery Zone will celebrate of digital past, present and future and chronicles the digital story from the first computers to tablets; from Morse code to mobile phones.

Local experts and companies will also be on hand to showcase their own digital discoveries and innovations, including the Blackpool Illuminations team - sharing the inside workings of how computer programming is crucial in running the Lights.

Aziz Rashid, head of the BBC’s local and regional programming in the North West, said: “It is great that the tour is coming to Blackpool and giving people in the North West region the opportunity to get involved in activities which are both fun and educational.

“The audience is at the heart of everything we do at the BBC so it’s wonderful when we get the chance to take the BBC on the road.”

Make It Digital comes just weeks ahead of the Children’s BBC 30th birthday celebration Shout Out Saturday, live from the Headland, on Saturday, September 5.