6th – 20th OCTOBER


Midlothian Rocket Blast Competition

3…2…1… BLAST OFF!!!

Our infamous rocket competition is back.

The Mission:

To design and build a rocket that will go to the moon! * Or as far as possible *.

Prizes will be awarded for:

  • furthest distance travelled by a rocket
  • best artistic design


Rocket Blast Competition: BUILD DATES

Below lists the dates of all of our organised build dates.
Mon 2 OctDalkeith Library3:30pm - 5:00pm
Sat 7 OctLasswade Library11:30am - 12:30pm
Mon 16 OctNewtongrange Library11:30am - 12:30pm
Fri 20 OctMayfield Library1:30pm - 2:30pm


Rocket Blast Competition: LAUNCH DATES

Below list all of the the rocket launch dates and locations:
Mon 9 OctDalkeith Library3:30pm - 5:00pm
Sat 7 OctLasswade Library 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Mon 16 OctNewtongrange Library1:00pm - 2:00pm
Fri 20 OctMayfield Library3:00pm - 4:00pm



You can search through our rocket events here.


Or you can design and make your rocket at home – all you need is an empty fizzy drinks bottle and the below guide:

Rocket Build & Launch guide 2017


rockets & children



  • Only plastic FIZZY drinks bottles may be used as these are designed to withstand pressure. Glass bottles or those from still drinks etc are NOT safe to launch.
  • Please use a bottle that is less than 6 months old and free from damage.
  • Do NOT attach anything to neck (screw top end) of the bottle.
  • Leave top 7.5cm clear for attachment of launcher. (Fins may extend downwards to this level, but should not be attached to the neck)
  • Do not puncture, damage or weaken the plastic bottle while decorating.
  • Packing tape and PVA (white) glue is highly recommend. Hot Glue guns are NOT suitable, and please be careful with other glues, solvents or paints that may damage the plastic.
  • Do NOT use the following materials to construct you rocket: metal; glass; hard plastics; spikes; antennas of any kind; rocks or any other sharp objects
  • All rockets will be safety checked before launch. Organisers may refuse to launch a rocket if they consider it unsafe. The organiser’s decision is final.
  • Rockets will only be launched ONCE as the flight and landing can damage the bottle
  • All rocket launches are subject to weather conditions.

Launching rockets in WIND and FOG can be dangerous.
Rocket launches may be cancelled at the last minute due to adverse weather conditions.
If in doubt, please contact the launch venue directly.

We will still launch rockets on rainy days

Participants take part in the event at their own risk.