ROBOTS will battle it out with each other live in Durham City.
Formed in the wake of the hit TV show Robot Wars, Robots Live gives a new lease of life to well-known robots from the series, such as Big Nipper and UFO.
Weighing in at 100kg, heavyweight robot competitors from around the country will fight in a specially designed combat arena at Palace Green that includes hazards to negotiate such as drop down pits.
Competing at the event will be Storm 2, the current Robot Wars world champions, Eruption, UK champions, and Newcastle team Toon Raider.
Smaller 13kg featherweight robots will also battle in fights and Robots Live’s 130kg robot, BattleAxe, with its pneumatic axe and steel jaws, will keep guard of the arena and punish any featherweights that dare to misbehave.
Mechanical 6ft boxers will also be going toe to toe as part of the show.
The live action event complements the Robot exhibition, showing at Palace Green Library until 27 April, which includes metal favourites from sci-fi shows such as Star Wars and Red Dwarf.
Schools have been invited to work with Durham University teams to make their own featherweight robots.
Alan Young from Robots Live, said: “This is a rare chance to see our exciting family show, we will be making our North East debut in Durham and it promises to be a fun half-term event.”
Dr Keith Bartlett, director of cultural engagement at Durham University, said: “This is a wonderful opportunity for children of all ages to see some well-known robots and learn more about them.”
The Robots Live event is taking place in a marquee on Palace Green, with several performances each day, on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, February, 21, 22 and 23.
Durham University’s Palace Green Library is offering free entry to the current Robot exhibition to all Robots Live ticket holders.
Tickets for Robots Live, which cost £7.50 for adults, £6.50 for children and £25.00 for a family, are available to buy from Palace Green Library and TicketMaster.