Planning has started for next year's Gravity Fields Festival in and around Grantham. Dates are confirmed as 26-30 September 2018, Graham Burley, South Kesteven District Council's Cultural Services Team Leader will manage the festival planning team again, consisting of Rosemary Richards as Outdoor Curator and Simon Hollingworth as Creative Programme and Participation Manager alongside Jo Dobbs as Festival Development Officer. Celebrating the life and legacy of Sir Isaac Newton and his local connections, the biennial event has grown in reputation, popularity and economic impact since starting in 2012. The 2016 festival contributed more than £700,000 to the local economy, proving how valuable it is to the town. Organiser South Kesteven District Council will be working in partnership with the National Trust, guardians of Newton's birthplace at Woolsthorpe Manor, formulating and developing a festival programme with science for all, heritage, talks, outdoor and indoor arts, music and drama. In 2016 the festival drew an audience of 67,000, with celebrated patrons Professor Valerie Gibson, TV science presenter Dallas Campbell and Newton authority Professor Rob Iliffe involved throughout. Organisers predict that next year's festival will increase the already high level of engagement from local businesses.