May Fest

The University's
Free Open Day

Join us for May Fest 2015 on Saturday 9 May!

Following six successful years The University of Nottingham will open its doors to the local community once more for May Fest 2015,  with free, interactive activities for all ages and interests.


My favourite thing was the Extreme Materials lecture. A man dropped a heavy weight and it broke a pane of glass. And he used a hammer to break another pane but it didn't work because there was glue on the other side of the glass!

Joshua, 7


So much to see and do! Entertaining and interesting to all of us: two 40 year olds, a 7 year old boy and a 5 year old girl. I can’t remember the last time that happened. The staff and students were enthusiastic and helpful, masses of hands-on stuff and quite a lot of sweets too!

Kate, 40


The Physics Buskers showed me how to put a kebab stick through a balloon without it popping!

Esme, 9


Wattbike challenge top 10!

Did you take part in our Wattbike challenge at May Fest to see how fast you could ride 200m? We've put together a top 10 of the best scores achieved on the day - see if you can spot your name! 

  1. 11.24 seconds  Paul and Gavin
  2. 11.57 seconds  Steve
  3. 11.66 seconds  Richard
  4. 11.83 seconds  Darren
  5. 11.86 seconds  David 
  6. 11.91 seconds  Nigel 
  7. 11.95 seconds  Mat
  8. 12.00 seconds  Ethan 
  9. 12.20 seconds  Maciej
  10. 12.24 seconds  Douglas 

Well done to everyone who took part!  


Are you a University of Nottingham graduate?

Graduates of the University were invited to enjoy a free BBQ lunch during May Fest with up to three guests at The Hemsley on University Park Campus during May Fes


Feedback prize draw winners

Thank you to everyone who completed our feedback questionnaire  your comments will help us to ensure next year's May Fest is bigger and better than ever!  

Congratulations to our prize draw winners: 

  • Four tickets to Nottingham's Theatre Royal to see Shrek The Musical  won by Dawn Peckover, a member of the local community. 
  • £50 John Lewis gift voucher  won by Colin Hallam, an alumnus of the University. 





The University of Nottingham

University Park
Nottingham, NG7 2QL

telephone: +44 (0) 115 951 5559
email: mayfest@nottingham.ac.uk