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Nottingham Festival of Science and Curiosity 2024

Monday 5th (09:00) - Friday 16th February 2024 (19:00)
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Nottingham Festival of Science and Curiosity 2024

This popular, annual festival returns to Nottingham this half-term! 

Celebrating science, technology, engineering and maths with interactive, free and fun events across Nottinghamshire it showcases an exciting world of science and curiosity that’s all around us every day.

The festival is about inviting the people of Nottinghamshire to share not only what they know, but also what they would like to know. It’s about celebrating curiosity, asking questions and taking a leading role in finding out the answers.

Scientists, from the University of Nottingham, will be helping festival goers to explore the world of science through hands-on experiments and engaging activities.

Most activities are free, suitable for all ages, with no need to book!

Some of this year's programme highlights include:

Science Fun Day at Nottingham Central Library - Saturday 10th February, 10am to 2pm

At the Science Fun Day there will be a range of fun, family activities led by scientists, researchers and students. They will explore a range of STEM topics and specialisms and teach you all about the work that they do including discovering how your brain and senses work together, experiencing 3D MRI scans, the Apollo 11 space landing and lots of other exciting activities. 

Sensing The Brain at Wollaton Hall - Saturday 10th to Wednesday 14th February, 11am to 4pm (last entry 3.30pm)

Come down to Wollaton Hall for this interactive installation from University of Nottingham scientists using quantum centres to detect electrical activity in the brain – the interactive display lets you see your own brain waves in coloured lights!

Science Fun Day at Nottingham Cathedral,  Thursday 15th February, 11am to 3pm

At the Science Fun Day there will be a range of fun, hands-on activities with the opportunity to explore the fascinating world of 3D printing, get practical with some hands-on chemistry experiments, get creative with making activities and lots more! 


Further details

The full 2024 events programme is now out! Check out the official Nottingham Festival for Science and Curiosity website for details and booking links.

Download a free festival magazine, which includes fun activities and a festival programme

You can also watch this short video about the 2022 festival programme to discover more.

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