Norwich Science Festival 2024

Delving deeper...

The eighth Norwich Science Festival made its return to the city from 17–24 February 2024, with an epic line up of more than 230 shows, talks and workshops for everyone to enjoy!

We encouraged our visitors to delve deeper with us into the science that surrounds us - from artificial intelligence to zoology, beer-tasting to crime scene investigation!

Highlights included a wonderful talk from wildlife presenter and cameraman, Hamza Yassin at Norwich Cathedral, and a fantastic show from award-winning YouTuber Maddie Moate at Norwich Theatre! A stand-up comedy night with a science twist and an evening of beer-tasting with BBC Radio 4's Jaega Wise also proved incredibly popular.

“Being able to meet Hamza Yassin with my children was awesome. He is one of the nicest and most genuine people I have ever met and I was so impressed with the way he interacted with the children.”

The much-loved Explorium saw on average more than 8,000 daily visitors! With changing themes each day, ranging from tech and innovation to climate change, more than 7- stands joined us in The Forum's Atrium throughout the Festival.

A new lunchtime series, Science of Self, aimed to help us learn more about the science of ourselves - from running, to emotions and mental health. A new careers series inspired by the breadth of opportunities available within STEM.

A free family play, To the Moon and Back, was a much-loved favourite at this year's Festival - starring Ben Langley and exploring the science behind a trip to the moon! Visitors to Chantry Place enjoyed a chance to dive into the depths of the Cromer Shoal Chalk Beds, in a free trail beautifully illustrated by Bethany Lester.

“I went to the X-Rated science panel event and it was very good! I brought someone who did not have a science background and they really enjoyed it and were thoroughly entertained!”

The Festival team once again partnered with East Norfolk Sixth Form College to deliver a show-stopping day of free, family fun in the Gorleston Science Satellite. All events were offered free of charge - and it was great to see so many people from the local area. In 2024-25, we will continue to build on this work to reach wider communities in our new Science On Your Doorstep project, providing free, fun and accessible events in NR3, NR5, NR6 and NR8 postcodes.

“I want to be a scientist when I grow up (I’m 43!). We loved it all.”

Watch the NSF24 video (Credit: Keiron Tovell)

With thanks to our 2024 sponsors and funders