Norwich Science Festival kicks off on Saturday – from the science of gin to Britain’s first astronaut

From the science of gin and macarons, through to the scientific secrets of Doctor Who, there is something for everyone in this year’s Norwich Science Festival, which returns 21-29 October during half term.

With over 125 events, the nine days feature celebrity talks, inspirational shows and exhibitions, hands-on family fun, cutting-edge research, and science activities for all ages and all levels of knowledge.

There are still some tickets left for headline talks including Helen Sharman – Britain’s First Astronaut, and shows from TV/radio scientists and celebrities Ben Garrod, Mark Thompson, Adam Rutherford, Lizzie Daly and Nicholas Crane.

There are also plenty of free, hands-on activities during the Festival, with special themed days at The Forum, kicking off with a look at stars and space in Astronomy Day on 21 October, plus other days dedicated to physics, engineering and maths, chemistry, biology, nature and the environment, and food and agriculture.

The Festival features inspiring talks on world-leading research and discoveries, including two days of how local researchers from Norwich Research Park are ‘Solving Problems with Science’.

You can also take a look at ‘everyday science’, with talks on the science behind gin, beer and macaron making, and the ‘science of eating’ – how our environment shapes our senses and experience of food.

If you like your science with a dose of laughter, or a laid-back science talk with added beer, there are plenty of ‘After Hours’ events to choose from, including shows from Pint of Science, a look at the science behind the movies, and an X-Rated Science event which is strictly adults only! Other quirky events include The Scientific Secrets of Doctor Who, which explores the huge range of concepts covered in the show from black holes to artificial intelligence, and a talk on time machines.

Natalie Bailey, Norwich Science Festival Producer, said: “We’re really excited about this year’s Festival, which is jam-packed with events and activities for all ages, whether it’s messy, hands-on science fun for young ones, talks on birds, bees, otters and spiders, or the science behind everyday food and drink.”

Norwich Science Festival is co-ordinated by The Forum, with headline sponsorship from Anglian Water, and takes place in multiple venues across Norwich.

Pick up a brochure from The Forum and at venues around Norfolk, and browse events online at You can also keep up-to-date by following Norwich Science Festival on Twitter @NorwichSciFest and #NorwichSciFest, Facebook  Norwich Science Festival or Instagram norwichsciencefestival.


For more information, images, interview requests etc. please contact Jan Robertson, Norwich Science Festival Marketing Manager on / 01603 727962.

About the Norwich Science Festival:

Celebrate the wonderful world of experiments, discoveries, exploration and innovation at the second Norwich Science Festival this autumn. Enjoy nine days of inspirational exhibitions, hands-on family activities, inspiring celebrity talks and sensational shows at The Forum, and at other venues around the city. This is a festival for all age groups and all levels of knowledge. The Festival patron for 2017 is Mark Thompson, astronomer, broadcaster and author. A Learning Programme for schools, colleges, home-educated learners and youth groups runs 19-20 October.

Explore the Norwich Science Festival website for full listings – – and follow Norwich Science Festival on Twitter and Facebook.