What a week! Highlights from Norwich Science Festival 2024

2024, Norwich Science Festival

An epic celebration of all things science

Eight days, more than 200 performances across 150 events, a whopping 11,000 tickets booked, 125 organisations involved and over 400 volunteer hours - Norwich Science Festival 2024 really was an epic week!

An enormous thank you to everyone who visited, contributed to, worked and volunteered at this year's Norwich Science Festival! It was fantastic to see so many people visit us at The Forum and at our partner venues across Norwich and Norfolk.

A big thank you also to our wonderful sponsors - we couldn't have done it without you.

We thought we'd take a moment to look back at some of the best bits of NSF24...

Although there are too many to choose from!

Hamza Yassin at Norwich Cathedral

Wildlife presenter, cameraman and master of the Strictly dancefloor Hamza Yassin blew us all away with his wonderful talk, My Life Behind the Lens, at Norwich Cathedral.

Underneath the very spot in which local peregrines make their nest, Hamza shared his love of birds and wildlife in a sold out talk to more than 420 visitors! He had a few top tips for budding photographers too, and no doubt many of us went home to source ourselves a pair of binoculars...

With thanks to Norfolk Wildlife Trust and Norwich Cathedral.

Hamza Yassin on stage to a packed audience at Norwich Cathedral
Credit: Beth Moseley

A rocket trip to the moon

More than 700 of you enjoyed a trip to the moon (and back!) this year with Britain's Got Talent star, Ben Langley! This free, one-many play about a young boy's journey to the stars was jam-packed with incredible facts about space, and had the kids and grown-ups alike laughing and shouting!

"The play by Ben Langley was really superb. It was so interesting and full of amazing science. I felt wowed and my kids did too."

NSF24 Visitor

Credit: Luke Witcomb

Getting stuck in to The Explorium

The Explorium at The Forum is the heart of Norwich Science Festival - eight days of free, hands-on science fun for all ages! There was so much to get stuck into in both the Atrium and an outdoor heated marquee.

Visitors were able to meet local scientists and researchers working at UEA, NNUH and Norwich Research Park, explore the world of birds with Pensthorpe and eyesight with Dipple and Conway, and even find out what happened when artificial intelligence cared for three cats for several days.

Credit: Beth Moseley

Grown-ups had plenty of fun too!

Oh yes, there was plenty for adults to enjoy at NSF24 - from working a crime scene investigation using forensic techniques to learning about the science (and art!) of beer brewing with BBC Radio 4's Jaega Wise!

A new lunchtime series, Science of Self, aimed to arm us with more information about ourselves - our bodies, emotions, and even our mental health. Plus, Marie Gentles OBE joined us to share her insight into her ground breaking work with children and families in Beyond Behaviour at Norwich Arts Centre.

Two people study fingerprints at a forensic murder mystery event
Credit: Keiron Tovell

Norwich Science Festival-on-sea!

We were pleased once again to offer a Science Satellite event in Gorleston as part of Norwich Science Festival 2024 - thanks to funding from the Dudgeon Community Fund.

Biologist, author and broadcaster (and patron of Norwich Science Festival), Professor Ben Garrod, shared his experiences of working with prime mates in a fascinating talk, whilst the brilliant Dr Shini Somara offered an insight into how engineering can make a difference to the world. Plus, there was lots of fun to be had in the Mini Explorium!

With thanks to East Norfolk Sixth Form College.

Credit: Luke Witcomb

"I loved attending the Gorleston Science Satellite as it was great for the local community, who might not get to attend in Norwich."

NSF Visitor