Events revealed for Norwich Science Festival At Home mini online programme


This October half-term sees Norwich Science Festival At Home take place 24–28 October, brought to you by The Forum, with partners UEA and Norwich Research Park.

There are 20 events, from family friendly topics such as lunchtime lava, dinosaurs, underwater creatures, and space, to events for adults on COVID-19, the climate crisis, serial killers and a science quiz, and even a live animal dissection!

With the main Norwich Science Festival (NSF) cancelled due to the pandemic, the team behind it instead bring you an online mini programme of engaging family shows, virtual talks and activities you can do at home. All events are online and free, with the opportunity to give donations to help secure the future of the Festival.

Families can enjoy interactive shows from NSF patrons Prof Ben Garrod, Lizzie Daly and Mark Thompson, and Festival favourites such as The Little Story Telling Company and science rapper Jon Chase, who will each be setting a daily challenge for budding scientists to try out at home.

Natalie Bailey, Norwich Science Festival producer said: 

“We’ll miss the hands-on excitement of hosting the proper Festival in The Forum, but we’re thrilled to bring you our #NorwichSciFestAtHome mini programme of online events that you can enjoy from the comfort of your own home. It’s super easy to get involved as all the events are free to watch on our YouTube channel. So save the dates, check out the programme on our website, and join in!”

As well as Norwich Research Park panel events exploring the climate crisis, the relationship between art and science, and the vital work happening at Norwich Research Park around the COVID-19 pandemic, there’s an adults-only quiz night.

Grab a drink, get comfy on your sofa and join in live for the NSF At Home Big Science Quiz. Prof Ben Garrod, Mark Thompson, Dr Suze Kundu and Lizzie Daly will be testing your knowledge with a fun, light-hearted quiz on some of their favourite topics. Plus there’ll be some tricky questions from special guests, including Alice Roberts, Jim Al-Khalili, Marty Jopson, Lucy Cooke and more.

Mark Thompson, NSF patron said: 

“I’m delighted to be patron of Norwich Science Festival and to be involved in the At Home programme of events. As well as the Big Science Quiz, I’ll be presenting a 24-hour lecture on all things space, in a warm-up for my record-breaking attempt to lecture for 5 days next year, raising money for Barnardo’s. Plus, I’ll be controlling a telescope on the other side of the world in my Night Sky Live event! We hope you’ll join in and discover the secrets of the stars!”

Norwich Science Festival events are brought to you by The Forum, along with partners and organisations across Norwich, and are made possible through donations, funding, sponsorship, and income generated through The Forum’s city-centre car park.

See for all Norwich Science Festival At Home events.


For more information on Norwich Science Festival, please contact Jan Robertson, Norwich Science Festival Marketing Manager:

Notes to editors

About the Norwich Science Festival

Norwich Science Festival is organised by The Forum with support from partnership organisations including Norwich Research Park and UEA. Festival patrons include Prof Ben Garrod – evolutionary biologist and great ape conservationist, Lizzie Daly –– TV presenter and wildlife biologist, and Mark Thompson – astronomer, broadcaster and author.

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