Norwich Science Festival finalist in two categories in Norfolk & Suffolk Tourism Awards

Norfolk & Suffolk Tourism Awards 2020 finalist
Awards, 2019

One of Norwich’s youngest festivals has been announced today as finalists in the Norfolk & Suffolk Tourism Awards 2020 for not one, but two categories.

The 2018 Norwich Science Festival – organised by The Forum, Norwich – is a finalist for Family Event and Experience of the Year, and Marketing Campaign of the Year.

The Awards celebrate Norfolk and Suffolk’s hospitality and events and is the biggest night of the year for the region’s brilliant tourism sector.

Norwich Science Festival is an annual festival giving families the opportunity to explore the wonders of the universe, meet the scientists whose research has changed our world and debate some big questions with some big-thinkers. The Festival is celebration of the ground-breaking scientific research associated with Norwich, and is a partnership initiative coordinated by The Forum, involving 70+ organisations from across the region.

Natalie Bailey, Norwich Science Festival Producer, said: 

“We’re thrilled to be a finalist in the Family Event category for our 2018 Norwich Science Festival. This is a brilliant recognition of how far the Festival has come its first few years, and it’s all thanks to our wonderful partners, funders, sponsors, contributors and the wider Forum team, who all come together to make it such a success.”

Jan Robertson, Norwich Science Festival Marketing Manager, said: 

“We’re delighted to be a finalist for our 2018 marketing campaign. We worked with the wider Forum team, our partners and DesignPod to raise awareness of this engaging and fun Festival. It’s fantastic to be shortlisted for the award, and to acknowledge the collaborative, multi-channel marketing campaign which has helped grow the Festival immensely in its first few years and reach new audiences.”

The Festival saw over 98,700 visits in 2018 and a headline talk from Chris Packham, and this year racked up over 137,000 visits for the 2019 event. The 2018 Festival was made possible thanks to sponsorship from Anglian Water, Developing Experts, University Technical College Norfolk, Vattenfall, Briar Chemicals and KLM Engineering UK.

Norwich Science Festival will return in October half-term 2020.


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

Notes to editors

About the Norwich Science Festival

Celebrate the wonderful world of experiments, discoveries, exploration and innovation at Norwich Science Festival this October. Enjoy 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, organised by The Forum with support from partnership organisations including Norwich Research Park and UEA. The 2019 Festival patrons include Lizzie Daly –– TV presenter and wildlife biologist, Mark Thompson – astronomer, broadcaster and author, and Ben Garrod – evolutionary biologist and great ape conservationist. A Learning Programme for schools, colleges, home-educated learners and youth groups runs 14–17 October. The 2019 headline sponsor is Anglian Water, with additional sponsorship from Norwich Accountancy Services, University Technical College Norfolk, Vattenfall, Briar Chemicals, Fitness Space, Veolia, Roarr! Dinosaur Adventure, KLM UK Engineering and EIRA.

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


About The Forum

  • The Forum, in the centre of Norwich, is one of the UK’s most successful Millennium projects.
  • It’s a public building, open seven days a week, all year round (except Christmas Day and Boxing Day).
  • Everyone is welcome. Most of the public events, exhibitions and activities which take place at The Forum are free.
  • The Forum Trust is the independent, self-financing, charitable organisation which manages The Forum building.
  • It is responsible for The Forum’s continued development, growth and innovation.
  • The Trust works with many partners to ensure The Forum plays a valuable role in the community.
  • Details about the charitable ‘project purpose’ which underpins The Forum are on the website