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Norwich Science Festival to return in 2021

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The award-winning Norwich Science Festival will not be going ahead in October this year, but will return in 2021

Organisers of the award-winning Norwich Science Festival have confirmed that the annual celebration of science will not be going ahead in October this year, but that it will return in 2021.

Natalie Bailey, Norwich Science Festival Producer, said:

“It’s with a heavy heart that we’ve taken the decision to cancel Norwich Science Festival 2020. The COVID-19 pandemic, and its impact on our partners, contributors, funding and our ability to deliver hands-on events, means it isn’t possible to bring you our award-winning Festival this year.

“We’ll be back with a bang in 2021, with another interactive, engaging and entertaining Festival for all ages and all levels of knowledge, organised by The Forum and partners across the city.”

Although the Festival itself will not take place, the team have announced a small number of online events to maintain momentum and enthusiasm for science in the city.

Natalie explained:

“We’ll be bringing you a mini #NorwichSciFestAtHome online programme in October with our patrons Mark Thompson, Lizzie Daly and Prof Ben Garrod, plus partners UEA and Norwich Research Park.”

Look out for more details of the mini #NorwichSciFestAtHome programme in September.

Norwich Science Festival At Home


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Notes to editors

About the Norwich Science Festival

Norwich Science Festival celebrates the wonderful world of experiments, discoveries, exploration and innovation, through inspirational exhibitions, hands-on family activities, inspiring celebrity talks and sensational shows at The Forum, and at other venues around the city. It 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. 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.


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