Science at the Royal Norfolk Show

NSF at Royal Norfolk Show - children around a science stall
2023, Norwich Science Festival

We're back at the Royal Norfolk Show!

Norwich Science Festival and The Forum have teamed up with partners to bring science fun to the Discovery Zone, the Royal Norfolk Show's hub of interactive learning and entertainment for young people and families.

The science fun takes place on both days Wednesday 29th and Thursday 30th June in the Discovery Zone, where activities link STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) with food, farming and the countryside in a hands-on and interactive way.

Families, schools, youth groups and home-educated learners are invited to get hands-on, with plenty of activities from partners:  

Have a go at the Bee Trail from Earlham Institute! Follow the trail, collect stickers and learn about bees, pollination and why it is so important. Plus see the LEGO DNA sequencer in action!

Explore the science of nutrition using Smarties to learn about clinical trials with the Quadram Institute

The John Innes Centre stand will host experiments to improve the starch content of plants. 

The UEA School of Pharmacy will show you how it’s using garlic derivatives to protect potatoes from nematode worms, and UEA School of Environmental Sciences shows how you can create useful soil from waste. 

Extract DNA from bananas with The Little Story Telling Company.

Did you know potatoes come from a rich and colourful family? Come and meet their curious relatives at the Sainsbury Laboratory stand and find out how potatoes can be made resistant to blight

“We are delighted to be joined by our partners from Norwich Research Park and wider science community to offer engaging science fun for young people in the Discovery Zone.”

Natalie Bailey, NSF former Producer

The Discovery Zone is near the Dereham Gate and schools entrance in the Showground - download the Royal Norfolk Show map.

Come along and join in the science fun at the Discovery Zone!