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Super success for this year’s Norwich Science Festival!

Boy and man at Norwich Science Festival 2019 - credit Mark Hewlett Photography

This year’s Norwich Science Festival saw everything from chimpanzee calls with Dr Jane Goodall, through to an ostrich dissection and the chance to interact with robots.

Organisers of the Norwich Science Festival say that there were over 137,000 visits to events throughout the nine-day Festival, from hands-on activities at host venue The Forum, to shows at Norwich Playhouse, Norwich Arts Centre, Stage Two Theatre Royal and Norwich Puppet Theatre amongst others.

The Festival, in its fourth year, was the biggest yet, with over 180 events for all ages and all levels of knowledge, during October half-term, and was co-ordinated by The Forum and partners such as Norwich Research Park and UEA.

As well as hands-on science, talks, shows and debates, the Festival also hosted its first ‘science lates’ event ‘Science After Six’ – which was a chance for grown-ups to enjoy a science comedy, rap science, cocktails and even an ‘organ off’ called Offal Waffle, where the battle for the best organ was fought!

The Festival also ran a Learning Programme, for schools, youth groups and home-educated learners, which saw over 3100 students from reception classes to sixth formers get inspired by science.

Natalie Bailey, Norwich Science Festival producer, said: “We’ve thoroughly enjoyed this year’s Festival, and want to say a huge thank you to everyone that was involved, took part, showcased science, volunteered, or simply came along to enjoy science and discover more about the world. We look forward to welcoming you back for 2020!”

Prof David Richardson, UEA Vice-Chancellor, said: “UEA’s partnership and involvement with the Norwich Science Festival is a great source of pride for our University. The opportunity to engage the public with the important work carried out by our academics, staff and students has the potential to create real impact. We look forward to the fifth year of the Festival in 2020, and I for one can’t wait to see the passion and creativity of our UEA family on show once again.”

The Festival was made possible by headline sponsorship from Anglian Water, plus additional sponsorship from Norwich Accountancy Services, University Technical College Norfolk, Vattenfall, Briar Chemicals, Fitness Space, Veolia, Roarr! Dinosaur Adventure, KLM UK Engineering and EIRA.

To keep up-to-date with 2020 announcements, follow @NorwichSciFest on Twitter, or Norwich Science Festival on Facebook and Instagram, and keep an eye on for headline announcements in July and the full programme at the end of August.


For more information on Norwich Science Festival, please contact Jan 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