All you need to know about Norwich Science Festival

PUBLISHED: 15:33 01 October 2020 | UPDATED: 10:04 02 October 2020

Norwich Science Festival fun last year  Picture: Norwich Science Festival

Norwich Science Festival fun last year Picture: Norwich Science Festival


For one year only the Norwich Science Festival becomes #NorwichSciFestAtHome

Norwich Science Festival will be online this yearNorwich Science Festival will be online this year

Natalie Bailey of the Norwich Science Festival tells us about this year’s new mini festival.

What is happening to this year’s Norwich Science Festival?

#NorwichSciFestatHome aims to keep up the momentum and enthusiasm for science while the main Festival pauses due to the pandemic. It runs online from October 24 to 28.

What are some of the highlights?

Expect to see fascinating talks from scientists working at Norwich Research Park and learn more about the incredible work they have been carrying out in response to the pandemic, as well as talks exploring other cutting-edge research carried out at the park. Norwich Science Festival patrons Ben Garrod, Lizzie Daly and Mark Thompson will be bringing their usual entertaining and educational family talks to the event, and getting young people joining in with activities from home, with favourite topics including dinosaurs, our oceans and space! Festival favourites science rapper Jon Chase and Mandy Hartley from The Little Storytelling Company will also be inspiring young scientists with virtual shows.

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Who can get involved - and how?

“Although we are hugely disappointed to have had to cancel the main 2020 Festival, our mini online festival is exciting as it gives us a chance to explore ways of sharing science virtually and reach people who live further afield – anyone can join in!

And can you tell us a little about the main festival

Norwich Science Festival is a celebration of all things science – inspirational exhibitions, sensational shows and an abundance of hands-on science activities for all ages and all levels of knowledge. Previous highlights include talks from Helen Sharman, Chris Packham, Alice Roberts, Robin Ince, Robert Winston and Dr Jane Goodall and The Forum is usually transformed into The Explorium for free hands-on science fun. The festival is run by The Forum Trust, working closely with Norwich Research Park. This year it won the Best Family Event and Best Marketing Campaign categories at the Norfolk and Suffolk Tourism Awards. We are always looking for new contributors and sponsors.

#NorwichSciFestatHome runs from October 24-28. To keep up with what’s going on follow @NorwichSciFest on Twitter, Norwich Science Festival on Facebook and Instagram, or visit

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