#cheltscifest ...around town

From 6–11 June, Imperial Square and Cheltenham Town Hall will be filled with free, hands-on fun. Enter a carnival of creativity in the MakerShack and find activities of all kinds in our Discover Zone.

Look out for experiments, hands-on making activities and performances as the Science Festival takes to the streets. On Saturday evening, join our Sci Crawl in venues around Cheltenham: explore the chemistry of cocktails, find out how to brew the perfect cup of coffee, and much more.

Sci Crawl

OUP’s Very Short Introductions

Saturday 10 June
Waterstones (The Promenade)
5pm – 6.30pm

Keen to enhance your pub quiz knowledge? Join OUP’s Very Short Introductions for an insightful ‘Speed Dating’ evening. Hear from leading experts, and get a chance to pick their brains.


Susan Llewelyn, Clinical Psychology: A Very Short Introduction
David Hand, Measurement: A Very Short Introduction
Mark Maslin, Climate Change: A Very Short Introduction
Dick Passingham, Cognitive Neuroscience: A Very Short Introduction

Behind The Beans

Saturday 10 June
The Scandinavian Coffee Pod
5.30pm – 8pm

Learn about the art and science of coffee making with the team from The Scandinavian Coffee Pod. Experience a live roasting session, and put your taste buds to the test with a Cupping session.

On Mars

Saturday 10 June
Copa of Cheltenham
6pm – 6.30pm & 8 – 8.30pm

Get to know the red planet in this whistle-stop tour and live talk from planetary scientist Peter Grindrod. Download the free app to your phone (links below), put on one of the virtual reality headsets provided, and travel to Mars.

Download the app

App Store

Google Play

Researcher’s Cafe

Saturday 10 June
Boston Tea Party
6.30pm – 8.30pm

Join researchers from the University of Southampton for an informal discussion about the different areas of science.

6.30-7pm and 7.30-8pm

  • Gravitational waves from neutron star mountains, with Emma Osborne (PhD student)
  • Using stem cells to study diseases that cause blindness, with Dr Dave Christensen

7-7.30pm and 8-8.30pm

  • Light and Dark: Echoes of a Supermassive Black Hole, with Sam Mangham (PhD student)
  • Life on earth: human contribution to biodiversity loss, with Dr Tony Curran

Splitting The Rainbow

Saturday 10 June
Flonyx Creative
6.30pm – 8.30pm

Colour is an incredibly important feature of the world we live in and we have such a strong relationship with it. Find out more about the science of colour with Karl Byrne through a variety of interactive demos.

Curious Stories

Saturday 10 June
Smoky Joe’s
7pm – 8.30pm

Join the Institute of Physics and storyteller Deb Winter (winner of Bristol Story Slam 2015) for an evening of weird and wonderful science as scientists share stories which will both surprise and entertain. The full line-up will be announced shortly…

Suitable for ages 12+

Cocktail Chemistry

Saturday 10 June
Bottle of Sauce
7.30pm, 8pm, 8.30pm & 9pm

Grab a science-themed cocktail from the bar, and join material scientist Suze Kundu to find out about the chemistry behind your favourite cocktails. She might even reveal why it is sometimes better to shake it, and not stir it.

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Pop-up Performances

Saturday 10 June, 12pm – 4pm
Sunday 11 June, 12pm – 3pm

Watch out for pop-up science performances …around town during the weekend of the Festival. Find our buskers along the Promenade, Regent Street or the High Street throughout the weekend.

Featuring performances by:

Phil Bell-Young, Michelle Kinnon, Lydia Baldwin and Lydia Sidney.

Daytime Events

Question Everything – Major Evolutionary Transitions

Saturday 10 June, 12pm – 4pm
Sunday 11 June, 12pm – 3pm

Pop-up Performance Spot 1
Opposite Marks & Spencers, Cheltenham High Street

We will show single-celled algae forming multicellular clumps in real-time in response to predation. There will be a chance to experience what it’s really like to be an alga being chased by a fearsome predator, through an interactive game. Come and find out the latest research on social evolution and the Major Transitions in Individuality from some Oxford geeks!

The Mosquito Buzz

Saturday 10 June, 12pm – 4pm
Sunday 11 June, 12pm – 3pm

Pop-up Performance Spot 3
Double Decker Bus, outside Cavendish House

Join researchers from the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine on board their Mosquito Buzz. Find out more about mosquitos, the diseases they carry, and why some of us get bitten more than others. Take part in fun experiments and chat to travel nurses and researchers.

Drink & Draw

Saturday 10 June, 2pm – 5pm

Pop-up Performance Spot 2
Flonyx Creative

Drop in to Flonyxx Creative for a special Science Festival Drink & Draw, inspired by our Festival themes of Music and Sound, Mysteries of the Mind, and Our Future World. Draw, doodle and design to your heart’s content. Materies will be provided, and you’re also welcome to bring your own supplies.

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