A workshop space during the day, our Apollo tent transforms into an open free stage in the evenings. Grab a drink and delicious bites from our Festival traders and settle in for some grand entertainment. Get a glimpse of what our FameLab International contestants bring to the stage in bite size science talks, be entertained with shows from astronomy to chemistry and science inspired music.
4, 5, 8 & 9 June, 10am – 5pm 6 June, 10am – 7.30pm 7 June, 10am – 6pm All ages Late opening for adults Friday 7 June, 8-10pm
A huge, free interactive space to get hands-on with the latest exciting research and technology. Find out more about the world and how it works; with virtual reality, aeroplane engineering, chemistry and so much more!
In partnership with
Open daily 10am – 5pm All ages. Late opening for adults Fri 7 June, 8-10pm
Enter a celebration of making in the MakerShack. Explore marvellous materials and discover traditional and futuristic technology with our host of makers, engineers, craftspeople and researchers.
Play with the world’s first gaming robot, make a brick, try hand embroidery, discover the futuristic potentials of 3D printing, help to build the best marble run ever and race against the clock to rebuild a mini jet engine.
GCHQ Cyber Zone
4, 5, 8 & 9 June, 10am – 5pm 6 June, 10am – 7.30pm 7 June, 10am – 6pm All ages. Late opening for adults Fri 7 June, 8-10pm
Step into a fascinating digital world… Come into the GCHQ Cyber Zone and see what it’s like to be a code cracker, ethical hacker and cyber security expert. Escape to cyber space using our virtual reality headsets and try your hand at coding, solving puzzles and gaming.
Find out more about how to defend the web, get hands-on with new technology and meet top experts in our packed programme of free activities throughout the week.
EDF Energy Zone
4, 5, 8 & 9 June, 10am – 5pm 6 June, 10am – 8pm 7 June, 10am – 6pm All ages. Late opening for adults Fri 7 June, 8-10pm
Come and find out about our programmes to inspire the next generation in Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM): visit us in the EDF Energy Zone in Imperial Square to find out how we are encouraging the scientists, engineers and thinkers of tomorrow.
As the UK’s largest producer of low carbon electricity, EDF Energy is committed to helping young people understand the great career opportunities available in a STEM related industry. Currently only one in four people working in core science, technology, engineering and maths fields is female. Our Pretty Curious campaign aims to change this.
Transport yourself to GE’s Digital Pavilion and connect with a world of Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths.
Exploring various hands-on engineering activities, you’ll connect with GE engineers who are solving big technology challenges and working on things that really matter to each of us: powering our communities, flying safely and diagnosing, treating and monitoring patients worldwide.
During the Festival there will be a number of talks and activities to introduce young people to possible career paths, demonstrating how personal aspirations, interests and passions can go hand in hand with world industry and business needs. Visit the GE Digital Pavilion to find out about career opportunities and how GE is solving engineering challenges by connecting the world.
Hartpury Science Hub
4 – 9 June, 10am – 5pm
Drop in to take part in exciting experiments, explore pioneering research and find out more about the science of sport and exercise, equine performance, animal welfare and agriculture.
Learn more about how woods and trees benefit the environment around us with some hands-on activities and fun from the people behind Nature Detectives.
Large Animal Dissection
9 June, 10am – 4pm Hartpury Science Hub
Following horse and wallaby investigations in previous years, the Hartpury team are back for another detailed large exotic animal dissection.
Stargazing In The Gardens
6 & 7 June, 9.45 – 11pm Meet at the Holst Statue
Join members of the Cotswold Astronomical Society for a supervised evening of stargazing. Dependent on clear skies.
Daily All ages Across the Festival Site
Collect your quiz sheet from the Woodland Trust stand and follow the trail around Imperial Square to find out more about flora and fauna and the natural sciences.
Chemistry Orienteering Trail
Daily Ages 10+ Across the Festival Site
In celebration of the 150th anniversary of the Periodic Table, discover the most fascinating elements by following our trail through the Festival Village. Pick up your trail sheet from the Chemistry Orienteering Trail starting point by the Apollo tent.
The place to grab a cuppa and continue those thought-provoking discussions, take part in workshops or enjoy free pop-up performances and brain teasers.
What makes the best athletes better than the rest? Join researchers from Loughborough University to explore the science underpinning sport, exercise, health and wellbeing – from a cellular level through to whole body and mind.
Get hands-on and explore how humans are created by making your very own DNA bracelet, writing your name in genetic code, checking out your fingertips under the microscope or guessing where different internal organs fit in your body. Drop in to The Happiness Lab (Thursday, 5–7.30pm & Friday, 5–8pm) and explore what psychologists, doctors and faith leaders say will make people happier.
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