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Free Activities On Site

The Discover Zone

Discover Zone

Open daily
10am – 5pm
Late opening for adults Fri 8 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, cyber security, quantum computing and so much more!

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MakerShack

Open daily
10am – 5pm
All ages. Late opening for adults Fri 8 June, 8-10pm

Enter a carnival of creativity in the MakerShack. Explore marvellous materials and discover traditional and futuristic technology with our host of makers, engineers, craftspeople and researchers.

Code a robot to read a bedtime story, enter the Slime Factory to make your very own slime, get your hands dirty making felt, discover forever re-moldable thermoplastics, carve a path for a river, squidge clay into curious creations and so much more.

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The Sphere

Open daily, 10am – 5pm

Create your own unique art inspired by your heartbeat, get hands-on with Lego genome editing, make a microbe, get a glimpse of what living in a “Quantum City” might be like, create your own vegan smoothie and more…

Cyber Talks

Cyber Zone

Open daily
10am – 5pm
All ages. Late opening for adults Fri 8 June, 8-10pm

Step into a fascinating digital world in the Cyber Zone, our new interactive space for 2018.

Try your hand as an ethical hacker, crack puzzles, pick locks, and see what the future might look like as you come face-to-face with artificial intelligence. Find out more about how to defend the web, get hands-on with new technology and hear from top experts in our packed programme of free activities and talks throughout the week.

Events in the Cyber Zone

Workshop: Becoming A Chess Grandmaster

Friday 8 June, 4 – 5pm
Saturday 9 June, 3.30 – 4.30pm & 4.45 – 5.45pm
FREE no ticket required. Places limited, unreserved seating.

Whether you’re a complete beginner or a chess Grandmaster, find out how Artificial Intelligence is transforming the game of chess.


Cyber Talks

Saturday 9 June, 1.30 – 2.30pm
Sunday 10 June, 1.30 – 2.30pm
Free no ticket required. Places limited, unreserved seating.

Come and hear leading experts give an introduction to some of the hottest topics in cyber security in our free Cyber Talks.


Cyber Surgery: Ask The Expert

Sunday 10 June, 3.15 – 4.15pm
Free no ticket required. Places limited, unreserved seating.

How would you know if your emails had been hacked and how can you keep your kids safe online? Join Festival Guest Curators and leading cyber security experts Jessica Barker and FC as they offer practical advice and answer your questions.


Capture-The-Flag

Look out for our Capture-The-Flag hacking challenges; suitable for teams and individuals of all ages and abilities.

Friday 8 June, 6 – 10pm £6 plus booking fee
Saturday 9 June, 10am – 12pm £6 plus booking fee (Ages 11+)

EDF Energy Zone

EDF Energy Zone

Open 8-10 June
10am – 5pm
All ages. Late opening for adults Fri 8 June, 8-10pm
Careers evening Fri 8 June, 5-7pm.

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.

GE Pavilion

GE Pavilion

Open 5, 7 & 10 June, 10am – 6pm
Open , 8 & 9 June, 10am – 8pm
Careers evening Fri 8 June, 5-7pm.

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: to come home and spend time with family, to see loved ones who are far away, to be healthy and become strong and to follow our dreams.

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

Hartpury Science Hub

5 – 10 June, 10am – 5pm
Careers evening, 8 June, 5 – 7pm

Drop in to take part in exciting experiments, explore pioneering research and find out more about sport and exercise, equine performance, animal welfare and agriculture.

Woodland Trust

Woodland Trust

Open daily
All ages
Holst Statue

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!

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Conversation Corner

Open Daily, Drop in
Festival Cafe

Have our speakers got your brain whirring? Share ideas, be inspired and join other audience members for an informal chat at Conversation Corner in the Festival Café. Places limited, unreserved seating.

Women in STEM Installation

Women in STEM Photo Installation

Open daily
All ages
Side of Helix Theatre

Find out more about amazing women in science, technology, engineering and maths in our photo installation, new for 2018. Visit our photo booth in the Cyber Zone to add your own photo to the display.

Read more about the exhibition

Innovate UK

Women in Innovation Photography Exhibition

Open daily
Town Hall

Representing UK’s most promising female entrepreneurs, recognising their differences and the diverse ideas they bring forward.

Portraits provided by Innovate UK.

Animal Dissection

Large Animal Dissection

10 June, 10am – 4pm
Hartpury Science Hub

Following the success of last year’s horse investigation, Hartpury Scientists will be performing a detailed dissection of a wallaby.

The Universe

Stargazing In The Gardens

7 & 8 June, 9.45 – 11pm
Meet at the Holst Statue

Join members of the Cotswold Astronomical Society for a supervised evening of stargazing using members’ telescopes.

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Science Trail

Open daily
All ages
Across the Festival Site

Collect your quiz sheet from the Science Trail starting point and follow the Trail around Imperial Square.

Capture The Flag

Cyber Trail

Open daily
Ages 10+
Across the Festival Site

Become a code-breaker as you follow the Cyber Trail around Imperial Square. Begin your quest in the Cyber Zone and gather clues to unlock this cryptic challenge.