Norwich Science Festival At Home

Lunchtime lava, dinosaurs, serial killers and more –­ discover science at home with Norwich Science Festival

October half-term is usually a flurry of hands-on Norwich Science Festival activities at The Forum and around the city. This year, with the Festival cancelled due to the pandemic, the team behind it are bringing you an online mini programme of engaging family shows, virtual talks and activities you can do at home.

Norwich Science Festival At Home takes place 24–28 October, and is brought to you by The Forum, with UEA and Norwich Research Park. All events are online and free, with the opportunity to give donations to help secure the future of the Festival.

Natalie Bailey, Norwich Science Festival producer said: “Although we can’t bring you our award-winning hands-on Festival this year, we’re delighted to be working with our partners and patrons to bring you our #NorwichSciFestAtHome mini programme of online events.”

“We’ll have family friendly shows from our patrons Prof Ben Garrod, Lizzie Daly and Mark Thompson, and Festival favourites such as The Little Story Telling Company with DNA Detectives. For adults, there’s an interactive science quiz, and even a talk on the psychology of serial killers.”

“Our partners at UEA and Norwich Research Park will bring you a family friendly Lunchtime Lab every day, on topics as diverse as volcanos, weird animal behaviour, and plants and pests. Plus their panel events will explore the climate crisis, the relationship between art and science, and showcase the vital work happening in Norwich and Norfolk around the COVID-19 pandemic.”

David Parfrey, Executive Chair, Norwich Research Park said:

“This year we are proud to support Norwich Science Festival At Home. Science is in everything we touch, see or use in our daily lives and here in the city, at Norwich Research Park we are full of globally leading scientists working on the biggest challenges known to humankind today. We are totally committed to this city and its people and therefore we are of course keen to share through the programme some of the things we are doing and to talk with everyone about science.”

“The COVID-19 pandemic has certainly thrust science into the limelight and underlined its significance in tackling important challenges. However, we work to change lives today, but securing the future for generations to come, is of equal importance. The Norwich Science Festival At Home plays an inspirational part in encouraging the vital next generation in science.”

Norwich Science Festival events are brought to you by The Forum, along with partners and organisations across Norwich, and are made possible through funding, sponsorship, and income generated through The Forum’s city-centre car park.

Events and tickets will be announced on at the start of October.

About the Norwich Science Festival

Norwich Science Festival is organised by The Forum with support from partnership organisations including Norwich Research Park and UEA. Festival patrons include Prof Ben Garrod – evolutionary biologist and great ape conservationist, Lizzie Daly –– TV presenter and wildlife biologist, and Mark Thompson – astronomer, broadcaster and author.

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