Norwich Science Festival Learning

Norwich Science Festival learning programme to inspire future scientists

The Norwich Science Festival Learning Programme returns 16 January–3 February – with dedicated events for schools, youth groups and home-educated learners, all designed to inspire young minds.

Students of all ages and Key Stages can join in the fun 16 January–3 February, with everything from kitchen science and tracking wildlife, to hacking your brain, rocket launches and crime scene investigation!

Claire Mutimer, Norwich Science Festival Producer, said: “We are very excited to launch the Norwich Science Festival Learning Programme for January 2023 –it is open to all schools and is packed with unique opportunities and memorable educational activities for all ages.”

“Do have a look at the programme at and book soon, directly with the learning provider, because I think many of the activities will sell out very quickly!”

Highlights include A Pirate Adventure from The Little Story Telling Company – a science-based treasure hunt; searching for animal clues in Discover: Tracks and Signs from Pensthorpe; a Secondary School STEMM Showdownonline quiz with Youth STEMM Award and BBC Stargazing Live presenter and astronomer Mark Thompson; and exploring Ins and Outs: The Science of Food – where UEA academics team up with BBC Gastronaut Stefan Gates and his Fartology show, for a fun and informative day all about food, with a spot of farting – or at least the science behind it!

Hannah Tough, Public Events Office at University of East Anglia (UEA), said: “UEA is passionate about inspiring future generations and delighted to be a part of the Norwich Science Festival Learning Programme, extending our public engagement beyond the main Festival dates.”

“Young people will be invited to learn all about the science behind the food that we put in to our tummies and the bodily functions that follow…  BBC’s Stefan Gates is sure to thrill audiences with his Fartology show – an event not to be missed!”

The Learning Programme is presented by The Forum as part of Norwich Science Festival, and works with respected science providers from the county and beyond, including UEA, Norwich Puppet Theatre, and Sainsbury Centre.

The main Norwich Science Festival is back to celebrate science Saturday 11–Saturday 18 February 2023 at venues in Norwich and beyond – full of intriguing discoveries, inspiring talks, engaging exhibitions, cutting-edge research and lots of family fun, with the full programme to be revealed in the new year!

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About the Norwich Science Festival

Celebrate the wonderful world of experiments, discoveries, exploration and innovation at Norwich Science Festival 11–18 February 2023. Enjoy inspirational exhibitions, hands-on family activities, inspiring celebrity talks and sensational shows at The Forum, and at other venues around the city. Presented by The Forum, with partners University of East Anglia (UEA) and Norwich Research Park, this is a festival for all age groups and all levels of knowledge. A Learning Programme for schools, colleges, home-educated learners and youth groups runs 16 January–3 February 2023

Our festival patrons are Professor Ben Garrod – evolutionary biologist and great ape conservationist,  Jon Chase – science presenter, rapper, and author, Lizzie Daly – biologist and wildlife presenter, Jess French – CBeebies star, vet and author, and Mark Thompson – astronomer, broadcaster and author. Sponsors include Pensthorpe, Gresham’s, Veolia, Breakwater IT, Briar Chemicals and Howes Percival.

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About The Forum

  • The Forum is a landmark building in the centre of Norwich.
  • 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 delivers Norwich Science Festival, Norfolk Makers Festival and coordinates Norfolk Heritage Open Days. It is a cultural hub for the city and county.
  • The Forum Trust is the independent, self-financing, charitable organisation which manages The Forum building: our income helps us to maintain the building, and put on our free programme of year-round events.
  • The Trust works with many partners to ensure The Forum plays a valuable role in the community.
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