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Astronomer Mark Thompson The Forum credit JMA Photography 19


Astronauts, Dinosaurs and Explosions! Norwich Science Festival Returns

After a hugely successful inaugural festival last year, Norwich Science Festival returns 21st-29th October with a spectacular line-up of shows, exhibitions and hands-on fun around the city.

You could meet Britain’s first astronaut, find out about the life of dinosaurs, learn how wild animals are tamed, discover Earth’s place in the solar system and, of course, no Science Festival would be complete without plenty of bubbling potions and explosions!

Image: Astronomer Mark Thompson at The Forum at last year's Festival  - photo by JMA Photography

The Forum will be transformed into ‘The Explorium’ from 21st-29th October – a place for all to explore the world through science. There are nine days of celebrity talks, inspirational shows and exhibitions, hands-on family fun, cutting-edge research and science activities for all ages and all levels of knowledge.  Headline Talks with celebrity speakers and industry leaders are also taking place at Norwich Cathedral and Norwich Playhouse.

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Don’t Miss: Seven spectacular science shows - open for booking now

Helen Sharman – Britain’s First Astronaut
Helen Sharman CREDIT National Waterfront Museum Swansea

Image: Helen Sharman, courtesy of National Waterfront Museum Swansea

Thursday 26 October
Venue: Norwich Cathedral
Cost: £18, £12 concessions
Age: 12+

Join Helen Sharman OBE, Britain’s first astronaut, for an inspiring talk about her time in space! She’ll talk about her meticulous training, the launch and landing, how weightlessness feels, her science experiments, the team spirit, and adjusting to life back on Earth. Plus a limited number of early-bird tickets are available for a meet-and-greet event after the show. Book online now.


So You Think You Know About Dinosaurs?
Ben Garrod Dinosaurs

Monday 23 October
2pm-4pm, inc. interval
7pm-9pm, inc. interval
Venue: Norwich Playhouse
Cost: £10, £8 concessions
Age: 5+

Come and test your knowledge against Ben Garrod (the TV scientist in the BBC’s ‘Attenborough and the Giant Dinosaur’). Did dinosaurs eat their own families? Was every Tyrannosaur a fearsome carnivore? Why did Allosaurus head-butt its prey to death? With the help of TV film footage and photos of his own palaeontological dinosaur digs, Ben will tell you everything you ever wanted to know about dinosaurs. Book online now.  


TAMED: with Professor Alice Roberts
Tuesday 24 October
7.30pm-9.30pm, inc. interval
Venue: Norwich Playhouse
Cost: £17.50, £15.50 concessions
Age: 14+

How do you tame wildness? Alice Roberts delves into archaeology, history and genetics to reveal the amazing stories of the species, such as dogs, cattle and horses, which became our allies. Book online now.


Spectacular Science Show
Mark Thompson Spectacular Science IMAGE CREDIT Steve Ullathorne

Image: Mark Thompson, photo by Steve Ullathorne

Wednesday 25 October
Venue: Norwich Cathedral
Cost: £12, £8 concessions
Age: 6+

Mark Thompson, patron of this year’s Norwich Science Festival, returns with a jam-packed explosive science show that will excite and delight all. Book online now. 


Spaceship Earth
Wednesday 25 October
Venue: Norwich Cathedral
Cost: £12, £8 concessions
Age: 12+

People’s Astronomer, Mark Thompson, looks at the uniqueness of our planet, what sets it apart from others in the solar system, and how it interacts with the universe. Book online now.


Robin Ince: Pragmatic Insanity
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Image: Robin Ince, photo by Timothy Ginn

Friday 20 October
7.30pm, 90 mins + interval
Venue: Norwich Playhouse
Cost: £15
Age: 14+

A stand-up show about the clash of art and science, why we believe we see what we see and why we believe what we believe. Book online now.


Festival of the Spoken Nerd: You Can’t Polish a Nerd
Thursday 26 and Friday 27 October

7.30pm, 90 mins + interval
Venue: Norwich Playhouse
Cost: £16, £14 concessions
Age: 14+

Join the Nerds for a unique comedy science show with a veritable Periodic Table of new science, songs, and spreadsheets that will tickle your ribs and light your Bunsen burner. Book online now.

Fun science at Norwich Science Festival 2016

Image: Fun at Norwich Science Festival 2016

As well as these headline events, there will be plenty more shows as well as free family activities during the Festival, and inspiring talks on world-leading research. Norwich Science Festival is co-ordinated by The Forum and takes place in multiple venues across Norwich. The brochure and rest of the Festival events will be available on 21st August so you can get planning your must-see list!

In the meantime, stay up to date at norwichsciencefestival.



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