What's on

The festival programme is packed full of a wide range of engaging and innovative science-focused events and activities.

Everyone in the family can have fun at the free Family days on Saturday and Sunday. There's no need to book for most activities, just drop in!

On Friday 11 September, drop in to the Archaeological Football Dig, sign up for the A-level Conference, or book onto the Power of Partnership in Raising Attainment - an event for colleagues in the education sector from across the region to celebrate the benefits of Bradford hosting the British Science Festival and Festival Fringe.

Schools and Colleges will enjoy the interactive science programmes grouped into Key Stage 2/3 and Key Stage 4/5.


Saturday 12 September

National Media Museum science festival event.

Have a fantastic day out at Bradford's City Park, Bradford College, and the National Media Museum, with workshops and performances to entertain the whole family.

Find out about the Bradford arsenic poisoinings of 1858, eat a science-themed lunch, and become a detective - investigate the science and technology used to fight crime. 

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Rocket Making

Saturday 12 September, 11.00 - 15.00

Venue: Bradford City Park Science Market

An event where families can have a go at creating rockets, exploding canisters, and alkaline rainbows!

C.S.I. Bradford

Saturday 12 September, 10.00 - 16.00

Venue: National Media Museum

Sharpen your senses at The National Media Museum as we investigate the science of crime prevention in this action-packed family event.

Pick up the trail and tail the criminals in our hands-on detective workshops.

Tackle the hackers with our cyber-crime squad.

From surveillance to cyber-security, you will soon know what it takes to crack crime.

This is CSI Bradford:  Prevent it, Investigate it, Solve it!

International Images for Science

Saturday 12 September, 10.00 - 16.00

Venue: Lister Building, Bradford College

The Royal Photographic Society: International Images for Science exhibition features an extraordinary variety of images from all fields of science and engineering, from the microscopic to the astronomic.

It shows intriguing and awe-inspiring imagery revealing the diverse ways photography is applied in modern science.

The stunning images will appeal to all ages and levels of scientific knowledge, showing images that are often beyond human vision.

Dr Ken's Street Science Theatre

Saturday 12 September, 11.00 - 15.00

Venue: Bradford City Park Science Market

Join Dr Ken in his science street theatre spectacular - on stage and in the park.

Be amazed by his weird comical inventions and entertaining experiments for all ages.

Find out more on Dr Ken's website.

A Pinhole View

Man in white gloves with mini camera. Saturday 12 September, 10.30 - 12.00 & 13.30 - 15.00

Venue: Old Building, Bradford College

Bradford-WWI Film School is the place for aspiring filmmakers, animators and photographers to learn to do the things they love.

Sign up to a pinhole camera workshop where you will spend time making your own camera, take a photograph and develop it yourself.

Working with professional photography lecturers, learn about exposure times and the effect of light on photographic papers.

Be prepared for the unexpected.

Please pre-register to ensure availability.


Sunday 13 September

Marty Jopson

Lots of fun science-related events are taking place at the University of Bradford's City Centre Campus from 11.00 - 15.00 - and it's all free!

Learn all about our ancient human ancestors, find out how hormone levels wake you up, and join BBC The One Show's resident scientist Dr Marty Jopson, as he takes a sparky journey through the story of electricity.

You'll also get to handle creatures from spiders to lizards - if you dare!

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Zap, Crackle & Pop — Dr Marty Jopson

Sunday 13 September, 13.00 - 14.00

Venue: Atrium 'Science Market', University of Bradford

Join Dr Marty Jopson, the BBC One Show’s resident scientist as he takes a sparky journey through the story of electricity.

Do you know the difference between current and voltage? With the aid of the audience, Marty will explain.

From the Ancient Greeks, through Faraday’s genius, this show aims to put the awesome back into electricity.

You may think we have electricity tamed, but are you sure?

A show chock full of demonstrations and a plucked chicken.

Book your place now via Eventbrite.

Animals In Tuition display

Sunday 13 September, 11.00 - 15.00

Venue: Atrium 'Science Market', University of Bradford

An animal handling exerience including handling creatures from spiders to lizards - great fun for all the family.

The STEMporium

Sunday 13 September, 11.00 - 15.00

Venue: STEM Centre, University of Bradford

A range of exciting experiments, demos and workshops for all ages.

What's the matter?

Sunday 13 September, 11.00 - 12.00

Venue: Horton Barn, University of Bradford

What’s the Matter? - A quantum comedy about love in the subatomic world.

A riotous physical comedy about the strange and wonderful world of quantum physics, featuring absurd humour, silly songs, dancing particles, and scientific slapstick.

Two physicists collide over a quantum controversy. The situation becomes charged and it is impossible to stay neutral. Are they attracted or repulsed by each other? Will the outcome be positive or negative? And who brought their cat into the laboratory?

Book your place now via Eventbrite.

Edible Engineering

Sunday 13 September, 11.00 - 15.00

Venue: Atrium 'Science Market', University of Bradford

A hands-on, interactive activity demonstrating how food science enables food manufacturers to design and make healthier foods more tasty, and tasty foods more healthy.