City Park Family Saturday

A free outdoor science festival takes place in the centre of Bradford in City Park on Saturday 12 September, with indoor events taking place at Bradford College and the National Media Museum.

City Park Science Market

All events take place from 11.00 - 15.00 and there's no need to book!

The Chemistry of Curry

World Curry Festival logo Venue: Pulse Stage, City Park

An exciting demonstration from one of the World Curry Festival's top chefs and one of the University of Bradford's previous senior lecturers in Chemistry.

Come along and find out from our top chef and chemistry expert the science behind what exactly is going on when you're enjoying your curry.

Walkabout Science — Newcastle University

Walkabout Science in a Briefcase &mdash an assortment of close up science experiments all contained within a brief case.


An interactive exhibit involving rolling discs down curved paths, some large virus models to handle, together with an activity which involves building polyhedral models similar to virus models.

Cambridge Science Centre

Get hands-on with science! See the invisible, experience strange sensations and put your construction skills to the test with our exciting, interactive exhibits.

Flux Dance Theatre

A new dance theatre piece developed by Flux Youth Theatre, who are currently working towards their Gold Crest Awards.

Centre for Ecology & Hydrology

Three activities which people can be involved with:

  1. A giant stepping stone game with giant dice to explain how climate change is affecting animals and plants.
  2. A jigsaw puzzle game showing how insects pollinate different plants.
  3. 'Smartscopes' which are microscopes for smartphones which are made our of everyday materials. People can use their own smartphone to view insects and plants on the phone’s screen.

Nufarm UK

Talk about Nufarm's background, formulation, seed protection, herbology. Using posters, laptops for visual displays and grown plants to demonstrate selective nature of herbicides.

Thackeray Medical Museum

An interactive activity on the theme of digestion.


Communicating how science can be learned and communicated through a variety of mediums.

Bradford Brewery

A real ale bar serving the official beer of the Science Festival.


The Tesla Model S — Learn how electric cars work and the science behind them.


Build molecular models choose which molecule you would like to make and get stuck in. Chocolate (theobromine) and explosives (nitrogycerine) are particularly popular!

It's a lot of fun and gives participants a better understanding of the chemistry of everyday things, and introduces them to chemical diagrams and how to read them.

RSPB Bradfordd & Airedale

Demonstration of digiscoping, using telescope, binoculars, mobile phone to photograph wildlife.

Sarah's Adventures in Science

Use all your senses to explore The Cloud Factory. You can SEE the fluffy white clouds, FEEL their cool softness, HEAR the bubbling gas which makes them and even TASTE and SMELL them when we make flavoured clouds. It's a sensory sensation!

This activity is brought to you by award-winning children’s science presenter Dr Sarah Bearchell, with the support of the Royal Society of Chemistry. It has been specifically designed for younger children and children with special educational needs but is also ideal for family audiences.

Rotary Bronte

Displays emergency supplies for clear water and shelter tent set-ups in disaster areas.

National Emergency Services Museum

A smoke tent to learn about the dangers and experience the science.

Police Museum

Breathalyses on display (very ancient ones), fingerprints and how used historically in solving crime. Open for heritage weekend so no charges.

Cycle re Cycle

Solar panels learn how they work and the science behind solar power.

Recording Wildlife

Using interactive displays, giant games and smartphone microscopes, this event will demonstrate the science behind recording wildlife.

This is a hands-on event where everyone is encouraged to get involved.

Rocket Making

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


An interactive workshop exploring the world of nanoscience - discover how important really small objects are to our everyday lives.

Have a go at making your own nanojelly and conducting your own nanofiltration experiment to reveal how we can get rid of nano dirt!

All participants can work their way through a series of hand-on activities, get imaginative by creating their very own nanoworld, and take part in family friendly quizzes.

Maths and Medicine

A set of hands-on activities about maths and medicine for participants of secondary school age and above.

Pop-up Science Exhibition

An interactive exhibit covering a range of science topics including perception, engineering space, and light.

A hands-on ‘protein’ workshop will also be available for school pupils working at Key Stage 2 and 3.

Moving Science

Be amazed as scientific concepts are illustrated by a innovative dance company of young performers.

Science Busking

A range of informative and fun demonstrations that reveal the science behind a range of puzzling phenomena including how polar bears keep warm in winter and how whirlpools work.

Dr Ken's Street Science Theatre

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

Cambridge Science Centre  Flux  Inspirational Science Theatre Company  World Curry Festival  Mathsworld UK  Nurfarm  Really Small Science  Royal Society of Chemistry  RSPB  Sarah's Adventures in Science  Sciencecraft  Street Science  Thackray

National Media Museum

10.00 - 16.00

Crime scene police tape. C.S.I. Bradford Family Weekend

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!

Bradford College

10.00 - 15.00

Humbug! The Bradford Arsenic Poisonings of 1858 and what they mean today

Times: 10.30 - 12.00 & 13.30 - 15.00

Venue: David Hockney Building, Bradford College

An interactive lecture delivered by science and history experts - along with dramatic interludes - will explore the poisonings and their social impact.

In 1858, arsenic from a Shipley druggist was added to humbugs instead of a cheap sugar substitute called daft, and the lethal lozenges were sold by Humbug Billy at his Bradford stall.

Twenty people died and more than 200 were seriously ill.

In the next 10 years legislation was introduced to control food adulteration, pharmacy practice, and dangerous substances.

The Humbug Billy Lecture raises awareness of the Bradford Arsenic Poisonings and their relevance to bio-medical science in Victorian times and today.

This interactive lecture aims to inform and widen all audiences’ understanding of food adulteration, the control and labelling of dangerous substances, and pharmacy practice.

Please pre-register to ensure availability.

The alternative second-hand limb shop

Times: 10.30 - 12.00 & 13.30 - 15.00

Venue: Old Building, Bradford College

Learn how to make simple life casts in this fun, interactive and quite possibly messy workshop.

See products and techniques used to create special effects for TV and film.

Have a go and make new friends (not literally), go home covered in fake bruises, and find out about the chemistry of Casualty and the physics of prosthetics.

Please pre-register to ensure availability.

Hollywood Science

Times: 10.30 - 12.00 & 13.30 - 15.00

Venue: David Hockney Building, Bradford College

An interactive public lecture themed around Hollywood blockbuster films.

Crash! Bang! Wallop! Looks at the science of speed, energy and collisions and how these are used in the world of film and movies. Controlled chemical explosions will also be demonstrated with a discussion of how these relate to those used in films.

Whodunit! explores the world of forensic and crime scene analysis using a range of scientific techniques to solve a mystery. Unknown substances will be analysed using flame tests for their chemical content, hair and fibres will be looked at under the electron microscope, lipstick stains will be analysed using chromatography.

Journey around the Body involves a journey into and around the human body.  Students will be able to look at microbes that infect the human body using bio viewers, microscopes and prepared slides.

Beauty and the Beast involves looking at cosmetic science and media make-up. Students will look at and make models of skin and hair, try on wigs and media make-up.

Please pre-register to ensure availability.

Energy Fizz

Times: Formal session 10.30 - 12.00 & 13.30 - 15.00, Assault course open 9.30 - 10.30, at lunch, and 15.00 - 16.00

Venue: David Hockney Building, Bradford College

A two-part interactive session: Go wild on our 41m indoor inflatable assault course. Our fitness experts will monitor your heart and breathing rates before and after to see how long you take to recover.

And ever wondered why we drink sports drinks and who they are actually for? Come along to find out what the different types do and which athletes should drink them. You will discover the basic ingredients that go into these drinks and also have an opportunity at making your own!

Please pre-register to ensure availability.

Advanced Technology Centre Tours

Time: 10.00 - 15.00

Venue: ATC, Bradford College

Join an exciting 45-minute tour around the new multi-million pound Advanced Technology Centre (ATC) and be the first to experience the specialist equipment and state-of-the-art technology.

Unlock your creative potential by accessing an exceptional environment with a wide range of rapid prototyping facilities, high-resolution 3D printers that print complex shapes, augmented reality training and robotic technologies.

You will get the opportunity to see how different technologies can be used such as the 3Doodler - the world's first 3D printing pen adding a third dimension to students drawings.

Get the most realistic experience possible and see how objects are placed inside scanners and digitise 360 degree models to create fully aligned 3D printing.

What Mr Darwin saw

Time: 10.00 - 15.00

Venue: ATC, Bradford College

In 1831, at only 22-years-old, Darwin was offered the position of ship's naturalist and companion to Captain Fitzroy on HMS Beagle's world voyage.

He returned after five years at sea an inspired genius.

Experience Darwin's journey in this amazing exhibition of original illustrations from the book by Bradford College alumnus Mick Manning and his partner Brita Granström.

Understand how and why Darwin reached his earth-shattering conclusions - discoveries that changed the way we think about life on Earth forever.

A Pinhole View

Times: 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.

Reduced History of Photography

Times: 10.30 - 12.00 & 13.30 - 15.00

Venue: Old Building, Bradford College

Join us on a fascinating Reduced-history of the origins of photography with an A-to-Z of where it all came from and where it is now.

The A-Z of photography in 60 minutes plus a 30-minute tour of the Film School to see the latest innovations in this fast-moving creative industry.

Please pre-register to ensure availability.

Video Time Warp

Times: 10.30 - 12.00 & 13.30 - 15.00

Venue: David Hockney Building, Bradford College

From a time-lapse speeding up years of work, to slow-motion detail in a fraction of a second - the latest video techniques give you a glimpse into different worlds.

International Images for Science

Times: 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.

Science lunches

Times: Café open all day. Lunch served 11.30 - 14.00

Venue: David Hockney Building, Bradford College

Science-themed lunches served in the Eating Zone Café at £5 per person.