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Nottingham Festival of Science and Curiosity 2023 free family events across 35 venues

Nottingham Festival of Science and Curiosity returns for another brilliant week celebrating Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths with interactive and fun, free family events across Nottinghamshire.

Now in its eighth year, the festival invites families to explore the wonders of science with a jam-packed programme of events and workshops.

The festival will be running from 6-17 February and this year’s programme promises to be the biggest yet.

  • Schools events including workshops and careers in science talks
  • Free family events and activities at over 35 venues across Nottinghamshire during half term
  • Free festival magazine with science activities for families to try at home

The first week of the festival sees researchers taking science out of the labs and into schools giving pupils the opportunity to explore a wide range of STEM topics through interactive workshops, as well as activities and talks about careers in science from local industry partners.

The second week takes place during the school half-term and brings science out into the community with a host of exciting live shows, science fun days and a wide range of hands-on activities delivered by local researchers in libraries, museums and community spaces across the city and county.

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Highlights from this year’s festival include the Ministry of Science Live at Newark Palace Theatre, Slimey Science at Green’s Windmill and Science Centre, Maths Madness at Nonsuch Studios, The Secret Science Show at Wollaton Hall and Sensory Nature Walks at Bennerley Viaduct.

The free festival magazine is also back, created by researchers and designed by students from Confetti Institute of Creative Technologies, featuring a range of fun activities for all the family.


Megan Shore, the festival producer said:

“We’re delighted to bring the festival back for its eighth year and this year’s programme is going to be bigger than ever. We’ve put together a brilliant line-up of events and hands-on activities from live shows to robot building, the science behind chocolate to an inflatable planetarium and much more!”


With the increased cost of living putting pressure on many families, it has been really important for us to ensure we continue to deliver high-quality, fun educational events at little or no cost to families during the half-term break.

The majority of our events are free for families to enjoy and we hope they will be inspired by our exciting programme this year.”


The Nottingham Festival of Science and Curiosity is produced by local education charity Ignite!, with support from a wide range of festival network organisations.

This year’s festival is delivered in partnership with the University of Nottingham and Nottingham Trent University; Ashfield, Bassetlaw, Gedling, Mansfield, Nottingham City, Nottinghamshire County, Newark and Sherwood and Rushcliffe Councils; local businesses Boots, Catalent, Sygnature Discovery and Quotient Sciences; and the local enterprise partnership D2N2.


For more information including detailed event listings please visit and follow the Festival on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter @NottsFOSAC #FOSAC23 #CuriousNotts


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