Nottingham's Festival of Science & Curiosity 2020
12th - 19th Feb

Nottingham's Festival of Science & Curiosity 2020 is a celebration of all thing scientific.

Evolution, space travel, elastic trickery and how to make beer all get a look in. Basically, if you want to know how it works, or why it doesn’t, then there is probably something for you.

It will take place at several venues around Nottingham and beyond.

We have included some of the highlights of the festival, here, but if you want to check out all the events then best to go to the website.

Many of the events are free and open to all comers, but that is not true of all of them.

Check the link for any event to get further details and times.


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Here are some of the Highlights of the Festival
The Science of Spaceflight: What have we learnt from crewed space missions?

Festival of Science & Curiosity 2020

Basford Library, Vernon Road, Basford

11 February | 10:30 am - 11:30 am

Join Basford Library Club for a talk from Dr Amelia Fraser-McKelvie about discoveries from space exploration.

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What’s Brewing? The Science Behind Beer

12th Feb

Festival of Science & Curiosity 2020

Barley Twist 91 Carrington Street Nottingham

Like beer? Ever thought about the science behind how it’s made? Or how it tastes? Find out the answers to all your burning questions!

Join us for an evening discovering all the wonderful brewing and brewing science happening in Nottingham.

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Anatomy Nights – Valentine’s Day Special

14th Feb

Festival of Science & Curiosity 2020

Canalhouse 48-52 Canal St Nottingham

What are the heart strings? How can you live with a hole in the heart? How does the heart work? Join Clinical Anatomist, Dr Kat Sanders, this Valentine’s Day as we go on a tour of a remarkable organ, the heart! Please note – this session will include a dissection of a non-human heart on-stage.

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Wikipedia EditAThon Social: Women Scientists

15th Feb

Festival of Science & Curiosity 2020

Backlit Gallery Alfred House, Ashley Street Nottingham

Art + Feminism is a campaign improving coverage of gender, feminism, and the arts on Wikipedia. It is a do-it-yourself and do-it-with-others campaign teaching people of all gender identities and expressions to edit Wikipedia.

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Couch to Madrid Marathon in 100 days!

 Guy is taking on the his biggest running challenge yet to raise funds for Hothouse Theatre projects.

Having spent months building a physique that Jabba the Hutt would have been proud of (Star Wars reference in case you didn’t know), during an extend winter solstice celebration, Guy finally crawled off his potato couch and got into training ... with only 100 days to go ... for the Madrid Marathon!!

It's going to be hilly! It's going to be hot!! It’s going to hurt!!!

And that is just the training!

Don’t let all that pain be in vain ...

Donate to HotHouse Theatre

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Curiosity Garden

15th Feb

Festival of Science & Curiosity 2020

Fircroft Community Garden Fircroft Avenue, Bilborough Nottingham

Fircroft Community Garden will be open for you to enjoy some food, get creative and explore the wonder of nature! An event for families and local residents to see the space and imagine the possibilities for the future of this new garden.

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Family Fun Day at Wollaton Hall

15th Feb

Festival of Science & Curiosity 2020

Wollaton Hall Wollaton Road Nottingham

Visit Wollaton Hall on Saturday 15th February to explore its fascinating secret specimen collection and be wowed by full-sized human body collages from Keith Bloody Mary and Dr Lisa Chakrabarti, exploring ageing and exercise.

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Science Fun Day (Mansfield Central)

15th Feb

Festival of Science & Curiosity 2020

Mansfield Central Library Four Seasons Centre, W Gate Mansfield

How do virtual reality games work? What would it be like to live on Mars? How does sound travel to our ears? Hands-on activities in your local library.

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Plant Blindness Workshop

15th Feb

Festival of Science & Curiosity 2020

Wollaton Hall Wollaton Road Nottingham

Come take some time out to listen to the plants, hear what they are saying and think about what you might like to say back. Join poet Matt Miller in the Camelia House for this playful and imaginative writing session.

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Comic Book Conversations

15th Feb

Festival of Science & Curiosity 2020

Lakeside Arts University Park Nottingham

Create your own comic book with illustration artist Francis Lowe. Use your own narratives and lived experiences to question the world we live in by creating your own cartoon characters and stories.

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Yams, hormones and bioprospecting

15th Feb

Festival of Science & Curiosity 2020

Bromley House Library Angel Row Nottingham

Céline Siani Djiakoua, resident artist at Bromley House Library for 2020, is organising a series of workshops and talks relating to her research into the 19th century collection of travel books and autobiographies.

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Curiosity Playground

15th Feb

Festival of Science & Curiosity 2020

Sneinton Market Gedling Street Nottingham

Sneinton Market will play host to a series of curious sensory science installations throughout the week of the festival. Come down and have a go with these pieces that will make you go ‘What?’, ‘How?’, ‘Why?’ and ‘WOW’!

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Skateboarding in the City

15th Feb

Festival of Science & Curiosity 2020

38 Carrington Street Nottingham

After the roaring success of their nine-day Skateboarding in the City Festival in June, Skate Nottingham brings you a whole day of activities exploring skateboarding and its role in community development, architecture and urban design.

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Curiosity Market

15th Feb

Festival of Science & Curiosity 2020

Victoria Centre Market Nottingham

Dive into a gene pool, challenge your family to a reaction-time competition and explore the journey of medicines from powder to pill. Hands-on activities in your local market.

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Family Fun Day (Central Library)

15th Feb

Festival of Science & Curiosity 2020

Nottingham Central Library Angel Row Nottingham

How can you use music to make shapes? What do microbes look like? What does the inside of our brain look like? Find out with hands-on activities in your library!

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Matt Woodham: Sensing Systems

15th Feb

Festival of Science & Curiosity 2020

Bonington Gallery Nottingham Trent University, Dryden Street Nottingham

Matt Woodham is an artist, designer and technologist whose practice evades disciplinary definition. After specialising in visual neuroscience during his degree, he channelled his skills and interests into generating auditory and visual experiences – including music videos, live visuals for club nights, light installations, and experimental websites.

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Flight by Darkfield

15th Feb

Festival of Science & Curiosity 2020

Outside D H Lawrence Pavillion, Lakeside Arts University Park Nottingham

Flight explores the Many-Worlds Interpretation of quantum mechanics, taking audience members through two worlds, two realities and two possible outcomes to their journey. There are many worlds in which this plane lands safely. We are not responsible for your final destination.

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The MOMENT

15th Feb

Festival of Science & Curiosity 2020

Sneinton Market Gedling Street Nottingham

What if you could change the way a film was playing out while you were watching it? What if you could see more of what was exciting, and less of what you’re not interested in? Join Director/ researcher Richard Ramchurn from AlbinoMosquito and University of Nottingham, who have produced an interactive film that feeds of your brainwaves, to see one of over 18 billion combinations.

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Drawing Sound Workshop

16th Feb

Festival of Science & Curiosity 2020

Wollaton Hall Wollaton Road Nottingham

Join artist Gina Mollett in the Camelia House for this workshop exploring experimental and creative ways to capture sound through line, colour, shape and texture. What does sound look like? How does it feel?

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Sci-Fi, Science & Curiosity Quiz

16th Feb

Festival of Science & Curiosity 2020

Broadway 14-18 Broad Street Nottingham

Know your science fact from your science fiction? Bring a team along to a special edition of Broadway’s quiz night.

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Makey Makey Music (Southglade)

17th Feb

Festival of Science & Curiosity 2020

Southglade Park Library Southglade Road, Bestwood Nottingham

Become a composer of your own fruit and vegetable orchestra! Explore how to make music and instruments out of fruit, veg and recycled stuff in this fun family digital session at Southglade Park Library.

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Space Rover Lego Workshop (Strelley)

17th Feb

Festival of Science & Curiosity 2020

Strelley Library Strelley Road Nottingham

Build and programme your own prototype space rover ideal for exploring distant planets in this hands-on workshop!

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How the Borks Became – An Adventure in Evolution

17th Feb

Festival of Science & Curiosity 2020

Bulwell Library Bulwell Riverside Centre, Main Street, Bulwell Nottingham

Join author Jonathan Emmett for an entertaining blend of science and storytelling and discover how the Borks evolved from blue, smooth-furred and short to yellow, shaggy-furred and tall.

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Performance Totally Wired!

17th Feb

Festival of Science & Curiosity 2020

Theatre Royal Theatre Square Nottingham

What happens when eccentricity meets electricity? What connects the invention of the lightbulb to the Berlin techno scene? Hypnotique – Britain’s third-best Theremin player – returns to the Theatre Royal to explore the weird and wonderful story of electronic music – past, present and future.

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Science in the News – The Future of Energy

17th Feb

Festival of Science & Curiosity 2020

Rough Trade Nottingham 5 Broad St Nottingham

The energy system of the future will not look like that of today’s. As our energy mix shifts from oil and gas to renewables, we face new challenges in the storage and release of energy. With the built environment ever increasing and our climate changing, how do we design and build the sustainable, energy efficient and resilient homes of the future?

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Build A Cardboard City

18th Feb

Festival of Science & Curiosity 2020

Lakeside Arts University Park Nottingham

Calling all budding engineers! Using boxes, tape and recycled materials, design and create your own city of the future. Led by Associate Artist Sian Watson.

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Learn to Sew with Conductive Thread and Circuits

19th Feb

Festival of Science & Curiosity 2020

Lakeside Arts University Park Nottingham

Learn to combine the world of textiles with electronic components to create soft and flexible circuits. Stitch with conductive thread and integrate a felt landscape with LED lights.

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