Brighton Science Festival

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Brighton Science Festival returns to prove there's a lot more to science than test tubes and prime numbers. Prepare to unleash your curiosity as science comes roaring out of the lab and into the city of Brighton & Hove for a month of hands-on demonstrations, engaging talks and live experiments.

Put aside any preconceptions you may have about science – every part of the Brighton Science Festival programme will challenge people's perceptions about what science is and who can do it. Roll up your sleeves and get stuck in – there are over 70 events to choose from. For full listings and to book tickets visit www.brightonscience.com.

Venue Type:

Campaign or initiative, Festivals, Science centre

Opening hours

Brighton Science Festival takes place all over Brighton throughout February. See website for more details.

Admission charges

Dependent on individual exhibitions and events. Please see website for more details.

Events details are listed below. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all. For events that don't have a specific date see the 'Resources' tab above.
Dr Death Brighton Science Festival

DR DEATH & THE MEDI-EVIL MEDICINE SHOW

  • 11 February 2017 7-8:30pm

A historically, scientifically accurate panto for children and other childish people. Warning: This show promises blood, guts, gore and a lot more.
Sneezes, wheezes and diseases are never welcome. But in the past, some of the treatments could be worse than the underlying illness. Join the time-travelling ‘Doctor Death’, Simon Watt, to see if he can ‘cure’ you.
Simon Watt is a biologist, writer, science communicator, comedian and TV presenter. He runs Ready Steady Science, a science communication company committed to making information interesting and takes science based performances into schools, museums, theatres and festivals. He also runs the Ugly Animal Preservation Society which is a comedy night with a conservation twist.

Suitable for

  • 7-10
  • 11-13
  • 14-15
  • 16-17
  • 18+

Where

Sallis Benney Theatre
58-67 Grand Parade
Brighton
BN2 0JY

Additional info

Disabled Access

Admission

£6 adults, £3 children

Website

http://www.brightonscience.com/events/simon-watt-dr-death-medi-evil-medicine-show/

Bright Sparks Brighton Science Festival

Bright Sparks Weekend 2017

  • 11 — 12 February 2017 10am-5pm

The festival’s flagship event lands in Hove for a whole weekend of hands-on science fun, with an exciting array of activities for children and their parents.
There will be over 50 stalls, stands and shows across the two days, with presenters and science communicators on hand to help you get involved and explain the hard bits.
Even if you’ve been in the past it’s definitely worth coming back this year as there’s more new stuff than ever before. We’ve got ultrasound objects made of thin air, robots that react to light and telescopes that let you look at the sun. You’ll see earthworms and snakes, handle kitchen chemicals and hear scientific poetry. You’ll build brains, train snails and make Minecraft mods. You’ll have so much fun you won’t even realise you’re learning.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Where

Hove Park School
Hove Park School
Nevill Road
Hove
BN3 7BN

Additional info

Disabled Access

Admission

Tickets: £6 per person
Special family deal: 2 adults, 2 children for £21
FREE for under 7s
FREE for Compass or Carers’ Card holders (card required)
Available online or on the door, but advanced booking recommended
CASH-ONLY ON THE DOOR

Website

http://www.brightonscience.com/

Pocket Science Festival Brighton Science Festival

POCKET SCIENCE FESTIVAL

  • 14 February 2017 11am-4pm

The Pocket Science Festival looks like a funfair – it IS a funfair, but each stall has a little science snuck into it. The Incredible Machine, the Amazing Shrinking Puppet Booth, Upside-down Goggles, Splat the Rat, and much, much more. Bring your family and be astonished, amazed, puzzled and pleased by what you find.
Here’s what others have said about the Pocket Science Festival:
“I thought the energy and enthusiasm of the volunteers was fantastic. Their ability to capture the attention of the young people was great. Fantastic team!”
“I think all the young people gained from the event and get a better understanding of how science impacts our everyday lives, how our eyes don’t always tell the truth and what fun can be had from a microscope!”
“Your activities epitomise the real meaning of learning: it is fun, engaging, exciting, uplifting, and much more. Young people have a strong (and intrinsic) desire to “find out”. Thank you for helping us nurture that.”
Richard Robinson was formerly an actor, puppeteer and a founder member of TV satire show Spitting Image. He has also written nearly 20 books on science, including the best-selling Why The Toast Always Lands Butter-Side Down. He is the director of Brighton Science Festival.
Jonathan Hare is a physicist, a freelance researcher and television presenter. He has worked on BBC shows Hollywood Science and Rough Science.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Where

City College, Brighton and Hove
City College, Brighton and Hove
Pelham Street
Brighton
BN1 4FA

Additional info

Disabled Access

Admission

£4 on the door. Drop-in.

Blast Science at Brighton Science Festival

THE BLAST SCIENCE EXTRAVAGANZA SCIENCE SHOW

  • 15 February 2017 11:30am-4pm

Show Times: 11.30am, 1.30pm, 3.00pm

What do kids want? Everything. And when do they want it? Now. Well, you can’t have it all, all the time. But you can have most of it most of the time, if you apply yourself. What kind of science show do young people and families want? All the good stuff. Fire. Space. Danger. Chaos. Solid answers to solid questions. Real experiments. Audience participation. A real science show; isn’t that what people want? So here it is. Blast Science presents the Extravaganza Science Show.
Drumroll please…
Happy now?
Good.
See you there.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Where

Bleach
75 London Road (above Hare & Hounds)
Brighton
BN1 4JF

Admission

£8/6

Website

http://www.brightonscience.com/events/the-blast-science-extravaganza-science-show/

Festival of the Spoken Nerd George Egg Brighton Science Festival

FESTIVAL OF THE SPOKEN NERD VS GEORGE EGG

  • 15 February 2017 7:30-10pm

Science comedy phenomenon Festival of the Spoken Nerd join forces with stand-up and hotel-room chef George Egg in a double bill that brings new meaning to the phrase “Domestic Science”.
The Nerds (as featured on BBC’s QI) will bring an hour-long show of DIY science and songs inspired by their BBC Radio 4 comedy series “Domestic Science” to prove that you don’t need expensive kit or a fancy laboratory to do experiments at home, while “The Anarchist Cook” George Egg prepares a three-course meal using just the equipment you’ll find in a hotel room. And if you want to, you can taste it at the end.
Alongside this never-to-be-seen again, unrepeatable (and probably un-insurable) double bill, George will join The Nerds on stage in a grand finale to create the most scientifically accurate – and possibly most scientifically inedible – dessert ever created.
Don’t miss two of your favourite acts doing things that really shouldn’t be done with household objects at The Old Market this February.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Where

The Old Market
The Old Market
11a Upper Market Street
Brighton
BN3 1AS

Additional info

Disabled Access

Admission

£12.50/10. Ages 12+.

Website

http://www.brightonscience.com/events/festival-spoken-nerd-vs-george-egg/

Things that go bump in the mind caroline watt brighton science festival

THINGS THAT GO BUMP IN THE MIND: THE SCIENCE OF THE PARANORMAL

  • 17 February 2017 From 7pm

Why do people have ghostly experiences? Are some individuals really able to predict the future? Can we read each other’s minds? And what’s the connection between so-called ‘psychic energy’ and neuroscience? Join parapsychologist Professor Caroline Watt to discover the surprising science of the paranormal.
Surveys show that about 50% of people believe in the paranormal, and about 25% think they have personally experienced a paranormal phenomenon. So paranormal experiences, though strange, are not uncommon. In her talk, Professor Watt examines some commonly reported paranormal experiences, and shows how the study of such experiences can reveal insights into normal psychological processes.
For example: a parapsychologist testing people’s ghostly sightings became the first researcher to demonstrate so-called inattentional blindness; the study of eyewitness reports of the Indian Rope Trick demonstrates how memories of seemingly miraculous feats may change over time; and one of the most significant developments in modern neuroscience can be traced back to a seemingly telepathic experience. This will be a talk with powerpoint slides and some audio.
Caroline Watt is a founder member of the Koestler Parapsychology Unit, and has pursued a programme of research investigating the psychology of precognitive dream experiences which resulted ‘Parapsychology: A Beginner’s Guide’, published in 2016.

Suitable for

  • Not suitable for children

Where

Friends Meeting House
Ship Street
Brighton
BN1 1AF

Additional info

Disabled Access

Admission

£6/3

Website

http://www.brightonscience.com/events/things-go-bump-mind-science-paranormal/

Brighton Science Festival Marty Jopson

MARTY JOPSON: THE SCIENCE OF EVERYDAY LIFE

  • 17 February 2017 2-3am

In this scientific tour of household science, BBC1 One Show resident scientist, writer, prop-builder and all- round Science Bloke Dr Marty Jopson addresses conundrums such as: What makes cakes fluffy? Why do soap bubbles burst? And how you get the quartz out of a clock using a hammer? The book that accompanies this talk serves as a guide to life with the cure for a dribblesome teapot, the solution to shocks from your car and why any of this matters at all. Answers will be provided, electrical devices dismantled and mess created in the name of science.

Suitable for

  • 7-10
  • 11-13
  • 14-15
  • 16-17
  • 18+
  • Any age

Where

City College
City College
Pelham Street
Brighton
BN1 4FA

Additional info

Disabled Access.

Admission

£10/8

Website

http://www.brightonscience.com/events/marty-jopson-science-everyday-life/

Ensonglopedia of Science Brighton Science Festival

ENSONGLOPEDIA OF SCIENCE

  • 18 February 2017 6pm

An alphabetical and musical journey through science. We discover how octopuses smell, how to make one twin age faster than the other, how everything began and eventually how everything will end. Expect the unexpected – and expect it to rhyme. Brand new show by John Hinton, creator of multi-award-winning musical comedies about Darwin, Einstein and Curie.
Critical acclaim for John Hinton:
“Here’s a treasure… handled with something close to brilliance… for respect, theatricality, wit and decency, this one’s a winner.”
Libby Purves, The Times ★★★★★
“It’s clever, heartfelt and it’s made me the most excited I’ve been about science in years.”
Broadway Baby ★★★★★

Suitable for

  • 7-10
  • 11-13
  • 14-15
  • 16-17
  • 18+

Where

Komedia Studio
44-47 Gardner Street
Brighton
BN1 1UN

Admission

£10/7

Website

http://www.brightonscience.com/events/ensonglopedia-science/

Richard Wiseman Brighton Science Festival

SMOKE & MIRRORS: THE SCIENCE OF MAGIC & ILLUSION

  • 18 February 2017 7-8pm

Magicians appear to make solid objects vanish into thin air, defy the laws of gravity and predict the future. Magician and psychologist Professor Richard Wiseman invites you to step backstage and discover the secret science of sorcery. Learn the hitherto hidden psychology employed by some of the world’s greatest illusionists, how to detect lies, and discover why the hand is rarely quicker than the eye.
Richard is Professor of the Public Understanding of Psychology at the University of Hertfordshire. He is also a magician. He has written several popular psychology books, including Night School: Wake Up to the Power of Sleep, and has devised and appeared on numerous television shows. His YouTube channel Quirkology has had more than 350 million views.
In his hour-long show, Richard will reveal the myriad ways in which your brain conspires to fool you. Combining his knowledge as a psychologist and skills as a magician, he will show how easy it is to bamboozle the brain into thinking something out-of- this-world has happened. It’s a show packed with illusions, misdirection and sleight of hand. Prepare to be amazed at your own gullibility.

Suitable for

  • 11-13
  • 14-15
  • 16-17
  • 18+

Where

Sallis Benney Theatre
58-67 Grand Parade
Brighton
BN2 0JY

Additional info

Disabled Access

Admission

£10/8

Website

http://www.brightonscience.com/events/smoke-mirrors-science-magic-illusion/

Brighton Science Festival
18 Temple Street
Brighton
East Sussex
BN1 3BH
England

Website

www.brightonscience.com

E-mail

richard@brightonscience.com

Telephone

01273 777 628

All information is drawn from or provided by the venues themselves and every effort is made to ensure it is correct. Please remember to double check opening hours with the venue concerned before making a special visit.
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