Thursday 27 February 2020

9 fun and free things to do at Cheltenham Science Festival

Inquisitive minds can boggle their brains, intrigue their curiosities and find out a thing or two at Cheltenham Science Festival 2019. Even better, there's so many free things to do too.

From retro gaming to animal dissections, Cheltenham Science Festival is bursting with free entertainment, talks and exhibitions to explore – here are nine of the best events.


About the sponsor – Cheltenham Festivals


Cheltenham Festivals is the organisation behind some of Cheltenham’s leading events and some of Gloucestershire’s biggest calendar highlights each year.

In 2019, the Cheltenham Science Festival will take place from Tuesday 4 to Sunday 9 June 2019. Celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Apollo moon landing and featuring a number of exciting guests, the festival also offers a stellar free line-up too.

For more information, visit cheltenhamfestivals.com/science directly.


1. FameLab UK Final at Cheltenham Science Festival 2019


Mind-boggling research and sensational science showdowns will form the FameLab UK Final free event on Monday 3 June 2019. Each finalist will present, live on stage, their experiment in the most entertaining way to try and secure a place in the coveted international semi-finals.


2. A Very Short Introduction to… Black Holes at Cheltenham Science Festival 2019


Unveiling the science behind something that has puzzled experts for years, A Very Short Introduction to…Black Holes will intrigue minds on Wednesday 5 June 2019. Discover what happens if you get too close to a black hole and what they actually are.


3. Stargazing in the gardens at Cheltenham Science Festival 2019


Take in the skies with Stargazing In The Gardens alongside Cotswold Astronomical Society in Imperial Gardens on Thursday 6 and Friday 7 June 2019. Look out for Saturn and Jupiter as the society let you use their telescopes – and keep your fingers crossed it’s a clear night.


4. A Very Short Introduction to…Dyslexia at Cheltenham Science Festival 2019


A learning disability that affects so many people in the UK, dyslexia will be explored in this fascinating talk on Friday 7 June 2019. Leading expert Margaret Snowling will discuss the ground breaking research around the disability and what can cause it.


5. Chromatouch Dome at Cheltenham Science Festival 2019


Step inside the Chroatouch Dome for an amazing immersive experience on Friday 7 June 2019. Bringing together science, music and art, the dome is a projection dome and will feature live music and colour lasers.


6. GameLab at Cheltenham Science Festival 2019


Gamers will be in their element when the University of Salford brings GameLab to the festival on Friday 7 June 2019. Sink into some virtual reality with old school games consoles, interactive science and gaming.


7. Interactive: Late night opening for adults at Cheltenham Science Festival 2019


Adults can explore all the festival has to offer on Friday 7 June 2019. Grab a drink from the bar and check out the Discover Zone, MakerShack, GCHQ Cyber Zone and more.


8. Large Animal Dissection at Cheltenham Science Festival 2019


Described as fascinating and intriguing, the team at Hartpury College will be back at Cheltenham Science Festival between 10am and 4pm on Sunday 9 June 2019 to dissect another exotic animal. Previous years have seen the dissection of a wallaby and a horse.


9. Mental Health Mates: Walk & Talk at Cheltenham Science Festival 2019


Everyone is invited to this special walk designed to allow people to talk about their mental health experiences. Focussing on mental health issues, participants do not need to be diagnosed with a mental health issue to take part, anyone can simply turn up and join in.


For more information, visit cheltenhamfestivals.com/science directly.

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Friday 07 June 2019

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