The banners are firmly in place, the sun is on full beam and the programme is officially in motion: the British Science Festival is here!

Running from 7-11 September, this year's British Science Festival is an ambitious, immersive celebration of science in all its diverse forms, from aerodynamics and human anatomy to sustainable energy and endurance sport. The Festival sees Chelmsford’s city centre and Anglia Ruskin University campus come alive with a treasure trove of fascinating talks, mesmerising experiences and insightful workshops suitable for all.

This is the first time in its 190-year history that the British Science Festival – the longest-standing science festival in Europe – visits the county of Essex. We are therefore thrilled that Anglia Ruskin University is hosting us in Chelmsford this year, supported by the innovators at Teledyne e2v

Book your tickets

All events over the next five days are completely free to attend and can be booked online with just a few clicks. With spots at some of the most exciting Festival experiences still available, it’s not too late to secure your tickets and drop by.

Check out our unique Festival line-up!

Get involved

The Festival is all about the people who get involved, and the ideas, questions and stories that they bring. To make the most of the occasion and connect with the wider Festival community, be sure to share your Festival experiences on social media using the #BSF21 hashtag! You can also follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram throughout the week (and beyond) to keep up-to-date with all the goings on.

Find out more

If you have any questions that cannot be answered by the information on the British Science Festival website, please email us at [email protected] or visit one of our on-site Info Desks, where our Festival Assistants will be on hand to help.

  • Campus Info Desk: 10.30 – 16.00 | 7-10 September | Lord Ashcroft Building (MAB), Anglia Ruskin University campus, CM1 1SQ
  • City Centre Info Desk: 11.00 – 20.00 | 7-11 September | The Ideas Hub (formerly Topshop), 1 High Chelmer, Chelmsford CM1 1XG

We can’t wait to welcome you in Chelmsford this week. See you soon!