Have you left booking your British Science Festival 2021 event tickets until the last minute? Is your favourite event now sold out? Bummer. Sure, you can join the waiting list. But why not check out these alternatives first?

We’ve compiled a list of so-similar-you’ll-have-to-double-take events that haven’t (yet) sold out. From space discovery to interactive workshops, we’ve got plenty of alternatives for each event so you won’t have to miss out.

SOLD OUT: The Sky at Night: Question time

Bonus - this event will be filmed and broadcast on BBC4, Sunday 19 September!

Try In Conversation with Maggie Aderin-Pocock

Craving an evening of space discovery at the British Science Festival? Join space scientist and the BBC’s long-running astronomy series – The Sky at Night presenter Dr Maggie Aderin-Pocock in an exclusive event exploring space, science, and their everyday effects on society.

Thursday 9 September, 7.30 - 8.30 pm, Civic Theatre in Chelmsford City Centre.


Or maybe Searching for the invisible

In an experience that will take you out of this world, professional ‘hunter of the invisible’ Dr XinRan Liu will explore why dark matter, one of the most common yet mysterious and hard-to-study substances could be key to understanding some of the Universe’s biggest questions.

Tuesday 7 September, 1.00 – 1.45 pm, Anglia Ruskin University campus.


Can’t wait until next week? Here’s a five-minute video on XinRan’s thought- provoking research.
Both of these events are supported by Teledyne e2v – Principal Partner for the British Science Festival 2021.

SOLD OUT: Your brain on music therapy

Try Instruments for stroke recovery

Ever wondered what goes on in your brain when you listen to music?

Research from Anglia Ruskin University has shown how music therapy can play a vital role in neurorehabilitation. Hear from a panel of local music specialists and neurorehabilitation researchers as they share their personal and lived experiences of the profound impact music therapy has had on their stroke recovery journey, and what this can mean for future patients.

Thursday 9 September, 2.00 – 2.45 pm, Dome 2 Anglia Ruskin University campus.


SOLD OUT: Nature for wellbeing

Try Forest bathing pod

Missed your chance to find out why spending time in nature is good for your health? Take it one step further and experience the healing power of nature first hand in our very own Forest bathing pod!

Take a 10-minute break from the hustle and bustle of everyday life to experience forest bathing (shinrin-yoku). Developed in Japan in the 1980s, forest bathing or shinrin-yoku has become a cornerstone of preventative health care and healing in Japanese medicine.

Catch your breath and thoughts; ready for the day ahead. No booking necessary, just stop by.

Anglia Ruskin University, Chelmsford. All day.

SOLD OUT: A window into the brain

Try Schizophenia: When Drugs Don't Work

We’ve got a few more events lined up offering powerful insights into the structure and function of the brain…

30% of people diagnosed with Schizophrenia do not improve when treated with antipsychotic drugs. Find out why in this lunchtime talk with psychologist, Carolyn McNabb, by using cutting-edge technology to explore how disrupted wiring in the brain can shed light on this debilitating issue of treatment resistance.

Tuesday 7 September, 2.00 – 2.45 pm, Dome 2 Anglia Ruskin University campus.


Or Brainwaves on Drugs

Come along to the British Science Festival’s extra special takeover on Friday night at Hot Box Live Events, where neuropharmacologist, Roland Jones, will share how cannabinoids affect brain activity.

Friday 10 September, 4.00 - 4.30 pm, Hot Box Live Events.


SOLD OUT: Judo And The Art Of Falling

Try Twerk with Mary

Dig out your dancing shoes and dust off your trainers because we’ve got lots more hands-on workshops happening at the British Science Festival.

Master the art of twerking in a fitness class unlike any other.

Twerk with Mary will get you to break a sweat, work on your self-confidence, learning techniques to improve your mental and physical health – all while having a laugh. Beginner-friendly!

Friday 10 September, 12.00 – 1.00 pm or 2.00- 3.00 pm, Dome 2 Anglia Ruskin University campus.


Want to experience the world premiere of BODY, or get in touch with nature at Bell Meadow: Back to Nature, but these events are coming up as SOLD OUT?

Don’t forget there are multiple slots available to book for each activity, so if you’re flexible on timings, you’re in luck!

 To find out more about the British Science Festival 2021, visit the website.