There are over 40 science festivals who are members of the UK Science Festivals Network. Last year, these festivals put on over 4,000 events and collectively reached over 1 million people. 

This summer, the BSA has partnered with Yakult to raise awareness of science festivals and their power to engage, excite and inspire a whole host of audiences from families, to adults to community groups.  

Science festivals feature a huge range of talks, installations, and hand-on activities. They are a fantastic way to showcase science in a relevant and fun way – giving people the opportunity to meet scientists and find out about the valuable work they do to improve our lives, health, society and the environment; and they offer a chance for people to try out new things via workshops and experiments.

The BSA and Yakult want to encourage more people, especially those who have not been to a science festival before, to consider attending one as part of their plans for this summer - alongside carnivals, food festivals, music festivals and sporting events.

Find a science festival near you!

Explore our list below of the science festivals taking place across the UK this summer and autumn - we hope to see you there!

Town, city or county Festival name Dates
London Science Fiction Theatre Festival 27 May - 01 June 2019
Bristol and Bath Festival of Nature 01 - 09 June 2019
Gloucestershire Cheltenham Science Festival 04 - 09 June 2019
Glasgow Glasgow Science Festival 06 - 16 June 2019
Bournemouth Festival of Learning 15 - 19 June 2019
Preston Lancashire Science Festival 27 - 29 June 2019
London Imperial Festival 29 - 30 June 2019
London Summer Science Exhibition 01 - 07 July 2019
Essex Basildon Street Science 13 July 2019
Bradford Bradford Science Festival 18 - 21 July 2019
Cheshire Bluedot  18 - 21 July 2019
Merthyr Tydfil Merthyr Tydfil Science Festival 20 July 2019
Wales Science Village, National Eisteddfod of Wales 03 - 10 August 2019
Birmingham & Manchester BLAST Fest 09 -12 August 2019
Coventry & Warwickshire British Science Festival 10 - 13 September 2019
Hull Hull Science Festival 13 - 15 September 2019
Exeter Sidmouth Science Festival 04 - 10 October 2019
Midlothian Midlothian Science Festival 05 - 19 October 2019
Dundee Dundee Science Festival 05 - 20 October 2019
Peterborough Peterborough STEM Festival 12 October 2019
Norwich Norwich Science Festival 18 - 26 October 2019
Oxfordshire IF Oxford 18 - 28 October 2019
Swansea Swansea Science Festival 26 - 27 October 2019
Scotland Festival of Physics 26 - 28 October 2019
London South East London STEAM Festival  26 October 2019
UK-wide ESRC Festival of Social Science 02 - 09 November 2019
Brighton Brighton Science Festival February 2020
Northern Ireland Northern Ireland Science Festival 14 - 24 February 2020
Nottingham Nottingham Festival of Science & Curiosity 12 - 19 February 2020
Cardiff Cardiff Science Festival 15 - 18 February 2020
Southampton Southampton Science & Engineering Festival 06 - 15 March 2020
Bath Bath Taps Into Science 07 - 13 March 2020
Cambridge Cambridge Science Festival  09 - 22 March 2020
Abingdon-on-Thames ATOM Festival 14 - 22 March 2020
Guildford Innovate Guildford March 2020
West Yorkshire  Leeds Festival of Science March /April 2020
Edinburgh Edinburgh Science Festival April 2020
Weston-Super-Mare Big Bang @ Weston-super-Mare April 2020
Sheffield AlgoMech May 2020
Lincolnshire Gravity Fields Festival 23 - 27 September 2020
London SMASHFest 2020 dates TBA
Manchester Manchester Science Festival 2020 dates TBA

See our buskers in action

This summer, the BSA and Yakult's team of 'Science, Not Magic!' buskers will be visiting some non-science festivals in Coventry and Warwickshire to celebrate the forthcoming British Science Festival 2019, which is being held in the region in partnership with the University of Warwick.  

You can see them at:

Or try some hands-on science at home... 

Our audience research has found that many people do not actively engage in science, and find it a difficult subject to get involved with.  The BSA and Yakult see science as more than just a subject to be studied at school or a job for people in labs - we see science as the way in which we explore and ask questions about our lives and the world around us. 

Hands-on experimentation and finding things out together can be a great way of building the science confidence of both parents/ grandparents and children.

Why not download our tricks to try at home leaflet and have a go at some hands-on science activities as a family this half-term or summer holiday?  Don't forget to share your experiences with us on social media, using the hashtag #ScienceNotMagic

About Yakult

As a company with a strong science heritage, Yakult is committed to showcasing the role of science in everyday life. 

Yakult has partnered with the BSA for the last three years on activities to support British Science Week and the British Science Festival.  This year, our partnership includes a campaign to raise awareness of and celebrate science festivals and also includes supporting science busking at non-science events in the West Midlands region in the lead up to the British Science Festival 2019 taking place in Coventry & Warwickshire this September.

You can find out more about our partnership here.