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Bradford Science Festival tickets now available

The National Science and Media Museum is pleased to announce that tickets for this year’s Bradford Science Festival are available online from today, Thursday 8 October 2020.

The festival is hosted by the museum with partners from around the region, including this year’s Lead Partner, PPG, and sponsors Bradford BID and The Broadway. Other contributors to this year’s festival include the University of Bradford, Aire Rivers Trust, 50 Things To Do Before You’re 5, and Born in Bradford. This year it was postponed from its original date in July and will now take place this October half term (24 October – 1 November 2020).

This year’s festival will have a different format to previous editions to take into account the latest safety and social distancing measures. As well as activities in the museum, there will also be a focus on online resources, learning packs and radio shows.

Live highlights of the festival include 50 Million Tonnes, a brand-new Scavenger Labs science show which will raise awareness of the environmental and human consequences caused by the millions of tonnes of waste from disposable electronic consumer items produced every day. This show will take place on Monday 26, Tuesday 27 and Wednesday 28 October 2020.

On Friday 30 and Saturday 31 October, festivalgoers can see The Virtually Live Science Show with science presenter Phil Bell-Young and friends. This family science show will include exciting demonstrations and a chance to have a go at mind-bending experiments.

On Thursday 29 October the public can also get involved in the Photophonic family workshop via Zoom where they can explore the museum’s new online interactive exhibit, play around with quirky sounds and learn how the BBC Radiophonic Workshop made electronic music before computers—including the iconic Doctor Who theme tune. And on Tuesday 27 October they can have a go at the Echo Machine family workshop, also via Zoom, where they can learn about sound echo machines of the past, how they were used in music, and explore and play with a virtual online echo machine to make creations of their own.

On Saturday 24 October the museum’s Pictureville Cinema will host a special screening of Black Panther in partnership with the Royal Academy of Engineering, followed by a Q&A and panel discussion about why diversity in engineering is so important.  

Online there will be lots of fun activities for families to do at home, created in partnership with contributors from around the region. The museum’s festival team and partner organisations will also be distributing printed science activity packs to schools around Bradford with an exciting variety of activities to inspire families over half term.

Festival fans can also listen to a series of special radio shows throughout the week on BCB Radio. Shows will include discussions about the Fridays for Future movement and climate strikes, how to make Bradford a more sustainable city, diversity in science careers, and an exploration of women in STEM, with interviews and discussions with women leading in these industries.

Vicky Clifton, Head of Learning at the National Science and Media Museum, said:

“It is wonderful to be able to produce the event in 2020 with the support of our partners and collaborators throughout the region. And although it was disappointing to postpone the festival from its usual July date this year, we are excited to be welcoming audiences back across our platforms this autumn to engage with exciting STEM activities, inspiring people of all ages to love science as much as we do.

“We have been working these past months to adapt the Bradford Science Festival so it can go ahead in a different format in line with the latest guidance, and we are delighted to be taking the opportunity to host an October festival with a huge variety of inspirational activities in the museum, online, in print and through other channels.”

Bradford Science Festival 2020 is produced by the National Science and Media Museum along with its partners. It was recently announced that this year’s Lead Partner will be PPG, global supplier of paints, coatings, and specialty materials. Other sponsors for the festival include Bradford BID and The Broadway.

See the full lineup and tickets for this year’s Bradford Science Festival, and sign up to the museum newsletter for the latest updates.

You can also follow festival updates on the National Science and Media Museum’s website, and on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.


For further information, images or interview requests, please contact: Katie Canning, National Science and Media Museum: / 01274 203 027

The National Science and Media Museum in Bradford, West Yorkshire, opened in 1983, and has since become one of the most visited UK museums outside London. The museum explores the science and culture of image and sound technologies, creating special exhibitions, interactive galleries and activities for families and adults. It is home to three cinemas, including Europe’s first IMAX cinema screen and the world’s only public Cinerama screen outside the USA. Entry to the museum is free.



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