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National Science and Media Museum

2019 marks the 150th anniversary of the periodic table. To celebrate, we’ve filled this year’s festival with extraordinary experiments that bring the wonder of chemistry to life!

It’s a Chem-Mystery!

When: Every 30 minutes, 11.00–16.30

A precious chemical compound has disappeared... and it’s up to you to solve the mystery. Become a science detective to crack our chemical clues and rule out suspects.

The Chemistry of Slime

Visit the slime bar and find out how the elements of the periodic table can be used to create weird and wonderful foamy, squishy and crunchy slimes!

Engineering Your Food

See, smell and hear why food tastes the way it does. Learn about how chemistry controls how we experience the food we eat.

Dippy on the Road

Dippy, the Natural History Museum’s iconic Diplodocus cast, is coming to Rochdale in 2020! Get ready for his visit with some fun dino activities. Discover a lifesize diplodocus skull, make your own dinosaur cast, and have a go at identifying fossils.

Continuing Bonds

Learn about archaeology and explore ideas around mortality with the University of Bradford.

Visualising Heritage

Use VR to explore ancient sites such as the streets of Palmyra. University of Bradford experts will be on hand to discuss the project and the science behind it.


Don’t miss...

  • Element Trail Follow the trail around Bradford Science Festival and search for answers based on the periodic table.
  • Bouncing Astronauts Accompanied by their very own soundtrack, this incredible act will have everyone moonwalking! Look (and listen) out for the amazing bouncing astronauts around the festival.
  • Cyber Legion Meet members of this Doctor Who fan group, who’ll be appearing in costume as some of your favourite characters!
  • STEM on the Screen Head to the big screen in City Park to see short films that showcase the best in STEM from the internet.