Bradford Science Festival gets bigger and better for 2019

The Broadway, City Park and the National Science and Media Museum joined by The University of Bradford and Impressions Gallery.  Festival takes place 18-21 July.

This year’s Bradford Science Festival will be joined by new venues and partners for four days of out-of-this-world activities, with themes including space travel, chemistry and caring for the environment.

The festival, produced by the National Science and Media Museum, is taking place once again at The Broadway shopping centre, City Park and the museum, from 18-21 July. Two new venues will be part of the event for 2019: The University of Bradford and Impressions Gallery.

Throughout the festival, space themed activities will mark 50 years since humans first set foot on the moon, and there will be extraordinary experiments to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the Periodic Table. Recycling and reducing use of plastic to improve the health of the world’s oceans will also be highlighted.

Vicky Clifton, head of learning and participation at the National Science and Media Museum, said: “We are delighted that this year’s Bradford Science Festival has got even bigger, with Friday night activities in addition to new partners joining the event. It helps inspire even more people of all ages to be excited and curious about science and technology, as well as providing advice about education and careers in the district.”

The Broadway will host a number of planetarium shows and space themed activities throughout the family weekend, as Saturday 20 July 2019 is exactly 50 years after Neil Armstrong stepped on to the moon. City Park is home to multiple science zones as well as STEM City (science, technology, engineering and maths), which brings in science-related organisations from Bradford and beyond to showcase the opportunities they offer and the work they do.

The University of Bradford is introducing Friday night activities to the festival with family slime-making and a chemistry mocktail bar in its STEM centre (free tickets available from from next month). And Impressions Gallery is set to host interactive artworks, including a virtual reality installation, which put a spotlight on the use and disposal of plastics.

The National Science and Media Museum will be home to an array of activities throughout, including launching the festival with a special Lates evening event on Thursday 18 July.

Further programme details will be announced next month.