From exploring our planet and the known universe to making bubbles and touching clouds. Don’t miss some of the standout events of this year’s festival, featuring well-known names from the world of science and entertainment, live at the National Waterfront Museum. We’ve got big bangs from Brainiacs Live, and The Royal Institution, as well as ridiculous and shocking demos, hacks and myth-busting from Stefan Gates. Join The Ugly Animal’s roadshow to celebrate and explore the incredible biology of the animal kingdom’s most monstrous creatures.

23 October 2021

Witchcraft and Wizardry - CluedUpp Games

Witchcraft and Wizardry - CluedUpp Games

10am-5pm | Age 13+ | Physical Event

Grab your wands and don your cloaks as the wizarding world is coming to Swansea! An all-new spell-binding Witchcraft and Wizardry event takes the player on a magical journey into a world plagued by dark magic, where teams of muggles will compete to locate virtual witnesses, crack clues and defeat the darkest entities in the realm. This is geo-gaming at its best!

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Child wearing goggles doing a science experiment

Super Science Kits!

Take on the challenge of replicating one of our exciting experiments using a FREE science kit to use at home. Your Super Science Kit will include everything you need to follow along with an online tutorial! Simply pick up your kit at the National Waterfront Museum on 23rd / 24th Oct

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Bubble Superstars

Bubble Superstars

10.30-11am & 12.30-1pm | Age 2+ | Physical Event

Dr Sarah is bringing her bubble kit to Swansea! We’ll be making big bubbles, small bubbles, and exploring shapes and colours.

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Drive your own Train!

Drive your own Train!

Multiple times - click book now for more info | Age 8-14 | Physical Event

Journey to a fun-filled workshop, where you’ll get to run our model railway! Have you ever wondered how train drivers know when to stop or slow down to avoid traffic? There’s a secret system! Come and be an engineer for the day: control the speed and directions of our trains as they run around the tracks.

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Freaky Food

Freaky Food

11-11.30am & 1-1.30pm | All ages | Physical Event

Xplore! is bringing our Freaky Food Show to Swansea festival in 2021! The show will highlight some of the weird and wonderful science that we can explored using Food. It’s a show that’s easy to digest, nutritious and perfect for the whole family.

Please note: 11am showing is Welsh medium only

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Re Imagining

Re-imagining stories: a digital storytelling workshop

11am-12pm, 1-2pm & 3-4pm | Age 8+ | Physical Event

Join us for a brilliantly creative workshop that explores your individual stories through drawing and storytelling. You’ll get the chance to put your creative skills to the test by drawing your own characters and setting them against our stunning Swansea backdrop. You’ll then get the chance to bring your stories to life!

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The Cloud Factory

The Cloud Factory

2.30-3pm & 4.30-5pm | Age 2+ | Physical Event

Have you ever touched and heard a cloud? Have you ever smelled a strawberry cloud?! Well now’s your chance to do that with The Cloud Factory!

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Brainiac Live!

Brainiac Live!

4-5pm & 6-7pm | Age 6+ | Physical Event

Strap on your safety goggles and join Brainiac Live! Detective Academy, science’s greatest and most volatile team as they arrive for the very first time at the National Waterfront Museum with a vengeance!

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The Pollinator Passport Challenge

The Pollinator Passport Challenge

Multiple times / Age 5+ / Physical Event

Be a pollinator for the day! Buzz your way around our pollinator world by moving from patch to patch collecting pollen and nectar where you can. But beware, it may not be as easy as you think! Will you make it back to safety? Pollinators will amaze and surprise you, but they need your help! Find out what you can do to help pollinators such as bees and butterflies and take home wildflowers to plant in your garden.

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24 October 2021

The Ugly Animal Roadshow

The Ugly Animal Roadshow

10.30-11.15am | Age 6+ | Physical Event

Join us as we celebrate and explore the incredible biology of the animal kingdom’s most monstrous - did you know that a greater short-horned lizard shoots blood out of its eyes?! Learn what adaptations make these animals amazing and how did such hideous creatures evolve in the first place?!

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Drive your own Train!

Drive your own Train!

Multiple times - click book now for more info | Age 8-14 | Physical Event

Journey to a fun-filled workshop, where you’ll get to run our model railway! Have you ever wondered how train drivers know when to stop or slow down to avoid traffic? There’s a secret system! Come and be an engineer for the day: control the speed and directions of our trains as they run around the tracks.  

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Modelling Zombies!

Modelling Zombies!

10.30am - 11.30am, 1.30pm - 2.30pm & 3pm - 4pm | Age 10-16 | Physical Event

Have you ever wondered what would happen if a Zombie virus began spreading across the nation? Is it possible to stop the spread, how would you predict how many people might get infected and what measures could you put in place to slow the spread?

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3...2...1...LAUNCH!

3...2...1...LAUNCH!

Multiple times - click book now for more info | Age 5+ | Physical Event

Build and launch your own stomp rocket! Can you make it reach the target? What happens if you change the design? In this workshop you'll be discovering the answers to these questions and more!

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How far into space can we see?

How far into space can we see?

11-11.45am, 1-1.45pm & 3-3.45pm | Age 7-12 | Physical Event

Join us as we explore some of the most incredible cosmic sights ever captured and take you on a tour of what you can see in the night sky from your own back garden.

Please note: 3pm showing is Welsh medium only

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Look Up!

Look Up!

12.15-1pm | Age 6+ | Physical Event

Which planet is hottest? Which would float in a swimming pool? And just how much space is in space? Join us for a live show to see what experiments you can recreate at home and learn about what you can see if you only look up!

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We've got the Power!

We've got the Power!

2.45-3.30pm | Age 7+ | Physical Event

Join the highly acclaimed Royal Institution for a show jam packed with experiments and explosions, this frenetic fun family show will leave you feeling fully charged!

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Energy Live!

Energy Live!

4.30-5.15pm | Age 7+ | Physical Event

Join the highly acclaimed Royal Institution for some lively fire based demonstrations that will leave you knowing your elastic from your gravitational, and make you totally fired up about energy!!

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29 October 2021

Ben Garrod: So You Think You Know About Dinosaurs

Ben Garrod: So You Think You Know About Dinosaurs

1.30-2.15pm | Age 5+ | Physical Event

Get ready to go on an exciting pre-historic adventure as Ben talks you through the deadliest predators that ever roamed the planet. Yes dinosaurs such as Tyrannosaurus Rex, Allosaurus and Spinosaurus would have walked or swam right where you are now!

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Ben Garrod: So You Think You Know About Dinosaurs

Ben Garrod: So You Think You Know About Dinosaurs

3.30-4.15pm | Age 5+ | Physical Event

Get ready to go on an exciting pre-historic adventure as Ben talks you through the deadliest predators that ever roamed the planet. Yes dinosaurs such as Tyrannosaurus Rex, Allosaurus and Spinosaurus would have walked or swam right where you are now!

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30 October 2021

Halloween Special Weirdology!

Halloween Special Weirdology!

1.30-2.15pm | All Ages | Physical Event

Explore the strange science lurking in everyday things as BBC Gastronaut Stefan Gates tackles questions such as Why can’t you melt a Flake? What are bogies for? And can you make screaming hot plasma in a microwave?

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Halloween Special Science of Sweets

Halloween Special Science of Sweets

3.30-4.15pm | All Ages | Physical Event

Join us for explosions, glowing drinks and tales of hidden insects in our marshmallows. The show is packed with chemistry, biology and physics and there are loads of demos you can try at home... plus a few you really can’t!

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