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Big names, brilliant acts

From exploring our planet and the known universe to discovering the fun of science in your own home. Don’t miss some of the standout events of this year’s festival featuring well-known names from the world of science and entertainment including: Brian Cox, Steve Backshall, Konnie Huq, David Baddiel, Grace Webb, Jon Chase, Dafydd Williams and George Abbey to name a few. 

Live virtual events

Streamed live, these are virtual events which you will need to sign up to attend. Some have limited capacity so make sure you sign up in advance to bag yourself a space.

Wednesday 21st October 2020

Steve Backshall holding binoculars

Expedition: Voyages to Undiscovered Places with Steve Backshall

7:00pm   All ages
Inspired by Steve’s recent BBC series, ‘Undiscovered Worlds with Steve Backshall’ and ‘Expedition with Steve Backshall’ for UKTV, his talk encompasses astonishing tales from a year of adventure; taking light into forgotten caves, making first ascents of Arctic peaks, and first descents of Himalayan rivers

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Saturday 24th October 2020

2 women jumping out of cartoon explosion on Mars.

AlgoRHYTHM From Home

10:00am   Ages 7+
Unlocking science through the power of dance.
How do sand dunes move on Mars? Find out in this workshop!

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Cartoon rocket launch

Blast Off Live! (Space Detectives)

11:30am   Ages 5-11   Max capacity 70

Ever wondered how a rocket works? Love learning about Space? Then come along and investigate the science of a rocket with Space Detectives and “Blast Off Live!”

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Crocodile eye

Plantasia's Deadly Dozen

1:30pm   Ages 7+
Take a close-up look at the weird and wonderful inhabitants of Plantasia, discover their deadly habits and learn about the Worlds rain forests and the importance of their survival. 

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Konnie Huq drawing on whiteboard

Science, Scribbles and Stories with Konnie Huq

2:30pm   Ages 7-12
Get ready to meet Cookie – funny, science-obsessed and ready to take on the world!


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David Baddiel

Only a Matter of Time: Time Travel, Science and Fiction

4:30pm   Ages 9-12
Children's author and comedian David Baddiel will be in conversation with astrophysicist Edward Gomez about time travel.

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Jon Chase

Home Science with Jon Chase

6:00pm   Ages 6-12
Join science presenter Jon Chase as he guides you through some fun science activities you can do at home, whilst sharing some fun and quirky demonstrations of how the World around us works.

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black and white old image of two girls

The dreams of Freudian feminist hero 'Dora'

7:00pm   Ages 16+
Be part of a worldwide online event where we will explore a famous dream and its relationship to the dreamer's turbulent family life and society in Vienna in 1900.

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Sunday 25th October 2020

2 women jumping out of cartoon explosion on Mars.

AlgoRHYTHM From Home

10:00am   Ages 7+
Unlocking science through the power of dance.
How do sand dunes move on Mars? Find out in this workshop!


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Woman leaning on motorbike

Grace's Garage

11:30am   Ages 7+
Join Cbeebies’ presenter, Grace Webb, as she shows families and younger audiences some of the machines she has in her garage through this virtual workshop!

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Merlin the wizard

Merlin the Wizard’s Hocus Pocus School of Wizardry

2:30pm   Ages 3-8
Join Merlin the Wizard live from his Hocus Pocus School of Wizardry for an interactive adventure and enjoy a whole host of fun Wizard-themed activities from the comfort of their own homes.

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Wales from space

Wales in Space

4:30pm   Ages 7+
Join Welsh-Canadian Physician and Astronaut Dafydd Rees Williams and George Abbey, former director of the NASA Johnson Space Centre as they discuss their careers in space travel and what it takes to become an astronaut

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Brian Cox

Into the Future : The universe and the next 100 years

7:30pm   Ages 12+
Brian Cox and CERN’s Lyn Evans discuss and explore the universe and where science may take us next

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Can't make a live-streamed event?

Check out these pre-recorded workshops, talks, and presentations which you can browse at your leisure.

Find out what else is going on in other areas of the festival