Brighton Loves Science!

Published: Friday 15th Jan 2016

Written by: Abi Radford

Taking over the city of Brighton and Hove this February is the hotly anticipated, highly fascinating Brighton Science Festival! From the 2 - 28 February at over 30 venues across the city, you can visit over 80 events that explore all things ‘sciencey’. This year’s theme is Journeys and the festival explores all variations of the theme - from space travel to bird migrations to snail racing (yes, snail racing!) The festival offers events to suit all ages - there is even a whole week during February half term dedicated to younger science lovers - and most of the events are low budget. Tickets can be bought online at and on the door at most events. Here is an overview of some of the random, but exciting events that are happening as part of the festival:

‘The Element in the Room’ - Wednesday 3rd Feb 

The multi award winning Tangram Theatre Company return to the Brighton Science Festival to show audiences their brand new musical about the ‘Queen of radiography’, Marie Curie. Expect a compilation of silly songs that tell the story of the important discovery made by this extraordinary woman. After their previous musicals on Darwin and Albert Einstein were a great hit, this year's’ performance is set to leave audiences thoroughly entertained … and a little bit more clever! 

Astronomy in Pubs - Saturday 6th Feb 

What can be better than a combination of real ale and stargazing? Hosted at The Horns Lodge - a cosy country pub located a short drive away from the city - this event allows you to learn about the stars with the East Sussex Astronomical Society. Guest speakers from the society will tell you all about Jupiter’s moons and the International Space Station. Wrap up warm and have a delicious meal at the pub afterwards. 

Bright Sparks - Saturday 13th - Sunday 14th Feb 

Aimed at kids aged 7-13 but great fun for parents too ‘Bright Sparks’ is a fun weekend of hands on activities and awe inspiring demonstrations by experts. Tickets cost £6 for 7+ and £21 for a family of 2 adults and 2 children. Under 7s go free. 

Hands On Half Term - Monday 15th Feb - Sunday 21st Feb

Brighton Science Festival is a great opportunity to entertain the kids during February half term! From close encounters with a range of scaly reptiles, to learning about how a robot works, Hands On Half Term will fill your children’s brains with lots of fun information. 

Big Science Weekend - Saturday 27th - Sunday 28th Feb 

Located at the Sallis Benney Theatre the Big Science Weekend gives visitors a chance to experience and ask questions about a vast variety of scientific fields. Experts will present their research in a number of talks throughout the weekend and there will be a range of stands from top universities that will allow you to ask professors your pressing questions and get practical with interactive demos. You will be able to learn about how animals navigate through the wild, how memories are created and whether computers will ever completely surpass humans in intelligence. 

Whether you are a bit of a ‘geek’ when it comes to all things sciencey or a complete novice and want to broaden your mind a little, Brighton Science Festival has something that will suit you! If you are looking for accommodation whilst you are attending some of the events then have a look at our wide range of properties on our website. 

Abi Radford



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