A week long festival which takes Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths out of the lab and into our everyday lives. The festival is about inviting the people of Nottingham to share not only what they know, but also what they would like to know; it’s about celebrating curiosity, asking questions and taking a leading role in finding out the answers.


Curious Schools

In the lead up to the festival and during the first three days, the festival delivers projects with local primary and secondary schools. Previous projects have included:

  • Linking up schools with researchers of a particular field to work on a project together
  • Running CPD sessions for teachers
  • Coordinating city-wide citizen science projects where pupils are the field workers and their research makes a difference
  • Careers talks and assemblies from industry scientists and academics
  • The Real Science in Schools Symposium showcasing the authentic scientific research being done by pupils in Nottingham

Curious City

Each year we take over loads of venues across the city centre for a day of curiosity! Previous venues have included:

  • Central Library
  • Broadway Cinema
  • Sneinton Market
  • 38 Carrington Street
  • Wollaton Hall
  • Green’s Windmill & Science Centre
  • Victoria Centre Market

Curious Communities

The festival is all about engaging new audiences with STEM, and so we go out into communities where there aren’t usually science activities on offer. Our communities programme includes:

  • Events in all 15 Nottingham city branch libraries, including sessions for under 3s, talks for older people, Family Fun Days, bookable workshops and talks from authors
  • Events in Nottinghamshire county libraries and leisure centres
  • Targeted projects with community and youth groups

Curious Lates

Nottingham’s got a great after-dark scene, so we run events for adult audiences, putting science at the heart of our cultural lives. Events include:

  • Themed talks with a range of speakers
  • Comedy nights and panel shows
  • Immersive theatre, dance performances and art installations
  • Collaborative discussion seminars

How It Happens

After being organised as a collaborative but informal partnership across numerous organisations for five years, the Nottingham Festival of Science and Curiosity has now been established as a Company Limited by Guarantee, number 11842873, registered in England.

The festival is a proud member of the UK Science Festivals Network

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