Edinburgh Science Festival

The world’s first and largest celebration of science, the Edinburgh Science Festival returns this spring with a fascinating programme of workshops, shows, exhibitions, films, trails and talks for all ages.

People looking through microscopes at the Edinburgh Science Festival
30th March - 14th April
Various locations across Edinburgh
See individual event for prices

Taking place across the city, Edinburgh Science Festival is renowned for hosting inspiring science activities alongside serious and provocative debates. With events for all the family, this a great opportunity to get actively involved in learning about all things science.

The theme of this year’s festival is Shaping the Future, showcasing some of the cutting-edge science and technology that can help us create a future that is sustainable and accessible for all.

Over 150 events will take place in iconic venues throughout the city, including the City Art Centre, Dynamic Earth, Edinburgh Zoo, National Museum of Scotland and Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh. Choose from workshops, shows, talks, exhibitions and nights out, all with a fun and interesting scientific twist that aim to educate and inspire – many of which are free to attend.

Highlights from this year’s programme include:

  • Big Ideas, a series of talks aimed at adults, brings some of the world’s most renowned scientists and thinkers to the Scottish capital.
  • A guaranteed sell-out every year, Science Nights Out are back – the coolest adults-only events that combine science, art, hands-on activities and music.
  • Exploring biologically derived materials and how they can become a part of our daily lives, Growing Home, is a new interactive exhibition taking over the National Museum of Scotland.
  • From hands-on workshops to explosive sciences shows, there is a variety of events for children. Don’t miss Bakineering, which explores the science of baking and the return of last year’s sellout, The Rocket Show!

Tickets are available now and can be booked with on the Edinburgh Science Festival website or by calling the ticket office on 0131 553 0320 (office hours apply). During the festival, tickets can also be bought in person from the box office at the National Museum of Scotland and the City Art Centre.

The Edinburgh Science Festival runs from 30 March to 14 April 2024. For more information and to view the full programme visit The Edinburgh Science Festival.

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