Tuesday, 20 October 2015

Manchester Science Festival returns

The Manchester Science Festival is returning for it’s 9th year. The festival, running from 22 October - 1 November this year, is held all over Manchester (some of its events even take place in pubs) with a main base at the Museum of Science & Industry (the MOSI). Lots of the events take place at night and on weekends, so there’s no chance of missing it if you’re studying or working. There are over 135 events taking place, covering every aspect of science. Last year, over 98,000 people attended the festival.

The adult ball pool!
Some of the activities included are part of ‘Conversations’, a series of talks and debates with some notorious faces from the Manchester science scene, such as Matthew Cobb and Richard Dawkins. Brian Cox will also be appearing, bringing his award-winning BBC Radio 4 science and comedy show, The Infinite Monkey Cage, with Robin Ince. 

There are loads of events for families too, like the ‘Catch a Shooting Star’ event, where children and adults alike can handle meteorite specimens that have landed on Earth from the moon and Mars. 

If you’re looking for something more grown up, why not try the adult ball pool? It’s intended as a creative space to inspire people to question the effect of fun on our ability to think, but you can just swim amongst the 81,000 balls and pretend you’re a kid again if you’d prefer.

For something more serious, there’s loads of events exploring the links between art and music with science. The Royal Photographic Society has an exhibition showcasing a huge variety of scientific photography. Or, for the more musical types, there’s a silent disco that will be playing 70s, 80s and 90s favourites. 

If you fancy something more active, there are walks and tours around Manchester based on scientific pioneers that were based in the area - you can literally walk a mile in Alan Turing’s shoes.

Some of the activities are fee-paying but many are free, so it’s worth checking on the website (www.manchestersciencefestival.com) before you go. The website also has a full timetable of where and when each activity takes place. 


This post was originally written for the Mancunion, a student newspaper based in Manchester that I am a reporter for. If you would like to read more articles from the paper, click here!


  1. An adult ball pool? Oh dear god I want to go to that SO bad haha. I love MOSI xxx

    1. Haha me too, researching the festival made me so keen to go..! Thanks for your comment :)