Bookable shows and workshops

Get your umbrellas at the ready as you explore all the amazing thrills and spills of water. Investigate what happens when substances change state and get excited about the future of space exploration. Experience mind-bending mathematical concepts and take part in shows full of explosions and a few pops.  

Ever wondered what would it be like to move on Mars? Could you dance rings around Saturn? Join our dynamic workshop exploring the planets in our solar system and how they move. Or explore your dreams to discover how parts of your waking life appear whilst you sleep.

We will also be getting ‘Really Wild’ with conservationist and tv presenter Chris Packham as he takes us on a wild romp to the edge of the world and back.

Join us & some special guests for a wide range of shows, talks and interactive workshops to take your minds on a journey of discovery.

Explore all our events & book your space below.

Saturday 29 October - Thursday 3 November

Beach and rubbish

Beach Clean and Annibendod Project

14.30 - 15.30

29th October

Swansea Bay -  Meet at Coast Cafe (SA1 1UN)

The 2 minute beach clean team is teaming up with the Annibendod Project to deliver an exciting event as part of Swansea Science Festival. Join the beach clean team at Coast Cafe (SA1 1UN) to collect plastics. These will then be used to weave miniature panels at The National Waterfront Museum on Sunday 6 November as part of our family weekend. Turn someone's rubbish into treasure! 

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Cancer Research Wales Science Cafe

Cancer Research Wales - Science Cafe

3 November 

Venue - Oriel Science

7:00pm - 9:00pm, Ages 18+ 

Join us for an evening of discovery at the Swansea Science Café which offers an opportunity to learn about some of the world-class cancer research happening in Swansea and around Wales. There will be presentations about a revolutionary blood test that could transform the way bowel cancer is diagnosed and how DNA damage can be used to detect cancer earlier. 

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Make a Rainbow Viewer

Make a Rainbow Viewer

3 November 

Various times - session is 45 mins (11:00am, 12:00pm, 1:00pm, 2:30pm, 3:30pm) All Ages

Have you ever wondered why things are different colours? Did you know that some colours are invisible?! Find out in this interactive workshop where you will find out all about light, and make your own rainbow viewers. You'll never look at light the same way again.

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Saturday 5 November

Spectacular Bubbles

Spectacular Bubbles

Saturday 5th November

10:30am - 11:15am,  Ages 4+

Can you make a bubble last forever? Can bubbles be made square? Are you brave enough to stick a skewer in a balloon? In one of Science Made Simple’s most popular shows, Becky Holmes explores the best bits of bubbles and of balloons; from blowing them to bursting them, discover all the amazing things you can do in between.

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Shunting All Day Long

Shunting All Day Long

Saturday 5th November

10:30am - 11:15am and 2:00pm - 2:45pm, Ages 8+

In this workshop, which supplements the Model Railway Exhibit, you will explore and develop computational thinking via train shunting puzzles. Shunting involves the careful rearrangement of wagons in shunting yards to form trains of the required configuration. With limited track, this involves multiple steps to organise the wagons. Can you tackle our problem-solving puzzles and arrange the wagons?

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Science Tricks

Science Tricks

Saturday 5th November

11:00am -11:50am,  All Ages

Observe, predict and test, in this exciting audience-led show, delving into the wonderful world of everyday physics and kitchen chemistry. Jam-packed with an array of strange and wonderful experiments and demonstrations for the whole family to enjoy!

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The Changing Face of Technology in Wales

The Changing Face of Technology in Wales

Saturday 5th November

11:00am - 11:45am, Ages 18+

Explore the futures portrayed in Welsh science fiction and Welsh-language literature. A bilingual panel of experts will discuss how we interact with the technology depicted and examine how innovations such as the 'gweleffon' (vision-phone) and electric tractors fit into our modern Welsh life.

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Mr Fitt

Ogi Ogi Ogi! Are you ready to move?

Saturday 5th November 
LC Zone

11:00am - 11:45am, 1:00pm - 1:45pm, Ages 7-11

Mr Ffit will inspire and motivate you to move more and will take you through some short HIIT workouts while educating you on his 5 ways to stay fit, healthy and well and what happens to our bodies when we do.

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5G Town of the Future

5G Town of the Future

Saturday 5th November

12:00pm - 12:45pm and 3:30pm - 4:15pm, Ages 8-14 

Explore an AR world completing challenges and solving problems whilst learning about the areas of life that 5G can help to improve! Test out multiple methods of communicating using light and sound and explore how 5G can improve on the previous mobile networks available to us.

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Exploding Water Science Show

Exploding Water Science Show

Saturday 5th November

12:30pm - 1:15pm  Ages 7+

Can we squash water? Explode it? What happens when you boil it in space? Prepare to get wet and find out the answers to these questions and more in this exciting, interactive science show that explores all the amazing thrills and spills of water.

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Marvellous Matter

Marvellous Matter

Saturday 5th November

3:00pm - 3:50pm,  Ages 7+

Featuring exciting experiments and daring demos, this show investigates what happens when substances change state!

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Telling our own stories: alcohol use in Gypsy, Roma and Traveller communities

Saturday 5th November

1:00pm - 1:45pm, Ages 18+

To address widening health inequalities in the UK, health promotion must be targeted to marginalised ethnic and cultural groups who have the poorest access to health and wellbeing services. Gypsies, Roma, and Travellers have the worst health outcomes of any ethnic group across many indicators, but little is known about their experiences of alcohol use and harm. Through digital stories, based upon interviews conducted by peers, Gypsies, Roma, Travellers and Boaters explore how alcohol use relates to their own culture, ethnicity and identity.

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You, Me and AI

You, Me and AI

Saturday 5th November

3:00pm - 3:45pm, Ages 12+

The COVID-19 pandemic was an unanticipated opportunity to understand how a sudden global shock changes people’s online searches when seeking information about how they feel. In this talk, we will show you how we use open-source information to reveal how technology and crisis have changed how we express our emotions on social media and in web searches.

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Brainiac Astronaut Academy

Brainiac Astronaut Academy

Saturday 5th November

2:00pm - 3:00pm and 4:00pm - 5:00pm, Ages 6+

Join the Brainiacs, immerse yourself in the Mission to Mars and see if you can be the ultimate Astronaut. Strap on your safety goggles! The Brainiac team are back with Brainiac Astronaut Academy in their brand new, most out of this world experience yet.

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Sunday 6 November

Shunting All Day Long

Shunting All Day Long

Sunday 6th November

10:30am - 11:15am and 2:00pm - 2:45pm, Ages 8+

In this workshop, which supplements the Model Railway Exhibit, you will explore and develop computational thinking via train shunting puzzles. Shunting involves the careful rearrangement of wagons in shunting yards to form trains of the required configuration. With limited track, this involves multiple steps to organise the wagons. Can you tackle our problem-solving puzzles and arrange the wagons?

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Maths Madness

Maths Madness

Sunday 6th November

10:00am - 11:00am, Ages 8+

Join award winning maths communicator and musical comedian Kyle Evans as he explores some mind-bending mathematical concepts. Whether you’re a mathsphile or a mathsphobe, this show brings joyous number-play and family entertainment together in an accessible way with something for both children and their parents.

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Dinosaurs & Deserts in Wales

Dinosaurs & Deserts in Wales

Sunday 6th November

11:30am - 12:15pm, All Ages

This is a family friendly talk that will take us back in time to 220 million years ago and explore the evidence that we have of dinosaurs that lived in South Wales during the hot desert conditions of the Late Triassic and the changing conditions going into the Jurassic, 200 million years ago.

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5G Town of the Future

5G Town of the Future

Sunday 6th November

12:00pm - 12:45pm and 3:30pm - 4:15pm, Ages 8-14 

Explore an AR world completing challenges and solving problems whilst learning about the areas of life that 5G can help to improve! Test out multiple methods of communicating using light and sound and explore how 5G can improve on the previous mobile networks available to us.

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Maths Tricks to Blow your Mind

Maths Tricks to Blow your Mind

Sunday 6th November

12:00pm - 1:00pm, Ages 12+

A frantic hour of mind-bending maths, interactive demos and wicked humour from award-winning science communicator and entertainer Kyle D Evans. Kyle spent lockdown studying viral maths puzzles, life-hacks and tricks, and has distilled his findings into an hour of head-scratching yet engaging and inclusive maths-based entertainment. Expect jokes, songs and mind-blowing maths galore!

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From the Moon to Mars

From the Moon to Mars

Sunday 6th November

2:00pm - 2:50pm, Ages 7+

In 1969, Neil Armstrong became the first person to walk on the surface of the Moon. In this entertaining show, we will look at some of the amazing missions and discoveries that have happened since that first landing and find out how we can take humans back to the Moon and further to Mars. With fascinating experiments and incredible images and video we want you to get excited about the future of space exploration!

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Exploring and Painting your Dreams

Exploring and Painting your Dreams

Sunday 6th November

2:00pm - 4:00pm, Session is 45 mins, All Ages
Families can attend at any point between 2pm and 4pm but must book a place 

Would you like to turn your dreams into a work of art? Tell Sleep Scientist Mark Blagrove all about your dream and then paint it with artist Julia Lockheart. You will learn about why we dream and the science behind how dreams are formed. Your painting will be projected onto the big screen for everyone to see!

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Fantastic Forces

Fantastic Forces

Sunday 6th November

3:00pm - 4:00pm, Ages 7-11

Forces are acting all around us and move our bodies, machines and even planets. Join FLUX in this interactive workshop as they explore ten different forces and their functions. Through movement, creativity and lots of games we will get you thinking about the part forces play in every step you take.

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The Balloon Science Show

The Balloon Science Show

Sunday 6th November

4:00pm - 4:45pm, Ages 4+

Balloons are fun, right? Well if balloons are fun then that must mean that science is fun! Becky the Balloonatic loves balloons and she wants you to see just how much we can learn from them. Full of spills, thrills explosions and a few pops! 

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Looking Up

Looking Up

Sunday 6th November

5:00pm - 6:00pm, Ages 7-11

What would it be like to move on Mars? Could you dance rings around Saturn? Join Flux Dance for a dynamic workshop exploring the planets in our solar system and how they move. Future space travellers should prepare themselves for fun, games and dancing that are out of this world.

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Chris Packham: Pictures from the Edge of the World - SOLD OUT

Sunday 6th November 

6:00pm - 7:00pm, All Ages

TV presenter, naturalist, conservationist, award winning photographer and author Chris Packham’s new show is designed for impact. Challenging conventional ideas about where beauty is found, what good photography and art is and what it is for.

We are officially sold out. Did you miss out on a ticket? If so, you can still join the waiting list and when tickets become available we’ll let you know. Follow the link to purchase and select ‘join the waiting list’

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