Thursday, 10 October 2013

Sidmouth Science Festival: Monday 14th - Sunday 20th October

Even bigger and better than last year - a packed programme involving the whole of Sidmouth:
Click here for the 'at a glance guide'...
or have a look at what's on offer here:

What's On

The 2013 Science Festival will take place on 14th-20th October
This year the Festival weekend will extend from Saturday in Sidmouth town to Sunday at the Norman Lockyer Observatory.  The events will be for all age groups and all parts of the community. Most events are free but there will be a charge for Saturday evening show and Sunday day at the NLO.
Booking is necessary for only 4 events:
Tuesday 15 Fungus Foray through reservations@sidmouthsciencefestival.org
Thursday 17 Enigma Codebreaking Workshop through reservations@sidmouthsciencefestival.org
Thursday 17 Farm visit. Book through Bicton College on 01395 562324
Sunday 20 Arboretum Walk. Book through info@sidmoutharboretum.org.uk
However, it is possible to reserve a place at two events through reservations@sidmouthsciencefestival.org
Friday 18 Talk by Prof Iain Stewart "Making of the Continents"
Saturday 19 night's performance by Helen Keen "It IS Rocket Science" (tickets at the door)
  • Entertaining and informative talks by internationally renowned scientists
  • Area Secondary and Primary School Competitions, Science Projects and Art Exhibition
  • Hands-on activities provided by Exeter and Plymouth Universities, Colyton Grammar, Institute of Physics, Jurassic Coast team, Petroc College and others with activities for young people, schools, families and adults
  • Geologist and Prof Iain Stewart known for several series of BBC science programmes
  • 'It's Rocket Science' show by Helen Keen - science and fun at the NLO
  • Astronomy and family entertainment at the Norman Lockyer Observatory
Scroll down or click on the right for more details! Or download the At a Glance Festival programme.
NB. Please note that the A3052 at Newton Poppleford to the west of Sidmouth will be closed for roadworks during the Festival so it will be necessary to approach Sidmouth from A30 and then either Ottery St Mary or Honiton when approaching from Exeter.  Please see the Highways Agency websitefor up to date information if you travel from the West towards Sidmouth.  The BBC travel news site is also useful.

Current Events

Norman Lockyer Observatory
Open evening at the NLO  ... [more]

Mustard Seed Cafe
Science Experiments for all the family with afternoon tea and a children's Bible talk illustrated with super-cool experiments!  ... [more]

The Arches Interpretation Centre
Visit Sidmouth's permanent Jurassic Coast Exhibition  ... [more]
Roger Bacon

Dr Keith Orrell

Lecture Hall, Norman Lockyer Observatory
Mathematics is the door and key to the sciences.  ... [more]

Victor Papai

Peak Hill Car Park - right hand side, Sid Valley
Find out where they grow and what they are!  ... [more]

Sidmouth College
How science is used to improve sports performance.  ... [more]

Dr Chris Burke

Upstairs, Costa Coffee
...and the Brain  ... [more]
Photograph of a solar flare

Kirsty McBeath

Lecture Theatre, Norman Lockyer Observatory
Using aircraft to challenge our understanding of the atmosphere  ... [more]
Henry John Carter

Fairlynch Museum
‘Sea, Salt and Sponges’ is a bicentennial tribute to the achievements of Victorian scientist Henry John Carter FRS (1813-95)  ... [more]

Sidmouth Primary School
Science show for Sidmouth Primary School  ... [more]
Carbon Cycle painting by Sidmouth college students

Hatton Wood Room, Kennaway House
Exhibition of artworks inspired by science  ... [more]

Sidmouth Museum
A gentle stroll along the Esplanade to Chit Rocks where we will examine the red rocks to discover Sidmouth's deep history  ... [more]
Enigma Machine

Dr Mark Baldwin

Manor Pavilion Theatre & Arts Centre
The Enigma project and the Art and Science of Code Breaking  ... [more]
Bicton Farm

Kevin Frediani, Paul Redmore

Cellar Bar, Kennaway House
Using Science to power a sustainable future.  ... [more]

Dr Mark Baldwin

Cellar Bar, Kennaway House
Enigma and a puzzle...  ... [more]

Richard Ellam

Sidmouth College
for College students  ... [more]
Bicton College

Please meet at the Earth Centre which is opposite the entrance to Bicton Botanical Gardens. Parking in car park immediate left at entrance to drive., Bicton College
A science based tour of Bicton College farming practices led by undergraduates.  ... [more]
Powdermills Dartmoor

Bob Ashford

Music Room, Sidholme Hotel
What goes on at the Powdermills gunpowder complex on Dartmoor  ... [more]

Dr Geoff Chapman

Twyford House
Human Choice Superceding Natural Selection  ... [more]
Otter Beers

Keith Bennett

Cellar Bar, Kennaway House
The Art and Science of Brewing  ... [more]
Water droplet

Prof Iain Stewart

Sports Centre, Sidmouth College
The shield is awarded for the best environmental or sustainability themed projects  ... [more]

Prof Iain Stewart

Sports Centre, Sidmouth College
How Science is relevant to modern life.  ... [more]

Prof Iain Stewart

Hatton Wood Room, Kennaway House
...of this year's Science Festival  ... [more]
Prof Iain Stewart

Prof Iain Stewart

Cellar Bar, Kennaway House
Background to the latest TV series the Rise of the Continents  ... [more]

Both indoors and the Car Park, All Saints’ Church Hall
Engines, fires, demonstrations for all the family  ... [more]

Sidmouth Town Centre
Visit Sidmouth's shops to answer a scientific question related to what they sell  ... [more]
Sidmouth Museum activities

Sidmouth Museum
Science related exhibits for the whole family  ... [more]

Prof Iain Stewart

Cellar Bar, Kennaway House
How can this be done when geology for many is about 'stones' and stones are 'boring'!?  ... [more]
Photograph taken at the Sidmouth Science Festival 2012

Parish Church
The Met Office and the Institute of Physics  ... [more]
Photograph of Professor Laurence Eaves

Prof Laurence Eaves CBE FRS

Cellar Bar, Kennaway House
The latest on this discovery dubbed the one molecule thick 'supermaterial'  ... [more]

Captain Philips Room, Kennaway House
Examples of scientific work undertaken by National Plant Collection Holders  ... [more]

All Saints’ Church Hall
Colyton Grammar and Petroc College present engaging experiments  ... [more]

Leigh Brown Room
For the whole family  ... [more]

Dr Roger Trend

The Large Hall, All Saints’ Church Hall
Learn a new skill!  ... [more]

The Large Hall, Sidmouth Methodist Church
The Jurassic Coast Team will be on hand with rocks and fossils  ... [more]

The Small Hall, Sidmouth Methodist Church
Drop in and help to knit a neuron...  ... [more]

The Large Hall, Sidmouth Methodist Church
Interactive sports activities  ... [more]

Masonic Hall
Sciencific Fun and Games for the whole family!  ... [more]

Ann Stobart

Captain Phillips Room, Kennaway House
The science behind herbal remedies  ... [more]

Sidmouth Town Centre
The choir will be singing science related songs in venues around town  ... [more]
Prof Stephen Evans

Prof Stephen Evans

Cellar Bar, Kennaway House
The quality of our lives would be significantly lessened if it were not for the ubiquitous nature of bubbles  ... [more]

David Joyce

Cellar Bar, Kennaway House
Microbes are everywhere  ... [more]
Prof Sir Peter Knight FRS

Prof Sir Peter Knight

Cellar Bar, Kennaway House
Secret messaging has a long history: from ancient Greeks to internet protocols such as https  ... [more]
Helen Keen

Helen Keen

Norman Lockyer Observatory
Helen Keen's one-woman show about space travel  ... [more]

Sidmouth Town Centre
Display by Sidmouth Lifeboat in conjunction with Sea Rescue Helicopter. Exercise of rescue skills. Viewing from the promenade.  ... [more]
Prof John Bryant of Exeter University

Prof John Bryant

Parish Church
Special Sunday service  ... [more]
Photograph taken at the Sidmouth Science Festival 2012

Norman Lockyer Observatory
A day of talks and fun activities for the whole family.  ... [more]

Richard Ellam

Norman Lockyer Observatory
Further details tbc  ... [more]

Dr Hugh Angus

Meeting point , Temple Street Car Park
Hugh Angus leads a guided walk around town and private gardens  ... [more]
Photo of Dr Charles Desforges

Prof Charles Desforges OBE

Costa Coffee
Dr Charles Desforges is an emeritus professor in the University of Exeter. He now works in the field of teaching and learning.  ... [more]


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