The Festival of Tomorrow - Info & booking
The Festival of Tomorrow - Info & booking

Info & booking

The Festival of Tomorrow - Info & booking

2023 TICKET BOOKINGS ARE NOW LIVE!!!

How to book.... 

1. Choose what days you'd like to attend and what shows and events you want to see!

You'll find the full programme, below.

Entry is free, and subject to venue capacity. Tickets for under 18s are free for all talks and shows, but under 16s must always be accompanied by an adult ticketholder.

A small charge applies to adult tickets for certain shows and talks. If you are currently experiencing financial hardship & cannot afford these fees, please contact us for assistance.

2. Register for the day(s) you want to attend, and add your shows and events to your registration for that day

Entry gets you access to all of the DISCOVERY ZONES, with exhibitors, workshops and activities to explore from 10am to 5pm! Parking is limited, and we expect to be busy, so come by public transport where possible, and arrive early to avoid disappointment.

Walk-up tickets will be available on the day, subject to venue capacity, so best to book ahead and arrive early!

We can only save booked seats in Free events up to 5 minutes before the start the event. After that, we will allow entry to those without spaces, on a first-come, first-served basis.

OR If you can't be here in person, join the Virtual Festival of Tomorrow online by booking a Virtual Access Tickets!

A number of our more in-depth talks and panels will be hybrid events, with panellists/attendees able to join the event online, as well as in the theatre.  

So, if you can't be in the room, this is the next best thing, and we'll try to include your questions for our panellists using an interactive online event platform.

You only need one Virtual Access Ticket for each event you want to join, no matter how many people are watching with you.

Shows, talks, panels & workshops!

We've got a packed two-day programme of spectacular shows, talks, panels, hands on workshops and incredible exhibitors with the latest discoveries and questions about the world of tomorrow! Whilst some can be booked on the day, most can be booked in advance to save disappointment! See below for details.

Featured Events

Rude Science
Show

Rude Science, with Gastronaut

17 February 2023
11am-12pm and 1pm-2pm
Main Theatre
Booking advised

Gastronaut Stefan Gates hits Swindon with his explosive new 2023 show reveals everything you always wanted to know about the revolting (but vital) science that no-one ever talks about. Expect zits, burps, farts, snot, scabs, pee, vomit, snot, blood, sweat and tears, all brought to life with stunts, rockets, fart machines, sneeze machines and enormous bottoms. There’s actually no such thing as rude science – just science you haven’t made friends with yet.

Full of ridiculous and shocking demos, hacks, myth busting and self-experimentation, this is an action-packed family science show that will light the touchpaper of fascination in anyone - even people who think they hate science.

Adults £4 (Under 18s free)

What's the Future for UK Science & Research?
Panel

What's the Future for UK Science & Research?

17 February 2023
12:15pm - 13:15pm
The Egg Theatre
Booking advised

We are at one of the most important and exciting times in the history of research and innovation in the UK. The rate of discovery and technological advance is astonishing, with unprecedented opportunities to create value for society and the economy. The science fiction of just a few decades ago, from video calls to bionic limbs, is now part of everyday life. This is a new industrial revolution, driven by the pace of technological change. As CEO of the UK’s largest public funder of research and innovation, Prof Dame Ottoline Leyser will answer questions from Festival Director Dr Rod Hebden, and the audience about the responsibility of UK Research and Innovation to ensure the health of the system as a whole, now and in the future. 

Prof Dame Ottoline Leyser - CEO, UK Research & Innovation
Dr Roderick Hebden - Director, Festival of Tomorrow

All tickets free

Hack Your Brain!
Show

Hack Your Brain!

18 February 2023
10:30am - 11:30pm
Main Theatre
Booking advised

A whirlwind introduction to the brain and nervous system! Packed with memorable large-scale demos, you’ll create a giant neuron live on stage to explore how nerve cells communicate. Then, watch as we hijack those signals to control someone's movements (preferably a teacher!)! Along the way we investigate what this tells us about how we learn, helping students understand their brains better, and learn how to make the most of them.

By Braintastic!

Adults £2 (Under 18s free)

Science of Sport
Panel

Science of Sport

18 February 2023
12pm - 1pm
Main Theatre
Booking advised

From keeping professional and elite athletes at peak performance, to getting the best from your own training at home, science is at the centre of modern sport. Not to mention the latest innovative tech, including when things go wrong. Young Swindon 105.5 presenter, Ayaan Jami quizes a panel of experts, including a former Wales international rugby player, a Sport & Exercise Science lecturer, and a company trialling wearable brain-scanning technology on real players. 

All tickets free

Dangerous Science!
Show

Dangerous Science!

18 February 2023
2pm - 3pm and 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Main Theatre
Booking advised

Back by popular demand, this year Wonderstruck return with their most dangerous show of all! 

Why do we get so much of our energy from burning stuff? 

The Dangerous Science Show uses this key question as an opportunity to squeeze some of our most dangerous demonstrations into one frantic hour of science-based excitement.

The show explores the role that hot gas has played in the development of human civilisation through the medium of whips, burning axes, facial heat shields and the odd explosion or two.

If you like your science hot, noisy and with an element of risk then this is most definitely the show for you!

Adults £4 (Under 18s free)

Wild Isles and The People’s Plan for Nature
Panel

Wild Isles and The People’s Plan for Nature

18 February 2023
3:45pm - 4:45pm
The Egg Theatre
Booking advised

How do we mobilise a generation to take action for nature? Join us for a behind the scenes look at Wild Isles, a new broadcast focused on UK nature, and the People’s Plan for Nature - new initiatives being delivered in partnership between RSPB, National Trust and WWF - UK. 

Helen Meech - Head of Movement Building, RSPB
Alex Hunt - Head of Advocacy and Policy, National Trust

All Tickets Free

Suitable for:
Event type:
Showing "ALL" event dates and are suitable for "ALL" (17)
Friday 17 Feb Registration
Exhibit

Book all tickets here for entry and shows for Friday 17 February

Festival Entry and tickets for Friday shows and events

17 February 2023
10am - 5pm
The Deanery CE Academy, Wichelstowe, Swindon, SN1 7DA
Booking advised

Explore our amazing exhibitors, chat with leading researchers, engineers and artists, watch live demonstrations and take part in FREE hands on family activities and workshops.

THERE'S ALWAYS SO MUCH TO SEE AND DO - MAKE SURE YOU ALLOW PLENTY OF TIME FOR YOUR VISIT!

Register and add your Friday shows and events to your Entry Registration in one booking

Book now
Saturday 18 Feb Registration
Exhibit

Book all tickets here for entry and shows for Saturday 18 February

18 February 2023
10am - 5pm
The Deanery CE Academy, Wichelstowe, Swindon, SN1 7DA
Booking advised

Explore our amazing exhibitors, chat with leading researchers, engineers and artists, watch live demonstrations and take part in FREE hands on family activities and workshops.

THERE'S ALWAYS SO MUCH TO SEE AND DO - MAKE SURE YOU ALLOW PLENTY OF TIME FOR YOUR VISIT!

Register and add your Saturday shows and events to your Entry Registration in one booking

Book now
Virtual Access Only
Panel

Virtual Access Tickets

Book Online-only access here for selected talks and panels

17 February 2023
10am - 5pm
Online
Booking advised

A number of our more in-depth talks and panels will be hybrid events, with panellists/attendees able to join the event online, as well as in the theatre.  

If you can't be in the room, this is the next best thing, and we'll try to include your questions for our panellists using an interactive online event platform.

You only need one Virtual Access Ticket for each event you want to join, no matter how many people are watching with you.

Book now
Rude Science
Show

Rude Science, with Gastronaut

Supported by Catalent

17 February 2023
11am-12pm and 1pm-2pm
Main Theatre
Booking advised

Gastronaut Stefan Gates hits Swindon with his explosive new 2023 show reveals everything you always wanted to know about the revolting (but vital) science that no-one ever talks about. Expect zits, burps, farts, snot, scabs, pee, vomit, snot, blood, sweat and tears, all brought to life with stunts, rockets, fart machines, sneeze machines and enormous bottoms. There’s actually no such thing as rude science – just science you haven’t made friends with yet.

Full of ridiculous and shocking demos, hacks, myth busting and self-experimentation, this is an action-packed family science show that will light the touchpaper of fascination in anyone - even people who think they hate science.

Adults £4 (Under 18s free)

How to live on Mars!
Talk

How to live on Mars!

Supported by UK Space Agency

17 February 2023
2:30pm - 3:30pm
Main Theatre
Booking advised

Humans will soon make their first trip to Mars. How will we get there? What challenges will you have to overcome and what spectacular sights await the successful? In a talk packed full of stunning visuals and the latest scientific thinking, astronomer and author, Colin Stuart will take you on a journey to the Red Planet to witness the majesty of a Martian sunset. Based on several of his books, including The Astronaut Selection Test Book with Tim Peake, you’ll hear just what it’ll take to achieve the most audacious feat of exploration ever attempted. He'll even bring a real piece of Mars with me in the form a Martian meteorite. Strap in for the voyage of a lifetime!

Adults £2 (Under 18s free)

Ducks in Space! A peek inside the treasures of the Science Museum Group
Talk

Ducks in Space! A peek inside the treasures of the Science Museum Group

Supported by the Science Museum Group

17 February 2023
3:45pm - 4:45pm
The Egg Theatre
Booking advised

A massively-magnified influenza virus particle, a toy duck used by scientists to identify landing sites on a comet for a space mission, and a Thomas the Tank Engine toy made in Swindon. These are just a few of the hundreds of thousands of objects that have been moved to the new National Collections Centre at Wroughton, with many available to view online. Dr Laura Humphreys, Curator and Collections Information Manager will give an update on the project, the incredible objects they've uncovered and answer your questions about the future of the site.

Dr Laura Humphreys, Science Museum Group

All tickets free

Hack Your Brain!
Show

Hack Your Brain!

18 February 2023
10:30am - 11:30pm
Main Theatre
Booking advised

A whirlwind introduction to the brain and nervous system! Packed with memorable large-scale demos, you’ll create a giant neuron live on stage to explore how nerve cells communicate. Then, watch as we hijack those signals to control someone's movements (preferably a teacher!)! Along the way we investigate what this tells us about how we learn, helping students understand their brains better, and learn how to make the most of them.

By Braintastic!

Adults £2 (Under 18s free)

Where the UK leads in the new space race!
Panel

Where the UK leads in the new space race!

Supported by UK Space Agency and SSTL

17 February 2023
4:00pm - 4:45pm
Main Theatre
Booking advised

Cubesats, miniaturisation, spaceports and moon bases - the UK is working on them all. Multi-award-winning astronomy author, writer and speaker, Colin Stuart, chairs this panel of experts from across the UK space sector about the future of space in the UK.  

Lily Forward, Systems Engineer for Lunar Pathfinder Satellite Programme, SSTL
Joel Freedman, Head of Innovation Services at Satellite Applications Catapult
Dhara Patel, Space Expert at the National Space Centre, Leicester

All tickets free

Science of Sport
Panel

Science of Sport

18 February 2023
12pm - 1pm
Main Theatre
Booking advised

From keeping professional and elite athletes at peak performance, to getting the best from your own training at home, science is at the centre of modern sport. Not to mention the latest innovative tech, including when things go wrong. Young Swindon 105.5 presenter, Ayaan Jami quizes a panel of experts, including a former Wales international rugby player, a Sport & Exercise Science lecturer, and a company trialling wearable brain-scanning technology on real players. 

All tickets free

Dangerous Science!
Show

Dangerous Science!

18 February 2023
2pm - 3pm and 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Main Theatre
Booking advised

Back by popular demand, this year Wonderstruck return with their most dangerous show of all! 

Why do we get so much of our energy from burning stuff? 

The Dangerous Science Show uses this key question as an opportunity to squeeze some of our most dangerous demonstrations into one frantic hour of science-based excitement.

The show explores the role that hot gas has played in the development of human civilisation through the medium of whips, burning axes, facial heat shields and the odd explosion or two.

If you like your science hot, noisy and with an element of risk then this is most definitely the show for you!

Adults £4 (Under 18s free)

Wild Isles and The People’s Plan for Nature
Panel

Wild Isles and The People’s Plan for Nature

18 February 2023
3:45pm - 4:45pm
The Egg Theatre
Booking advised

How do we mobilise a generation to take action for nature? Join us for a behind the scenes look at Wild Isles, a new broadcast focused on UK nature, and the People’s Plan for Nature - new initiatives being delivered in partnership between RSPB, National Trust and WWF - UK. 

Helen Meech - Head of Movement Building, RSPB
Alex Hunt - Head of Advocacy and Policy, National Trust

All Tickets Free

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FUTURE YOU ZONE

Supported by Catalent

Delve into the science behind what makes you you and explore the latest health and wellbeing innovations.

The Festival of Tomorrow - Info & booking

SPACE FOR THE FUTURE ZONE

Supported by UK Space Agency

Visit the stars with our planetarium shows, discover the latest on UK’s role in the space sector or make some out of this world art.

The Festival of Tomorrow - Info & booking

TOMORROW MAKERS

Supported by The James Dyson Foundation

Prepare to be wowed by amazing live demonstrations by some of the young scientists of tomorrow, and try your hand at fun engineering challenges for the family.

The Festival of Tomorrow - Info & booking

FUTURE REALITIES ZONE

Discover how AI, Cyber and technology are shaping our world, with lot of intriguing demonstrations and activities.

The Festival of Tomorrow - Info & booking

OUR WORLD ZONE

Our planet is incredible. Meet the organisations and innovators who are working to help care for our environment and tackle the challenges of climate change.

The Festival of Tomorrow - Info & booking

HIGHLIGHT GALLERY

We love to see your highlights of your favourite moments a the festival each year, so make sure you post yours and tag us on social media, using #FestivalOfTomorrow 

Here are a few of our favourite moments!

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Science Lead - Primary School
Georgia, young visitor
Swindon teacher
Visitor
Swindon teacher

Wish we’d come earlier!

Amazing – wish we’d come earlier!

- Visitor

A fantastic day for all the family!

What a fantastic day for all the family! We will definitely come next year! Thanks!

- Parent

So many young female scientists!

It was amazing to see so many young female scientists .Every person we spoke to had lots of time for my children (6, 5 and 2), spoke to them and they left inspired and wanting to be scientists.

- Parent of young children

Highlight of school holiday week!

I visited with my children and they loved it, it was the highlight of their school holiday week. We will definitely come again next year!

- Parent

It linked in really well with our Science topic!

It linked in really well with our Science topic and helped children link their learning to a wider range of topics.

- Swindon teacher