National Science and Engineering Week – events in Oxfordshire (6 to 15 March)


All around the UK, people will be fossil foraging, exploding jelly babies, enjoying the world’s only virtual sci-pop festival, celebrating unusual science and debating Darwin as National Science and Engineering Week comes to town.

The Oxfordshire Science Festival is where hands and minds can get busy exploring, debating, experiencing and discussing science at the many events held across the county.

For more information and details of events, visit

Terrific Telescopes and Sneaky Spyglasses
Discover the Museum’s wonderful collection of telescopes and spyglasses, large and small, with this eye-opening trail.
Sat 7/03
2:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Museum of the History of Science, Oxford
Cost: free

Our science fair returns for its 6th year. Tried and tested, this fantastic event will fascinate and surprise. Join in our day of experiments and discovery, and help it to go with a whizz!
Sat 7/03
10:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Oxford University Museum of Natural History, Oxford
Cost: free

Pond-dipping at Boundary Brook Nature Park
To investigate the wildlife in and around the pond
Sun 8/03
2:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Boundary Brook Nature Park, Oxford
Cost: free

Science Fair
Cherwell students display their science fair projects and compete for prizes. The main aim is to provide a forum for Cherwell students to develop their interest in science and have the opportunity to display their research. We also hope to inspire them to compete in National science fairs. We hope that by opening the displays to the public friends and family can support our students, other schools may be encouraged to host similar competitions and anyone can come and see the beginnings of our next generation of scientists!
Tue 10/03
3:15 PM – 5:00 PM
Cherwell School North Site Hall, Oxford
Cost: free

Wiggly Water Walk
An adventure with water to find out how water can change other substances. An opportunity to use your senses to discover change, to anticipate results of a simple experiment and to use the results to create a work of art.Fri 13/03
10:00 AM – 11:00 AM
Cassington Pre-School Playgroup, The Green, Cassington
Cost: free

Five-a-day DNA
Get hands on with DNA by extracting it yourself from fruit and vegetables!
Fri 13/03
10:20 AM – 3:00 PM
Clarendon Shopping Centre, Oxford
Cost: free

Fabulous Finds
A chance to bring along fossil, rock, mineral or archaeological finds for an expert opinion, or simply come along to see what other people have brought in. On hand will be geologists from the Oxfordshire Geology Trust and the Finds Liaison Officer for Oxfordshire and West Berkshire. Identifications given on the spot where possible.
Sat 14/03
2:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Banbury Museum, Spiceball Park Road, Banbury
Cost: free

Chilly Science
Strange things happen to everyday objects when they get really cold. Come and see our exciting experiments with liquid nitrogen, and discover how to shrink balloons, shatter flowers and smash onions!
Sat 14/03 – 11am, 1pm and 3pm
1-5 London Place, St Clements, Oxford

Oxfordshire Goes Wild
Sat 14/03
12:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Oxford University Museum of Natural History, Oxford
Cost: free

Science in a modern wildlife park
9 to 13 March
Cotswold Wildlife Park and Gardens, Burford
A series of day long workshops for schools about the use of science in a modern wildlife collection

Ideas and Innovations Gallery Trail
Discover the amazing technological ideas Oxford people have had in the past!
Daily to 15 Mar
Museum of Oxford, Oxford
Cost: £1 per trail, souvenir prize included

‘Sensory Pods’
Come and discover why international artist Jan Niedojadlo’s giant multi-sensory sculptures, combining art and science are so popular. Enter the soft sculptures of the liver and the womb and experience the sights, sounds and textures of these unusual structures from the inside out.Daily to 19 April
Banbury Museum, Spiceball Park Road, Banbury
Cost: free