Lego Robotics workshops at the Courthouse

22 Jul

This summer there are a couple of great science fun sessions for children (age 7+) at Otley Courthouse. On August 7th and 8th JuniorSTEM are running Lego robotics workshops. Build creations and bring them to life!

The sessions run from 10.00 to 13.00 and tickets cost £5. You can find more details and book on the Courthouse ticket site here. Or you can pop into the Courthouse and buy them in person.

10 years on

29 Jun

We are celebrating our 10th anniversary this year and it seems appropriate to recognise another 10th anniversary today:

Both 10 years old and going strong! We might not have had quite the same impact as the iPhone but we do have some extra activities planned to celebrate our first decade so keep in touch to see what’s coming.

Science Cafe, 22nd June

23 Jun

Thanks to our speakers, Dr Antonios Stavropoulos-Kalinoglou, Prof Ben Varcoe, and Dr Paul Ko Ferrigno for 3 engaging and interesting talks at last night’s Science Cafe.

Here is a quick look back to the evening:



Science Café, 22nd June

15 May

2017 June-cafe-poster2 smThere’s more information on the Science Café page


The next Science Café will be Thursday 22nd June

6 Apr

The line up for this Science Café now in place. On the evening we will be covering:

  • Immunity in a test tube; engineering Biology for better health
  • Why Schrödinger’s Cat Is Hard to Understand: The Physics of Quantum Information
  • Exercise and arthritis: a painful story or healthy relationship?

There is more information on our Science Cafés page

In the meantime, here’s a quick look back at the last one:

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Next Science Cafe: Thurs 2nd March

9 Feb


Otley Science Festival 2016: Monday 7 Nov – Sat 12 Nov

10 Sep

We have another great week lined up for you in our ninth Festival. See below for the full line-up or you can pick up a printed program from the Courthouse now.

Tickets are available now – have you got yours yet?

Click here for details of the Schools Events

Otley Science Festival is Supported by:


Monday 7 November 11.00 – 12.00 noon

Silly Science Toddler Time – Families Silly-1

Our sell out science special for under 5’s is back! Join us and let your child investigate with their senses and explore the scientific world around them. Laid on especially for the Courthouse by the Otley Childrens Centre, this is a very popular ticketed event with limited spaces, so please book early to avoid disappointment.

£3 per child, accompanying adults free.
For children aged 5 and under.

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Monday 7 November 1.00pm2.00pm

Silly Science Toddler Time – GroupsSilly-1

A science fair specifically aimed at groups of under 5s from nurseries, play groups and childminders only. This is a ticketed event with limited spaces, so please book early to avoid disappointment.

£3 per child, accompanying adults free.
For children aged 5 and under.

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Monday 7 November 7.30pm

The Science of Everyday Life with Marty Jopsoneverydaylife_1

In this brilliant scientific tour of household science, BBC1 One Show scientist Dr Marty Jopson addresses conundrums such as: What really makes cakes rise? Why do soap bubbles burst? And how you get the quartz out of a clock using a hammer? The accompanying book serves as a guide to life with a dribblesome teapot cure, the solution to shocks from your car and why any of this matters at all. Answers will be provided, electrical devices dismantled and mess created in the name of science.

That was amazing! I couldn’t believe my eyes!” Cheltenham Science Festival

£10/£8               For families and children aged 7 and upwards.

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Tuesday 8 November 7.30pm

Festival Science CaféScience Cafe

The perennial favourite of the Otley Science Festival returns once more to bring you a veritable cornucopia of science. Discover what happened when Otley school kids chatted with Astronaut Tim Peake, how to use nylon beads to wash greener and what the 100,000 Genomes Project will mean to Yorkshire. With each speaker given a quarter of an hour to talk there will be plenty of time afterwards for you to further grill them with questions and mingle over a drink.

£5, 18s and under free                Adults and young people. Bar.

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Wednesday 9 November 7.30pm

Prank Science with Steve Mouldmould_1web

Steve Mould is well known for pulling pranks on unsuspecting members of the public in BBC 1’s Britain’s Brightest. All in the name of science of course. In this show he’ll be sharing his secrets and showing you loads of ways you can prank your friends and annoy your family. Expect mind bending illusions, weird chemistry, explosions and a fart projector. Do try this at home!

£10/£8                                                      Age 7 and upwards. Bar.

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Friday 11 November 12.30 to 2pm

Science Lunch: A Life Spent Dyeingdyes

Enjoy a delicious buffet lunch then sit back and listen to Prof David Lewis, from the Department of Colour Science at the University of Leeds, as he explains some of the chemistry of hair care and in particular the way we dye it. Enjoy a cup of tea, or coffee, and a piece of cake as you discover why, despite being chemically identical, the dyeing of wool and hair follow a very different course. Tickets are limited and pre-booking is essential.

£7     including buffet lunch.

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Friday 11 November 7.30pm

What We Cannot Know with Prof. Marcus du Sautoymarcusdusautoy_final-free-to-use-web

Are there limits to what we can discover about our physical universe? Are some regions of the future beyond the predictive powers of science and mathematics? Is the universe infinite? Are there ideas so complex that they are beyond the conception of our finite human brains? Can brains even investigate themselves or does the analysis enter an infinite loop from which it is impossible to rescue itself? Marcus du Sautoy takes us to the edge of knowledge to find out what we cannot know.

£12/£10        Age 7 and upwards. Bar

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Saturday 12 November 10am-4pm

Otley Science Fairflasks

Join local groups, regional museums and national organisations showing off the best of hands-on science in Yorkshire. From physics to biology and engineering to wildlife, come along to the Otley Courthouse for this year’s even bigger science fair. There really is something for everyone, with stalls, demonstrations, workshops and experiments to have a go at.

Free event.      Something for everyone.

Saturday 12 November 7.30pm

Stuff Matters with Mark Miodownikmiodownik_1-web

Concrete that can heal itself, implants that become living bone and magnetic liquids: materials engineer and TV presenter Mark Miodownik explains why the world is about to become a lot stranger.

£1210                Age 7 and upwards. Bar.

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Further information and tickets:

Tickets from

Box office 01943 467216 10am-4pm Mon-Sat inclusive

Where Concessionary Ticket prices are shown these apply to:

  • under 16s
  • those in receipt of benefits
  • those in full time education
  • Senior Citizens who are 60+ and retired

Buy in person from Otley Courthouse 10am-4pm Mon-Sat or on the door.

All events at Otley Courthouse

(unless otherwise specified):

Otley Courthouse Arts Centre,
Courthouse Street,
West Yorks
LS21 3AN

Tel: 01943 467466