Otley Science Festival: Sunday 3 Nov – Sat 9 Nov

6 Sep

OSF-13poster-smallThis year, our Science Festival Week kicks off a week and a day earlier than previously on Sunday 3rd November and goes through to Saturday 9th November. Tickets are going fast – have you got yours yet?

We have a fabulous week lined up for you. See below for the full line-up:

Click here for details of Schools Events;







Kids’ Film & Fun with Wall-E  – Sold Out

Sun 3 Nov 10.00am – 2.00pmWall-E

Come as a family and build a robot from recycled boxes, toilet rolls and milk bottle tops, followed by you and your newly created robots watching the children’s classic Wall-E on the big screen. All materials supplied. This is a ticketed event with limited spaces, so please book early to avoid disappointment.

Lunch is not provided and children must be accompanied by an adult.
£4 per ticket, one accompanying adult free.  Children 4 to 14.

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Silly Science Toddler Time – Families

Mon 4 Nov 9.30 – 10.30 amSilly-1

Come along with your child and join in the fun science activities aimed specifically at the under 5s. From the earliest age children are natural scientists, using their senses to investigate and explore the world around them.

This is a ticketed event with limited spaces, so please book early to avoid disappointment.

£3 per child. Children 5 and under.  Accompanying Adults Free

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Silly Science Toddler Time – Groups

Mon 4 Nov 10.45 – 11.45 amSilly-1

A science session for groups of under 5s from nurseries, play groups and child minders only.  Families should book for the 9:30 session above.

This is a ticketed event with limited spaces, so please book early to avoid disappointment.

£3 per child. Children 5 and under.  Accompanying Adults Free


Marty Jopson – Zap Crackle and Pop

Mon 4 Nov 7.30pmMarty-Goggles

Join Dr Marty Jopson, Otley’s resident BBC One Show scientist as he takes a sparky journey through the story of electricity.

From the Ancient Greeks, through Faraday’s genius, Marty brings the story bang up to date with the latest high tech inventions like graphene. Expect a hair raising but electrifying performance.

★★★ “Full of ideas you can take home and set fire to” Fringe Guru, Edinburgh 

£9/£7 Families and children aged 7 upwards. Bar.

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Festival Science Cafe

Tue 5 Nov 7.30pm

To celebrate Bonfire Night, we have a specially themed Science Café with three speakers each spending 10 minutes talking on a firework related subject followed by our usual lively question and answer session. From natural fireworks to the epidemiology of firework injuries, there may even be a few, perfectly safe, indoor fireworks…

£4/£3 Adults and young people. Bar.

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In Search of the Northern Lights

– Science Festival Lunch

Wed 6 Nov 12.30pm – 2.00pmNorthern-Lights

Enjoy a delicious buffet lunch then sit back and listen as Prof. Jim Wild, explores our planet’s intimate relationship with the Sun and reveals the science behind the northern lights. These mysterious dancing lights in the night sky have captivated observers since ancient times, but what causes these beautiful displays in the polar sky?

Please note that pre-booking of tickets is essential.

£6 including buffet lunch.

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Stefan Gates – Gastronaut Live

Fri 8 Nov 7.30pmStefan-Gates

CBBC’s Stefan Gates (Incredible Edibles, Gastronuts) performs a big, bad, explosive, world-changing food science show.

BEWARE: there will be flame-throwing and rockets, mind-blowing chemistry, lots of explosions and some very strange food indeed.

“Full of food, fun, science and brilliance!”  Cheltenham Science Festival

£9/£7 Families and children aged 7 upwards. Bar.

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Helen Keen – Robot Woman of TomorrowHelen-Keen

Fri 8 Nov 9.15pm

Creator of BBC Radio 4s hit space comedy It Is Rocket Science, award-winning comedian Helen Keen returns to Otley to bring us her esoteric mix of stand-up, science fiction and shadow puppetry in a show that will transport you into the exciting, inventive and tinfoil-y world of The Future (by at least an hour!).
“Perfect… highly intelligent, accessible stand-up”     Three Weeks

£9/£7 Adults only. Bar.

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Otley Science Fair

Sat 9 Nov 10am – 4pmScience-Fair

Get down to this year’s Science Fair for stalls, demonstrations and great experiments to try out. The Courthouse will be alive with local and regional groups showing off the best science Yorkshire has to offer.  Cakes, teas, coffees and lunch available in the café all day.

FREE ENTRY.
Small fee for some activities.     Something for everyone.

Supported by:
Otley Town Partnership – Otley Town Council – Needham Geoscience
Leeds Philosophical and Literary Society – Institute of Physics
Leeds Bradford Materials Engineering Society
Councillors C.Campbell, R.Downes + S.Lay though MICE Money.


Mike Dilger – The Trials and Tribulations of a Natural History Presenter

Sat 9 Nov 7.30pmMike-Dilger

Join the BBC natural history presenter, Mike Dilger on an illuminating and sideways look at what it takes to produce popular and accessible wildlife television. Featuring some clips from The One Show, Mike reveals what often goes on behind the scenes on location and spills the beans on everything you wanted to know about TV presenting but were too afraid to ask.

£9/£7 Adults and young people. Bar.

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Further information and tickets:

Tickets from www.otleycourthouse.org.uk
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,
Otley,
West Yorks
LS21 3AN

Tel: 01943 467466

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