So, what’s happening…

Our first event directly impacted by the coronavirus is our June 18th Science Café. The Courthouse is closed and this event will not be going ahead in its traditional format. We are however investigating whether we can go a head with an on-line version.

This is still in consideration at the moment. We will update here and on the Science Café page when we know more.

Planning of the November Science Festival week is still going ahead although there are, of course, unknowns about exactly what we will be able to do. If we can do it there will be a Festival, although it is likely to have some difference from previous years.

Stay safe and looking forward to meeting you again as soon as possible.

2019 behind us and so on to 2020

Below is a small composite of a few moments from the 2019 Science Festival.

OSF 2019 composite image

We had another really successful year with many sell out events and Saturday’s Science Fair packing out Otley Courthouse and spreading to other locations in Otley with our new “Fringe” events. Thanks to everyone who came to support us, all those who worked to enable the Festival to take place and, of course, our wonderful range of presenters.

Thanks also to the Wharfedale Observer for their coverage which you can read on these links:

‘Storming start’ for Otley Science Festival

Hundreds turn out for ‘amazing’ Otley Science Fair

But now planning for Otley Science Festival 2020 gets under way. Mark the dates:

  • Festival week will be November 9th – 14th
  • Plus, of course Science Cafés on March 12th, June 18th and September 17th

See you there!

It all kicks off on November 11th…

Otley Science Festival 2019 poster

And more we couldn’t fit on the poster:

  • Wednesday 13th November the Festival Science Café
  • Thursday 14th November Otley Film Society presents: APOLLO 11
  • Friday 15th November the multiply fulfilling Science Lunch: Black Holes, Quasars and the violent fate of the Milky Way
  • Friday 15th November An Evening with Paul Hardaker, Chief Executive of the Institute of Physics

Get the details for everything on the Festival 2019 page and not forgetting the Science Fair on Saturday 16th, which also has its own page here

That was the September Science Café: next stop Festival 2019

Everything is in place and tickets are selling well for the 2019 Science Festival: indeed some events are already sold out.

Our week of events cover from deep ocean to deep space, physics to food and include a café, a lunch and Saturday’s all day free fair, this year with added “fringe” events. Check out the details on the Festival 2019 page.

Meanwhile, here’s a quick look back at the September Science Café.


Clockwise from top left:

  • Getting down to questions
  • Dr Nicolas Barry & Dr William Martin, School of Chemistry & Biosciences, University of Bradford on Molecular music: the sound of chemistry
  • Dr Kevin Houston, School of Mathematics, University of Leeds presenting Caricatures and Dancing Homers: The maths of shape
  • Dr J. Bernadette Moore, School of Food Science & Nutrition, University of Leeds addressing Sugar, fat, alcohol… what’s worse for the liver?

The programme is out, tickets are on sale for Otley Science Festival 2019

With the release of the Otley Courthouse autumn programme tickets are on sale for this year’s Science Festival.

Details for the Science Festival programme are included in the Courthouse programme booklet which you can pick up in the Courthouse and in other locations in the area. The list of events is on our web site here, along with the links to more details and Ticketsource for buying the tickets. We will be adding fuller details for all the events here shortly.

And if you can’t wait, our next Science Café is on Thursday September 26th. Again, details will follow shortly.

Festival Week Programme For Schools Published

Preparations for the 2019 Science Festival Week are well under way and as a starter we are now able to publish the programme of daytime events for schools.

These sessions, designed for primary schools (home educators also welcome), run during the daytime on the Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday of the Science Festival week (November 12th, 13th, 14th).

This year we are delighted to have two people known from the BBC and beyond, Maddie Moate and Greg Foot, plus Live Science Presenter extraordinaire Jon Wood.

You can find all the details on our Schools page.

13th June – the next Science Café

The warmer weather is here and with it our midsummer Science Cafe.

One timely topic of the evening’s trio is the science of staying safe in the water. Along side this we will discover what dirty teeth tell us about the past and the technology behind the famous (infamous?) Bitcoin: good for much more than just for a dodgy currency. An evening of useful and entertaining information!

Tickets are just £5 (under 18s free) so come and join us at 7.30pm on Thursday June 13th for another great evening. The full details are here on the Science Café page.