Festival 2019

Otley Science Festival 2019 runs from 11th – 16th November

Once again we will have a wide range of events: for schools and early years during the week days, a Science Lunch, varied informative and entertaining events every evening from Monday to Saturday and the all day, free Science Fair on Saturday. This year we have an added “fringe” to the Science Fair, with additional events in other locations around Otley including a planetarium in the Parish Church.

Here is the programme for the week with links down this page for more details (or you can just scroll down).

You can download our leaflet in pdf form here


Monday 11th November 10.30 to 11.30am and 1 to 2 pm

Silly Science Toddler Time

Our science special for returns to the Courthouse. Join us and let your child investigate with their senses and explore the scientific world around them. Laid on with help from the Otley Children’s Centre, this is a very popular ticketed event with limited spaces, so please book early.

This year both sessions are for families only.

Unfortunately these sessions are now sold out

Follow the link for booking details 10.30-11.30am : 1-2pm

Supported by Otley Town Council

Monday 11th November 5pm

Maddie Moate: Maddie’s Fantastic Factory Tour!

Welcome one and all! Maddie is opening the doors to her fantastic factory for the very MaddieMoat-presenting-Factory-Tour-640first time! Maddie is always busy exploring factories on telly and YouTube but now she’s inviting you all to join her own tour and marvel at the machines inside! Come along and find out how some of her favourite things are made live on stage, with a little help from her special cameras.

Tickets £10 Adults, Children Age 3+ £8 unfortunately this is now sold out

Top find our more about Maddie go to maddiemoate.com


Tuesday 12th November 7pm

Greg Foot: Deep Ocean Lab

Greg-Foot-DeepOceanLab-SubExt-640With experiments and stunning videos, Greg will show you the high-tech submersibles that took him down 1000ft into the Twilight Zone – and how diving to these depths affected him. He’ll explain the importance of our oceans, and – thanks to Greg’s work with the Blue Planet II team – uncover the effect we’re having on them. Plus, you’ll get the chance to meet a creature from beneath the waves!

Join Greg for the story of his scientific adventure to the deep.

Tickets £10 Adults, £8 Children Age 7+

To find out more abour Greg go to gregfoot.com


Wednesday 13th November 7.30pm

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Our regular Science Café returns once more with a veritable cornucopia of science, from sustainable cities to memory and the analogue Moon landings. Each speaker has a quarter of an hour to talk, then you, the audience, take over. Whether you want to grill a speaker about generalities or pose a particular problem, the floor is yours. Our Café is just the place to sample some new science – and something from the bar!

Tickets £5, under 18s free


Thursday 14th November 7.45pm

Otley Film Society presents: Apollo 11

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apollo-11This American documentary film edited, produced and directed by Todd Douglas Miller, focuses on the 1969 Apollo 11 mission, the first spaceflight to land humans on the Moon. The film consists solely of archival footage, including 70 mm film that was previously unreleased to the public, without narration or interviews. Stars Buzz Aldrin, Joan Ann Archer and Janet Armstrong.

Tickets £5 – Film Society members free


Friday 15th November, 12.30pm

Science Lunch: Black Holes, Quasars and the Violent Fate of the Milky Way

Enjoy a delicious buffet lunch, then sit back and listen to Professor Clive Tadhunter fromA deep look at the strange galaxy Centaurus A the University of Sheffield as he describes the darkness at the heart of our galaxy: an immense black hole, many millions of times as massive as the Sun.

But how do we know that these enigmatic objects exist? What do they do to their host galaxies? And how are they linked to the fate of the Milky Way?

This is your chance to find out.

£7 including buffet lunch. Tickets are limited; it is essential to book in advance.

Want a preview? https://www.sheffield.ac.uk/physics/research/astrophysics/active-galaxies-quasars-starbursts

Friday 15th November, 7.30pm

An Evening with Paul Hardaker, Chief Executive of the Institute of Physics

Paul-HardakerProfessor Paul Hardaker is the Chief Executive of the Institute of Physics, a meteorologist, a physicist and a passionate advocate for physics and physicists. Paul represents some 50,000 members of the Institute of Physics, a scientific society that works to promote physics and physicists and is an advocate for science in general and physics in particular, on TV, in the papers and in his blog.

Come along to find out about Paul, his science, his role at the Institute of Physics.

Tickets £8. Age 11+


Sat 16 Nov 10am to 4pm

Otley Science Fair

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Everyone’s favourite! 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 bustling science fair. This year we are also branching out into coding – with support from Otley Library – and a planetarium in the Parish Church. There really is something for everyone, with stalls, demonstrations, workshops and experiments to have a go at.

The Science Fair has its own page here

Free event with something for everyone

Saturday 16th November, 8pm

James Wong: Is the Nutrition in our Crops Declining?

James-Wong-640Have you read that the nutrient content of many of our staple foods is in steep decline? It’s a common claim, but does it stack up scientifically? What is the evidence? How do we measure it? James Wong, a Kew-trained botanist, science writer and broadcaster, pieces together the best evidence we have so far and busts a few myths along the way.

Tickets £19. Age 14+

To find out more about James go to jameswong.co.uk


Otley Science Festival is supported by a number of sponsors whose help enables us to put on this great event. Our thanks go to all of them.

Science Festival sponsors 2019


Further information and tickets:

The events are held at Otley Courthouse

You will be able to buy tickets:

  • In person from Otley Courthouse box office, 10am – 4pm Mon-Sat
  • On line from www.otleycourthouse.org.uk
  • On the door (as long as the event is not sold out)

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

01943 467466

You can email Otley Science Festival here: info@otleysciencefestival.co.uk
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