Otley Science Festival 2019 ran from 11th – 16th November
Until we are ready to publish all the details for 2020, here’s a look back to 2019.
Once again we will had 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 added a “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).
- Monday 11th November, 10.30-11.30am and 1-2pm, Silly Science Toddler Time
- Monday 11th November, 5pm, MADDIE MOATE: Maddie’s Fantastic Factory Tour!
- Tuesday 12th, Wednesday 13th, Thursday 14th daytime – schools shows
- Tuesday 12th November, 7pm, GREG FOOT: Deep Ocean Lab
- Wednesday 13th November, 7.30pm, Festival Science Café
- Thursday 14th November, 7.45pm, Otley Film Society presents: APOLLO 11
- Friday 15th November, 12.30pm, Science Lunch: Black Holes, Quasars and the violent fate of the Milky Way
- Friday 15th November, 7.30pm, An Evening with PAUL HARDAKER, Chief Executive of the Institute of Physics
- Saturday 16th November, 10am – 4pm the free Otley Science Fair
- Saturday 16th November, 8pm, JAMES WONG – Is the nutrition in our crops declining?
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
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 first 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
With 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
Festival Science Cafe
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
2019, 123mins, U
This 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 from 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.
Friday 15th November, 7.30pm
An Evening with Paul Hardaker, Chief Executive of the Institute of Physics
Professor 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
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
Saturday 16th November, 8pm
James Wong: Is the Nutrition in our Crops Declining?
Have 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.
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