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IF Oxford Science and Ideas Festival Events

21st - 29th


Self-Defence For Time Travellers

Fri 21 October 5-6pm

Oxford Playhouse, OX1 2LW

Teenage / Adult

Comedian Mike Capozzola's live, multimedia ‘nerd-comedy’ show looks at the unexpected consequences of irresponsible time-travel and ways to outsmart historical adversaries like a velociraptor, a Victorian fisticuffs champ, a werewolf, a centaur and a slippery 1950's American ‘greaser.’ - PERFORMANCE


Using Body Clock Science To Improve Your Health

Fri 21 October 6 – 7 pm

Wig & Pen, OX1 2AU

Teenage / Adult

Can science both boost your wellbeing and help optimise your daily routine? Russell Foster, Professor of Circadian Neuroscience at the University of Oxford, reveals how your 24/7 lifestyle could be having a negative effect on your health. His new book, Life Time, shows how you can get back in synch with natural rhythms, and live a healthier, sharper life. - TALK


Code And Fly A Drone

Sat 22 October 2 – 4pm

Oxfordshire County Library, OX1 1DJ

Age 7-12 / Teenage / Adult

Drones are making a real difference today in conservation, transportation, and emergency response. Could you be one of the next generation of young engineers to design, build and fly these future vehicles? Join The Drone Rules team to learn some simple coding and fly a drone along a route designed by you. This is a fantastic way to go on an exciting journey in tech. - WORKSHOP


Human Flourishing

Sat 22 October 7.30 – 9pm

University Church, OX1 4BJ

Teenage / Adult

Why we are here? What makes for a good life? Join Kathy Sykes, presenter of BBC hit Rough Science, and Andrew Briggs, Oxford University Professor of Nanomaterials and author of Human Flourishing, to question the role of technology and the nature of truth in our world. Drawing on Andrew’s book, examine the contributions scientific insight and spiritual wisdom might offer you. Justin Welby, Archbishop of Canterbury: “a careful and thoughtful provocation.” - TALK


Geology In A Cemetery Near You

Sun 23 October

11am – 12pm Headington Municipal Cemetery, OX3 9BY

3 – 4pm SS Mary & John Churchyard, OX4 1UR

Teenage / Adult

For geologists – whether amateur, student or professional – almost any urban cemetery provides a valuable opportunity to do scientific field work in your neighbourhood – and at no cost. Join geologists Nina Morgan and Philip Powell on a guided geological walk through an Oxford cemetery: you'll never look at a cemetery in the same way again. - GUIDED TOUR


Glow Your Own (3 of 6)

Wed 26 October, (also 2, 9, 16 November) 5 – 6.30pm

Digital Event

Age 7-12 / Teenage / Adult

Get ready for the Oxford Christmas Light Festival by creating your very own moving lantern. This workshop series will help you build your own creative circuit with sensors that control LEDs and motors. Get your Arduino starter kit (sent to UK addresses by post) and use online resource, Tinkercad to combine art and engineering. Six digital sessions with all workshops later available on-demand at - WORKSHOP


Why Sharks Matter

Wed 26 October 6 – 7pm

Oxford University Museum of Natural History, OX1 3PW

Teenage / Adult

The world of shark science and conservation. Join marine conservation biologist Dr David Shiffman, the author of the new book Why Sharks Matter: A Deep Dive with the World’s Most Misunderstood Predator, for a fun and engaging talk on what’s new and what’s next in shark science and conservation! He’s happy to answer any questions you have. - TALK


Braintastic! Science: Mastering Memory

Wed 26 October 7 – 8pm

Oxford Playhouse, OX1 2LW

Teenage / Adult

Can you trust your memories? Maybe not… In this interactive science show, learn how memories stored in the brain can play tricks on you through a series of memory games and quizzes. Discover top memory tips and explore psychology and neuroscience research that can help boost your learning and recall skills. Plus, a chance to ask expert presenter Alina Ivan any questions you might have about your incredible brain. - PERFORMANCE


The Magick of Matter: Crystals, Chaos And The Wizardry of Physics

Thu 27 October 6.30 – 7.30pm

Waterstones Bookshop, OX1 3AF

Teenage, Adult

This is the one-stop guide on how to harness the enigmatic workings of the natural world to become a thoroughly modern wizard. Join Felix Flicker on an empirical adventure in condensed matter physics; the scientific mechanism behind the mysteries of alchemy, transmogrification, and much more. - TALK


Robot Racing Extravaganza

Fri 28 October 1 – 3pm

Iffley Road Sports Centre, OX4 1SR

Age 7-12 / Teenage / Adult

What does a robotic dog tackling an obstacle course have to do with the Sun? Robots are tougher than people so they can travel to places a human wouldn’t dare. The UK Atomic Energy Authority will explain all at a robot extravaganza where you can drive a hovercraft, manipulate a robot arm and watch the SPOT robo-dogs complete an obstacle course. - INTERACTIVE


Side-Hustle to Start-Up

Sat 29 October 10am – 2pm

Business and IP Centre, Oxfordshire County Library, OX1 1DJ

Teenage / Adult

Come and unleash your inner entrepreneur and find out what it takes to make an idea into a profitable business. Many people have a side-hustle, or would like to create an income stream out of a hobby. Find out how you could monetise your dreams with the experts at the Business and Intellectual Property Centre in central Oxford. - WORKSHOP


Jina And The STEM Sisters

Sat 29 October 11-11.50pm and 2 – 2.50pm

Pegasus Theatre, OX4 1RE

Age 7-11, Teenage, Adult

Join budding scientist Jina on her adventure home, empowered by some of history’s super-STEM women. Digital-coder Ada Lovelace, glamorous inventor Hedy Lamarr, ‘radiating’ Marie Curie and pioneering astronaut Mae Jemison are amongst those offering Jina scientific gifts of curiosity, courage, creativity, persistence and open-mindedness, to help her find her way and follow her dreams to become a scientist. “Expertly crafted, highly imaginative” musical puppet show. “Will inspire a new generation.” - PERFORMANCE

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Spring Festival 2024 z7gq61
Fri 19 Apr 2024

Earth Trust, the Oxfordshire-based environmental charity is excited to announce the dates for their popular spring event which will take place over two weekends – 4-5 May and 11-12 May 2024.

Madagascar Production Mark Dawson Photography DSC 0664 dsvau0
Thu 18 Apr 2024

Based on the smash DreamWorks animated motion picture, Madagascar – The Musical  follows all of your favourite crack-a-lackin’ friends as they escape from their home in New York’s Central Park Zoo and find themselves on an unexpected journey to the madcap world of King Julien’s Madagascar.

Oxford’s Nature Club
Wed 17 Apr 2024

Em’bark’ on a woodland adventure to celebrate Earth Day. Discover the amazing world of TREES at Nature Club at the Science Oxford Centre.

Conductor Martin Yates at Dorchester Abbey fn3x6r
Tue 16 Apr 2024

The seventeenth annual English Music Festival (EMF) returns to Dorchester Abbey, Oxfordshire from Friday 24 May until Bank Holiday Monday 27 May 2024.