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Durham University

Science Engagement

Celebrate Science

Celebrate Science is a three-day Durham University Science Festival that takes place during the local schools' October half-term holiday. It includes a wide range of fun and fascinating science-themed events and activities focused around a marquee situated on Palace Green, as well as at various University locations around the city.

"Well done Durham Uni - brilliant half-term event for the whole family (only one in the country?!) Great."

"Excellent workshops and great work by volunteers - please repeat."

"Brilliant science for kids. Great to see so many kids excited about science! Keep it up!"

Visitors comments from the festival 'Feedback Wall'


Celebrate Science offers a unique opportunity for Durham University to promote its science, both teaching and research, to a general audience through engaging outreach activities. The aim is to stimulate interest in science and to inspire young people to study science in the future, while putting the University at the heart of a fun community event.

Celebrate Science

Celebrate Science

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Our annual three-day science festival celebrates Durham University’s latest research with our local community, targeting 7 to 11 year olds and their families. Each year during the local schools’ October half-term holiday more than 200 staff and student volunteers from departments across the University engage and inspire young people. Since 2010 well over 45,000 visitors have shared in the excitement of Durham University research. For more information go to:

"Lots of hands on experiments for kids. The students could not have been more friendly, enthusiastic in answering questions and explaining in just the right way so that we could all understand. Fantastic Day!"

"My daughter (age 10) MADE me bring her here today - all the way from EAST YORKSHIRE! But it was worth it. Well done!"

"Who knew science was so much fun!?! Thoroughly enjoyed every exhibit. Can't wait to come again."

Visitors comments from the festival 'Feedback Wall'