Cheltenham Science Festival will take place this year from 10 - 13 June 2021.
It will explore the theme ‘Be The Change’ combining in-person and online events to show how science is shaping our future. The Schools and Family programme will be available digitally for free, while hands-on activities will be presented in a safe, socially-distanced environment for people of all ages.
Statement from Senior Management Board of Cheltenham Festivals, February 2021...
"In June, in place of our Science Festival interactive zones - the Discover Zone, Cyber Zone and MakerShack – we will build an enhanced Free Stage for demonstrations, discoveries, debates and more. We will offer some ticketed events for a physical audience, supported by a digital focused programme of activity."
Check out the 2021 guest curators and young activists including nobel prize-winning geneticist and Director of the Francis Crick Institute, Paul Nurse.
What is Cheltenham Science Festival?
How long is a piece of string? What makes the world turn? And why does chocolate taste so good? From the state of the planet, to the latest stem cell research, to the secrets of the perfect cup of tea – nothing is off limits at Cheltenham Science Festival. The annual event has attracted some of the world’s greatest scientists, big thinkers and comedy geniuses to help answer some pretty big questions.
With past speakers including Brian Cox, Robert Winston, Alice Roberts and Richard Dawkins, the festival is the perfect place to pose your most burning questions and expand your mind. We recommend you attend this year for six jam-packed-days of debate, discovery, experiments, enjoyment and hands on fun and take a fresh look at the world around you.
For ticket information and availability visit the Cheltenham Festivals website.
- In town/city centre
- Repeatable Event
- Family Fun
|Cheltenham Science Festival at Home 2021 (10 June 2021 - 13 June 2021)|
Car parks are situated in various locations around Cheltenham. Cheltenham is likely to be very busy during Festival periods so please make sure you arrive in plenty of time and plan your parking arrangements in advance. If at all possible, use public transport to travel around the town centre.
If arriving by car we recommend that you use Cheltenham’s Park & Ride service, this is located at Arle Court (GL51 6SY, near M5 Junction 11) and Cheltenham Racecourse (GL50 4SH). Parking is free, and the service runs every few minutes into the Town Centre; but please note that times vary on Sundays.
Please note: Park & Ride services are not operated by Cheltenham Festivals and do not drop off directly at Festival sites.
Public Transport Directions
Cheltenham Spa is well served by CrossCountry trains, including direct services from many mainline stations including Bristol, Manchester, Leeds, York, Sheffield and Edinburgh. The railway station (GL51 8NP) is located approximately 1 mile from the town centre, and local buses depart into Cheltenham town centre every few minutes.
Stagecoach run regular services locally and to nearby town and villages – for route maps and timetables, visit stagecoachbus.com/cheltenham.
National Express Coaches operate services between many major cities and Cheltenham Spa’s Royal Well bus station (GL50 3PD). See the National Express Coaches website for more details.