Cheltenham Science Festival
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The annual Cheltenham Science Festival by Cheltenham Festivals will take place Tuesday 6 – Sunday 11 June 2023, in Imperial Gardens and various venues around Cheltenham. Members' Priority Booking from 18 April 2023.
Asking the most important questions about the world today, Cheltenham Science Festival hosts six days of spectacular science in Imperial Gardens. Bringing together the UK’s most respected scientists, favourite science communicators, writers, and artists to talk about today’s hottest topics.
Celebrate Cheltenham Science Festival's 21st birthday with 138 events and 270 of the best scientists, thinkers, writers and creators, promising something for every curious mind of every age.
2023 Programme Highlights
This year’s Guest Curators will be focusing on everything from mental wellbeing to social change and human behaviours. The line-up comprises: BBC Radio 4 – All in the Mind presenter and author, Claudia Hammond (mental and physical health, psychology and neuroscience); doctor, BBC broadcaster and children’s television presenter, Chris van Tulleken (human health, food and nutrition); award-winning documentary and podcast maker, creative director and writer, Hana Walker-Brown (social science, neuroscience, human behaviour, how we respond to the ever-changing world); award-winning mental health and wellbeing campaigner, Sophia Kaur Badhan (mental wellbeing, women’s health, changemaking); and the return of the Festival's AI Guest Curator, AIDA, who has curated an (Art)ificial Intelligence event.
Kaur Badhan also leads a group of Young Changemakers who are making a difference in their communities, sure to inspire audiences far and wide. These include: Charlie Fogarty, an aspiring footballer who suffered a severe brain injury in 2012; Claudia MacGregor, who founded Soil Snack in 2022 with a mission to reimagine urban land usage; Cerys Bradley, who focuses on the link between the medicalisation of queerness and neurodiversity; and Alfie Bowen, a wildlife campaigner and photographer who raises awareness for both wildlife and autism. They will be telling their stories at We Make Tomorrow, a free event on the Apollo Stage.
What is Cheltenham Science Festival?
This popular annual festival 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.
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|Cheltenham Science Festival 2023 (6 June 2023 - 11 June 2023)|
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.