Cheltenham Science Festival 2022 will take place 7 - 12 June 2022.
Are we all holograms? What goes into the perfect pint? Can we cure cancer in our lifetime? What makes a superhero? Are we any closer to solving the mystery of time?
Asking the most important questions about the world today, Cheltenham Science Festival is back at full scale for its 20th birthday from 7 - 12 June with 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.
In year two of the Festival’s ‘Be The Change’ theme, four *Guest Curators and a group of five Young Changemakers will show how science is shaping our future.
Over 130 ticketed events include Jeff Forshaw considering if we are all holograms, and Jim Al-Khalili questioning if we are any closer to solving the mystery of time. Topics to be explored cover art and design, social sciences, psychology and neuroscience, chemistry, engineering, entertainment, the environment, history, current affairs, technology, food, sport, space and the universe.
Free activities for all ages at Cheltenham Science Festival 2022
Visitors can look forward to hundreds of FREE activities in several interactive spaces on site. The Arcade is a brand-new zone, full of fun, creative and cryptic challenges. VOICEBOX will have a series of free digital events on Instagram and TikTok covering today’s hottest topics, from neurodiversity and video game design to body image and sustainable fashion, life hacks and collaborative artworks. Making a welcome return are the popular Discover Zone and MakerShack, while the Apollo stage has free events and workshops for all ages. Also on site are the GE Pavilion, Hartpury Science Hub, The Woodland Trust and a free Science Trail.
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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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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.