We’re taking a pause in 2019

For the past 12 years, the Manchester Science Festival has grown in size and scope to become the largest science festival of its kind in the country. 2018 was an incredible year for the festival, with more events and partners than ever before.

Producing and curating the hundreds of events that make up the festival each year is a massive undertaking, and so we have made the decision to pause for a year to allow the team to reflect on past festivals and review how to make the most of our successes before starting work on the 2020 festival.

We have a very clear ambition to build on the success and impact of the Manchester Science Festival and we are looking forward to sharing this exciting journey with you. We hope you’ll join us in 2020 to celebrate the return of the Manchester Science Festival for its 13th year.

In the meantime, let’s take a look back at some of the highlights of the past 12 years:

A person in a white spiderman costume climbs inside a spiderweb made of sticky tape, part of the Manchester Science Festival

Tape, by numen/for use was a highlight of the 2017 festival and was even a favourite for Spiderman!

The ball pool headlined the 2015 festival and was a huge hit

Robots took over the 2017 festival, including our late event where this Mirobot charmed visitors

The Chronarium sleep lab took the festival immersive experience outside of the museum to the Arndale, and brought some science to shoppers

Mary-Ellen McTague took on Foxdog Studios’ robot chef at the 2017 festival

Clod Ensemble’s “Under Glass” at the 2017 festival was picked as a particular favourite by the museum team

This beautiful Pegasus featured in the 2014 exhibition 3D Printing the Future

Marcus Coates’ exhibition was a favourite from the 2014 festival