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British Science Festival 2021

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7 September 2021 to 11 September 2021 Book tickets

Celebrate the people, stories and ideas at the heart of science.

The British Science Festival 2021 will transform the city of Chelmsford with over 100 FREE events including mind-bending performances, immersive experiences, thought provoking talks and interactive workshops from Tuesday 7 to Saturday 11 September. 

Spend the whole day, or occupy yourself for just a couple of hours, exploring the city and campus events.

The diverse programme covers topics from local wildlife and space, to robotics and food – there’s something for everyone. And you don’t need any knowledge of science to enjoy what’s on offer.

Programme highlights include the world premiere of BODY, an outdoor immersive installation that takes you on a journey through six different zones of the body. 

Pandemic reflections with Sir Patrick Vallance (Chief Scientific Advisor) and Dr Jenny Harries OBE (Chief Executive, UK Health Security Agency) answering your questions about the COVID-19 pandemic. 

The Peregrine - audio escape trail taking you on an audio tour of a 1.5 mile stretch of the Chelmer Valley Nature Reserve narrated by the one and only, Sir David Attenborough. 

There’s plenty for young audiences too. On the last day of this year’s Festival – Saturday 11 September – Anglia Ruskin University will be hosting an extra special day of events and activities aimed at families.

Events will take place throughout Chelmsford city centre, including on-campus at Anglia Ruskin University. 

All tickets for the British Science Festival are completely free, but booking is essential for most events. 

For the full programme of over 100 events and to book your FREE tickets, visit