Explorazone – IF Oxford Science and Ideas Festival

If Oxford Science Festival


  • Saturday 9 October: 12:00 – 17:00
  • Sunday 10 October: 11:00 – 17:00
  • Admission: Free
  • Booking required

See some of the most exciting science and meet the best and friendliest inventors in town for free! Try out dozens of interactive activities and demonstrations suitable for all ages.

Delve inside your body and mind and discover how diseases are diagnosed and treated. Find out how scientists and engineers are solving the world’s biggest challenges and travel from the depths of the ocean to the outer reaches of space, all in Oxford Town Hall.

Please help us keep track of venue capacity by booking your approximate arrival time. You can arrive at any time during your half-hour arrival slot, then stay for as long as you like. Last entry 4.30pm, event closes at 5pm.

Activities include:

  • Your body clock: are you an owl or a lark? (Department of Experimental Psychology, University of Oxford)
  • The Olympus Rover trials on show (United Kingdom Atomic Energy Authority)
  • 100 years of insulin (Oxford Centre for Diabetes and Endocrinology, University of Oxford)
  • Protecting the code of life (Department of Biochemistry, University of Oxford)
  • Magnetic dancing (Wellcome Centre for Integrative Neuroimaging, University of Oxford)
  • Incredible Oceans chemistry lab (Incredible Oceans)
  • Making a Sun on Earth (United Kingdom Atomic Energy Authority)
  • Superconducting magnets in MRI (Siemens Healthineers Oxford)
  • A rough diamond? (Element Six)
  • Glow Your Own today (Science Oxford)
  • The gene therapists (Radcliffe Department of Medicine, University of Oxford)
  • Air and oceans (Royal Society of Chemistry, Environmental Chemistry Group)
  • Environmental hazards and your health (Environmental Health Protection Research Units, UK Health Security Agency)

IF Oxford uses Pay What You Decide (PWYD) ticketing so you can choose to pay whatever you want, or can afford. You can make your donation during booking or after the event and the amount you pay is up to you. A suggested donation of £5 per person for each event enjoyed will help secure the future of the Festival.

Find out more here!

Or book for Saturday here, or book for Sunday here.