Science in the Park 2016 is coming!!

March 11th-20th 2016 is British Science Week – a celebration of science, technology, engineering and maths across the UK. In honour of all things science, we will be hosting our free Science in the Park 2016 event which will be held at Wollaton Hall on March 19th. We’ll have exhibits, activities and demonstrations from across the science spectrum and to suit all ages.

If you are interested in being a volunteer to help out on the day, please register here.

This year we will be hosting:

Hawks of Steele – come and see their amazing birds of prey! (Gardens behind Wollaton)

Physics Live – Physicists from the University of Nottingham are back again to perform their incredible physics demo! (Yard Studio)

Inflativerse – The University of Nottingham’s Inflatable Planetarium! Places are limited – sign up for a ticket on the day (Willoughby Room).

Guest speakers – Prof. Philip Moriarty and Prof. Sean May (Yard Studio)

And we have lots of exhibitors and stalls with exciting activities to intrigue and amaze!

Programme Final

Science in the Park 2016 flier

If you have any queries, get in contact with us at!

UPDATE: Science Fair registration has now closed!

We are inviting school pupils to take part in our inter-schools science fair. Pupils in key stages 2, 3 or 4 are invited to bring their own projects to present to the public – posters, experiments, videos and demonstrations are all welcome – and there will be prizes for the best entry in each key stage. Some of the prizes up for grabs are a complete set of “Horrible Science” books (23 books worth over £130!) and a family ticket to the National Space Centre in Leicester. Projects created by pupils in key stage 3 can also earn a CREST Bronze award from the BSA – a well-regarded award which can count towards the skills section of the Duke of Edinburgh’s award.

UPDATE: The Science Fair will be held in the Yard Gallery (opposite the gift shop). Wollaton Hall will be open from 10am for set up and Science in the Park begins at 11am. Judging will be held at noon, so the pupils can present for an hour and then still have time to look around the rest of the event!

They are welcome to leave their projects on display and collect them at the end of the day.

Science fair rules:


When you bring your project to the fair at Science in the Park, please make sure it does not have any of the following:

Sharp objects (such as knives, scissors or pins)

Burn hazards (flames or unprotected heat sources)

Spoiled food (unless in a sealed container)

Risk of electric shock (e.g. bare wires)

Chemicals or water which could spill: if you are using any chemicals they must be in sealed containers or in small amounts of low concentration

Any project which is considered unsafe on the day may not be allowed to display – if you are not sure about your project, email us at to check!


Any project involving live animals must not harm them in any way. It is all right to count how many snails live in different microclimates in your garden, for example, but you must not hurt or kill live animals for your project. This includes investigations involving people – do not design a project which could hurt or upset somebody.

Facilities on the day

We are unable to provide running water for projects and we only have access to a few electric sockets – if you wish to use electricity in your project, batteries are best!


Wollaton Hall and the British Science Association are not liable for any loss or damage to projects. If you want to use anything valuable (e.g. a laptop or iPad) then it is at your own risk, so it is best to stay with your stall until the end of the judging.


The judges will choose a winner and a runner up in each category. The primary category is for entrants who are still in primary school (up to year 6), the Key Stage 3 category is for entrants in years 7, 8 and 9, and the Key Stage 4 category is for entrants in years 10 or 11. The judges will judge on these criteria:

Scientific knowledge and understanding: Does your project show that you understand the science behind your idea?

Problem solving and the scientific method: Does your project show how you investigated, experimented or researched an idea properly?

Organisation: Does your project tell a story? Is your project clear for other people to understand?

Creativity: Was your project your own idea? The judges don’t like projects that came in a box or that we can find on the internet.

Communication: Does your project explain and show what you’ve done? Will other people learn something from your project?

Independent work: Is this project your own work? It is sensible to ask your teacher or parents to help you if you need an adult, but the judges want to know that you did as much as you could on your own.


There will be a prize for the winner of each category and every entrant earns a certificate of entry.

We would like to thank Scholastic for their generous donation of a complete set of Horrible Science books (RRP £137.77), which includes a whopping 23 books!!

Horrible Science

We would also like to thank the National Space Centre in Leicester for donating tickets for 2 children and 2 adults to go and visit them for free!

NSC prize

CREST Bronze award

For pupils in Key Stage 3, your project can earn you a British Science Association CREST award. The Bronze award shows that you have enquiry, problem solving and communication skills by creating a project which helps other people learn about something scientific. The project should take at least 10 hours of work (about two days) to achieve the standard expected. A Bronze CREST award can count towards the Skills section of the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award. The judges will decide whether your project meets the criteria to earn a CREST Bronze award – if you would like further guidance to ensure you will qualify for the award, email us at to check.