Swindon's Festival of Tomorrow will get up close and personal this February

By Jamie Hill - 19 December 2022


Thanks to new sponsor, Catalent, the Festival of Tomorrow 2023 will feature a new ‘Future You’ zone, exploring health and the body.

Families won’t want to miss BBC Gastronaut Stefan Gates’ brand new show, Rude Science, which promises a funny, cheeky, thoroughly disgusting but utterly scientific journey through the human body from head to bottom. Expect zits, burps, farts, snot, scabs, pee, vomit, snot, blood, sweat and tears, all brought to life with stunts, rockets, fart machines, sneeze machines and enormous bottoms. There’s actually no such thing as rude science – just science you haven’t made friends with yet.

The now annual festival will bring activities to people across Swindon, with an inspiring programme for Swindon schools, plus free half-term family activities and workshops all culminating in a two-day hybrid event at The Deanery CE Academy in Wichelstowe on 17 & 18 February.

Visitors can also delve into the latest science of sport, when regular Swindon 105.5 presenters Ayaan and Josh lead a panel exploring how science and tech enhance performance. Expect panellist announcements from elite athletes and teams from international sports and the sports tech of the future.

The festival will be getting even more creative this year, thanks to a grant from the Arts Council England, which will see artists and Swindon arts organisations joining scientists and researchers, to find creative new ways to help people explore the science, technology and discoveries that will shape the future.

Festival Director, Dr Rod Hebden said: “Scientists and innovators are naturally creative, and the arts provide a powerful lens to see the world and its possibilities in new ways. We’re excited to bring together a fantastic programme of activities across the town, which will give everyone a chance to explore and celebrate these links between science, technology and the arts.”

Swindon families will enjoy their festival favourites like planetarium shows and partners including Business West, Gel Studios, The James Dyson Foundation and UK Space Agency. The popular event is set to bring an exciting array of action-packed shows, thought provoking talks and free hands-on activities for all ages.

With organisations including Intel, Oxford University and the Science Museum Group already signed up to share talks, shows and free hands-on activities, everyone is invited to explore the latest discoveries and technologies which will help shape our future.

For the latest updates, visit www.festivaloftomorrow.com

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