Tickets for the popular February half-term spectacular, Festival of Tomorrow, in Swindon, are now live and organisers expect many of the shows and events to book up fast.

Being held on 17-18 February at the Deanery Academy in Swindon, the Festival of Tomorrow is back with an even bigger and better lineup of explosive shows, spectacular performances, insightful panel debates and arts activities than ever before.

Entry to the main festival is free, and under 18s go free to all shows and events, however, there are additional fees for adults.

This year’s event highlights

New this year is the ‘Future You’ zone, supported by Swindon-based Catalent, which will delve into the latest in health and medicine and look to the future on how we can get the most from our bodies.

Gastronaut Stefan Gates will bring his brand-explosive new show, Rude Science, that reveals everything you always wanted to know about the revolting (but vital) science that no one ever talks about. 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.

We’ll explore How to Live on Mars!, with a panel supported by the UK Space Agency. Astronomer and author, Dr Colin Stuart will take you on a journey to the Red Planet to witness the majesty of a Martian sunset. This action packed talk is filled with stunning visuals and the latest scientific thinking. Based on several of his books, including The Astronaut Selection Test Book, which he worked on with Tim Peake.

Braintastic’s Hack Your Brain is a whirlwind introduction to the brain and nervous system to help us understand our brains better. Packed with large-scale demos, the audience will create a giant neuron live on stage to explore how nerve cells communicate. Then, watch as we hijack those signals to control someone’s movements.

And back by popular demand, Wonderstruck will return with their most dangerous show of all.  The Dangerous Science Show examines the impact that our ability to use the energy of expanding gases has had on human civilisation. This show contains some of their most dangerous demos, from the Burning Bed of Nails to the Fire Axe Pendulum and even the Exploding Helmet of Pain!

More events to find at the Deanery on 17-18 February include the National Trust and RSPB panel on Wild Isles and People’s Plan for Nature, sponsored by Business West. The Science of Sport, sponsored by Catalent, will feature a former rugby international and some cutting brain scanning kit being trialled in the UK to monitor sports concussions. Prof Dame Ottoline Leyser, CEO of UK Research and Innovation will be there to explore the future of UK science and research, and Science Museum curator Dr Laura Humphreys will update the latest from the National Collections Centre project and reveal some of the weirder objects they’ve uncovered in Ducks in Space!

During the school half-term, Swindonians can also find a range of activities around Swindon town centre with an exciting range of activities and breathtaking art installations to be announced soon.

Rod Hebden, Director of Festival of Tomorrow, tell us, “I am so excited that the Festival is back for another year, with even more spectacular shows, hands-on workshops and incredible exhibitors! The support from our sponsors and the enthusiasm of everyone who takes part is inspiring, and we’re looking forward to including even more art this year, thanks to support from the Arts Council.

“Since 2020, we’ve wowed over 20,000 visitors and over 100,000 pairs of eyes have interacted with our displays, art installations, exhibitors and shows. We look forward to welcoming ever more visitors this year and keep inspiring the next generation of young minds”.

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