Brighton Science Festival

Pocket Science Funfair

Pocket Science Funfair

Sunday 23 February 2020


All the fun of the fair, plus all the buzz of science!

Now we have some new science fun including the Bonking Machine and Buzz Wire Challenge and special guests, in the amazing St Augustine’s Centre, itself a masterpiece of creativity and  fun, with a splendid cafe.

It looks like a funfair; it IS a funfair, but each activity has a little science snuck in. The Incredible Machine will be there of course; Splat the Rat, Guess the Weight of the Cake, Gull Poo Shooting Gallery, Amazing Shrinking Box, Upside-down Goggles, Marble Runs, Tangrams…  Created by BBC Rough Science’s Jonathan Hare and science showman Richard Robinson, director of Brighton Science Festival.


“Wonderful creative minds!”

“It was amazing and there was loads of things to do. 

“Really fun and educational. I loved the static electricity and incredible machine”.

“Brilliant and lots of help from the scientists”.

“It was such fun and so interesting and the helpers are so enthusiastic + patient + make it extra fab”.

“What an amazing event! Lots of fun and science facts for kids and adults. The staff and organisers was brilliant & helpful. Thank you!”

“It was brilliant! Very much fun and a lot of learning in an easy way. I wish my science classes were like this!”

“Super-enthusiastic staff. Fascinating facts hidden in oodles of fun.”


All ages. Recommended age 7+ (no unaccompanied children, sorry)

11am-5pm (Drop in any time, but allow at least an hour to see and do everything!)

£4 per person, family ticket £14, under 7s free.


ONLINE BOOKING IS NOW OVER. Tickets will be available on the door – cash only.



PLUS special guests:


Get creative with science and engineering in an attempt to build the world’s longest automaton. Delve into a junk box of curious objects and levers, pulleys and spinning wheels – and fit them together to build a completely original giant kinetic artwork.





Discover the maths and art in cycling, with geometric drawing machines made from old bicycles by Brighton artist Nick Sayers. Using familiar bike parts, these contraptions demonstrate the magic of geometry and mechanics in a fun, interactive way.

£3 to buy the picture




The creative minds at Bewilder Box escape rooms have cleverly created a mini escape room in a box for this year’s science fair. Come along and test your puzzle solving skills with the Bewilder Box scientists and see if you have what it takes to crack their Box of Bewilderment!





Ryan Bradley, experienced musician and teacher will help you improvise some music, grunts, burps, wheezes – whatever – and use simple technology to create a piece of music that you can keep forever after the session. Ryan has a selection of instruments, equipment and speakers, but it would be great if you bring your own instruments as well. The more the merrier.



Map. Parking is difficult in the area; better to walk, cycle or use public transport.