What's on? | University of Oxford
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What's on?

Quiz whizz? Garden guru? Space ace? There’s something for you at the Curiosity Carnival.

Each of the Curiosity Carnival venues will get curious about something different, in an evening of fun and entertainment for all ages and interests. Plus there’ll be all sorts of activities spilling out onto the streets of Oxford - with bite-size talks, music, walking tours, live demonstrations and the Marvellous Mathemagicians.

Most events will be free but you'll still need a ticket to access the venues around central Oxford. Find out more about venues and transport information.

Hitting the streets

12 noon to 7pm on Broad Street
No ticket required

The Curiosity Carnival will be spilling out into the streets of Oxford! Broad Street will come alive with acrobatics, bite-size talks at Curiosity Corner, curiously interesting demonstrations, walking tours, and live music.

Spend your afternoon as a Botanic Browser

3pm to 7pm - Botanic Garden
You'll need a free Botanic Browser Ticket

A photograph of a secondary school student using a microscope at the Oxford Botanic GardenSchool student using a microscope at the Oxford Botanic Garden

Get curiouser and curiouser, discovering the weird wonderland of things living and hiding in the Botanic Garden.

  • Join the trail to find the medicines hidden in the flower beds.
  • Vote in the Great Research Bake-Off, where researchers explain their work... in cake.
  • Hear strange tales at Quantum Story Corner – science and storytelling for all ages.
  • Taste the future at a topsy-turvy tea party with a twist.
  • Learn how to make the perfect cup of coffee – from mathematicians!
  • Unwind with live music.

Become a Curiosity Explorer in an evening of discovery

7pm to 10pm - Ashmolean Museum, Oxford University Museum of Natural History, Pitt Rivers Museum, Weston Library
You'll need a free Curiosity Explorer Ticket

There will be hundreds of activities for all ages and interests across the five venues - interactive games, flash talks, live experiments and demonstrations, films, poetry, music, art, dance and much more!

Explore how researchers use time and space at the Ashmolean Museum and find out more about what makes the universe – and us – tick. Here's a taste of what you can do...

  • Turn investigator for CSI Ashmolean.
  • Step into a lift and talk to the bellhop about claustrophobia.
  • Use virtual reality to see your DNA in 3D.
  • Create your own artwork in a mass design project.
  • Understand more about extreme weather using the Magic Planet.
  • Settle down in our authentic yurt to hear research stories from around the world.
  • Feel the beat as your heart rhythms are transformed into dance.
  • Create your own amazing sand art using sound.

The Museum of Natural History and the Pitt Rivers Museum invite you to get curious about people and planet. Of the hundreds of activities, here's a sample...

  • Mix up a ‘neurococktail’ at a cocktail party with a difference.
  • Check out the brain food menu in the Research Café and get to grips with the latest food, diet and health research.
  • Learn a little Korean while cooking up some Korean delicacies.
  • Jump into the Blood Factory and find out where blood is born and what it does.
  • Find out why the Victorians shared our stresses of information overload.
  • Discover how singing helps us make friends quicker.
  • Hear music that the ancient Greeks enjoyed.
  • Uncover how you can boost your brain.

For one night only, the Weston Library is replacing books with a living library of researchers!

  • Take out a researcher on loan from the Living Library and chat about their fascinating work.
  • Indulge your competitive streak in the Games Café with research-inspired games.
  • Join our debate on perhaps the biggest question of all: is love real?
  • Cast your vote as researchers fight to survive the live final of I’m a Researcher, Get Me Out of Here!

Get your quiz on!

7pm to 9.30pm - Museum of the History of Science
You'll need a Curious Pub Quiz ticket - £5 (this is an 18+ event)

Do you love a good quiz? Put your general knowledge to the test in the curious pub-themed quiz at the Museum of the History of Science. Enter a team of three or four, or come along on the night and join a scratch team. Each team will be joined by a researcher and you’ll be competing for a mystery prize. A range of alcoholic and soft drinks available - your ticket includes your first drink.

Get out of town

2pm Friday 29 September to 12 noon Saturday 30 September - Wytham Woods (a 20 minute drive from the centre of Oxford)
You'll need a free Wytham Wanderer Ticket - SOLD OUT

A chance to enjoy this area of ancient semi-natural woodland, used for environmental research. All Wytham Wanderer tickets are currently SOLD OUT but there is limited availability for overnight camping and stargazing (£5).