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Visitors getting involved at Creative Multilingualism’s Linguamania
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What's on?

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

The Curiosity Carnival is an evening of fun and entertainment for all ages and interests, with each of our venues getting curious about something different. Most events will be free to attend, plus there’ll be all sorts of activities spilling out onto the streets of Oxford.

Ashmolean Museum

Photograph if the Ashmolean museum lit up at nightThe Ashmolean Museum lit up at night
Think only physicists are interested in time and space? Think again! At the Ashmolean, we’ll be exploring how researchers use time and space to think about all sorts of things – from big (find out about digital wildfires) to small (step into the lift to talk to our bellhop about claustrophobia); and from fast (how engineers are trying to break the land speed record) to slow (how our sleep/wake patterns work). There’ll be dance, art, talks and demonstrations to get you thinking about time and space differently.

Oxford University Museum of Natural History and the Pitt Rivers Museum

Curious about people and our planet? Come on a journey from the inside of your cells to distant planets – and lots in between. Researchers will be exploring everything about being human, the planet we call home and how societies and cultures are created. Check out the interactive games, flash talks, experiments, films, live poetry, music and dance – and even a bit of cooking! Have a drink and chat with researchers in the research café and don’t miss Professor Marcus du Sautoy in conversation.

Botanic Garden

Photograph of visitors are the Botanic GardensVisitors at the Botanic Garden
Discover the weird and wonderful things living and hiding in the Botanic Garden. Shrink to the size of a plant cell and grow like a giant to explore the branches of the tree of life. Follow the discovery trails to find the secrets of chemistry and medicine hidden in the flower beds. Hear the strange tales of Quantum Story Corner and throw your ideas around in our Theory Farmyard. You can even taste the future at a tea party with a twist. Step into the Botanic Garden wonderland, where things just get curioser and curioser.

Bodleian Libraries

For one night only, the Weston Library is replacing books with living researchers! Borrow a researcher from the Living Library and discuss their fascinating work with them. There’ll be dozens of researchers on loan from all sorts of subjects – just browse the catalogue and find out what our researchers are up to. If you’ve got a competitive streak, try the gaming café with research-inspired board games. Or you can watch researchers fight to survive in the live final of ‘I’m a Researcher, Get Me Out of Here’. And whether you’re a romantic or a cynic, join our debate on perhaps the biggest question of all: is love real?

Museum of the History of Science

Think you’re a quiz whizz? Put your general knowledge to the test in our pub-style quiz. Enter as 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. This is an 18+ event, with a range of alcoholic and soft drinks available.