Edinburgh Science Festival is an annual two-week festival that runs over the Easter holidays.
Our programme includes more than 200 events in a variety of formats: from shows and performances to talks, discussions and debates, interactive workshops, drop-in activities and exhibitions.
Events for the 2019 Science Festival are available online and in our brochure from 13 February 2019.
If you would like a copy of the brochure sent to your address, please email our marketing team on firstname.lastname@example.org
If you would like a copy of the brochure in a different format, please also email our marketing team email@example.com, and we will do our best to provide you with one in your desired format.
You can search for events by date, title, age range and suitability, theme (which is labelled as Frontier), type of event, open access performances, venues and the #SciFive discount.
Each event listing will have the time, date, price and venue included as well as information about what the event entails.
We have a number of open access performances at the Science Festival in 2019. If there is something specific you would like to request for an event or ask a question, please call our Box Office on 0131 226 0005 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Live Captioned discussions
Mobiloo at Pleasance
A Mobiloo will be available at Pleasance Monday 8 April and Saturday 13 April. It will be open from 10am-8pm. Please note users are required to bring thier own sling.
In 2019 we are delighted to partner with the Edinburgh Festival Fringe Society and offer their sensory backpacks for free to our audience. All that is required is a form of photo ID and a phone number and email address. They will be available from the Science Festival box offices at National Museum of Scotland, City Art Centre and Pleasance.
The backpacks are free to borrow and we ask the actual backpacks and ear defenders are returned to where you borrowed them from. Everything else in the backpack you are welcome to keep.
If you don’t need a backpack or ear defenders, you can grab a Science Festival tote bag with everything included to take away. These will be available at National Museum of Scotland, City Art Centre and Pleasance.
We would like to say a big thank you to Edinburgh Fringe Festival Society for providing the backpacks and extra items, Chewigem for providing chewable jewelery, to Scottish Water for providing water bottles and Scottish Power for providing stress balls.
With the help of Scottish Autism and PAMIS, we have developed a social story for anyone attending the Science Festival. The social story is available in downloadable PDF format.
Edinburgh Science Festival is an e-ticket Festival. This means when you book tickets to an event you are emailed a ticket which you can present on your phone for scanning or showing at the door.
Box Office contact details:
Phone: 0131 226 0005
You can book tickets in a number of different ways:
You will need to log in or register an account in order to book tickets with us online. This means you will keep all your Science Festival transactions in one place. You can do this by clicking in the top right corner where it says ‘sign in’.
Once you have logged in and found which event you want to book tickets for, follow the prompts which will direct you to the booking page. If you have any troubles, please contact our Box Office.
If you are using a public computer and wish to sign out of your account, you can do so by scrolling to the bottom of our page and clicking ‘sign-out’ in the website footer.
During the Festival, you can book tickets at four venues around the city. The Fringe Box Office is open to book tickets in person from 13 February 2019.
The Fringe Box Office at Old Assembly Close, High Street, Edinburgh EH1 1QS (open from 13 February)
Pleasance Box Office at Pleasance Courtyard, 60 Pleasance, Edinburgh, EH8 9TJ (open from 6 April)
National Museum of Scotland at Chambers Street, Edinburgh, EH1 1JF (open from 6 April)
City Art Centre at 2 Market Street, Edinburgh, EH1 1DE (open from 6 April)
You can book tickets over the phone by calling the Science Festival Box Office on 0131 226 0005. Payment can be made over the phone and the e-ticket will still be sent to your email address.
If you are a BSL user Contact Scotland is a free interpretation service you can use for booking tickets. Log in to Contact Scotland here and you will be put through to an interpreter, who will then call our Box Office and help make the booking.
If you are experiencing problems booking tickets, please contact the Box Office on 0131 226 0005 or email@example.com and a member of the team will get back to you as soon as possible.
If you have booked a ticket via email with the Box Office, you will be sent a ticketing link to securely input your card details.
Carers and support workers are entitled to a free ticket for the event they accompany you at. Please note ID may be required.
Concession tickets are available at a reduced rate for those who have a disability, are pensioners or unemployed. #SciFive tickets are available for students and teachers.
Children under three years old do not require a ticket for events, except if the event is specifically for children under three years-old.
These events happen at venues in and around Edinburgh. We welcome all visitors to our events and make every effort to ensure that the activities in our programme are as accessible as possible.
This page contains information on searching for events (including open access performances) how to book tickets and planning your visit to the Science Festival. If you have a specific requirement or any questions about what we offer, please email our box office on firstname.lastname@example.org or phone on 0131 553 0005.
Each venue we use has its own page with a more detailed breakdown of its access. You can view our venue pages here or download the full access statements from our core venues below.
City Art Centre: See the full access statement here.
Pleasance: See the full access statement here
National Museum of Scotland: See the full access statement here via AccessAble site
Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh: Download full access statement here
There are many accessible toilets around Science Festival venues. Below is a list of the venues that have accessible toilets.
All our core venues have baby changing facilities too.
There are three changing places toilets location around Edinburgh City Centre, two located in north Edinburgh and two located in Edinburgh west. A Mobiloo will also be available at Pleasance for Monday 8 April and Saturday 13 April.
Please see the Changing Places website for further information on the specifications of each of these toilets.
Our transport partner Lothian Buses provide transport around Edinburgh, with many short walking distances to and from our venues. Most buses also have wheelchair spaces.