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Booking Information

Explore Frontiers at this year’s Science Festival from 6–21 April 2019.

Events for Families

Join us for exciting, engaging and educational events and activities the whole family can enjoy. Most family events carry a minimum age recommendation and, to ensure the best possible experience for all our visitors, we ask parents to bear these in mind when choosing events for their children.

Our flagship family venue City Art Centre transforms into a five-floor science playground stuffed with interactive activities and workshops. On top of that there are tons of sensational science shows and hands-on workshops at Pleasance. Don't forget to check out the multitude of events from our partners at National Museum Scotland, Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh, Summerhall and Dynamic Earth.

Events for Adults

Our programme of events for adults includes discussions, debates, workshops, screenings and nights out, all with a scientific twist. 

Most of our adult events are designed for audiences aged 14+, unless an age restriction or guideline is listed. This is a recommendation only and younger audiences are welcome, except where marked.

Please note that all events where alcohol is served will be marked AGES 18+ due to licensing restrictions. Under 18s cannot be admitted to these events and proof of age may be required.

Early Bird Ticket Offers

Family offer: Book over the phone or in person before Monday 25 March and get £1 off all day passes on Saturday 6, Monday 8 and Tuesday 9 April

Adult offer: Book before Monday 25 March to buy four tickets for adult programme events and receive your ffth ticket free. Cheapest ticket is free and is valid for five separate events only.

Early Bird tickets can be booked by phone or in person at our Box Office.

Please note that the Science Festival does not charge any booking or transaction fees. We do not accept American Express cards.


How to book

Browse events and book online here

If you experience any issues while attempting to make an online booking please email the Box Office: If your browser is out of date, it may require an update to book tickets or call the Box Office to book.

0131 226 0005
Wednesday 13 February – Friday 5 April:
10:30 – 17:30 (Monday – Friday) 

Saturday 6 April – Sunday 21 April:
08:30 – 18:00 (Monday – Saturday) and 11:00 – 16:00 (Sunday)

In person
Edinburgh Festival Fringe Shop, 180 High Street, Edinburgh, EH1 1QS
10:00 – 18.00 (Monday – Saturday)

If tickets for your event are available, they can be purchased from the venue 30 minutes prior to the start.

Available for pensioners, the unemployed, disabled persons and their personal assistants, and students unless otherwise stated. Proof of status may be required.

Group discounts
We welcome groups to the Science Festival and discounts are available depending on the event and party size. Please call the Box Office on 0131 226 0005 to discuss your needs.

All Science Festival tickets are non-refundable, except in the case of cancellation.

Students and registered teachers! Are you sci-curious? Join us at the Frontier with tickets for £5 at most Science Festival events fir adults.

Find out more about SciFive

If you are unhappy with any part of your Science Festival experience and would like to discuss issues further please contact Emma Pirie, Head of Marketing and Communications on

Filming and photography
Filming and photography will take place at Science Festival events and may be used for future promotional purposes. If you have any concerns please speak to a member of staff at the event.