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Booking Information

Explore Life, the Universe and Everything else you can think of at this year’s Science Festival from 31 March – 15 April 2018.

Events for Families
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 Summerhall. Don't forget to check out the multitude of events from our partners at National Museum Scotland, Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh, RZSS Edinburgh Zoo and Dynamic Earth.

Events for Adults
For adults there are loads of options to expand your mind in our jam-packed programme of discussions, workshops, games, screenings, debates and nights out, all with a scientific twist. In 2018 we will explore Life, the Universe and Everything else you can think of in all aspects of science.

Early Bird Ticket Offers
Family offer: Book before Tuesday 27 February to get £1 off all City Art Centre day passes on Saturday 31 March, Monday 2 and Tuesday 3 April.
Adult offer: Book before Monday 26 March to buy 4 tickets for adult programme events and receive your 5th 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

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.

0844 557 2686
Thursday 16 February – Friday 30 March:
10:30 – 17:30 (Monday – Friday) 

Saturday 31 March – Sunday 15 April:
08:30 – 18:00 (Monday – Saturday) and 11:00 – 16:00 (Sunday)
If phoning the box office, please note that calls cost 7p per minute plus your phone company's access charge.

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 0844 557 2686 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? Get connected with tickets for £5 at most Science Festival events.

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 Sharon Simpson, Marketing and Communications Manager (maternity leave) 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.