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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. 

Searching for Events

Events for the 2020 Science Festival will be available online and in our brochure once launched – stay tuned for dates!.

­­If you would like a copy of the brochure sent to your address, please email our marketing team on

If you would like a copy of the brochure in a different format, please also email our marketing team, 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.

Open Access Events and Additional Resources

We had a number of open access performances at the Science Festival in 2019 and plan to do the same in 2020. 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 Below is a list of what has previously been made available:

Live Captioned discussions

Relaxed performances


Sensory backpacks

Social story

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. Please note that this will be updated before the next Festival.

Download social story


Our 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 or phone on 0131 553 0005.

Planning your visit

Each venue we use has its own page with a more detailed breakdown of its access. You can 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

Dynamic Earth: See the full access statement here and the sensory map here

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. 

  • City Art Centre 
  • Pleasance 
  • National Museum of Scotland - click here for detailed dimensions of these toilets
  • Dynamic Earth (2 toilets)
  • Royal Botanic Gardens (6 toilets)

All our core venues have baby changing facilities too.

Changing places

There are three changing places toilets location around Edinburgh City Centre, two located in north Edinburgh and two located in Edinburgh west. A Pamiloo will also be available at Pleasance for 11, 12, 15 and 17 April.

City Centre

North Edinburgh

Edinburgh west

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.