Festival of Tomorrow returns to Swindon

By Ben Carey on 21 January, 2022

Swindon’s Festival of Tomorrow is set to return in February, exploring the science, technology and research that will help to shape our future world.

The hybrid event, taking place physically as well as online, will be held throughout February, culminating in a two-day in-person event on Friday 25th an Saturday 26th February at the Deanery CE Academy in Wichelstowe during half term.

With cutting edge exhibitors, hands-on science, talks, shows and workshops, people of all ages and backgrounds will be able to explore the science and technologies of the future in a fun an inspiring way, whilst getting unique insights into the advances of real scientists, engineers and researchers.

According to the organisers, the Festival of Tomorrow is an action-packed exploration of the wonders of science, technology and research to share new discoveries and help choose the future we want to see, sharing the knowledge and research which will shape the future of the World.

The event, which includes an exciting programme for schools alongside community events, seeks to build on the prominence of scientists fuelled by the Covid-19 pandemic.

Dr Rod Hebden, Founder and Director of the Festival, said, “Covid really has brought to the forefront of our minds how much we depend on science and the work our scientists and researchers do.

“Young people are seeing first-hand how science can help them make a difference to the world, whether developing vaccines or tackling climate change. Living through the pandemic has really helped to humanise science and increase our trust in the scientists.”

Business West is one of the Festival’s sponsors. Ian Larrard, Director of Business West for Swindon and Wiltshire, said, “Business West is proud to be a sponsor of the Festival of Tomorrow and fully supportive of its aims.

“Science has made a huge contribution over the last two years during the pandemic.

“We hope that it can build a legacy in terms of encouraging our young people to consider STEM career pathways and help expand upon Swindon’s impressive reputation for pioneering science, technology and engineering.”

The main business sponsors for the festival include Swindon-based UK Research and Innovation (UKRI), Intel and the UK Space Agency whose headquarters are also in Swindon.

One of the big attractions will be the appearance of Neville and Sally Hollingworth from Swindon who recently discovered the ‘Mammoth Graveyard’ at Cerney Wick.

The Festival’s full programme and booking details are available at www.festivaloftomorrow.com