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Malvern Science in the Park

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Alfresco Family Event

 Saturday 27th June 2020

 Priory Park, Great Malvern


COVID-19 update [17th Mar 2020]:  We are watching developments closely and following UK Government advice.  At the moment we expect this event to proceed as planned, but this may change as the situation evolves. Please check back for updates.


Join us for our fourth annual fun and exciting day exploring the wonders of science and technology from 10:30am to 4:30pm.

The event is free to attend, so why not bring along a picnic and we'll try to arrange some solar rays.

#InnovateMalvern, #ScienceInPark  

  • If you are an organisation that would like to exhibit, please register here.
  • If you are a science communicator who would like to science busk, please register here.
  • If you are a STEM Ambassador who would like to help out during the day, please contact our local This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. directly.
  • Look back at our programme for previous years: 20172018, 2019.
  • We've written this up in the style of an academic paper.


Activites for all the family

Experiments, games and demonstrations showcasing science, technology, engineering and mathematics. 

Participating organisations to be confirmed in the future...


Science buskers

Be captivated by explanations of the scientific world around us, delivered from the bandstand.

Details to be confirmed in the future...


Science trails

Seek out scientific facts, figures and artefacts hidden in the park.

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Dinosaur detective trail: No longer Priory Park, but Jurassic Park! Find the six species of dinosaur roaming nearby and draw your favourite one.

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Elementary, my dear Watson! Your turn to be Sherlock Holmes. With help from the Royal Society of Chemistry, we've selected information about six elements for you to find.  What is the name of the famous scientist that their chemical symbols spell? 


Interplanetary trail: Tour the park looking for the Sun, Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune, and minor planet Pluto. Can you also find the asteroid belt, some comets and one or two man made probes? Just how far will you have to walk?

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Materials around us trail: Can you find examples of metals, polymers, ceramics, glass, and composites within Priory Park? Read the information cards to better understand why some materials are well suited to certain uses whilst others simply are not.

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Microscopy trail: Equip yourself with a fresnel hand-lens and pack of colouring pencils from the information desk, and scout around the park for specimens to examine closely and sketch.


Microbe hunt: Can you spot the generally nasty (but also furry!) viruses and bacteria dispersed around the park? Try not to catch a cold or chicken pox, and definitely avoid typhoid. Draw all ten of these biohazards in your laboratory notebook.


Photo call

All you Twitter, Snapchat and Instagram fans can take a piccy at our photo booths and share for fun with the hashtag #ScienceInPark

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The Big Bang Theory: One day we'll try to get the real actors, but in the meantime, you'll have to make do with our life-size cardboard cutouts. Featuring Amy (neuroscientist), Bernadette (microbiologist), Howard (aerospace engineer), Leonard (experimental physicist), and of course Sheldon (theoretical physicist).



Mad Lab: Scientists aren't really all mad, but you can put on an Einstein wig, labcoat and safety specs to look a bit crazy if you'd like.



An experiment

There will be lots of experiments taking place, but here is one that you can help us with...


Trans-park communication dishes: We've sourced a couple of parabolic dishes that are used for directional sound recordings. See if you can use them to send messages across the park.

Thanks to 
Dr Alan Smith CPhys, FInstP from West Midland Branch of the IoP for his help with the organisation of this event.