Bristol Bright Night brings Science to the City: Free Fun for Children & Grown-Ups!


On Friday 26th September, Bristol’s streets will come to life as Bristol Bright Night sweeps through the city for the first time with a programme of free activities, giving the children and adults the chance to discover the wealth of scientific research taking place on their doorstep, and meet the researchers responsible.

Bristol Bright Night will celebrate the city’s place as a home for cutting-edge research through a free showcase across city centre venues. From afternoon to early evening, Bristol’s Harbourside will host interactive, hands-on activities including exhibitions at At-Bristol, talks at the Watershed and street performances.

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Children and grown-ups will be able to explore bugs that glow in the dark; Robots vs Animals; learn how to build a pedestrian bridge across Bristol Harbour; enjoy pop-up science theatre; and even cook and eat with researchers while discussing how their work impacts on Bristolians’ daily life.

Bristol’s schools will also be taking part in the event through the ‘Bristol Bright Ideas’ competition, inviting students to come up with innovative research ideas on the theme of ‘My City’. Prizes will include an opportunity to work with a leading academic to develop the ‘My City’ ideas into a research project so that they can be included in the 2015 Bristol Bright Night programme, which will be part of the Bristol Green Capital celebrations.

A collaboration between Bristol Natural History Consortium, University of Bristol and the University of the West of England, the event is part of the prestigious annual Europe-wide Researchers’ Night programme, which sees over 300 cities running events simultaneously across 24 countries. European Researchers’ Night is funded by the EU Commission to engage citizens in celebrating the latest and most stimulating research at both a local and international level.

Bristol Bright Night takes place on Friday 26 September 2014. For further information including the latest schedule and programme of events, visit