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Festival REVIEW: Edinburgh Science Festival - ★★★★

Updated: Apr 10, 2023

An extensive programme of events, hands-on activities, talks, performances and more, aimed at all ages and taking place across Edinburgh. The theme for the 2023 festival is 'Let's Experiment!'.




Various Venues & Online


Saturday 1st April - 16th April



Overall (only from what we've seen so far!!!)



What a Wonderful Webb

Gallery - Dynamic Earth Outdoor Courtyard - Free

Since launching on Christmas Day 2021, the James Webb Space Telescope has drawn back the curtain on the Universe's early galaxies, and in doing so has captured the imagination of people worldwide. Marvel at the amazing images it has taken in its first year in space in this awe-inspiring outdoor exhibition at Dynamic Earth.

Presented by Dynamic Earth

Stewart - ★★★★★

"Prepare to have your mind blown by these astonishing images caught by the James Webb Space Telescope. There's stars, galaxies and gas clouds that will ignite the imagination of what's going on out there in the mind of anyone of any age. The gorgeous backdrop of the crags in the background adds to the atmosphere of making you feel rather small! Go take a look!"


Portobello Promenade until 4th May - Free

Take an incredible journey around the world and explore how human activity is shaping our planet. Using stunning aerial photography, this large-scale, outdoor photography exhibition takes a birds-eye view of our impact on the landscapes that support all life on Earth. It considers how we can cherish its wonders, strive for change and tread more lightly.

“Here is your country. Cherish these natural wonders, cherish the natural resources, cherish the history and romance as a sacred heritage, for your children and your children's children. Do not let selfish men or greedy interests skin your country of its beauty, its riches or its romance.”

― Theodore Roosevelt

Stewart - ★★★★

"This excellent setting for the Edinburgh Science Festival gallery returns this year. This year the focus is on stunning aerial shots of settings where human life and nature is working together. As always the images are fantastic, the information provided well edited and the setting makes for a very welcome addition to the lovely Portobello beach. Well worth stopping past to have a look."


Glacial Narratives - Cracks in the Ice

Custom House Gallery, Leith - until 16th April - Free

An international exhibition of visual and audio art celebrating the qualities of ice as a material: its past, present and uncertain future.

Stewart - ★★★★

"A small but intimate and effective gallery celebrating the beauty and fragility of ice and it's place in the world. The highlight being the eerie visual installation gallery with sounds of the ice and beautiful aerial shots of a small town where the ice has faded yearly. Thought provoking and beautiful!"


Edinburgh's Hidden Chemistry

Self Guided Walk / Tour - Free

The history of chemistry cannot be told without mention of The University of Edinburgh. As the subject developed over the centuries, discoveries, revelations, and analyses have taken place all over the City of Edinburgh. We have selected just a few of the chemistry highlights within Edinburgh’s history and invite you to explore our great city and find out more about the chemistry discoveries which took place here!

The tour is self-led and can be accessed at You will need a GPS enabled device to complete it – a smartphone, tablet or similar. It will take approximately 1 hour to complete.

Presented by The University of Edinburgh

Stewart - ★★★★

"An excellent way to have a little exercise and learn about Edinburgh's link with some of the city's greatest achievements in Chemistry. There's some fun photo challenges and a quiz along the way. We took Ziggy the dog along and he gives it 2 paws up!"


Self Guided Walk / Tour - Free

How does your brain change during the course of your life? Consider this question as you discover Edinburgh’s neuroscience landmarks past and present in this walking tour. This self-guided walking tour was created by Edinburgh Neuroscience at the University of Edinburgh.

The tour can be accessed at You will need a GPS enabled device to complete it – a smartphone, tablet or similar. It will take approximately 1 hour to complete.

Presented by The University of Edinburgh

Stewart - ★★★★

"Again another great way of having a nice walk around a sunny Edinburgh Easter day whilst getting a sense of the great work done in neuroscience in the city. Informative and very interesting and anytime you pass a building afterwards you'll be able to tell someone an interesting science fact of what happened there."


run ended...


National Museum of Scotland, 1st April

In 2014, residents of Fairbourne were watching their local news when they found out they were to be Britain's first climate refugees. Their town was set to be decommissioned and depopulated by 2054. Housing prices dropped overnight, insurance disappeared and life savings were lost in the chaos.

Off the back of an impressive five–star run at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, Swell follows the story of two siblings caught in the purgatory of a fictional but analogous town, ready to be abandoned. This evening of captivating live theatre is followed by a discussion and Q&A with Anna Beswick of Sniffer and Swell director Tom Foreman as we explore the changing coastline of the UK and the future of our climate refugees.

Stewart - ★★★★

"An intriguing and ultimately devastating look into the lives of people who try to navigate a life as the climate change of their eroding seaside town begins to collapse around them. A young strong, vibrant cast provide good work in this memorable show which is given depth by Foreman's work as writer & director. His Q+A with Anna Beswicj afterwards provided ample insight. Excellent work tonight at the Edinburgh Science Festival and National Museum of Scotland. Great to see art providing scope for discussion!"


What else is on?...

Summerhall Galleries...

Lost - ★★★

Earth, Soil & Filth - ★★★

3607 - ★★

Darkroom Ecology - ★★

Lost takes an eye opening look at the amount of plastic found in the ocean. Earth Soil & Filth makes art out of soil - they are small galleries that don't quite make the impact that you would hope for. Equally Darkroom Ecology feels little more than a greenhosue meanwhile 3607 is a very strange art piece made from bodily bacteria - it's a little gross.


Make sure you have booked in for the latest DRAMA CLASSES at Mix Up Theatre...


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