THE National Science and Media Museum has announced the programme for Bradford Science Festival, which will take place during October half-term, featuring events and activities across the city.

The festival will be themed around four different zones - the Science of Sound, Science Saving the World, BradLab and STEM City.

The Science of Sound will link into the museum’s current Sound Season exhibitions, giving visitors the chance to uncover how sound technologies work, while Science Saving the World will look at climate change solutions and how we can look after the environment better.

BradLab will showcase the inspiring science happening in Bradford and how this affects our everyday lives, and, in STEM City, visitors can learn about careers in science, technology, engineering and maths from members of the museum’s Trans-Pennine STEM Ambassador Hub.

Families will also have a chance to meet people working in STEM and discover routes into these careers for the future.

Vicky Clifton, Head of Learning at the National Science and Media Museum, said: “We are so excited to be bringing back Bradford Science Festival this October.

"Last year’s festival had a slightly different look, to account for the latest safety measures, so it’s wonderful to be getting the festival back and to be working alongside some wonderful community venues, and even showcasing amazing light and sound displays in City Park, and a life-size killer whale at The Broadway.

"We’re also delighted to welcome PPG on board, who are returning as our major partner, as well as our sponsors the University of Bradford, The Broadway and Bradford BID.

"This year’s festival explores some really important themes, and we will also be debuting the theme of sound to tie into our exciting new exhibitions Sonic: Adventures in Audio and Boom: Experiments in Sound.

"These are the museum’s first exhibitions to focus on sound, giving visitors an opportunity to uncover how sound shapes our lives and the fascinating science that underpins this invisible phenomenon.”

Live highlights of this year’s festival will include shows from Science Made Simple - including Music to Your Ears, where families can discover how our ears pick up sound - and the XX Factor Science Show, where participants can meet amazing women from history who were pioneers in STEM, but are mostly unheard of despite their achievements.

The festival will also feature two special light and sound displays in City Park on Saturday, October 23, while the festival will join forces with The Broadway on October 23 and 24 to welcome Incredible Oceans, who will be bringing their 10-metre long life-size inflatable Orca and OceanDOME, where participants can take part in hands-on workshops about ocean acoustics, climate change and plastics.

In partnership with Bradford BID, visitors can also take part in a special Pumpkin Trail around the city, while activities will also take place at community venues, including SHINE, based at St Stephen’s Church in West Bowling on Tuesday, October 26, and Laisterdyke Library on Thursday, October 28.

More information about Bradford Science Festival will be made available soon, including further programme announcements and ticket information.