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Book your ticket(s) for Curiosity Carnival on Friday 29 September - a unique opportunity for people of all ages and interests to enjoy an amazing programme of activity across Oxford.

There are hundreds of activities that are FREE to attend!

Find out more about what's on here:


Curiosity Explorer

Explore the night as a Curiosity Explorer!


19:00 - 22:00

Ashmolean Museum, Oxford University Museum of Natural History, Pitt Rivers Museum & Weston Library.

There will be hundreds of activities for all ages and interests across the five venues - interactive games, flash talks, live experiments and demonstrations, films, poetry, music, art, dance and much more! Choose one venue to attend or go to them all (if you can fit everything in).

Book via the green register button in the top right corner.

Botanic Browser Ticket - SOLD OUT!

Spend your afternoon as a Botanic Browser


15:00 - 19:00

Get curiouser and curiouser, discovering the weird wonderland of things living and hiding in the Botanic Garden.

Book via the green register button in the top right corner.



Priority booking is given to people who have joined the waitlist. When a ticket becomes available, the people first on the waitlist will be offered tickets and will have only 24 hours to claim their spot. If they do not claim within this timeframe, the next person on the waitlist will be offered the tickets and so on.


There are hundreds of free activities included with your Curiosity Explorer ticket. We also have some extra ticketed activities available for you to enjoy, ranging from £0 - £5 per ticket. All activities listed below require you to book your place in advance.

Curious Pub Quiz

19:00 - 21:30

Museum of the History of Science

£5 per person

Pub quiz whizz? Put your brain to the test in a research-themed pub quiz. This is an 18+ event and there will be an alcoholic bar.

Book here

Accelerate! With Suzy Sheehy

21.00 - 22.00

Lecture Theatre, Museum of Natural History


Accelerate! is an exciting, live-action lecture all about particle physics - from the thousands of small machines which are used in medicine and industry, to the enormous 27 km ring of the Large Hadron Collider in Switzerland.

Book here

Wytham Woods - SOLD OUT!

Fri 14:00 - Sat 12:00

(activities happening at various times)

Wytham Woods

£0 - £5

Book for badger watching, bat walks, overnight camping and more!

More coming soon!

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Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?

You will need to bring either a printed ticket or show the ticket on your phone to one of our designated ticket points and exchange for your wristband which will give you access to your chosen venue.

For bookable activities – you need to bring your printed ticket as well as your wristband.

Will there be photography at the event? / Can I take photos at the event?

Yes, there will be photography and filming at all of the venues and activities taking part in Curiosity Carnival. This includes any events taking place on the streets of Oxford.
All guests are encouraged to take their own photos, videos of the event and post on social media.
Please use the tag #curiositycarnival so we can see your experience of the night!

Are there ID or minimum age requirements to enter the event?

Most events are open to people of all ages. The Curious Pub Quiz at the Museum of the History of Science is an 18+ event.

What if I am unable to attend?

If you are unable to attend, please cancel your order through your Eventbrite account to release your ticket to someone else. For more information, please click here.

What if the venues are full on the night?

Your Curiosity Explorer and Botanic Browser tickets do not guarantee entry to these venues if that venue is at capacity. In this case, then you will be directed to one of the other venues or the street activities.

You will not miss out! We have six venues hosting a wide variety of events as well as a programme of events on Broad Street, Radcliffe Square and around the centre of Oxford.

What are my transport / parking options for getting to and from the event?

Direct services run from London Paddington (serving Oxford station) and London Marylebone (serving Oxford and Oxford Parkway stations). Other services operate from the north via Birmingham New Street; from the south via Reading; and from the west via Didcot or Reading.
For details and to plan your journey, go to: National Rail Enquiries.
Oxford Railway Station is a 10 - 20 minute walk to the venues in the centre of Oxford.

There are two frequent 24-hour direct services between Oxford and London, the X90 and the Oxford Tube.

Local bus services are run by the Oxford Bus Company and Stagecoach.

There is very limited car parking in the centre of Oxford. We recomend using one of the five Park & Ride Car Parks:
Pear Tree Park and Ride (North)
Redbridge Park and Ride (South)
Seacourt Park and Ride (East)
Thornhill Park and Ride (West)
Water Eaton Park and Ride (Oxford Parkway Station)

For further details of city centre car parks, go to: City Centre Car Parks.


Please click on the links below for more information about each venue.

Museum of Natural History
Pitt Rivers Museum
Weston Library
Botanic Garden
Wytham Woods

This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 722615.

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