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Book your ticket 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.

The event is a huge festival of curiosity across the University of Oxford’s museums, libraries, gardens and woods. Live experiments, games, stalls, busking, debates, music, dance, a pub-style quiz and all sorts of activities spilling out onto the streets.

It is your chance to find out what research is really all about, meet researchers, ask questions and discover how research affects our lives.

There are hundreds of activities that are FREE to attend; and a few with a small charge (£3 to £5).

Find out more about what's on here:


Curiosity Explorer Ticket


Fri 29 Sept 19:00 - 22:00

Explore how researchers use time and space to think about what makes us and the universe tick; take a journey from the inside of your cells to distant planets. There will be dance, art, talks, demonstrations and a living library of researchers on loan.

Your Curiosity Explorer ticket will give you access to the Ashmolean Museum, Weston Library, Pitt Rivers Museum and Museum of Natural History.

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

Botanic Browser Ticket


Fri 29 Sept 15:00 - 19:00

Discover the weird and wonderful things living and hiding in the Botanic Garden and step into a wonderland where things just get curioser and curioser.

Your Botanic Browser will give you access to the activities at the Botanic Garden

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

Wytham Wanderer Ticket


Fri 29 Sept 14:00 - Sat 30 Sept 12:00

Come and enjoy this area of ancient semi-natural woodland that is used for environmental research. There will be badger-watching, a bat walk, moth trapping, star-gazing and overnight camping (additional booking required for some of these activities – see below).

Your Wytham Wanderer will give you access to Wytham Woods (near the village of Godstow OX2).

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

If you are attending Wytham Woods, please also see:

Wytham Woods Bookable Activities

Fri 14:00 - Sat 12:00

(events happening at various times)

Wytham Woods

£0 - £5

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

Note: you will need to book a free Wytham Wanderer ticket in addition to attend this event.

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The following activities 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.

Note: you will need to book a free Curiosity Explorer entry ticket, in addition, to attend this activity.

Book here

More coming soon!

Curiosity Carnival Venue Map


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

For your Curiosity Explorer, Botanic Browser and Wytham Wanderer tickets – you 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, Botanic Browser and Wytham Wanderer 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.


By car is the easiest way to travel to Wytham Woods.Car Park available.
SatNav postcode: OX2 8QQ

Number 6 bus to Godstow Road - From Magdalen Street (Stop C3)
Bus service run by the Oxford Bus Company.


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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