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Festival of the Imagination


Our Festival of the Imagination took place on 16-17 October 2015.

The Festival of the Imagination will take place on 16-17 October 2015 and will be the centrepiece of our 50th anniversary celebrations, showcasing the work we do at Warwick through a diverse programme of events all focused around the central theme 'Imagining the Future'.

See below for a taster of just some of the exciting things we have planned for the Festival. There is still a lot more to come so keep checking back for more details.

We're able to offer alumni accommodation at Radcliffe during the Festival of the Imagination at a reduced rate. Find out more >> 

National Grid Discovery Zone

Come and meet some of our amazing researchers and explore the world in our free interactive National Grid Discovery Zone. The Butterworth Hall will be transformed into a hive of activity and hands on experiences suitable for all ages.
Try your racing skills in a track driving simulator, check out the intricate world of bees in our glass hive, learn why we need a nose and how our different languages have formed. Whether it’s action and speed, science, engineering, words and pictures or even smells that interest you, you will find it all in the National Grid Discovery Zone.


Talks and Debates

Drawing on our successful 50th Anniversary partnership with Cheltenham Festivals, we will be hosting a series of talks, debates and interviews with the theme 'Imagining the Future'. Cheltenham will programme five high profile panels reflecting their expertise in holding their four culturally rich festivals of Literature, Science, Jazz and Music. A diverse range of topics will be sure to cause discussion and dispute as we provide a platform for healthy discussion and share Warwick’s knowledge and 'thought leading' approach to tackling some of the worlds biggest ‘What if’ questions.

See the full schedule and book your tickets here>>

The Future of Science

Here will be the outreach offering from our superb team of keen scientists who love to share their fascination with how the world works. Come to lectures that will excite the senses and leave you wanting to know more. We have three exciting talks aimed at ages 7+: Robots for Real, Life Beyond Planet Earth and Almost an Android.

Cookery Demonstrations

Here you will find the unique combination of chefs paired with leading academics, providing not just a tasty dish or menu, but an opportunity to learn about the science or history behind the food.

Taster Classes

Booking now open!

The PG Hub and the Library play host for the Centre for Lifelong Learning and Language Centre to hold a series of taster classes in a variety of subjects to whet your learning appetite. It will be an opportunity to try speaking some Chinese or Philosophy a go with the guidance of our expert teachers. The Hub will be an area to introduce you to the world of further learning at Warwick, whether it’s evening classes, a part-time degree, an MBA or postgraduate study.

The Piazza

No festival is complete without great food and drink! The festival will combine culture with great food and drink served on our new plaza; featuring international street food, specialist world coffees and our own specially brewed beer ‘The Hopping Grad’!

Soak up the autumn atmosphere, partake in the free outdoor entertainment and enjoy the very best in artisan street food.

Senate House Lawn

Outside the Arts Centre, Warwick’s infamous white ‘Koan’ will be surrounded by classic cars from Coventry’s past present and future. Come and meet some huskies and hear from local polar explorer Mark Wood just what it takes to be a modern day adventurer. Sustainability and food science will be on show in a polytunnel filled with ‘superfoods’ and try your hand at straw bale building to learn about natures insulation.
There will be plenty of food and drinks and other activities to keep you inspired and entertained outside all day long.

Schools' Outreach

As part of our festival of the Imagination we will be hosting a free school’s event for around 900 school pupils and their teachers. The schools' day was offered to all schools in Coventry and Warwickshire and has been designed especially for year 6 pupils. We’ll be providing them with an opportunity to explore the National Grid Discovery Zone before anyone else, meet top academics from a broad range of disciplines and watch an interactive talk from our excellent outreach team. You can see what we have planned for them here>>

(PDF Document) You can download a copy of our festival guide here>>


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