Explorers Fair

Broadway's celebration of arts, play, science and technology returns!

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Discover a range of fun activities for young creative explorers and their families.


17th February 2018

What time

10:00AM - 6:00PM



14-18 Broad Street,





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Discover a range of fun activities for young creative explorers and their families.

Explore a world of art, science and technology at Explorers Fair!

Head to Broadway on Saturday 17th February for a day of discovery.

  • Try the latest gadgets, games and technology
  • Be inspired by amazing Artists, Scientists and Inventors
  • Make, learn and play at wonderful workshops
  • Get hands-on with exciting experiments and spectacular science!

Who's going to be there?

At Explorers Fair you'll find playful workshops, interesting talks and interactive experiences from some of the UK's most talented techies, artists and scientists.

What's happening?

There's lots to see and do at Explorers Fair, with fun activities taking place across Broadway.

See below for more details about everything you can take part in at Explorers Fair.

Code-A-Drone Workshops

MakoEducation’s Code-A-Drone workshops show participants the power of coding in a fun and creative (and safe) environment.

Learn how to code a mini-drone to take off, fly, turn, do stunts and land safely. Try a range of challenges that put these new skills to the test.

Taster Sessions (60mins):

  • 10:00AM-11:00AM
  • 11:30AM-12:30PM

Tickets: £5 per child

Full Sessions (120mins):

  • 1:30PM-3:30PM
  • 4:00PM-6:00PM

Tickets: £10 per child

Glitch Art Workshops

Join MakoEducation and artist Antonio Roberts in this creative workshop which teaches participants about glitch art and how to create their own artwork.

Attendees will learn how to create their own glitch art images, videos and GIFs.


  • 11:00AM-12:00PM
  • 12:30PM-1:30PM

Tickets: £3.80 per child

Stop Motion Workshop

Feeling inspired by Early Man, the latest big screen adventure from Aardman Animations?

Learn how to make your own Stone Age-inspired animation with expert advice from animator Trevor Woolery in this 3D stop motion workshop.


  • 2:30PM-5:00PM

Tickets: £10 per child

To get inspired before taking part in the workshop, why not see Early Man at our family matinee screening at 12:00PM.

Tickets can be booked online or via Broadway's Box Office in person or by calling 0115 952 6611.

Photo by Ash Bird

Photo by Ash Bird

Explore Virtual Reality

Play, learn and be creative in virtual reality at these interactive demonstrations using Oculus Rift.

Spend an hour with your family or friends (and our expert guides) trying out a selection of playful, amazing, creative and educational experiences – in VR!

Book a one hour session for up to 5 people at the following times:

  • 10:15AM-11:15AM
  • 11:45AM-12:45PM
  • 1:15PM-2:15PM
  • 2:45PM-3:45PM
  • 4:15PM-5:15PM

Tickets: £10 per session

Near Now Studio Sessions

Try out the latest games, gadgets and technology in our studio.

Get hands-on with demonstrations and creative activities while learning from expert inventors, makers and designers.

Plus lots more to discover!


  • 10:30AM-11:30AM
  • 12:00PM-1:00PM
  • 1:30PM-2:30PM
  • 3:00PM-4:00PM
  • 4:30PM-5:30PM

Tickets: £2.50 per child

Meet 'Kids Invent Stuff'

Join Ruth Amos, inventor and co-host of Kids Invent Stuff – the YouTube channel where kids get their inventions made, for a screening of some of their brilliant videos and a talk about the magic of making children's ideas come to life – including jam firing rockets, flame-throwing pianos and pedal powered showers!


  • 11:00AM-11:30AM
  • 2:00PM-2:30PM

Tickets: FREE (limited spaces available)

Explorers Fair is part of Nottingham's Festival of Science and Curiosity.

Bringing Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths to the heart of Nottingham from 14-21 February 2018. Visit www.nottsfosac.co.uk for more information.

Illustrations by Amy Blackwell.