ACTIVITY | The Great Exhibition Road Festival: A Celebration of Science, Art, and Innovation

The Great Exhibition Road Festival is a free annual celebration of science and the arts each summer in South Kensington. It is  in June in 2024 with a weekend of free science and arts events for all ages.

Enjoy hands-on workshops, fascinating talks, performances and installations from iconic museums, research and culture organisations, including Imperial College London, the Natural History Museum, Science Museum, V&A and many more. 

Plus, you can indulge in food from all over the world and enjoy eclectic performances from the Royal College of Music and Royal Albert Hall.

The Great Exhibition Road Festival is returning to South Kensington on 15-16 June 2024 for a weekend of free events for all ages celebrating science and the arts. 

The Festival will be held on Exhibition Road in South Kensington, London, SW7 2AZ and in surrounding venues

To see where Great Exhibition Road Festival events are happening, please download the Festival map.

The 2024 Festival Map will be uploaded closer to the time.

By London Underground

The nearest Tube station is South Kensington, about a five-minute walk from Exhibition Road. It services the District, Circle lines and Piccadilly line train. South Kensington station is not step-free.

Gloucester Road station is about a 12-minute walk from Exhibition Road. It services the Piccadilly, District and Circle lines. This station has a lift but is not step-free.

Use the Transport for London Journey Planner to find the quickest route to the festival. Follow Transport for London’s Coronavirus safe travel guidance.

By bus

Several bus routes stop close to Exhibition Road, check the Transport for London website for more details.

By bicycle

There are cycle racks on Exhibition Road. The nearest Santander Cycle Hire docking stations are outside the Natural History Museum’s Exhibition Road entrance and on Thurloe Place, near South Kensington Tube station.

By car

Parking around Exhibition Road is limited, so we recommend using public transport to get to the Festival. See our accessibility pages for information on disabled parking.

In the heart of London, where science, art, and innovation converge, lies the Great Exhibition Road Festival. This annual extravaganza, held on the historic Exhibition Road, brings together world-class institutions, cutting-edge research, and captivating performances. With its unique blend of education, entertainment, and enlightenment, the festival offers a truly immersive experience for the intellectually curious. In this article, we delve into the highlights of this remarkable event and explore why it has become a must-attend for the educated audience.

At the core of the Great Exhibition Road Festival is its focus on knowledge dissemination and exploration. Renowned institutions such as the Natural History Museum, the Science Museum, and the Victoria and Albert Museum come together to showcase their latest research, groundbreaking exhibits, and interactive workshops. Visitors have the opportunity to engage with leading experts, delve into the mysteries of the universe, and gain a deeper understanding of the world around them.

One of the festival’s crowning achievements is its ability to bridge the gap between different disciplines. By combining science, art, and technology, the event fosters a cross-pollination of ideas that sparks creativity and innovation. Attendees can witness captivating performances that blend music, dance, and digital art, or participate in hands-on workshops that explore the intersection of science and design. This interdisciplinary approach not only stimulates the mind but also encourages collaboration and the exchange of ideas among experts and enthusiasts alike.

The Great Exhibition Road Festival recognizes that learning is not limited to textbooks and lectures. It embraces a multisensory approach, captivating visitors through a plethora of engaging experiences. From immersive virtual reality installations to live demonstrations of cutting-edge technologies, the festival provides a feast for the senses. Attendees can witness explosive experiments, taste culinary delights from around the world, and marvel at awe-inspiring performances that push the boundaries of creativity. The festival truly ignites the imagination and leaves a lasting impact on its attendees.

Beyond its academic and artistic offerings, the Great Exhibition Road Festival places great emphasis on community engagement. It aims to make knowledge accessible to all, fostering inclusivity and diversity. The event features a range of family-friendly activities, ensuring that children can explore their curiosity and develop a passion for learning from an early age. The festival’s commitment to community involvement extends beyond the event itself, with numerous outreach programs and initiatives throughout the year.

The Great Exhibition Road Festival stands as a testament to the power of collaboration, education, and entertainment. By uniting world-class institutions, cutting-edge research, and captivating performances, the festival offers an unrivaled experience for the intellectually curious. Through its interdisciplinary approach, engaging experiences, and commitment to community involvement, the event ignites a thirst for knowledge and inspires a sense of wonder in all who attend. As the festival continues to grow and evolve, it remains an unmissable occasion for the educated audience, showcasing the limitless possibilities that arise when science, art, and innovation converge.

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