Monday 26 August 2019

10:00 – 17:00

Discovery Day, Berkeley’s own science festival, is back for 2019!

Science is everywhere and this year we’ll be looking out for science in the world around us, just like Edward Jenner.

Drop-in to our talks’ marquee and hear from real scientists about some of the latest research into superbugs and vaccines, and find out about historical discoveries concerning the weather and the lost story behind DNA. Alongside this we’ll have hands-on activities running throughout the day, including making your own musical instruments from everyday objects with pyka; finding out about your remarkable immune system with the British Society for Immunology; and experimenting with Cheltenham Science Group. You can also join meteorologists on a cloud walk, or work alongside public health experts to tackle an unusual outbreak in our special control room.

Discovery Day is for all ages, and why not make a day of it? We’ll have our famous refreshments available, or you can bring a picnic and eat on Jenner’s lawn.


The full Discovery Day programme is now available to download.

In the Talks’ Marquee

10:30 – “Vaccination in the modern age: how did we get here?” – Dr Tonia Thomas, University of Oxford

12:00 – “Weather and music” – Dr Karen Aplin, University of Bristol

13:30 – “Superbugs: is it the end of mankind?” – Professor Tim Walsh, Cardiff University

14:45 – “The development of new vaccines: past and present challenges” – Dr Alice Halliday, University of Bristol

16:00 – “Unravelling the Double Helix” – Professor Gareth Williams, University of Bristol

Around the museum

11:30 – Outbreak! – Join public health experts to plan your response to an unusual outbreak*

14:30 – Cloud walk – Explore the sky with our resident meteorologists*

*N.B. There are limited places on both of these activities, registration will be available on the day.

All day – hands-on experiments with Cheltenham Science Group – make music with pyka – explore your immune system with British Society for Immunology – try out new interactive games – see the chaos generator – find out about cuckoos with British Trust for Ornithology


Save money with our advanced tickets, available to purchase online only until midnight on Sunday 25 August. Walk-in tickets will also be available on the day.

AdvancedOn the day
Adult (26+)£6.50£7.50
Young Adult (18-25)£5.00£6.00
Child (5-17)£3.00£3.50
Family (2 adults + up to 3 children)£18.00£20.00
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Our supporters

We are very grateful to the many organisations who have supported Discovery Day and, in particular, to Armstrong & North Opticians.

“Armstrong and North Opticians are very pleased to support Discovery Day. We are your local family opticians on Market Place and provide sight tests for all the family. A sight test is not just about what you can see and recommending glasses, it is a full health check for your eyes. We check for signs of eye conditions as well as potentially detecting signs of general medical conditions such as diabetes, hypertension and high cholesterol, sometimes other health issues can be detected. At this time of year, sunglasses are important in protecting the eyes from UV damage.”

Dr Jenner’s House, Museum and Garden
Church Lane
GL13 9BN

01453 810631

Dr Jenner’s House, Museum and Garden is open between 31 March and 30 October 2019

Opening hours:

Sunday – Wednesday: 11:00 – 17:00
Thursday: Closed
Friday: Closed (except Good Friday)
Saturday: during Gloucestershire school holidays only

Last admission one hour before closing

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