Cork’s First Carnival of Science Launches

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Cork’s Fitzgerald Park is set to transform into a science super-park on Saturday 22nd and Sunday 23rd June, as Cork’s first Carnival of Science comes to town.  With a Big Top, Explorium, Stardome and Imaginosity Little Top, the Carnival of Science will be an incredible national and international celebration that will delight and enthral young and old!

Supported by Cork City Council and Science Foundation Ireland, Cork’s first Carnival of Science is being organised by Lifetime Lab @ Old Cork Waterworks, and expects to draw thousands of visitors to Fitzgerald Park as part of Cork Midsummer Festival in June.

Cork Carnival of Science

Speaking at the launch, Lord Mayor of Cork Cllr Mick Finn said, “Cork has an action-packed summer lined up for all who live, work and play here as well as visitors from other areas. Certainly one of the most exciting events on Cork’s summer calendar of events is the Carnival of Science.  This super-charged celebration of science will spark the imagination and ignite a new love for all things science, through a really fun and engaging way.  Cork City Council is delighted to support the first Carnival of Science, and we invite you all to come along on 22 and 23 June. ”

There is a really diverse mix of entertainment at the Cork Carnival of Science ensuring fun for every age, with shows including Feel the Force from London Science Museum, Science Magic from W5 of Belfast and The Science of Dragons from Science2life.  Hands-on workshops will be provided by the Royal Society of Chemistry and Bubbly Maths, with Slime making from Messy Hands. Marquees from Explorium Science Centre and Analog Devices will feature interactive exhibits. Walkabout performances include Eureka from Edinburgh, Dr.Ken and Strong Women Science. Activity stands will be provided by Lifetime Lab, Cell Explorers, Tyndall, INFANT, SEAI and many more.


Lifetime Lab Manager and Carnival of Science Director Mervyn Horgan said, “Visitors to the Carnival of Science will see Fitzgerald Park as never before – it will truly be a STEM wonderland, packed with fun and exciting ways to enjoy science that is all around. As a free event over 2 days, it gives families a great way to make science education fun for children, with learning through laughter, experiments and experience.  This is a real must-attend event of the summer schedule for Cork!”

This event will be the largest STEM engagement event in the region, and unlike any other festival this year. Dynamic demonstrations, engaging experiments, funky games, and electrifying entertainment are guaranteed for all the family at this unique event in Cork this summer. Don’t miss it.

The launch of the Cork’s newest and free festival, Cork Carnival of Science, which will take place on Saturday 22 and Sunday 23 June at Fitzgerald Park. The Cork Carnival of Science is organised by Lifetime Lab and supported by Cork City Council and Science Foundation Ireland, and will feature more than 100 exhibitors offering non-stop, family-friendly experiments, interactive activities, games, street cuisine and a packed line-up of live entertainment over 2 days.

Gemma Creagh

Gemma is a nomadic writer, filmmaker, & journalist. She was born in Cork, lives in Dublin, and studied in Belfast & Galway, where she graduated from NUIG’s Writing MA. She has penned articles for national publications and is the editorial assistant for Film Ireland Magazine. Gemma was the writer and co-producer of the five-part comedy ‘Rental Boys’ for RTÉ’s Storyland. Her short films have screened at festivals around the world.
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