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Come & Visit - RDS Primary Science Fair Belfast

A full day out for primary school pupils, families and teachers, the RDS Primary Science Fair Belfast showcases Key Stage 2 and 4th-6th class primary school science-themed projects alongside an exciting educational entertainment programme including large scale science shows and interactive exhibits. Visitors will have the opportunity to engage with all of the class science projects showcased on the day in addition to attending many of the shows included in the curriculum linked programme of science themed educational entertainment (see below)

Opening Hours of the Belfast Fair

The Fair will take place at the Belfast Waterfront on Friday June 9, 2017, and run from 10.00am to 3.00pm for visitors, with last admission at approximately 1.30pm.

All shows will take place at 10am, 11am, 12.30pm with the last beginning at 1.30pm.

Directions to the Belfast Waterfront


Ticket Information

Please note that bookings for groups of less than 10 are only available on the day of the event at the venue.

Admission Prices:
Family Ticket: £15 (2 adults and 2 children)
Individual Adult: £8
Concession Adult:£7*
Individual Child: £4

* Senior Citizens, Unwaged, Students (relevant ID/proof of entitlement may be requested on entry to the venue); Disabled Patrons (please note there is no charge for an accompanying carer).


School Group Visits:

As part of a school tour, pupils will have the opportunity to engage with all of the class science projects showcased on the day in addition to attending many of the shows included in the entertainment programme (see below). We recommend that groups allow a minimum of four hours to visit the Fair.

A special school/group rate (10 or more) is available:

  •  - £3 per child
  •  - £5 per supervising adult

Please note that advance bookings have now closed but walk ups will be accepted on the day. Credit/ debit card, cash or cheque will be accepted as payment, 


RDS Primary Science Fair Belfast - Entertainment Programme

For a snapshot of what's included in the programme please see our information flyer.

View sample day schedules for visiting groups here.

RDS Primary Science Fair Project Showcase

From 'Can you really make a ship unsinkable?' to 'Could helium balloons really lift Mrs Twit into the air?', come and explore all of the amazing class science projects on display. This is a chance for pupils to share their experiences and learn from their peers – building communication, confidence and team work skills.

Full list of participating schools and their project titles.

Dinos Down Under

Dale Treadwell from Naturally Wild will take you on a journey to the outback of Australia – except it’s the ‘down under’ of over 100 million years ago when dinosaurs roamed the land.

Sea Soup - Why Should we Care About Plankton?

Russell Arnott has been an oceanographer, science teacher, and punk-rock guitarist. As well as working as Outreach Officer for WhaleFest: Incredible Oceans, he is also a researcher at Bath University’s Water Environment Infrastructure Resilience (WEIR) unit.

Plankton are the microscopic plants and animals that inhabit the world’s oceans, rivers and lakes. These amazing and often overlooked organisms not only act as the base for the ocean’s foodwebs but also produce a majority of our atmospheric oxygen. Not only this but plankton also have the ability to regulate our climate and if harnessed, could be the panacea to climate change that we’ve been waiting for.

This talk will introduce you to the wondrous world of plankton by showcasing all of their weird and wonderful shapes and abilities.

The Trouble with Titanic

When it was built, the Titanic was the largest man-made moving object in the world. It was also supposedly one of the safest ships ever designed at the time. When went so wrong then on its maiden voyage that made it one of the most memorable maritime disasters ever? Let the W5 education team explain in this interactive and engaging science show. Does that float your boat?

Make sure to also try out their fantastic marble run activity in the Fair's Main Space by building your own using a huge selection of wooden blocks and components! Can you make your run last as long as possible? Or will you make a musical marble maze? Have a go and set your imagination free.

W5 is Northern Ireland’s premier science and discovery centre. Established in 2001, W5 has been firing the spirit of discovery in school pupils and families across Ireland with its outreach programmes, in-house educational workshops and 250+ interactive exhibits spread across five floors.

Spectacular Chemistry

Award winning educator, Nick Barker, University of Warwick, will showcase the wonder in science through a range of fascinating explosive chemistry demonstrations - watch out for loud bangs and plenty of flames!

Space Odyssey & Alien Antics - Junior Einsteins
Have you ever wondered how you could possibly have been tricked by a magician? Junior Einsteins uncover the simple scientific secrets behind an ‘unexplainable’ party trick – scientists always share their secrets.

Gross Slime & Bubbling Potions - Junior Einsteins
Learn how to make your own slime and create some wonderful bubbling and colourful creations – worthy of Hogwarts!

Interactive Exhibits
Visitors can also enjoy a range of interactive exhibits and activities throughout the day including African drumming, science busking, a Marble Run and even meet a life size Orca whale.


Contact Us:

E: primarysciencefair@rds.ie

T: +353 (0)1 240 7990 (ROI) or 0345 2661897 (NI)


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