Boom, Bang, Fizz - the science of fireworks

Dates: 8th July to 1st October 2023 Weekends and school holidays
Location: Science Theatre
Duration: 20 mins
Tickets: Free with general admission

Boom, bang, fizz – there’s a fiesta of fireworks in the Science Theatre! Join us in a brand new free live show to discover the science behind the ooh’s, aah’s and wow’s of a firework display.

Summer festivals, 5th November, New Years’ Eve – what do they all have in common? Fireworks! We’ve all marvelled at these explosive celebrations of light and colour but have you ever stopped to think what makes a firework work? Well now you don’t have to! Join the Science Centre Inspirers as they delve into the science behind the magic.

Fun experiments and dazzling demos will bring this explosive topic to life in an exciting 20-minute live show. Discover how binders act as oxidisers and help some fireworks burn brighter than others. Explore the metal salts that give fireworks their colour with the hugely popular coloured flame throwers demo. And find out all about the propellants that help fireworks put on their amazing night-time displays in the explosive finale.

Accessibility information for Boom, Bang, Fizz

Don't worry if you're sensitive to loud noises, we'll be exploring the science behind the fun without any loud booms, bangs and fizzes! If you're still unsue, why not join us in our not-so-noisy show at 3:30pm. 

The Science Theatre is accessible so everyone can enjoy all the fun. Sometimes there will be loud noises, but we'll tell you about them before the show starts. If you want to wear ear defenders, you can borrow them from us before the show starts. If you feel nervous in a show, you can stay near the back and leave quickly if you need to.

***On Wednesday, 26th July, Wednesday, 16th August and Saturday, 16th September a British Sign Language interpreter will be signing during the 11:30am and 2:30pm shows. Talk to our Accessibility team so we can reserve a seat for you near the front.***

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3:30pm (not so noisy)

4:30pm (Saturday 22nd July to Sunday 3rd September - subject to availability)