The Festival of Science and Curiosity is back with a bang this week offering a fully-packed programme of fun events and activities aimed at all the family across the city.

This is the third year the Nottingham event has been run and is promising to be bigger and better, hoping to encourage people to express their curiosity and engage in learning.

It takes place between February 8 and 15, so parents of budding scientists are fortunate as it coincides with February half term.

The festival kicks off with the Explorers Fair at the Broadway Cinema, with three days of activities for schools, where pupils can experiment with gadgets and games.

On the Friday evening the festival goes public, joining forces with another annual event Nottingham Light Night.

Hasmita Chavda, the festival’s curator explained the purpose of the festival, she said: “We want to show everybody that science is everywhere, that it can be fun, hands-on and is full of possibilities.

“We really want to promote the idea that asking questions is as important than having answers.”

“Curiosity, asking why and being playful are at the heart of the Festival.

“We really want to promote the idea that asking questions is as important than having answers.”

The event is organised through the Stemcity partnership which promotes opportunities for citizen engagement in science and technology, learning and culture.

From exciting demonstrations, optical illusions and a mobile planetarium, there should be something for everyone.

The not-to-be missed attraction though is a tribute to David Bowie and Brian Eno at Think in Cobden Chambers where participants will be able to create their own snowglobes and psychedelic projections.

The Broadmarsh Centre will host a giant set of lungs and a mobile planetarium, whilst the National Video Arcade in Hockley will have an entire day of wormed-themed activities.

Most events are free to attend although a small charge may apply to some activities at the Explorers Fair.

Then from Monday 13th to Wednesday 15th the festival will be on the road, visiting community venues in neighbourhoods across the city.

For some of the events on offer see the Programme schedule.