ATTENDING EVENTS 

Go to the ‘What’s On’ page to see our full programme and book your free tickets. 

During the Festival, head to our Box Office for more information and ticket bookings: 

Box Office: 10.00 – 17.00 | 10-13 September | The Dome, University of Warwick campusCV4 7AL 

To gain entry to ticketed events, please make sure to bring your tickets with you on an electronic device or as a printout. You can access, edit, and print your tickets from your Account page. Please note, there will be no printing facilities available on site. If you are unable to attend, please cancel your tickets as soon as possible to allow entry for other patrons. 

For ticketed events,doors close 15 minsafter the stated start time to avoid disturbance to speakers and other attendees. You will not be able to gain admittance to ticketed events after that time. 

We will be providing free day tickets for the Coventry & Warwickshire bus network during the Festival. For more information, go to ‘Moving Around’.

GETTING TO COVENTRY 

By train 

Coventry station is the main railway station in Coventry, situated just outside the city centre. 

  • If you are visiting Coventry from the west, CrossCountry runs direct services from Manchester through Birmingham every hour. If travelling from Liverpool or Leeds, regular services run to Birmingham, with connections from Birmingham New Street and Birmingham International train station to Coventry.  

There is a taxi rank and bus stop just outside of the station. Both are clearly signposted. 

By bus 

You can also get to Coventry via coach, with services running to and from Pool Meadow bus station from across the country. 

  • National Express services run from London Victoria station to Coventry in under 3 hours. Services also run from Bristol through Cheltenham and from Grimsby through Leicester
  • Stagecoach services run from Leicester and Leamington Spa to Coventry 
  • Network West Midlands run buses throughout the West Midlands, connecting Coventry to Birmingham 

By car 

Make sure you check and plan your route before you travel. 

  • If travelling from Liverpool or Manchester, take the M6 or M6 Toll, merge onto M42 and then take the exit for the A45 to Coventry. The A45 is signposted to reach both the city centre and University of Warwick.  
  • If travelling from Leeds, take the M1. At Leicester, take the exit for the M61 to Birmingham and Coventry, and then follow signs for A45 towards Coventry. 
  • If travelling from London, take the M40 towards Birmingham. At Leamington Spa, follow the signs for the A46 towards Coventry. The A46 is signposted to reach both the city centre and University of Warwick. 
  • If you’re travelling from Scotland or the north, take the A76(M) until it becomes the M6. Follow the M6 or M6 Toll to Birmingham, and then take the exit for the A45 to Coventry.  

MOVING AROUND 

The University of Warwick campus is easily accessible from Coventry city centre as well as most parts of the UK. You can find more information here. 

We will be providing free day tickets for the Coventry & Warwickshire bus network, connecting you to the University of Warwick, Coventry train station and Coventry city centre. Go to Coventry public transport for more details.

University of Warwick campus parking 

There will be 200 free public parking spaces available on the University of Warwick campus during the Festival. Click the links below and follow the instructions to register your vehicle for each day you require parking. Make sure to print each parking permit. 

You must register your vehicle three days before the Festival. If you do not register your vehicle by this time or you forget your permit, you can still use this car park by purchasing a pay and display ticket, subject to availability. 

To access this car park, please follow the signs to the University of Warwick campus, then Central Campus, and then the grey signs directing you to the car park.  

Accessible blue badge parking spaces are available. 

Coventry public transport 

Coventry has a network of buses that will keep you wellconnected to our event venues and the University campus during the Festival. 

During the Festival, we will be providing free bus tickets for the local bus network, connecting you to the University of Warwick, Coventry train station and Coventry city centre. Routes 12X, 11 and 11U will take you from Coventry city centre to the University of Warwick in 30 minutes.

You can pick up a bus ticket from our Box office or from our dedicated kiosks at Coventry train station (CV1 2GT) and at Pool Meadow Bus Station (CV1 5AD). You will need to present a Festival ticket to access this offer.

Coventry city centre parking 

If you wish to park in the city centre, you can view a map of car parks here and a map of blue badge holder bays here 

Taxis

Black ‘London-style’ cabs operate in Coventry city centre and display a yellow licence plate issued by Coventry City Council on the rear of the vehicle.

There is a taxi rank at Coventry train station and at the University of Warwick (by the Warwick Arts Centre).

Bike sharing scheme 

Nextbike UK runs a bike sharing scheme at the University of Warwick. You can rent a bike at no cost for 30 minutes, and then £1/hour thereafter with a maximum daily of £10. For a map of the available bikes, visit Nextbike UK 

ACCOMMODATION 

There are several hotels located in Coventry. Go to Visit Coventry to see what’s available, or visit accommodation websites such as booking.com or trivago.co.uk.

ACCESSIBILITY 

We endeavour for the Festival to be fully accessible but, due to the nature of some event activities, this may not always be possible. Any activities or events that are not accessible will be clearly noted under that event’s description. 

University of Warwick campus access

All University of Warwick campus venues are wheelchair accessible. Please refer to each venue page for an overview of its accessibility.

There are a number of blue badge parking bays on campus, which you can register for through contacting us here. 

Coventry city centre access

All city centre venues are wheelchair accessible. Please refer to each venue page for an overview of its accessibility.

PLACES TO EAT 

Food on University of Warwick campus 

There will be food trucks stationed around the British Science Festival site. Grab a drink or a bite to eat and head to the Dome to soak up the Festival atmosphere!

A card/cash bar will also be running in the Dome between 16.00 and 18.00 every day of the Festival. You will need proof of ID to purchase alcohol.

Food in Coventry city centre 

You can see a list of restaurants, bars, and cafés located in Coventry city centre by searching the Visit Coventry website. 

Book a table at The Botanist Coventry from Tuesday 10 September to Friday 13 September and get access to an exclusive £25 three-course set menu. To unlock this offer simply mention the British Science Festival over the phone while making your booking at 02477 103505 or make a note in the ‘Message’ field on your online reservation. This offer is only available to pre-booked tables. Menu available on request.

TERMS & CONDITIONS 

Film & Photography 

Filming and photography will be taking place at events. If you don’t wish to be filmed/photographed, please ask one of our Festival Assistants for a yellow lanyard at the door of our events or at the Festival Box Office. 

Code of Conduct 

During the Festival, no attendee shall act in breach of the criminal law or incite hatred, violence, or intolerance. 

Whilst the Festival endeavours to be a platform for constructive debate, it is also dedicated to providing a harassment-free experience for everyone regardless of their gender, race, nationality, ethnicity, disability, religious or other similar belief, sexual orientation, or age. We do not tolerate any form of harassment towards Festival speakers/participants, staff, volunteers, or attendees. We retain the right to refuse admission to an event or the Festival as a whole to anyone who we reasonably consider does not abide by this Code of Conduct.  

Safety & Security 

For your safety, enhanced security measures will be in place and we will be conducting random bag searches. We retain the right to request identification of or remove anyone for the safety and security of all Festival speakers/participants, staff, volunteers, or attendees. 

Please note that there are no cloakroom facilities available throughout the Festival, so please make alternative arrangements for any large bags. You will not be permitted to leave any personal belongings unattended or in spaces where they pose a health & safety risk or disrupt the other attendees’ experience (e.g. aisles, fire exits, seats/chairs in busy event venues).