Plan Your Visit

We look forward to welcoming you in Chelmsford for British Science Festival 2021!

We hope that the information below will help you have a great experience. If you cannot find an answer to your question, please email us at [email protected].

We will be updating this page over the coming weeks so please come back closer to the Festival to ensure you have the most up-to-date information about your visit.

ATTENDING EVENTS 

Go to the ‘Book Now’ page to see our full programme and book your tickets. All events are free, but booking is required for most events.

We have limited capacity this year so, if you are unable to attend, please cancel your tickets as soon as possible to allow entry for other visitors.

Unsure which of our 120 events to attend whilst at the Festival? Need help with finding a venue? Have an urgent question between events? Head to one of our Info Desks where our Festival Assistants can help you with your queries.

  • Campus Info Desk: 10.30 – 16.00 | 7-11 September | Lord Ashcroft Building (MAB), Anglia Ruskin University campus, CM1 1SQ
  • City Centre Info Desk: 11.00 – 20.00 | 7-11 September | The Ideas Hub (formerly Topshop), 1 High Chelmer, Chelmsford CM1 1XG

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 through your confirmation email from SeeTickets. Please note, there will be no printing facilities available on site.

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

GETTING TO CHELMSFORD 

We are committed to doing all we can to reduce the environmental impact of traffic travelling to our events. If you present a same-day public transport ticket (excluding Park & Ride) together with a Festival ticket at one of our Info Desks, we will show our thanks by giving you a voucher that can be exchanged for a free tea or coffee (filtered) on our campus catering points!

By train 

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

  • If you are visiting from London, GreaterAnglia runs a regular service from London Liverpool street and Stratford.
  • If you are planning on visiting from the east, GreaterAnglia runs regular trains from Norwich, Clacton-on-Sea, Colchester and Ipswich.

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

By bus 

You can also get to Chelmsford via coach, with services running to and from Duke Street bus station from across the country.

  • If you’re traveling from Stansted Airport or Southend on Sea from the other direction, you can catch the regular X30 bus service to Chelmsford
  • First Bus operates an extensive service connecting urban and rural Chelmsford and surrounding areas. For more information on bus services, visit firstgroup.com/essex.
  • National Express also provides coach services with the coach stop only a five-minute walk from the city centre.

By car 

Please consider joining our sustainability pledge and avoiding driving to our events – see above on how to claim a free tea or coffee if you use public transport!

We recognise that using public transport is not always possible. For those times, please make sure you check and plan your route before you travel.

Chelmsford is within a 15-minute drive of Junction 28 of the M25 giving excellent access to the national road network. The A12, which links London with the east coast of England, is also nearby. Chelmsford’s city centre has over 5000 available car parking spaces – to find the best car park for you, click here.

MOVING AROUND 

We are committed to doing all we can to reduce the environmental impact of traffic travelling to our events. If you present a same-day public transport ticket (excluding Park & Ride) together with a Festival ticket at one of our Info Desks, we will show our thanks by giving you a voucher that can be exchanged for a free tea or coffee (filtered) on our campus catering points!

Walking 

Our Festival site is easily walkable – all our venues are within a twenty-minute walk of each other.

The Anglia Ruskin University campus is only a ten-minute walk from the centre of Chelmsford and the train station. You can find more information here.

Chelmsford public transport

Chelmsford has a network of buses that will keep you well connected to our event venues and the University campus during the Festival.
Additionally, there is a Park and Ride option from Chelmer Valley and Sandon that will take you into the city centre and to Anglia Ruskin University campus.

Cycling

There is plenty of cycle parking on the Anglia Ruskin University campus and lots of cycle paths that lead between the Festival venues. There is a CyclePoint facility next to Chelmsford train station and bus station.

You can find a cycling map of Chelmsford here.

Parking

Please consider joining our sustainability pledge and avoiding driving to our events – see above on how to claim a free tea or coffee if you use public transport!

We recognise that using public transport is not always possible. For those times, please make sure you check and plan your route before you travel.

Limited parking will be available on campus during the Festival. Please return to this page closer to September for more information.

You can see the campus disabled parking spaces available here.

Chelmsford’s city centre has over 5000 available car parking spaces – to find the best car park for you, click here.

You will be able to find electric vehicle charging points in the following car parks in Chelmsford:
Baddow Road
Fairfield Road
Meadows Surface
Moulsham Street

E-scooters

You can hire a Spin e-scooter to get around Chelmsford City Centre. You can find where the nearest Spin e-scooter is by downloading the Spin app.

To make sure all road users are safe, there are some areas, so-called No-go zones, where you are not allowed to ride the e-scooter. You can view a map of where you are allowed to ride the e-scooters in Chelmsford on the Spin website.

Shopmobility

Chelmsford City Council run a free Shopmobility service for residents. You can borrow scooters and wheelchairs from their Shopmobility centre in Market Road. You will need to register well in advance to access this service and bring your permit with you each time you want to use Shopmobility.

Meadows Shopmobility hire motorised scooters, powered and manual wheelchairs and rollators to anyone of any age with a permanent or temporary mobility problem. Visitors to Chelmsford and anyone wishing to use one of the vehicles for one day only are welcome and casual hire is encouraged. Costs are £2-£7 a day depending on the equipment required.

Taxis

Black ‘London-style’ cabs operate in Chelmsford city centre, with a taxi rank outside Chelmsford train station.

ACCOMMODATION

There are several hotels located in Chelmsford. Go to Visit Essex or Chelmsford For You to see what’s available and book your stay.

ACCESSIBILITY

We endeavour to be a Festival that everyone can enjoy and aim to provide as many details as possible to help you plan your visit.

As of the latest update of this page, all our venues and events are wheelchair accessible.

Please refer to each venue page for an overview of its accessibility features. You can do so by clicking on the name of the venue at each event listing page. Due to the nature of some event activities, accessibility facilities may vary between events.

You can see disabled parking spaces available on campus here and in Chelmsford city centre here.

All of the Anglia Ruskin University campus building have accessible toilets and all of the Chelmsford City Council public toilets have accessible facilities. You can use their accessible facilities at any time if you have a Radar NKS Key. You can find your nearest Changing Places toilet here.

Please see detailed information on moving around our Festival site in the ‘Shopmobility’ section above.

If you wish to, you are welcome to pick up a Sunflower Lanyard from one of our Info Desks during their opening hours. It will discreetly indicate to our Festival Assistants across our events that you may need additional support, help or a little more time.

If you have additional accessibility questions, please email us at [email protected].

PLACES TO EAT

Food on Anglia Ruskin University campus

Located on the ground floor of the Lord Ashcroft Building (MAB), the main restaurant and café of the Anglia Ruskin University campus will be open during the Festival with options for every taste.

Why not support our sustainability pledge while you are on campus and try the delicious vegan options offered by our vegan food stall? You will find the stall outside the Lord Ashcroft Building (MAB) for the duration of the Festival.

Food in Chelmsford

The campus is only a ten-minute walk from the centre of Chelmsford with all of its shops and restaurants. You can see a list of restaurants, bars, and cafés located in Chelmsford city centre by searching the Chelmsford For You website.

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 one of our Info Desks.

Code of Conduct

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

Please notify a member of staff in case of injury. We have First Aid provisions across the Festival site and will be able to help.

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).

COVID-19 SAFETY

The safety of our audiences, staff, and speakers is our highest priority. When attending our events, you can be confident that we are following guidelines from the government, industry, and specialist consultants to ensure that our events and premises are safe for all. 

Please visit our dedicated page for more details on what to expect when at the British Science Festival: ‘COVID-19: Keeping you safe at the British Science Festival‘.

SUSTAINABILITY

 

In 2021, we have embarked on a journey to make this year’s British Science Festival the greenest in its history.

Visit our ‘Our sustainability policy‘ page to see how we have redesigned our approach to improve the Festival’s environmental and social sustainability, and find ways to join us in our sustainability pledge!