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Matthew Tosh introduces you to the magical and explosive world of pyrotechnic science.

Discover the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) behind fireworks, and see how the professionals create colours, sound effects and perfectly timed bursts to music.

Featuring shock waves, forces, energy pathways, electricity, fire, sparks, smoke and more. You'll go behind‐the‐scenes and unpick the building blocks of modern‐day firework displays. Full of exciting demonstrations, this family show will have you on the edge of your seat.

Running times

This event will run at 11am, 1pm, and 3pm, lasting approximately 45 minutes.

Ticketed – these sessions are timed and have limited capacity. Please go to the information desk in the Marble Hall to get your ticket on the day of your event. Without a ticket you will be denied entry.

Attending the event

  • Free to attend
  • Registration on the day, get your ticket at the information desk
  • Tickets allocated on a first-come, first-served basis 
  • Tickets available one hour before event time
  • No late comers admitted to this event
  • Suitable for ages 7+
  • Travel and accessibility information - contact us directly to arrange any specific accessibility requirements 
  • This event is part of the Royal Society's Summer Science Exhibition 2018

For all enquiries, please email

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