Edinburgh International Science Festival
Edinburgh Science Festival Offices © John Lord
Every Easter the city of Edinburgh becomes a gigantic laboratory of discovery, exploration and entertainment, as non-stop shows, demonstrations, hands-on activities, workshops and exhibitions are presented to educate and astonish all ages. The Edinburgh International Science Festival is designed to encourage discovery about the sciences and a variety of exciting subjects including outer space, our planet, the inner body and modern gadgets and technology. Kids can become who or what they want to be through a number of interactive exhibits and experiments - even doing things like climbing inside an enormous, snotty nostril - and can participate in the breaking of world records. Adults, meanwhile, can explore the chances of the survival of the human race in the 21st century, getting up to date on important scientific advancements and discoveries. Edinburgh's Science Festival is one of the largest of its kind in Europe, and should prove fun for all age groups. There is also a Gastrofest, a mini food festival within the science festival which celebrates Scottish cookery and traditional dishes and also explores the general science of food and drink.