Bang Goes the Borders 2016 — Saturday, September 17th — 10am to 4pm

Welcome to the information page for Bang Goes the Borders 2016. We are in the late stages of planning this year’s event and have lots of exciting new workshops and events in the pipeline. Thanks again to our brilliant sponsors, Rathbones and Heriot Watt University the event is completely free and the goodie bags are back (can you guess this year’s colour?).

In the next few weeks we will start to add details of workshops to this page and through our Facebook page. Start spreading the news of the event and make it our best year ever!

In the meantime, here’s a reminder of last year’s event to show anyone who hasn’t come along before.

Click here to download the 2015 programme with summaries of all the workshops and activities

If you’re bringing younger children, we’re working hard to have the same range of suggested workshops for little sisters and brothers and will confirm these over the next few weeks. You’re never too young to be a scientist!



Bang Goes the Borders is hosted by St Mary’s School in Melrose, at the heart of the Scottish Borders. For directions to the school please click here.

Unfortunately we cannot offer onsite parking on the day, however there are a number of carparks in Melrose. For more information please click here.


As in previous years, Bang Goes the Borders site will be spilt up into 6 coloured zones with a wide range of workshops and activities for science enthusiasts of all ages. The programme will be published here just before the big day, :

    • Blue Zone –
    • Red Zone –
    • Green Zone –
    • Yellow Zone –
    • Orange Zone –
    • Purple Zone –

You can find the descriptions of all the workshops and activities in our events summary once it’s confirmed, but remember that there may be small changes made in the run-up to the event. Check with us on the day (there will be lots of volunteers wearing red lanyards) or contact us via Facebook if you have any questions.

Each event will have a recommended age range and children must be accompanied by a responsible adult at all times. Events are never ticketed, so make sure you are at the venue in good time to avoid disappointment.

There is a cafe serving light snacks and refreshments on site, as well as a designated picnic area.

First aid posts are clearly signposted and should you have any questions on the day, look out for our volunteers wearing the red lanyards.

Our presenters will need to take a few breaks during the day. If a presenter is on a break, there will be information at the venue as to when the event will restart.


If you haven’t been before, here’s a little bit about the history of BGTB…

Bang Goes The Borders is a free science festival for all the family. Now in its fifth year, BGTB brings together some of the UK’s most exciting scientists, science communicators and teachers for a fun and action-packed day of hands-on science.

Since 2010, over 3700 people have participated in over 140 events and this year’s festival is going to be even bigger and better. In the past we’ve had a physicist lying on a bed of nails, a biologist explaining how to survive a zombie attack, computer games you play with just your thoughts, explosions a-plenty, a giant snotty nose, frozen bananas and scabs in cups. This year will see the return of some old favourites, but we also have some exciting new events in the pipeline.

Be sure to check out our Facebook page for all the latest news and we look forward to seeing you on September 17th!