Public and schools

The Department of Physics offers a wide range of activities for the public, families, and school students of all ages.  Explore the mysteries of space with a visit to the University's observatory, the Astrocampus; find out about nuclear physics using Lego; take part in hands-on workshops; and much more.  Keep informed about upcoming events by signing up for our mailing lists for the public or for teachers.

While most of our events are free, they wouldn't be possible without your generous support. Help us to inspire the next generation of Physicists: Support the Department of Physics Outreach programme.

Public

Astrocampus

Come and explore the wonders of the Universe at the Astrocampus, the University of York’s observatory. With a wide range of telescopes and space-themed activities for all ages, the site is open to groups and individuals throughout the year.

Binding Blocks

Discover nuclear physics ... using Lego.  Find out more about the applications of nuclear physics, from medical physics to power generation, and discover how nuclear astrophysics is revealing the secrets of the stars.  

Schools

Primary

Workshops, activities and visits to excite and inspire children with science. Visit us at the Astrocampus for space-themed activity days or we can vist you with our inflatable planetarium, workshops and wizz-bang assemblies.  

Secondary

Workshops, activities and visits to excite and inspire students of all ages with physics. Get involved with careers events, research projects, work experience weeks, residential trips, awards ceremonies, talks, demo lectures and more! Visit the University observatory, Astrocampus; find out about nuclear physics using Lego; or try experimental work in our undergraduate laboratories.  

Events

Five for Sydney‌


In year 12?  Love Science? Applynow for an unforgettable, all-expenses-paid trip to the Internation Science School at the University of Sydney. Amazing speakers and a packed schedule of events.  Applications due by Wednesday 1st March. 

Past events

Discover some of the past events run by the Department of Physics: from the visit of British ESA Astronaut Tim Peake, to the annual Schools Physicist of the Year awards.  Find out more about the activities on offer, or download photos from events you have attended.

Useful links

Interested in other University projects? Check out the links below.

The Children's University

Children's University encourages 5-14 year olds to try new experiences and get involved. The Astrocampus and our family-friendly events are accredited so come along to collect a sticker.  

Centre for Lifelong Learning

The Centre for Lifelong Learning offer a range of programmes for adults including a post-graduate diploma in astronomy and science courses for parents.  

Open Lectures at the University of York

Find out about cutting-edge research through the University's public lecture programme, with physics lectures are organised by student group PhysSoc.   

For more information, please email us at physics-outreach@york.ac.uk or visit our contact page.