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Discovery Zone

Discovery Zone

Discovery Zone is a hands-on, family-friendly exhibition that forms part of York Festival of Ideas.  The event is held in the summer half-term holiday in a marquee on Parliament Street in the centre of York.  It regularly attracts large audiences, with over 5000 people attending across the two-day event last year. 

The event is a great opportunity to highlight University research and showcase exciting educational activities across all subject areas.  

Target audience: 

The focus of this event is on families with children aged 7-14.  However, it attracts a very diverse audience, both geographically (with people attending from across the country) and demographically.  


Discovery Zone will next take place in early June 2023 in a marquee on Parliament Street in the centre of York.    


  • Opportunity to engage with large, diverse audiences
  • Opportunity for less-experienced practitioners to get involved with outreach
  • Opportunity to contribute to the educational, social and cultural profile of York and Yorkshire

How to get involved:

Please contact the Festival team at if you would like to take part.  

What we provide:

  • Logistical support including information briefings, furniture (tables, chairs, and display boards), power, and parking
  • A fantastic city-centre venue with lots of enthusiastic members of the public
  • Snacks, drinks, and pasties for all exhibitors! 

What is required from you:

Hands-on exhibition activities to excite the public, and families in particular, with your subject and/or research.  


January 2023


  • “Lots of interesting, educational fun”
  • “Super dooper fun!”
  • “Very educational. Six year old and 75 year old were absolutely fascinated.”
  • “We just wish we could have stayed longer!”
  • “All the staff were great - could spend hours here.”
  • “I think there should be more events like this one.”
  • “Very impressive, engaging and inclusive”
  • “Great fun for family and lots of interesting things”
  • “Great to have access to these things which make learning interesting.”