Festival programme invites public to explore the extraordinary


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The Great Exhibition Road Festival has officially launched its programme, featuring hundreds of activities for all ages over a summer weekend.

Running from 28-30 June, South Kensington’s Exhibition Road will host a celebration of curiosity and discovery, with a new, free festival of art, science and culture. It is a collaboration of more than twenty institutions in and around South Kensington, including Imperial College London, the Royal Commission of 1851, Royal Albert Hall, V&A, Natural History Museum and the Science Museum.

Registration for the free weekend event is now open.

The public programme and website for the Great Exhibition Road Festival has been officially launched – showcasing the weekend’s array of live experiments, interactive workshops, behind-the-scenes tours, exciting talks, delicious food and dynamic performances to inspire all ages.

Explore the extraordinary: About the programme

The new website is the central hub for detailed information about the programme of activities, how to get to South Kensington on the weekend, and how to registration for the Festival for free.

Plan your visit by easily navigating your way through the hundreds of events and activities in the What’s On section by filtering by date, activity types, age and venue.

There are also curated guides offering inspiration for you, such as in the Festival’s main themes:

Explore the extraordinary

Experiment with us

Express yourself

Expand your mind

  • A crowd looks at a fire experiment

    Live experiments will run throughout the weekend

  • South Kensington aerial shot

    More than 20 partner institutions from throughout South Kensington and beyond are taking part in the Festival

  • A singer and jazz player

    Music, art and theatre will abound at the Festival

  • A boy waves at a robot

    Exhibition Road will be alive with activity for all ages

And special curated journeys have been brought together for specific interests such as:

  • Design highlights
  • Discover Albertopolis
  • Festival exclusives
  • Green highlights
  • Kids highlights
  • Music highlights
  • Science and Arts highlights
  • Teen highlights

And of course information on getting to the Festival, food and drink that will be on offer across the weekend, and Accessibility are all detailed on the site.

1851 vision: About the Festival

The Great Exhibition Road Festival is a collaboration between Imperial College London, the Natural History Museum, the V&A, the Royal Albert Hall, the Science Museum, the Royal Commission for the Exhibition of 1851 and others.

The celebration marks the bicentenary of the births of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert, taking inspiration from their vision for the Great Exhibition of 1851, which showcased the latest innovations in British industry and culture, and was visited by six million people.

Register for free

To attend the Festival, please make sure to register for free. Registering is the only way to receive the latest Festival updates, a first-look at the full programme, and exclusive opportunities to book onto popular talks and behind-the-scenes tours.

Disclaimer: All events are subject to confirmation.


Andrew Youngson

Andrew Youngson
Communications Division


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