Family Fun Day @ BGS Keyworth | Sat 17 March 2018

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The British Geological Survey will open its doors to the general public for its 15th annual Family Fun Day on Saturday 17 March 2018 between 10 am and 4 pm.

This free event, celebrating British Science Week (formerly National Science & Engineering Week), will be held at our conference venue at Keyworth.

Our staff restaurant will be open, serving hot and cold snacks. Please note that the restaurant is cash only.

The day will include BGS displays, talks, tours and lots of hands-on activities for children and adults.

Please note that Rockwatch will not be attending the event this year.


Event registration has closed.

Sorry, our building will be at capacity with the current number of registrations. Please look out for our open day in 2019.

Family event

In 2016, activities included plaster-casting fossils, making your own earthquake, panning for ‘gold’, remote control trilobites and fossil rubbing.


With the emphasis on hands-on, there are lots of activities to entertain and educate; these ones are just a small selection:

  • Earthquakes — Where do earthquakes occur? Why they happen? How do they relate to volcanoes?
  • Separating geological materials — Including panning for ‘gold’ and investigating soils using sieving and settling techniques.
  • Life through the ages — Fossil displays; ask a geologist about how life on Earth has adapted to changing habitats.
  • Rock cycle — Learn about the major rock groups, igneous, metamorphic and sedimentary, and the relationship between the minerals that form the rocks.
  • Sandbox — Create your own landscape, make it rain and watch the water flow down into the rivers and valleys.

Tours and demos

Book in with reception and collect your free tickets* for these events that are scheduled throughout the day.

  • 3D theatre — Fly over and under the UK's geology, all in high resolution 3D.
  • Core store tour — Guided tours of our vast ‘warehouse’ of rock, fossil, mineral and core collections.
  • Geological time machine — A presentation showing how the Earth was formed and how life has developed up to the present time
  • Geological walk — A guided tour of three billion years of Earth's history along our 130-metre-long stone walkway, every step bringing you 25 million years closer to the present day.
    The geological walk is outdoors, so bring an umbrella if rain is forecast!

British Science Week

British Science Week (BSW) is a ten-day national programme of science, technology, engineering and maths events and activities across the UK aimed at people of all ages.

Science ambassadors

Outreach activities have been part of the Survey’s mission from its earliest days. We have over 30 STEM Ambassadors (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) that help us run our British Science Week events, some of whom visit schools to share their knowledge and enthusiasm for their work.

Contact and registration

Contact for further information or fill in the form to register for this event.