BGS events

BGS Open Day 2024

Join us on 8 June 2024 to explore volcanoes and earthquakes, soils and aquifers, the sea, the sky and everything in between!

Event on 08/06/2024

General admission for the 2024 BGS Open Day is now fully booked. Thank to you to everyone who has registered for the event. In the event that any attendees are unable to attend we will release these tickets as they become available.

Geology is all around us and integral to our modern lives in some unexpected and surprising ways. Come along to see some incredible rocks and fossils, and find out how we study these to protect against the effects of climate change.

BGS Keyworth front entrance.BGS © UKRI
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Virtual tour of the geological walkway at BGS Keyworth. BGS © UKRI

We’ll have a range of hands-on activities, tours and demonstrations to keep both young and old scientists busy, including landslide modelling, gold panning, tsunamis and the enthralling toilet roll of time! There will also be games to enjoy and, of course, the opportunity to meet our amazing BGS scientists, who are helping us to protect our natural environment. The programme will be wide ranging, with something suitable for everyone.

Food and refreshments

We will have refreshments available in our onsite canteen, plus lots of outdoor space if you wish to bring along your own picnic.

Book online

Booking is now open. Follow us on X (@britgeosurvey) for event updates using #BGSOpenDay.

Planning your visit

The BGS Open Day takes place at the British Geological Survey’s headquarters at Nicker Hill, Keyworth, Nottinghamshire NG12 5GG.

Parking will be available and clearly signposted on site. If you require parking for a minibus or coach, please contact us ( beforehand to ensure we can accommodate you. Limited bicycle parking is also available.

The Keyworth bus runs from Nottingham city centre to Keyworth every 20 minutes daily, with the journey taking approximately 30 minutes. The nearest bus stop is Green Close, a 500 m walk from the site.

Please note that the site is cashless; however, we accept all major credit cards including pre-loaded cash cards.

A mixture of indoor and outdoor activities will be offered. We’re prepared for all weathers, so please make sure you are too!


All open areas of the site are wheelchair accessible. A virtual walkthrough of the public areas will be available on this page in April. Activities will be offered inside and outside. Inside surfaces include carpeted and linoleum floors; outdoor activities will be on paved surfaces or grass.


  • hearing induction loops
  • access ramps
  • lifts (elevators)
  • accessible and gender-neutral toilets
  • accessible parking
  • visual and auditory fire alarms (if a PEEP plan is required, please let us know at the time of booking)
  • quiet room for prayer (please indicate if this is needed at the time of booking)
  • designated calm space for children with SEND requirements
  • BSL interpreter (please indicate if this is needed at the time of booking)

Please note that photography will be taking place during the event. If you have any concerns or would like to ensure that your photo is not taken, please speak to a member of staff at the event, who will be happy to assist.

Can’t make it to the Keyworth Open Day?

Catch us at Dynamic Earth for the Edinburgh Science Festival on 10 April 2024, from 10:00 to 16:00.

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