ATOM Fringe

ATOM Fringe covers the various smaller events happening before, during and after the festival. Come back to this page to find out what's on, or follow us on social media. 

Magic? No, Science! (The Great Leonardo and Zoltan)

The Great Leonardo will be demonstrating his amazing magical skills at the Abingdon Community Shop from 2pm-3pm on Saturday, March 10.  He is, without doubt, one of the world’s greatest magicians.

Or is he?

Waiting in the wings is a scientist, Zoltan, and he is a bit suspicious about the ‘magic’ on display. Can Zoltan use science to explain some of the mind-boggling things being shown to the audience?

Taking place during the Science Market, this is a free-to-attend show at the Community Shop, from 2pm on Saturday March 10. Perfect for enquiring minds aged 7 and up!

Saturday 10th March 2pm to 3pm in Freespace on Bury Street


Science Tipple 

In the spirit of ‘A Pint of Science’ and ‘The Philosopher’s Arms’, join Dr Mark Thornton from the ‘Stories from Science’ Podcast (and anyone else who turns up) in an experimental event in the snug of the King’s Head and Bell – ‘The Science Tipple’.

Hot topics from science (Ethics and AI? Self-driving cars? Space junk?) will be drawn out of a hat (or suggested on the night), discussed, and conclusions (and solutions) shared on social media.

Free to attend (but you must buy your own drink) this is a chance for anyone interested in science to solve some of the biggest science dilemmas of the age (possibly).

Monday 12th March 7pm in the Kings Head and Bell, East St Helen Street, Abingdon town centre


Build a Crystal

with Oxford University's Quantum Materials Group!

The Quantum Materials Group at Oxford University’s Physics Department will be turning the Community Freespace in Bury Street, Abingdon into a giant crystal structure during ATOM 2018, with atoms represented by baubles filled by participants, and hung in the right place so that the 3D structure of the atoms in the crystal is reproduced in the room.

Over the course of two days – March 16-17 - the crystal will “grow” as more atoms are added. With the help of LEDs, hands-on activities and other surprises visitors to the Freespace will learn about physics as they build what we hope will be an impressive structure.

Free to attend – simply drop in and take part. With surprising things to learn about the nature of matter...

Friday & Saturday 16th/17th March daytimes in Freespace (the Community Shop) on Bury Street

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