Science and Engineering Day

Event Information // Venue Information //Booking Information // Travel and Transport Information // Accessibility Information // Miscellaneous Information

Event FAQs:

What is Science and Engineering Day?
SED is a free, one-day event for all ages exploring Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) through hands-on activities, talks, tours and shows. There is more information available here.

Where is the event?
Science and Engineering Day takes place across Boldrewood and Highfield campuses at the University of Southampton. Further information about these campuses can be found on our locations page. There will be a free shuttle bus between the two sites.

What time is the event?
Doors for Science and Engineering Day open at 10:30. The event finishes at 16:30 with last admissions at 16:00. We advise you allow plenty of time to enjoy the day as there is a lot to see!

What ages is this event suitable for?
The majority of activities are suitable for ages 5 through to 100+. We additionally have a small new zone this year which is for the junior-scientists as well.

Does this event cost?
No! Science and Engineering Day is free (just like the rest of SOTSEF). However tickets should be booked in advance from this link.

What activities will be happening?
We are in the process of confirming the final programme of events. These will be available from here in due course.

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Venue FAQs:

What do I do when I first arrive on site?
When you arrive at either Highfield or Boldrewood campuses, please take your tickets to one of the marked Registration Desks. At this desk we will be able to scan your ticket, provide you with wristbands and provide you with a map to help you find your way around. If you do not have a ticket, still make your way to a Registration Desk to check yourself in.

How do I find my way around?
All our zones are colour coded and sign-posted to help you find your way around. We also have an interactive map that can be loaded on a smartphone/tablet before arriving on site and will work offline all day. If you do not have smartphone/tablet access, we will also have some printed maps. There will also be many visible student ambassadors around who will be able to help you.

Which buildings will be open to the public and have activities in?
You can see the complete list of buildings open, and the activities in them by exploring our interactive map. Additionally we have a complete list of the activity zones here. We also have some outdoor activities including the Biodiversity Hub and the Archaeology Village.

What other facilities are there on site?
We have ensured that many of our catering outlets and cafes are open to serve light refreshments throughout the day. There are also multiple seating areas around campus for you to use to allow you a break. We also have a shuttle bus service between the two sites.

The event now takes place between two sites– how do I get between them?
Boldrewood and Highfield campuses are a short, 5 minute walk from one another on even, paved ground. You are welcome to walk the route, which will be sign-posted. Additionally we will be having a free shuttle bus between the sites. This shuttle bus will depart from the Highfield Interchange and Boldrewood bus bay– both of which will be clearly signposted.

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Booking Information FAQs:

How do I book tickets for the day?
Online booking is available 24/7 through our Eventbrite.

Do these tickets cost?
No. SOTSEF is a 100% free event and it costs nothing to attend. If you do see anyone selling tickets, please contact us on

Do I need to bring these tickets with me on the day?
Yes. Please either print your tickets or have them on your smartphone ready for us to scan on site at one of the registration desks. If you do not bring these tickets with you, you will have to re-register with us on the day.

Are there additional events/shows I have to book for?
Yes. We have a series of shows that have strict capacities which require further booking. Tickets for these shows will be available to book through our system on 1st March. A small proportion of the tickets will be available on the day in a first-come, first-served basis.

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Travel and Transport FAQs:

How to do I get to Science and Engineering Day?
These campuses are located in the Highfield region of Southampton. They are readily served by public transport links and are also accessible by road. Please note that parking is extremely limited on campus and we ask that you use public transport when possible.

I’m traveling by car– how do I get to the event?
Highfield Campus is the larger campus with more parking (please note: though we have free parking, spaces are extremely limited due to building works on campus). The postcode for your satnav is: SO17 1BJ. If you are traveling from the M3: Exit at Junction 14 (Southampton A33). If you are traveling from the M27: Exit at Junction 5 (Southampton Airport). There will be AA Roadsigns to guide you along the route.

Is there parking on-site?
Yes, however this number is extremely limited due to building works on campus and will be first-come, first served. We advise that, where possible, you travel via public transport. Our recommendation for families traveling from outside the area is to park in the West Quay multi-storey complex (£5 all day parking) and use the Unilink buses to reach Highfield campus. We are very aware this is not ideal and are looking for solutions to this issue for the 2018 event.

I’m traveling by public transport– how do I get to the event?
By rail: The nearest stations are Southampton Central (3 miles) or Southampton Airport Parkway (2 miles). From either station you can catch the Unilink U1 to Highfield Campus (timetable).
By bus: The Unilink bus services all serve Highfield Campus Interchange. Single journeys cost £2; day tickets are £3.50 and there are reduced fares for children. For further information, please visit the Unilink site.
By ferry: Red Funnel ferries serve Southampton Ferry Terminal. The Unilink U1A departs a short walk (~5 minutes) from the port (timetable).

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Accessibility FAQs:

Is there disabled parking on-site? Is this pre-bookable?
Yes, we have ensured there are disabled parking bays on site. However these are not pre-bookable and are first-come, first served as with all of our parking.

Are the venues accessible?
Yes. We have ensured that all the venues with hands-on activities, shows and talks in are accessible. However unfortunately some of the research facilities (i.e. RJ Mitchell Wind Tunnel) are not. We also advise caution when for those with accessibility needs when accessing the Archaeology Village and Biodiversity Hub as these are both outside areas and are on uneven ground.

Do you have a quiet space?
Unfortunately this year we do not. However it is on our radar and will be something we will be doing for the 2018 event.

I require extra assistance, is this possible?
Yes. If you require extra assistance, you can either make us aware before your arrival by emailing or you can make one of our Student Ambassadors aware when you arrive on site and we will do our best to accommodate you.

Is there disabled parking on-site? Is this pre-bookable?
Yes, we have ensured there are disabled parking bays on site. However these are not pre-bookable and are first-come, first served as with all of our parking.

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Miscellaneous FAQs:

I haven’t registered for a ticket, can I still attend?
Unfortunately due to the popularity of the event this year, we have sold out of all our advance tickets.

Can I bring my own food/drink on to the site?
Yes, we are more than happy for you to do so. We kindly request that you only eat in cafe/seating/outside areas and not in activity rooms. Alcohol is prohibited at the event.

Can I bring my pet?
I’m afraid you cannot bring any pets on to the site. The only exception is service animals.

Can I bring any alcohol to the event?
Alcohol is not permitted at the event.

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