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Festivals are a wonderful place to start. They have large audiences of enthusiastic people already signed up and you can expect a busy day talking to people who are interested in your work. Your stand can be as fancy and slick as you like, but it is possible to do some great engagement with only a small investment of time and money.

Keep it simple and interactive. Plan to cover a table or two with things children can get their hands on. With young families, although the child will be the focus, you are often talking to the parents through the interaction with the child. Keep the kids fascinated and you can engage with the parent!

Science festivals are often full of families and schools keen to discover science. They can attract either local audiences or have a wider draw. Some festivals attract people with different interests. There is a UK map of Science Festivals if you want to explore more widely.

In recent years, groups from across Medical Sciences have visited the following festivals.