The Big Bounce 2022

A festival of physics for the East End of Glasgow.

The 2022 event took place at Glasgow Women’s Library, Bridgeton, the Orchard Park Centre, Carmyle, and the Barrowland Ballroom. 


The Big Bounce festival 2022 logo depicting scissors, glue, a pencil and paper

Physics is changing the world, but it needs your help!

The Big Bounce festival brings simple, exciting science to the East End of Glasgow. Enjoy a day out with your whole family and get involved with magnets, crafts, rainbows, galaxies and stilt-walkers. Hands-on activities, interactive shows and workshops let parents and kids alike connect easily with science. 

All activities and events were free of charge with free lunch bags provided at the Barrowland Ballroom on Sunday 30 October. We will have more details of all the events soon.

2022 events and activities

Main Hall drop-in activities: Sunday 30 October

10am-4pm at Barrowland Ballroom, 244 Gallowgate, Glasgow, G4 0TT

The Big Bounce 2022: Barrowland Ballroom main hall with participants doing activities

Science on Stilts: Do you look up to scientists? Well now you really can! Science on Stilts is a walkabout show where real-life scientists – who are also stilt walkers – do simple science experiments with you! They’ll stop on their stilts to have chats with anyone who has high ambitions to learn more about physics. Our scientists on stilts elevate exploration of how atoms are made or why bubbles reflect colours to a new height – and it’s huge fun.

Phenomenal Physics: Physics is changing the world and improving lives with big ideas... come and find out how by getting hands-on with weird fluids, magnets and electric potatoes! Explore the world of condensed matter and quantum materials and learn how you could harness them to tackle big problems.

Cosmic Crafting: Get involved in some great crafting activities using a range of recycled and ‘saved from landfill’ materials! You can make your own moving model of the sun, Earth, and moon, or a self-propelled rocket to take home. Don’t forget to grab a mystery activity bag!

Mind and Draw: Try your hand at drawing imaginary landscapes and explore the physics behind colour!

Dark Side of the Stars: The universe is seriously massive. How can we find out about it when it doesn’t fit in a science lab? Charlotte will show you how to grab light from space and use it to master the universe!

Seeing Rainbows: You don’t have to wait for the sun to come out to see rainbows in this fun workshop! Explore how white light is made up of different colours, and build a special device to see the secret light coming from your smartphone.

Circuits Circus: Build your own electronic game in 15 minutes using simple circuits! You’ll be buzzing all the way home!

Making Magicians: Is physics magic? Is magic really physics? Come along to check out impossible balancing, flotation tricks and much more, and see if you can work out how they do it!

Seeing Beneath Your Skin: Have you ever wondered how doctors use physics to see under your skin? Clare and her team will explain this spooky science and show you what the blood vessels in your hand look like!

Ideal for ages 4 to 400.

Small Stories: Saturday 29 October and Sunday 30 October

Saturday: 10.30am-11.15am at Orchard Park Centre, 10 Gardenside Avenue, Carmyle, G32 8DR

Sunday: 11.30am-12.15pm, 2pm-2.45pm at Barrowland Ballroom Small Hall, 244 Gallowgate, Glasgow, G4 0TT

The Big Bounce 2022 Small Stories: a woman talking about physics to adults and children

Small Stories – curious tales for wee ones and their grown-ups.

Come along and sing, make sounds and have fun together as we learn all about the wonderful world around us. Join pirates, birds and bears as they explore why things fall down, what sound is and why things float at these interactive sessions in our cosy story tent.

Ideal for ages 3 to 6 and their families, and all are welcome.

This workshop is free but has limited capacity and must be booked in advance (early booking recommended).

Register now for Orchard Park Centre

Register now for Barrowland Ballroom

Make a Mars Rover: Saturday 29 October

11am and 1pm at Glasgow Women’s Library, 23 Landressy Street, Bridgeton, G40 1BP

The Big Bounce 2022 Make a Mars Rover: a cartoon robot

Bring the whole family to build your own miniature Mars rover! But there’s more – how will it know what to do? Coding for absolute beginners of course. You’ll teach your rover how to explore its surroundings and gather data – all from scratch!

Ideal for ages 10+ and their families.

This workshop is free but has limited capacity and must be booked in advance (early booking recommended).

Register now

Captain Galileo: Saturday 29 October

12pm and 2pm at Glasgow Women’s Library, 23 Landressy Street, Bridgeton, G40 1BP

The Big Bounce 2022 Captain Galileo: a man and woman doing a trick

Captain Galileo and his loyal scientist shipmate Sally Planck are on a quest for gold and need the audience’s help to find it! These two flamboyant pirates are travelling over the seas in their handcart-ship packed with experimental materials (plus the occasional rat).

Ideal for ages 5 to 10 and their families.

This show is free but has limited capacity and must be booked in advance (early booking recommended).

Register now

Be More Dolphin: Sunday 30 October

10.30am and 1.30pm at Barrowland Ballroom Workshop Room, 244 Gallowgate, Glasgow, G4 0TT

The Big Bounce 2022 Be More Dolphin: a graphic of a dolphin and sound waves

What’s special about a dolphin’s voice? Why can’t we see well underwater? How can we really find Nemo?

Join this family session of games and creative play and help us to answer these questions and more, as we explore the weird and wonderful world of underwater sound!

This special 60-minute workshop lets parents and kids get hands-on and involved with waves and echoes. We’ll find out how dolphins use echo-location, and why we humans use sonar to reveal the hidden secrets of the deep!

(Wetsuits not required!)

Ideal for ages 8 to 11 and their families.

This workshop is free but has limited capacity and must be booked in advance (early booking recommended).

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Stargazing with Royal Observatory Edinburgh: Sunday 30 October

10.30am, 1pm and 3.30pm at Barrowland Ballroom Small Hall, 244 Gallowgate, Glasgow, G4 0TT

The Big Bounce 2022 Stargazing with Royal Observatory Edinburgh: a shooting star in the night sky

Image credit: Vincentiu Solomon

October is too cold for stargazing... unless you come along to our cosy inflatable planetarium! Join the Royal Observatory Edinburgh team and get familiar with the night sky.

Ideal for ages 7 to 12 and their families.

This workshop is free but has limited capacity and must be booked in advance (early booking recommended).

Register now

What’s in Space? Sunday 30 October

12pm and 3pm at Barrowland Ballroom Workshop Room, 244 Gallowgate, Glasgow, G4 0TT

The Big Bounce 2022 What’s in Space: a galaxy of stars in space

Image credit: European Space Agency/Hubble and Nasa, F. Pacaud, D. Coe

Join space expert Anne-Marie for this out-of-this-world interactive show and chat about anything from tiny satellites to gigantic galaxies. You can have all your space-related questions answered!

Ideal for ages 8 to 12 and their families.

This workshop is free but has limited capacity and must be booked in advance (early booking recommended).

Register now

The Big Bounce 2021: two-minute snapshot

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In October 2021 we held our first in-person festival for families at the Barrowland. You can now watch two amazing, live-recorded, family science theatre shows from the weekend, and even more from the online festival in 2020.

The Big Bounce is the new name for the Festival of Physics, previously held annually at Dynamic Earth in Edinburgh.

For enquiries, please email [email protected].

The Big Bounce 2021: a man and woman performing a fire trick

The Kids Who Fell to Earth at the Big Bounce 2021