STEM Festival 2021

The Northumberland National Park STEM Festival logoThis September, Northumberland National Park Authority is hosting its first Science and Technology ‘STEM’ Festival at The Sill: National Landscape Discovery Centre and at popular locations across the National Park.

Running from Friday 10th September to Thursday 21st October 2021, Northumberland National Park’s STEM Festival aims to encourage visitors to explore, discover and understand the National Park through Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics. It will inspire people to help protect, conserve and enhance the Park’s special landscape for future generations to enjoy.

The festival will include a wide-variety of STEM-led activities including Little Larks Forest School, clay making workshops, navigation courses and much more. There will also be tours where visitors can find out about the fascinating Victorian history of Catcleugh Reservoir and visit the Black House; the last remaining dwelling that was built to house the reservoir construction workers and their families in the late 19th Century.

Visit our What’s On page here to see what events and activities are available, and to book your tickets.

Graft & Glory Exhibition

A new seasonal exhibition, delivered in partnership with The Common Room, will feature at The Sill during the STEM Festival. Entitled ‘Graft & Glory – the story of what the region’s engineers invented, innovated and campaigned for’.

A section of the Graft Glory exhibition inddors

The exhibition highlights the stories of how the North East’s engineers made mining a safer experience in the region and worldwide, and how this spirit of innovation still lives on through present-day engineering companies.

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Learning Programme

The STEM Festival ‘Learning Programme’ will be available for schools and families, where resources including STEM related sessions can be accessed.

A member of staff from The Sill helps two young boys with a larning session.

From opportunities to visit sites of special scientific interest (SSSI), participating in competitions at school and undertaking live tasks on geology and river walks, there’s something for everyone to enjoy and explore.

Click here to access the Learning Programme.

Careers Programme

Find out about STEM careers in rural settings through our Careers Programme. This varied programme includes the opportunity to hear from Northumberland National Park staff through a series of online videos, to find out how the Park uses STEM subjects to protect and look after the landscape.

Videos will be available to watch every Wednesday from 10am via our YouTube channel. A downloadable Careers Pack featuring information on career paths of National Park staff, activities, and ways in which young people can get involved in developing their skills for the future is also available on request.

Opportunities to hear from specialists who care and protect the National Park landscape include Ecologist Gill Thompson, Archaeologist Chris Jones, and Conservation and Environment Manager Jen Shaw.

Email to request your Careers Pack or if you have any further questions.

Stay Connected

To stay up to date with the latest information, search for #NNPSTEMFEST on social media, and use the hashtag to share what you’ve been up to during the STEM Festival. You’ll find us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.


The STEM Festival is funded by Reece Foundation and supported by Tarmac.

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