Big Bang 2018


VENUE: Conference and Exhibition Centre at the University of the West of England, Coldharbour Ln, Stoke Gifford, Bristol, BS16 1QY

CSW Group are delighted to announce that the 2018 Big Bang South West regional fair will be held on Wednesday 27th June 2018 at the Conference and Exhibition Centre at the University of the West of England (UWE)in Bristol.

Working in partnership with UWE Bristol, The West of England Combined Authority, and the Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) we are pleased to bring this prestigious regional celebration of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Maths (STEM) to a brand new venue for 2018. This exciting new space offers us the opportunity to enhance the experience gained by young people and schools attending and to increase the range of hands-on STEM related activities.

The 2018 event will host an amazing array of engaging activities under one roof, including; a show stage featuring live science shows, interactive hands-on exhibits and activities showcasing businesses from across the region, and the chance to find out more about careers and opportunities in STEM related sectors.

The event is open to primary and secondary schools and home-schooled children.

Alongside the shows and exhibits the event will also host the finals of the prestigious ‘South West Young Scientist’ and ‘Young Engineer of the Year’ competitions, culminating in a glittering awards ceremony. The winners will represent the region at the National finals in March 2018 at the NEC Birmingham.

The Big Bang South West regional fair is part of a programme of events taking place across the South West region, for more information on events near you, visit;

Paul Hobson, CEO, CSW Group said: “We are excited at the potential the 2018 venue offers, enabling us take the Big Bang fair to a new part of the SW region, and we are particularly looking forward to working in partnership with the University of the West of England, West of England Combined Authority and West of England LEP.”

Andrew Carter, Head of Recruitment and Outreach, UWE Bristol said: “We are excited to be working in partnership with CSW Group and the West of England Combined Authority and Local Enterprise Partnership to bring the Big Bang Regional Fair to Bristol. The University has specialist skills and expertise in this area and this event will support our ongoing work to raise awareness and engage young people with the exciting STEM careers and opportunities available to them.”

West of England Mayor, Tim Bowles, said: “I’m delighted that this event is coming to our region in 2018. We know from our employers how in-demand talented people with STEM and technical skills from all backgrounds will be in the future. This event presents a wonderful opportunity for young people to get hands-on experience of STEM subjects. We look forward to working with local, regional and national partners from education and industry to welcome as many primary and secondary schools to this event as possible.”