The Salters’ Institute Festivals of Chemistry are an initiative of the Salters’ Institute. Their objective is to help promote the appreciation of chemistry and related sciences amongst the young.

Benefits of The Salters’ Institute Festivals of Chemistry:
  • Excite pupils by doing practical chemistry
  • Give pupils responsibility to carry out investigations “like a real Chemist”
  • Encourage team working and independent problem solving skills.

This national competition is for Years 7 and 8 students.
If you are a teacher please encourage your students to take part.
If you are a student please ask your teacher to register your team!



Salters’ Festivals are a series of one-day fun events held at universities throughout the UK and Ireland. They begin in mid March and run through to the end of June. The festivals provide the opportunity for enthusiastic young students to spend a day in a university department and to take part in practical chemistry activities which are fun! Prizes are awarded to the winning teams and all students receive participation certificates and fun prizes. Since 1991, over 50,000 students at more than 900 festivals have experienced the fun of practical chemistry through the Salters’ Festivals. None of this could have been achieved without the continual help, support and sponsorship from over fifty companies.

Since 2005 the Salters’ Festivals of Chemistry have been in partnership with the Royal Society of Chemistry

Details for this year's events...

For further information on completed events, click the years below for schools’ lists and photographs!