Tickets are now on sale for the 2018 Festival.

This is the LINK to the ticketing system.

Tickets will also be on sale at the Tourist Office in Kirkwall.

[title size=”3″]How to use the ticketing system[/title]

When you click on the link to the ticketing system, you see a calendar of days and at the top of the page a heading – you use this heading to choose a particular day. When you choose the day from the menu on the heading, you’ll see that the day is highlighted in blue on the calendar itself. You click on the blue to go direct to the list of events for that day. You then choose an event for that day, and after you’ve booked it, the system gives you the option to go to further events or further days, or else to move on to the payment section.

The heading with the menu with the choice of days also has an additional option, which is to buy a LecturePass. If you choose this option, you will see that the date of Thursday 6 September is highlighted in blue on the calendar grid, and when you click on the blue you are taken this time to the LecturePasses.

[title size=”3″]Going direct to the days[/title]

If you would like to go direct to a particular day, here are the links:

Thursday 6 September

Friday 7 September

Saturday 8 September

Sunday 9 September

Monday 10 September

Tuesday 11 September

Wednesday 12 September


[title size=”3″]The LecturePass system[/title]

In addition to the various tickets which are sold for individual events, there is also a LecturePass. This is a block ticket which for only £40 (or £32 with concessions), provides admission to all the £5 & £3 talks. If you’re planning to go to a number of talks, this can be good value, as it gives admission in all to a total of 36 events.

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The LecturePass provides admission to all the £5 & £3 events in the programme. There will be at least 36 such events, so a LecturePass is good value. The idea behind it is that sometimes people who go to one lecture want to stay on for the next, so if you have a LecturePass you don’t need to worry.

We price the events so that the £5 and £3 ones covered by the LecturePass are all at bigger venues, so that we have some spare capacity if we need it. Just to make sure, though, we encourage LecturePass holders to come along in good time to make sure that they get a good seat, and certainly you need to be there at least 15 minutes before the start time to make sure of it.

Events not covered by the LecturePass are those where space is more limited. These include the opening lunch and lectures, the talk and tea at Skaill House, the Miniature Whisky School, the events in the Pier Arts Centre, and also the ceilidh, for all of which individual tickets need to be booked in the usual way.

[title size=”3″]The format for Concessions[/title]

We give reductions in the form of concessions to various categories of people, older or affected by disability or unemployment. It is very difficult to cover all types of situation and we always like to be flexible enough to apply common sense. Our main aim with concessionary rates is to make it possible for people to come to events which they might otherwise not have been able to attend.

We have a policy of keeping our ticket prices low. The reason is that we have a very full and varied programme and we want to encourage people to try out events that they might not always be absolutely sure about in advance. We feel that part of the enjoyment of a festival is the opportunity to try out something new.

If there is any information that you would like at any time, just let us know. We’re always glad to hear from you and assist in any way. Our email is

We are very fortunate in our ticketing system, which has really transformed our whole ticketing operation. It doesn’t seem so long ago that we were printing off sheets of tickets and cutting them up. The impact of going over to online ticketing has been tremendous, and the particular system that we have is a very good one to work with.

[title size=”3″]Our ticketing system[/title]

Our ticketing system comes from e-availability, a company based in Forres which supplies online systems for many situations throughout the UK – for example for booking holiday cottages, B&Bs, doctors’ appointments, and airline cabin crew accommodation. Indeed it’s e-availability’s booking system that’s involved in a radical new initiative in GP accessibility – ‘Doctors InStore‘ – that has been pioneered in Manchester, whereby GPs are available in the local Sainsbury’s superstore for appointments in the evenings and weekends. The scheme has been so successful that Sainsbury’s are now planning a rapid expansion of in-store GP surgeries, which they will offer rent-free to local medical practices.

The systems produced by e-availability extend all over the UK and the company’s portfolio now includes names like Hamleys, IPC Media and sportscotland. A sister company Lanetech develops and designs websites, especially for the tourism sector

We looked around carefully before making a choice, and have found that this system gives us a whole range of additional options which assist in many ways.

The location of e-availability is Horizon Scotland, the innovation centre at Forres, and they’re one of a number of lively and innovative companies based there who we enjoy collaborating with.

[title size=”3″]Terms and conditions[/title]

All tickets booked at Orkney International Science Festival are subject to standard terms and conditions. When purchasing tickets you are agreeing to these terms and conditions.

1. Privacy Policy: Orkney Science Festival Limited do not store credit card details nor do we share customer details with any third parties.

2. Delivery Policy: Tickets are downloaded direct by the purchaser from this site or sold direct at the Kirkwall and Stromness Tourist Offices.

3. Refund / Cancellation Policy: We regret that tickets cannot be exchanged or refunded after purchase. While every effort is made to ensure that all the events in the programme run successfully, we reserve the right to alter, amend or cancel any of them without prior notice due to exceptional circumstances which may be out of our control. In such instances ticket holders will be offered a refund. Admission to events covered by LecturePasses can only be guaranteed if LecturePass holders arrive at least 15 minutes before the advertised start.

4. Event Management: The use of photographic equipment and video cameras is prohibited during events in the Festival programme unless permission is given by the Festival in advance. Mobile phones must be switched off during the event.

5. Contact us: Our email is, our postal address Orkney Science Festival, 3 Crantit Park, Kirkwall, Orkney KW15 1SJ, and our phone 01343 540844.

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