Plan Your Visit


Please take a look at the 2020 programme for the festival. You can find more general information about travel, food and access below.

Main Locations

Templar's Square Shopping Centre (OX4 3XH): This is the main centre of activities on Saturday 15 February. The shopping centre is located in East Oxford. There are some cycle racks around the square, and several bus stops in close reach. Parking is available in the multi-story car park.

Mathematical Institute (OX2 6GG): All the activities on Sunday 16 February will take place here. There is plenty of cycle parking, and some buses stop outside. The Maths Institute is approximately 10 minutes walk from the centre of Oxford. 


We take photographs throughout the event to help us to report on and promote the festival. If you would prefer not to be photographed, please tell our stewards and the photographer - and on the Sunday collect a lanyard from the helpdesk. 


The Oxford Maths Festival is hosted in a working department and is run by staff and student volunteers, who are all trying to give you the best experience possible, as well as keeping the event entirely free-of-charge and accessible to everyone. Please be patient with our volunteers. If things get busy it may not be possible to do all the activities in the order you would prefer.


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Frequently Asked Questions

The Saturday of the festival is entirely drop in. Registration in advance is necessary for Sunday, and will also allow you to select sessions you wish to attend.

Saturday: We are based in Templars Square Shopping Centre, so plenty of food outlets around.


Sunday: Our little blue van will be selling hot and cold drinks as well as sandwiches and snacks all day. You are also welcome to enjoy your own picnic in one of the designated areas. Please do not take food or drinks (other than water) into our lecture theatres or classrooms.

Saturday: Activities are suited for children aged 3 and over, but there will be plenty of balloons for younger ones to admire!

Sunday: This part of the festival is mostly suited to children aged 5 and over, and the activities on offer reflect that. Younger siblings are very welcome, but please note that where minimum ages apply we may not allow younger children in to rooms with limited capacity. A baby and toddler corner will be available to help you entertain younger ones. 

Please leave prams and pushchairs outside the building if at all possible.

The only publically available internet in the Mathematical Institute is The Cloud, which you can connect to without a password.

Saturday: Parking is available in the public car parks around Templars Square Shopping Centre. Charges may apply.

Sunday: There is no parking available at the Mathematical Institute, but some is available on St Giles' and other surrounding streets. There are plenty of secure cycle parking spaces around the building and a bus stop served by buses from the Peatree Park & Ride immediately outside. The building is around 10 minutes' walk from the centre of Oxford.

Sunday: The Mathematical Institute has lifts availabe, but they are in card-restricted areas. Please ask a steward if you need a lift as they will be happy to assist you. 

A quiet room is available for any guests who need a bit of space from all the noise and activity.

If you have any concerns and would like to discuss your access requirements with us in advance of attending, please email

We are using pre-booking for popular activities to ensure we have enough space and resources. Inevitably there are no-shows on the day. If you missed out on something you want to attend, please arrive 10 minutes before the start time and speak to one of our stewards, who will be able to tell you if we have space.

Children under 16 should be accompanied by a responsible adult at all times, including for individual sessions. Over-16s may attend unaccompanied.