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An Evening of Unnecessary Detail

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Three people pose in front of a grey, textured wall decorated with red line drawings.

Science comedy phenomenon Festival of the Spoken Nerd return to our transformed venue with An Evening Of Unnecessary Detail. Featuring stand-up mathematician Matt Parker, experiments maestro Steve Mould, geek songstress Helen Arney and special guests.

An Evening of Unnecessary Detail brings stand-up comedy, science, maths and extraordinary facts together in a single Venn diagram. With sell-out shows across the UK and over a million podcast downloads, it’s the night where scientists, enthusiasts, miscellaneous experts* and/or comedians talk about whatever they want in outrageous detail, from morse code to the origins of life and everything in between.

Joining Helen, Matt and Steve on stage are maths artist Ayliean MacDonald, Cardiff’s science rapper Jon Chase, comedian and author Iszi Lawrence, science historian Subhadra Das, Bath mathemusician Ben Sparks, illustrator Hana Ayoob, Bristol’s science storyteller Ross Exton and PlantyPlantyZooZoo podcast’s Connor Davies and Stephanie Martin.

*actual experts in miscellany

Presented by Festival of the Spoken Nerd

Format: Reserved seating

Group discount: Book 8 or more full price tickets, get £10 off each one. Discount applied at checkout.

Age: 14+ (Under 16s accompanied by an adult aged 18+)


Performance times

Doors: 19.00
Start: 19.30
Interval: 20.35 – 21.00
Finish: 22:00

All timings are approximate and subject to change

“Charm and perky curiosity is in its DNA… It’s a pleasure to spend an evening in their hugely well-qualified company.”

The Guardian

About Beacon Hall

Our new flagship venue at Bristol Beacon

The venue

Beacon Hall

at Bristol Beacon

Getting to the venue

Location: Beacon Hall is located within Bristol Beacon. Head to Level 1 and follow signs to find the auditorium.

Address: Bristol Beacon, Trenchard Street, Bristol, BS1 5AR


Bicycle racks can be found in front of the main entrance on Trenchard Street, Colston Street, and on the city centre promenade. Find your nearest cycle routes using Cycle Planner.

Car parking

Trenchard Street multi-storey car park is 200m away, directly behind Bristol Beacon.

  Bristol Clean Air Zone

Bristol Beacon is inside the Bristol Clean Air Zone. Check if your vehicle will be charged and how much you’ll have to pay.


Most bus services stop in and around the city centre promenade, 250m from Bristol Beacon.

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Spaces for wheelchair users are in:

  • row S in the centre of the rear Stalls (10 spaces)
  • row Z in the left and right wings at the back of Lower Tier (4 spaces, 2 on each side),
  • rows G/H on the left only at the back of Upper Tier (2 spaces)

Assistance Dogs

Assistance dogs and emotional support animals are allowed in the performance space. Seats in row F are most suitable. If you prefer, you can leave your animal with a member of staff during the performance.

Hearing Facility

A Sennheiser MobileConnect assistive listening system is installed in the venue. Download the free App and use your own mobile device and headphones to listen to the performance. (Devices are available on request.)

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