WHETHER you're looking to brush up on your science or just want an excuse to go to the pub on a weeknight, there's a chance during the upcoming Falmouth Spring Festival.

Science in the Pub is making a return this year as part of the festival, which takes place from March 19 to 29 and is organised by Falmouth Business Improvement District.

The pub events will offer fun, stimulating and free interactive talks, run by experts from the University of Exeter.

The talks are free to attend and the first is on March 23 at Pennycomequick, 6pm, and the topic will be Peatlands, Primates and Pyromania.

March 24 at 6pm will see Cutting Carbon with Local Actions the topic at 5 Degrees West and March 25, 6pm, will see The Working Boat host Seagrass Ecosystems of Cornwall.

On March 26, 6pm, the venue will be Beerwolf Books for War of the Worlds: Bacterial Edition and Jacob's Ladder will host Making Space for Nature in Cornish Towns on March 27, 6pm.

Richard Wilcox, the Falmouth BID manager, said: “Science in the Pub has been a perfect addition to our annual Spring Festival over the past few years. We would like to thank the University of Exeter and the pub venues for supporting the idea once again.

"The Spring Festival has a really exciting schedule again this year and is seen by many as a colourful and vibrant way to welcome in the spring.”

Funded and organised by the BID and sponsored by the University of Exeter, the Falmouth Spring Festival is the first main event on the town's events calendar.

Celebrating Falmouth’s coast and open spaces through a host of music, dance, sporting events, walks and ‘spring clean’ activities, the festival takes place at numerous venues across the town.

The festival also has a strong community ethos, with schools, businesses, volunteer groups and charities all involved and working in partnership with the BID to celebrate Falmouth’s environment in as many ways as possible.

Other festival highlights include:

Thursday, March 10 – Paint the Town Yellow Day

Friday, March 20, Saturday, March 21 – Spring Clean Days

Sunday, March 22 – free rockpooling on Castle Beach and games and fitness on the beach

March 23 to March 27 – Science in the Pub

March 28 and 29 – Falmouth Spring Flower Show

There will also be guided walks throughout the festival.

The full schedule and details can be viewed online at www.falmouth.co.uk