United Kingdom·July 17 2021

Nature, science and the universe

Join us for an out-of-this-world evening on nature, science, and the universe. Tickets include a copy of "Universal" by Prof. Brian Cox.



His talks fill stadiums: see Britain’s most beloved science presenter, Prof. Brian Cox, in the most intimate setting yet. Join us for an out-of-this-world evening on nature, science, and the universe with Prof. Brian Cox & Robin Ince, Bella Lack; Prof Jim Al-Khalili, and the heroes who developed the vaccine; Prof. Sarah Gilbert, Dr. Catherine Green, and James Ball. Together, they will share their big ideas on climate, the pandemic, and the future of science, asking: what’s next for our world and how do we save our planet? Enjoy conversations and debates on modern-day wellbeing from brilliant minds. Alongside practical tools, workshops, and a marketplace offering a fresh perspective on how to live a happier, healthier, and more inspired life. Each ticket includes a copy of “Universal” by Prof. Brian Cox.




Life Lessons' new open-air setting is the grounds of the magnificent 18th century villa, Chiswick House & Gardens, west London. Only 15 minutes by tube from Central London.

Wellbeing Workshops

Wellbeing Workshops

Included within your ticket, you will also have access to some unique workshops, giving practical tools to help you live better.

Shopping Village

Shopping Village

Browse our beautiful Marketplace and take a look at products and services from a carefully selected range of no-nonsense wellness brands. This is a strictly fad-free zone.


Prof. Brian Cox

Prof. Brian Cox

Brian Cox is a Professor of Particle Physics and Royal Society University Research Fellow at the University of Manchester, and works at the CERN laboratory in Geneva.

Author of Universal


Robin Ince

Robin Ince

Robin Ince is an English comedian, actor and writer, known for presenting the BBC radio show The Infinite Monkey Cage with physicist Brian Cox, his appearances alongside Ricky Gervais, and his stand-up comedy career. 

Prof. Sarah Gilbert

Prof. Sarah Gilbert

Sarah Gilbert is Professor of Vaccinology at the Jenner Institute within the University of Oxford. Having devoted her career to developing vaccines against nasty diseases, since January 2020 she has been the Oxford Project Leader for the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine. Professor Gilbert is the mother of 21-year-old triplets, an experience which she says has helped to prepare her for the demands and pressures of her current role.

Dr. Catherine Green

Dr. Catherine Green

Dr Catherine Green is Associate Professor in Chromosome Dynamics at the Wellcome Centre for Human Genetics, a Senior Research Fellow at Exeter College, and Head of Oxford University's Clinical BioManufacturing Facility. As a specialist in manufacturing vaccines for clinical trials, she is an integral part of the Oxford Vaccine project.

Prof. Jim Al-Khalili

Prof. Jim Al-Khalili

Jim is a well-known science communicator, author and broadcaster. He has written eleven popular science books, between them translated into 26 languages.

James Ball

James Ball

James Ball is a journalist, broadcaster, author and recipient of the Pulitzer Prize. Currently global editor of The Bureau of Investigative Journalism, he has previously worked for BuzzFeed, The Guardian and Wikileaks, where he was closely involved in Cablegate – the publication of 250,000 classified US embassy cables in 2010 – as well as working on two documentaries based on the Iraq War Logs. His latest book, "The System: who owns the internet and how it owns us" was published by Bloomsbury in August 2020.

Bella Lack

Bella Lack

Bella Lack, 18-year-old environmental and wildlife campaigner, is on a mission to redesign our future. She is an ambassador for the Born Free Foundation, STAE, RSPCA and the Jane Goodall Institute and utilises the power of technology (in the form of social media, video-making and blogging) to try to educate and inspire a wide group of people to protect the natural world. She's delivered speeches for the People’s Walk for Wildlife, the Illegal Wildlife Trade Conference and TEDX 2019. 







Climate activism: a how-to guide with Bella Lack

For many, the climate crisis = despair. But where exactly are we? On the big picture - on policy, government action and international accord? And what can each and every one of us in our daily lives do to truly make a difference?

Bella Lack, 18 year-old climate activist, TEDX talker and colleague of Jane Goodall, as they get to grips with all this and more.



The Pandemic: how has it changed science, people and the planet? With Pro. Jim Al-Khalili, Prof. Sarah Gilbert, Dr. Catherine Green, Hosted by James Ball.

No one could have predicted all the many ways in which the pandemic has affected science, people and the planet. It’s been embroiled in economics, international power play, fake news and climate change. It’s taken us on a long journey, but where’s next?

Joining this panel is eminent science communicator and physicist, Prof. Jim Al-Khalili, Prof. Sarah Gilbert and Dr. Catherine Green, the women behind the Oxford Vaccine. Hosted by journalist and author, James Ball.



Balance: lessons from the Universe for Planet Earth with Prof. Brian Cox and Robin Ince

From one of the biggest brains on the planet comes a conversation about the universe: about the life lessons it can teach us; and about balance and order.

Attendees of this session will receive a copy of Universal by Professor Brian Cox.

The Venue

Chiswick House & Gardens

Life Lessons' new open-air setting is in the grounds of the magnificent 18th century villa, Chiswick House & Gardens, west London. Only 15 minutes by tube from Central London.

The Venue



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Ruby Wax


I had a wonderful time at Life Lessons – even better than I expected, and I was expecting a lot. All the visitors I spoke to told me they'd had a fantastic day.

Brill Bryson


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Romesh Ranganathan

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To enable us to comply with the government’s latest COVID19 guidelines, the weekend will be split into timed sessions. We are currently offering 2 sessions per day: morning, afternoon or evening (depending on which day you choose to attend). Tickets for each session will include 3 talks on our main stage, a book by one of our speakers and access to the rest of the festival. 

Friday 16th July

  • Afternoon session, opens at 1pm, closes at 5pm (last entry 4pm)
  • Evening session, opens at 6pm, closes at 9:30pm (last entry 8:30pm)

Saturday 17th July

  • Afternoon session, opens at 1pm, closes at 5pm (last entry 4pm)
  • Evening session, opens at 6pm, closes at 9:30pm (last entry 8:30pm)

Sunday 18th July

  • Morning session, opens at 10am, closes at 1:30pm (last entry 12:30pm)
  • Afternoon session, opens at 2:30pm, closes at 6pm (last entry 5pm)

The Timetable is correct at time of publishing and is subject to change. Additional speakers and/or sessions may be added at a later date.

Tickets for each session will include 3 talks on our main stage, a book by one of our speakers and access to the rest of the festival.

STANDARD tickets include - entry to one session which includes 3 talks on our main stage, a book by one of the speakers and access to the festival site where you’ll find our exhibitor marketplace, workshops and delicious food and drink offering.

PREMIUM tickets include – all of the above, plus an additional book and premium viewing of the main stage.

The book(s) included in your ticket will be available to collect at the event. 

Standard Ticket Holders

Standard ticket holders will receive the following book corresponding with the session they are

  • Friday Morning Session: Feel Great, Lose Weight: Long term, simple habits for lasting and sustainable weight loss by Dr Rangan Chatterjee
  • Friday Afternoon Session: And Now For The Good News...: The much-needed tonic for our frazzled world By Ruby Wax
  • Saturday Morning Session: Rebuild: How to thrive in the new Kindness Economy by Mary Portas. 
  • Saturday Evening Session: Universal by Prof Brian Cox 
  • Sunday Morning Session: Step by Step: The Life In My Journeys by Simon Reeve
  • Sunday Afternoon Session: Quite by Claudia Winkleman

Premium Ticket Holders

Premium ticket holders will receive an additional book from the below depending on the session that they are attending.

  • Friday Morning Session: Plant Based Diet Revolution by Dr Alan Desmond 
  • Friday Afternoon Session:  How To Build A Healthy Brain by Kimberley Wilson
  • Saturday Afternoon Session: Brown Baby: A memoir of race, family and home by Nikesh Shukla
  • Saturday Evening Session: Vaxxers: the inside story of the Oxford vaccine and the race against the virus by Professor Sarah Gilbert and Dr Catherine Green. 
  • Sunday Morning Session: Back To Nature: how to love life - and save it by Chris Packham & Megan McCubin
  • Sunday Afternoon Session: TBC

You will receive a confirmation email with your booking immediately after purchase. Your tickets will be sent to you via email for you to print at home in the week prior to the event taking place. Please print out all the pages of the e-ticket and bring them with you to gain entry to the event. 

Alternatively, you may present your e-ticket on your mobile device (please download it to your device in advance as mobile connectivity strength differs in some venues). 

Each ticket is only valid for admission once and should not be duplicated. 

We are continually monitoring Government guidelines and in the unlikely event that we to cancel the event due to Covid-19, we will provide a full refund, inclusive of booking and transaction fees, within 5-7 days of notifying you. 

If you have symptoms or need to self-isolate following a positive test for Covid-19 or have been asked to so by NHS Track & Trace we will issue you a refund for some or all of you tickets, as required but we must receive notification by 10am on the day that you are due to attend –

If you are unable to travel to the event due to a local Lockdown, we will issue you a full refund.

The festival is committed to ensuring it is an event everyone can attend. Our full access policy will be published nearer the event. 

There will be wheelchair accessible toilets located throughout the festival site.  

If you have any questions please email

All disabled visitors attending Life Lessons on a paid for ticket are entitled to bring one carer free of charge. 

To apply for a carer ticket, please email with your order reference number and proof of disability, i.e. that you are in receipt of the middle or higher rate care component of the disability living allowance (DLA) or personal independence payment (PIP). Once agreed a free carer's ticket will be added to your order and will be sent to you along with your other tickets.

Due to the adult nature of some of our lessons, no one under the age 14 is permitted to attend this event. Children aged between 14 and 16 must be accompanied by an adult over the age of 18 years.

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Nature, science and the universe

United Kingdom·July 17 2021·1 day


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