Welcome to Horrible Happenings 2020!!!

One bright sunny morning Nick Arnold woke up and suddenly realised it was 2020.

‘WOW! ‘ he shouted.  ‘How did THAT happen?  Looks like I’ve got loads of incredible events to tell the world about!’

So he rushed over to his computer and that’s what he’s doing right now.  Telling you about a host of HORRIBLE HAPPENINGS to start the TREMENDOUS 2020’s!  Stuff like…


Saturday 1st February – NICK ARNOLD @ Medifest, Plymouth Guidlhall, 10 am – 2 pm – NICK SAYS:   Great day at sunny Plymouth meeting scientists and fans with TWO HUGE SELL-OUT HORRIBLE SCIENCE SHOWS – MEDIFEST  is MAGNIFICENT!!  THANK YOU EVERYONE FOR BEING THERE!

Saturday 15 February – NICK ARNOLD @ Northern Ireland Science Festival, Nerve Centre, Derry – NICK SAYS:  Dramatic Derry poured as Storm Dennis did his wintry worst but the real storm was the TWO HUGE HORRIBLE SCIENCE SHOWS.  THANKS FOR COMING, THANKS FOR HELPING AND THANKS ONE AND ALL FOR SUCH A GREAT DAY!

Sunday 16 February – NICK ARNOLD @ Northern Ireland Science Festival, The Black Box, Belfast – NICK SAYS:  And so on to Belfast where the BLACK BOX was JUMPIN’ WITH JOY as HORRIBLE FEVER SPREAD HAPPILY THROUGH TWO SELL-OUT SHOWS – IT WAS GREAT TO SEE YOU ALL!

Wednesday 19 February – NICK ARNOLD @ Bexley Book Buzz Festival – NICK SAYS:  A lovely day – at Crayford and Sidcup Libraries.  THANKS FOR BEING GREAT AUDIENCES AND JUST AS MUCH THANKS TO MY LIBRARIAN HELPERS!

Saturday 22 February – NICK ARNOLD @ West Bridgeford Library,  Nottinghamshire 11 am + NICK ARNOLD @ Beeston Library, Nottinghamshire 2.30 pm – NICK SAYS:  I really enjoyed my day in Nottinghamshire WOWING two LOVELY LIBRARIES with LOTS OF HORRIBLE SCIENCE moments!

Thursday 27 February onwards – NICK ARNOLD / HORRIBLE SCIENCE Tour of India

Thursday 27 February – Friday 28 February – NICK ARNOLD @ American School, Mumbai – NICK SAYS:   This is a FANTASTIC, FRIENDLY SCHOOL in BUZZING BOMBAY – everything happens here at a million miles per hour (except the traffic jams) so that meant FAST AND FUNNY HORRIBLE SCIENCE SHOWS for everyone.  Thanks to all you staff and students for making me feel so welcome!


Monday 2 March – Tuesday 3 March – NICK ARNOLD @ The International School of Bangalore, Bangalore – NICK SAYS:   When I arrived at this beautiful school I wanted to wander the gorgeous gardens and sniff the FABULOUS FLOWERS – but eventually I dragged myself in for some high octane HORRIBLE SCIENCE SHOWS. An ENORMOUS THANK YOU to all my AWESOME AUDIENCES and Teacher helpers!

Wednesday 4 March – Thursday 5 March – NICK ARNOLD @ Stonehill International School, Bangalore – NICK SAYS:    My visit was timed perfectly for the Fantastic Scholastic Book Fair so hopefully there were plenty of HORRIBLE SCIENCE books to go around!  I am raising my hat to THANK the super students and supportive staff at your splendid School!

Friday 6 March – NICK ARNOLD @ Greenwood High School, Bangalore – NICK SAYS:  I presented TWO ENORMOUS SHOWS at this FIVE STAR SCHOOL.  (Let’s hope we didn’t damage the ceilings with all that cheering!)  It was GREEEEAAT to meet you all!

Monday 9 March – NICK ARNOLD @ Hyderabad International School – NICK SAYS:   This is a school packed with science-minded students and staff and I felt instantly at home.  The air was alive with friendly feelings and it was truly a pleasure to meet you all!

Thursday 12 March – Friday 13 March – NICK ARNOLD @ Delhi – NICK SAYS:  That vile virus closed schools and cancelled THREE SHOWS I had planned in Delhi.  But I was able to give the Wonderful Scholastic Asia Team a special Horrible Science Show and sign a lot of books for the schools.  Thanks to everyone at Scholastic for their help on this Tremendous Tour!


Nick is staying at home this month because of the dreadful COVID-19 virus.

NICK SAYS –  The most HORRIBLE situations can bring out the VERY BEST in people.  I salute the brave health workers and care workers who are putting themselves in danger to help the victims of this deadly disease.  And I also salute the brave doctors and scientists trying to find a vaccine and drugs that will prevent this disaster ever happening again.

This month – NICK ARNOLD @ Abu Dhabi International Book Fair Virtual Festival – NICK SAYS – I made my very first Horrible Science movie.  It was hard work and INCREDIBLE FUN!  I can’t wait to make another!


Saturday 2 May – NICK ARNOLD @ Scholastic Online Storyfest for Scholastic Asia – NICK SAYS – Just because we all need to stay home and safe doesn’t mean we can’t do Horrible Science.  IT FELT SUPER BRAIN-BOGGLING TO PRESENT MY SHOW ON FACEBOOK LIVE TO ALL YOU THOUSANDS AND THOUSANDS AND THOUSANDS OF HORRIBLE SCIENCE FANS IN INDIA!

Nick is working on some new and exciting books – WATCH THIS SPACE FOR DETAILS!!!


NICK SAYS:  Sadly my family show in Teignmouth got postponed due to the CRUEL COVID-19 PANDEMIC – so I’m writing a new chapter in HORRIBLE SCIENCE DEADLY DISEASES instead!  In fact I’ve updated the whole book and we’re going to call it DANGEROUS DISEASES.  Look out for it soon!


Yet another History talk gets put off until 2021 – Looks like I am in for one B-U-S-Y year in 2021!


All Nick’s History talks this month got postponed because of the virus.  NICK SAYS:  Let’s be POSITIVE – being postponed is better than than being CANCELLED.  Good things you have to wait for are things you can look forward to!

Thursday 17 September – Tuesday 22 September – Appledore Drive-in Book Festival – the clever people at the Appledore Book Festival didn’t let a WORLD-WIDE PANDEMIC put a stop to their event!  They organised the world’s first virus-safe DRIVE-IN BOOK FESTIVAL – people heard author talks in their cars!  NICK SAYS:  The Festival was a HUGE SUCCESS!  It looks like I’ll be in the Festival next year – but it probably WON’T be a DRIVE-IN HORRIBLE SCIENCE SHOW!


Nick’s trip to China this month got zapped by the virus.  NICK SAYS:  So Sorry not to be back in China this year – but I hope to return when things are more normal.  In the meantime I’m making VIRTUAL VISITS and presenting ONLINE SHOWS ANYWHERE IN THE WORLD!  (Don’t you just love technology?)  Just book me via this website! http://www.nickarnold-website.com/contact.htm


Tuesday 10 November – NICK ARNOLD @ Cavan-Monahagn Science Festival. Ireland, 11.30 am – MY HORRIBLE LIFE (ONLINE VERSION) – NICK SAYS:   I was thrilled with the HUGE numbers of schools and students who wanted to watch my Online Presentation.  Everyone says it was a GREAT SUCCESS!  THANKS SO MUCH to the Science Festival organisers!

Wednesday 11 November – NICK ARNOLD @ A’soud Global School, Oman – THE HORRIBLE SCIENCE SHOW (ONLINE VERSION) – NICK SAYS:  I had an amazing virtual visit to this wonderful International School – it was great to meet you all – ONLINE!

Friday 20 November – NICK ARNOLD @ Book Week, Scotland/OnFife Libraries – MY HORRIBLE LIFE MOVIE TO BE RELEASED!  NICK SAYS:  I had LOADS OF HORRIBLE SCIENCE FUN making the movie.  Look out for it on YOUTUBE!

Friday 20 November – NICK ARNOLD @ Warden Hill Junior School, Luton – NICK SAYS:  I really enjoyed seeing your school and meeting you all online!  Thanks for inviting me – GLAD YOU ENJOYED THE SHOW!

Tuesday 24 – Thursday 26 November – NICK ARNOLD @ BIBA (Beijing International Bi-lingual Academy) – NICK SAYS:  I visited this fantastic school last year and I am delighted to be back presenting THE HORRIBLE SCIENCE SHOW (ONLINE VERSION)!


NICK SAYS:  I’ve got lots of postponed events that should be coming up so watch this space for details!