Festival of Nature

The Festival of Nature unleashes the city’s wild side this summer when it returns to Bristol Harbourside on the weekend of 18-19 June.

The biggest event of its kind in the UK, this festival gives wildlife enthusiasts of all ages the opportunity to explore, enjoy and get close to the natural world – all free of charge.

Throughout the weekend there are loads of free and exciting activities – here’s just a taste of what’s to come…

 

  • BBC 3D display – Bristol’s famous BBC Natural History Unit has a special display of their new 3D technology. See the next generation of wildlife films, and keep your eye out for some very special visitors!
  • Free IMAX screenings – ‘Sea Rex: Journey to a Prehistoric World’ takes you on a thrilling 50 feet high, 3D journey back in time to explore an amazing underwater universe inhabited by Sea Rex – the T Rex of the seas.
  • Contemporary Sustainable Living Show – Straight from Olympia, the first show of its kind in the South West. In partnership with UK Aware and Forum for the Future, the Sustainable Living Zone has 40 environmental businesses and technologies from across the South West. Get some inspiration for your home.
  • Wildlife Bee Garden – The Amphitheatre will become home to an extraordinary wildlife garden. Build bee nest boxes, plant seeds and buy plants.
  • Free Storytelling with popular performer Michael Loader – Traditional Tales and Spontaneous Stories festooned with an abundance of animals, plus plenty of playful audience involvement.
  • Bristol Zoo – Spot your first gorilla down on Millennium Square! Celebrating its 175th anniversary the Zoo tent has one of the large gorilla sculptures that will be on the streets of Bristol this summer. Find out what you can do to help save gorillas across the world, and get your first picture with a soon-to-be-famous Bristol icon
  • The Green Forum – Bristol’s green grassroots community. For the 9th year, now supported by Bristol Water, find over 50 grassroots organisations across the festival site and in the Green Forum tent. Join a group, make a pledge, find a hobby.
  • Food market – Do your Saturday shop, and make a difference. The Festival’s food market is a bustling and colourful place, with local produce and hot food from sustainable traders from across the South West.
  • At-Bristol Live Lab – Hook yourself up to a machine that shows your heart beat and muscle impulses, or look super-close-up on your skin, hair, eyes and ears with high magnification cameras.
  • Free puppet shows with the Woodenfingers Theatre Company.

 

Savita Custead, Director of the Bristol Natural History Consortium, who organise the Festival said: “Bristol is the wildlife capital of the UK and the Festival of Nature a much loved date in its summer diary.

 

This year it’s bigger and better than ever – with loads of free hands-on fun for kids of all ages. You can even pick the brains of our friendly wildlife experts and spot some natural celebrities.”

 

More information is available on the Festival of Nature website at www.festivalofnature.org or by calling the Festival team on 0117 930 4926