Festival of Nature Wild Weekend… a few highlights

  • 14 June: 10am – 6pm
  • 15 June: 10 – 5pm

Hugh Warwick with Hedgehog (Bob Coombe)

Join us for the UK’s biggest free nature event. Explore, discover and enjoy the natural world with a programme of interactive activities from over 150 organisations.

Here are a few highlights…

Millennium Square

  • Become a wildlife presenter and meet Countryfile’s Helen Skelton and CBeebie’s Andy Day with the BBC Natural History Unit
  • Tick off ’50 things to do before you’re 11 3/4′ with the National Trust
  • Peddle a bike to power an appliance and discover robots engineered to act like insects


  • Craft your own falcon masks and find out all about Bristol’s super-speedy peregrine falcons
  • Meet baby eels and discover the extraordinary journeys they make from the Sargasso Sea to our rivers
  • Pick up some practical tips for making your garden a home for wildlife
  • Meet bees, hedgehogs and walk through a tunnel surrounded by beautiful butterflies and exotic plants

Free talks including:

  • Robots vs Animals
  • Wildlife on your doorstep with BBC One show’s Mike Dilger
  • A Whistlestop tour around the coast with Miranda Krestovnikoff • Travel through the changing ocean with TV presenter Monty Halls
  • Go behind the scenes with BBC One’s Frozen Planet cameraman Doug Allan

Anchor Square

Get involved in the Green Forum – meet over 40 different local and national environmental organisations, and find out what you can do for nature and the environment.

Waterfront Square

Browse through the festival market with 40 stalls with local produce, food and sustainable goods – grab a Festival Ale, relax in the beer garden and enjoy live music, chats and a pub quiz!

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Nature talks

Plus look out for our nature talks including:

The State of the Sea 12 June, 12.30 – 1.30 pm, RWA, Free with exhibition entry

Lunchtime talk with underwater wildlife filmmaker of BBC’s Frozen Planet and Producer/Director of Islands, part of One Planet. In partnership with the RWA

Germaine Greer 12 June, 6.15  – 7.15 pm, At-Bristol Science Centre

Academic and journalist talks about the environment, the planet and her complex love affair with Australia. In partnership with Festival of Ideas

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BIOSPHERE: Global writers give thought provoking response to climate change

Climate Change and The Planet 13 June, 7.45 – 9.00pm, Watershed Lorna Goodison (Jamaica), David Briggs, Claire Williamson and Nick Makoha (Uganda).

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Climate Change and People 14 June, 7.45 – 9.00pm, Watershed

J Edward Chamberlin (Canada), Steven Duncan, Dean Atta and Rebecca Tantony.

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