Events in Bath & Northeast Somerset during Festival of Nature 2024

Nature Trails at Bath and Northeast Somerset Libraries

All Week | Bath and Northeast Somerset Libraries

Prepare yourself for a wild adventure at B&NES Libraries! Drop in to Bath, Midsomer Norton and Keynsham libraries to take part in an exciting nature trail, running all week.

https://beta.bathnes.gov.uk/library-events

Nature Storytime at Bath Central Library

Tuesday 4 June, 10.30 – 11.00 am | Bath Central Library, 19-23 The Podium, Bath, BA1 5AN

Join the Bath Library team for a nature themed Storytime, perfect for tiny explorers!

https://beta.bathnes.gov.uk/bath-central-library

Summertime Crafting and Storytelling

Tuesday 4 June, 3.30 – 6.30 pm | Starts at Radstock Library, Radstock House, The St, Radstock, BA3 3PR

Join Somer Valley Rediscovered for a nature puppet crafting workshop, followed by a children’s storytelling session in Radstock Community Orchard led by Michael Loader!

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/summertime-crafting-storytelling-tickets-880674530227

Nature Storytime at Midsomer Norton Library

Wednesday 5 June, 10.30 – 11.00 am | Midsomer Norton Library and Information Centre, The Hollies, High St, Midsomer Norton, Radstock BA3 2DP

Join the Midsomer Norton Library team for a nature themed Storytime, perfect for tiny explorers!

https://beta.bathnes.gov.uk/midsomer-norton-library-and-information-service

Less Walk More Talk – A Gentle Foraging Walk

Wednesday 5 June, 10.30 am – 12.30 pm | Wellow Brook Walk, Northmead Road, Midsomer Norton, Sunnymead, BA3 2SD

Join Somer Valley Rediscovered and foraging expert Steve England for a gentle foraging walk at a slower pace, perfect for beginners and a great way to get outside.

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/less-walk-more-talk-a-gentle-foraging-walk-tickets-880659515317

Insect Collage Workshop with Marian Hill

Wednesday 5 June, 4.00 – 5.30 pm | Somer Centre, Gullock Tyning, Midsomer Norton BA3 2UH

Join Somer Valley Rediscovered and get crafty with illustrator Marian Hill! Create your own beautiful collage bee, beetle, butterfly, or moth using old magazines in this fun workshop, suitable for all accompanied children.

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/family-insect-collage-workshop-festival-of-nature-tickets-880661360837

Family Nature Walk and Sing-A-Ling Music Workshop

Thursday 6 June, 10.00 am – 1.00 pm | Midsomer Norton Town Park, Gullock Tyning, Midsomer Norton, Radstock, BA3 2UH

Come and join the Somer Valley Rediscovered team at Midsomer Norton Town Park for a Family Nature Walk & Music Workshop with Sing-A-Ling in the Amphitheatre.

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/summer-family-nature-walk-sing-a-ling-music-workshop-tickets-880664018787

Nature Storytime at Keynsham Library

Thursday 6 June, 11.00 – 11.30 am | Keynsham Library & Information Service, Civic Centre, Market Walk, Keynsham, Bristol, BS31 1FS

Join the Keynsham Library team for a nature themed Storytime, perfect for tiny explorers!

https://beta.bathnes.gov.uk/keynsham-library-and-information-service

Become a Force for Nature: Bee Bold Awards

Thursday 6 June, 3.00 – 6.00 pm | University of Bath, School of Management, Bath, BA2 7AZ

Join organisations from across the West of England for an afternoon of exploring and discussing leading nature solutions at the University of Bath School of Management, as part of the 2024 Bee Bold Awards. Hear from experts in the business and nature fields about the range of actions organisations are taking to support nature. Explore an exciting and diverse marketplace of biodiversity solutions and services that are already supporting organisations in achieving their nature ambitions.

https://www.tickettailor.com/events/westofenglandcombinedauthority/1230815

A Beaver's Tale: Beavers around Batheaston

Friday 7 June, 7.30 – 9.30 pm | Batheaston New Village Hall, School Lane, Northend, Bath, BA1 7EP

Join Grow Batheaston for an evening of talks, discussion, artwork, and films, all about the beavers who have taken up residence in the local river. A chance to hear from experts on these fascinating creatures, alongside artwork by Batheaston Primary School. Talks by: Bevis Watts (Author and CEO Triodos Bank), Emma Fennel Hodson (Avon Wildlife Trust), Aleks Domanski (Documentary filmmaker, biologist, and photographer) and the Beaver Trust. Doors at 6:30pm. All ages welcome.

https://www.growbatheaston.co.uk/events/grow-batheaston-beaver-project-part-of-festival-of-nature-2024

Creative Willow Workshops

Saturday 8 June, 11.00 am – 3.00 pm | Banks of River Avon, Riverside Car Park, Batheaston, BA1 7NB

Did you know willow is a favourite food of beavers? Drop in to a creative willow workshop, as part of the Beavers in Batheaston activities. Celebrate beavers and their river habitats at two free, outdoor art workshops led by local artists in a beautiful riverside location. No booking required. Materials provided. All ages welcome.

https://www.growbatheaston.co.uk/events/grow-batheaston-beaver-project-part-of-festival-of-nature-2024

Festival of Nature’s Bath Takeover on Milsom Street

Saturday 8 June, 11.00 am – 5:00 pm | Milsom Street, Bath

Festival of Nature is returning to Bath City Centre - and greening up Milsom Street! Come down to Bath’s grand high street for an exciting day of free family-friendly nature stalls, special guest talks and shows, drop-in interactive activities, storytelling, crafts and more.

There will be lots of opportunities to learn about the natural world and how you can help it flourish, with a host of local and national organisations all along Milsom Street. In addition to the activities along Milsom Street, we’re running a programme of talks and performances at the Bath Assembly Rooms.

https://www.bnhc.org.uk/festival-of-nature/bath-takeover-on-milsom-street-festival-of-nature-2024

Bath Central Library on Milsom Street - Nature Themed Fun

Join the Bath and Northeast Somerset Libraries Team for nature themed story times and crafting activities. Chat to the team about your nearest library, becoming a member and what’s on offer. Visit the stall to collect a library-based nature trail. Perfect for tiny explorers!

Festivals are busy places- so if you are feeling overwhelmed, need a sit down or somewhere quiet, visit Bath Central Library. Our free Sensory space will be open 10am - 4pm for drop ins - book through a member of staff.

The World’s Smallest Wildlife Film Festival on Milsom Street

Saturday 8 June, 11.00 am – 4.00 pm | Milsom Street, Bath

It might just be... The World’s Smallest Wildlife Film Festival!

Sol Cinema is a 1940s-style mobile cinema, fully powered by renewable energy and repurposed inside a 50-year-old caravan. Visitors can strut the mini red carpet, grab some popcorn, and enjoy 4 short films from Our Planet Earth, a global digital initiative from BBC Earth produced in Bristol by the Natural History Unit’s digital team and co-produced with The Wellcome Trust.

https://www.bnhc.org.uk/festival-of-nature/the-worlds-smallest-wildlife-film-festival-on-milsom-street-festival-of-nature-2024

Festival of Nature Talks at Bath Assembly Rooms

Saturday 8 June, 12.00 – 4.00 pm | Bath Assembly Rooms, Bennett Street, Bath, BA1 2QH

Alongside our Milsom Street takeover in Bath, we’re delighted to be hosting an afternoon of talks supported by the National Trust at Bath Assembly Rooms. A Grade 1 listed building designed for assembly – connecting and delighting people in the 18th century and today.

Visit www.nationaltrust.org.uk/bath-assembly-rooms to find out more about the site, including accessibility and facilities information.

Host – Ali Vowles

Ali Vowles is a multi-skilled freelance journalist, presenter, panel facilitator and conference host who loves meeting people and finding out about their lives. After 30 years at BBC, she now supports events across the region.

Cam Whitnall: My Wild Life

Saturday 8 June, 12.00 – 12.45 pm | Bath Assembly Rooms, Bennett Street, Bath, BA1 2QH

Cam appears on the hugely popular CBBC TV series, One Zoo Three, which he films with his brothers Tyler and Aaron. Cam has also appeared on Blue Peter, The One Show, Saturday Mash Up and Newsround, among others, and partnered with TikTok during COP26 to present live on the TikTok ForGood channel, to help spread the message of environmental sustainability. Cam has an incredible life story having grown up in his family’s zoo and sanctuary; Hertfordshire Zoo and The Big Cat Sanctuary. All ages welcome, brilliant for those 5+ and their grown-ups.

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/cam-whitnall-my-wild-life-tickets-878058204727?aff=oddtdtcreator

Jon Chase: Science Rapper

Saturday 8 June, 1:00 - 1:45 pm | Bath Assembly Rooms, Bennett Street, Bath, BA1 2QH

Learn all about space and our relationship with it using raps and demos! What keeps the planets in orbit? What are the seasons all about? What is the Sun? How much do you really weigh? 

Jon Chase is a science communicator, author and rapper. He has presented science for BBC Learning on TV and YouTube. He was awarded the Josh Award in Science Communication and is known for his family-friendly science raps, which he has produced for organisations including NASA and the BBC. All ages welcome, brilliant for 6-11 year olds and their grown-ups.

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/878077221607?aff=oddtdtcreator

In Conversation: Turi King

Saturday 8 June, 2:00 - 2:45 pm | Bath Assembly Rooms, Bennett Street, Bath, BA1 2QH

Turi King’s expertise areas are ancient/forensic DNA research and public engagement. Formerly Professor of Genetics and Public Engagement at the University of Leicester, she has joined the University of Bath as the Director of the Milner Centre for Evolution. She is probably best known for having led the identification of the remains of King Richard III and as co-presenter of BBC DNA Family Secrets with Stacey Dooley. All ages welcome, brilliant for 12+.

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/878104804107?aff=oddtdtcreator

In Conversation: Hugh Warwick

Saturday 8 June, 3:00 - 3:45 pm | Bath Assembly Rooms, Bennett Street, Bath, BA1 2QH

Hugh Warwick is an ecologist, writer, and hedgehog expert. He is the author of several books on hedgehogs and beavers and a number of other non-fiction narratives including Linescapes and The Beauty in the Beast. He has written for BBC Wildlife, New Scientist, The Guardian, and The Daily Telegraph, and is the spokesperson for the Hedgehog Preservation Society.

Hugh will share highlights and readings from his latest book “The Cull of the Wild” which explores the complex history of species control, revealing the global movement of species and the impacts of their presence. All ages welcome, brilliant for 12+.

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/878109608477?aff=oddtdtcreator

Community Day

Sunday 9 June, All day | Multiple locations across the West of England

Festival of Nature is coming to your neighbourhood! Community Day is a day to celebrate the actions your community are taking for nature across the West of England region. Look out for the map of activities coming in May and discover a new, local community group, garden or organisation helping people and planet on Sunday 9 June.

Festival of Nature and Avon Wildlife Trust have teamed up to help the West of England celebrate our green and blue spaces and encourage residents to be part of Team Wilder – a movement of people taking action for local nature.

https://www.bnhc.org.uk/festival-of-nature/community-day-festival-of-nature-2024

Including:

Family Woodland Adventure

Sunday 9 June, 10:30 am - 12:30 pm | Meeting at Westfield Surgery, 51 Waterford Park, Westfield, Radstock, BA3 3UJ

Join Somer Valley Rediscovered for a fun-filled morning exploring the great outdoors at our Family Woodland Adventure! Steve England will lead you through bushcraft skills in Waterside Valley, perfect for nature-loving families looking for an exciting outdoor experience.

Suitable for families of all ages. Family Woodland Adventure with Somer Valley Rediscovered is part of Festival of Nature's Community Day.

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/family-woodland-adventure-tickets-880669394867

Click here to check out other events in this year's Festival of Nature programme


Festival of Nature is produced annually by the charity, The Natural History Consortium. The Natural History Consortium is a collaboration between Avon Wildlife Trust, Bath and Northeast Somerset Council, BBC, Bristol City Council, Bristol Zoological Society, Defra, Forestry England, National Trust, Natural England, University of Bath, University of Bristol, University of the West of England, Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust, and Woodland Trust.