Family Nature Party in Bath – Festival of Nature 2023
Sunday 11 June, 10am - 4pm
Join the fun at Festival of Nature's Family Nature Party on Sunday 11 June!
Family Nature Party is a free entry all-day event aimed at under 10’s, taking place at Apex City of Bath Hotel from 10am - 4pm.
Come together with other local families for a day of arts, crafts and music workshops, storytelling, games and performances, toddler sessions, and lots of opportunities for little ones and parents to learn about and take action for the natural world.
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We are running a programme of FREE music, performances, storytelling and interactive workshops all-day. We recommend booking your spot on the workshops to guarantee a place. View the schedule of activities below.
PLUS there will be free nature face painting from the wonderful Poppy & Perle!
Join in with music, performances, storytelling, and talks on the main stage, featuring:
10:30am - Animal Electro Dance Party from Family Favourite 'Poco Drom'
Poco Drom is ready to rock your wild and wonderful world with a paw full of animal songs that will have you bouncing and roaring along. Slow worms, penguins, cheetahs, badgers and a menagerie of other awesome beasts form the sound track to an electro dance party like no other. Animal costumes optional...bouncing up and down compulsory!!!
11:30am - Special guest appearance from Nadeem Perera
We're excited to welcome Nadeem Perera to talk at this year's Family Nature Party. Nadeem is a wildlife TV presenter, author, activist and co-founder of the birdwatching collective, Flock Together. Nadeem has appeared on Springwatch, Autumnwatch and films for The One Show. He is an ambassador for our Festival of Nature partner organisation Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust (WWT).
12:15pm - Rock Out Baby
Get singing and dancing with toddler (and grown-up's) favourite Rock Out Baby for a Family Nature Party special performance!
1pm - Storytelling with author Tiffany Taylor
Join author and University of Bath researcher Tiffany Taylor for a storytelling special! Tiffany is a mum of two, a scientist to some, a lover of nature and a child at heart. She is an advocate of science outreach for young audiences and is driven by the unedited amazement that comes from eager young minds.
1:30pm - Adam Allsortz Magic Show
Adam will be appearing for one of his renowned magic shows. Expect a fun, silly and hilarious extravaganza!
2pm - Buzz Buzz Buzz, We're Going on a Bee Hunt! Storytelling with Michael Loader
Join Michael Loader for a hum, a buzz and the story of a tireless worker bee looking for late autumn nectar – so we might need your help! Sing along in this uplifting story of the abundance and generosity of nature – the moon, apple orchards and blossom – on route to our honeypot ending.
2:30pm - The Singing Tree
Join family favourite The Singing Tree for an interactive, musical party that’ll get everyone dancing!
3:15pm - Secret Set!
We're please to be welcoming local musicians to the stage for this secret set, guaranteed to get the whole family dancing!
Take part in one of our exciting art, craft, drama and outdoor workshops! Click on the title to book your place.
10 - 10:45am | Suitable for all ages.
Join wildlife artist and illustrator Alicia Hayden as she takes you through the amazing world of pollinators! Learn how to draw a bee and a butterfly using simple shapes, as well as building your confidence with blending and adding colours to your drawings.
10 - 10:30am and 10:45 - 11:15am | Best suited for accompanied under-fives.
Come and enjoy 30 minutes of nature-inspired open-ended play. There will be opportunities for sensory and small-World play, observation of pond life, as well as creating and building with recycled loose parts.
10:15 - 10:45am and 11:15 - 11:45am | Suitable for all ages.
Throw some colour into the world whilst helping the declining bat populations and pollinating insects! In this hands-on workshop hosted by Nature Nurture Kids, children will have the opportunity to learn how to make wildflower Seed Bombs specifically tailored to help bats.
11:15am - 12pm and 12:30 - 1:15pm | Suitable for all ages.
Get crafty with illustrator Marian Hill! Create your own beautiful collaged bee, beetle, butterfly or moth using old magazines in this fun workshop, suitable for all accompanied children.
11:45am - 12:45pm | Best suited to accompanied children aged 4-8.
Indoor forest school fun to celebrate summer! We will explore the beauty of nature through various seasonal craft activities, using natural materials, storytelling and singing, creating an opportunity for all learners to deepen their connection, care and appreciation of the natural world.
12:45 - 1:30pm | Suitable for all ages.
What your favourite thing about your local park - swings, trees to climb, beautiful flowers, or somewhere to run around and play games? What would your dream park look like? Let your imagination go wild in this creative workshop, as you create your perfect park. Led by University of Bath researcher Zina Abdulla.
1.30 - 2.30pm | Perfect for adventurers aged 2 to 5.
Combining stories, games, songs, props and sensory play, Hannah-Rose’s drama adventures are an unforgettable experience for young people. Join her at the Festival of Nature as she takes you on a magical camping adventure! We’ll be building dens, exploring forests, and singing campfire songs!
1:30 - 2:15pm | Suitable for all ages.
Join Bathscape on a bug hunting adventure to find out what amazing creatures make their home in Green Park.
2 - 2:30pm | Best suited for ages 7+.
Put your senses to the test and become a water detective in this interactive workshop! Take part in fun experiments and discover why water quality is important.
2.30 - 3.15pm | Best suited to children aged 5+.
Use logs, pegs and lolly sticks to create beetle, bug, bee and butterfly creations, led by Funky Art House.
2:45 - 3:30pm | Best suited for ages 7+
Wessex water scientists use different methods to check for water quality in rivers. Come and find out what we look for, how we do it and then investigate our samples for yourself!
3 - 3:45pm | Suitable for all ages.
Join storyteller Michael Loader on a nature adventure! We’re going to Green Park to explore and discover the green world of nature, below, above and around. Buzzers, crawlers, flyers, hummers, those that hover those that spin, those that flower those that sing, those that burst through soil and climb to the sun!
This work has been made possible by an award from Postcode Local Trust, a grant-giving
charity funded entirely by players of People’s Postcode Lottery.
Why Apex City of Bath Hotel for this event?
Apex Hotels is a family-owned collection of 9 hotels in London, Bath, Edinburgh, Glasgow and Dundee. Apex has adopted a robust Environmental, Society & Governance (ESG) strategy with a clear focus on achieving Net Zero target by 2040. The ESG strategy at Apex City of Bath Hotel and other Apex Hotels in the UK, addresses key areas including communication, carbon reduction, waste management, supporting the local community, purchasing choices, employee development and inclusiveness.
Apex Hotels' Charity Committee aims to foster and galvanise a spirit of ‘Giving something back’ with charitable giving through fundraising, offering employee time and offering their hotel facilities to help support organisations in our community - such as Festival of Nature's Family Nature Party!
Some super cool sustainability facts about Apex City of Bath Hotel:
- All 9 Apex Hotels have a Green Tourism Silver Accreditation and memberships - Apex City of Bath is going for gold in July 2023!
- Apex City of Bath Hotel is a finalist for the Sustainability Award at the upcoming Bath Life Awards
- Apex City of Bath has a luscious bio-diverse green roof, and through engagement with Bath in Bloom, the team were introduced to a local beekeeper to help re-locate some hives. Factors such as climate change, pesticides and habitat loss put bees at risk and their roof space is now home to 2 insulated beehives! The beehives are helping improve biodiversity within the city of Bath and the bees can travel up to two miles to pollinate. Apex City of Bath Hotel hopes to see their hives increase during 2023 to make a bigger contribution to supporting bees and nature.