Talks & Shows at Bath Assembly Rooms | Festival of Nature 2024

Saturday 8 June, 12 - 4pm

National Trust - 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.

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These events are part of Festival of Nature's Bath Takeover on Milsom Street, click here to learn more about the whole day.

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

12:00 - 12:45 pm

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.


Jon Chase: Science Rapper

1:00 - 1:45 pm

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.


In Conversation: Turi King

2:00 - 2:45 pm

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+.


In Conversation: Hugh Warwick

3:00 - 3:45 pm

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+.


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.