Festival of Nature’s Wild Weekend featuring Maddie Moate

Saturday 17 - Sunday 18 June

Festival of Nature is returning to Millennium Square! After three years away from the site, the festival is planning the biggest takeover yet this summer.

Head down to Millennium Square and Anchor Square for the Wild Weekend on Saturday 17th and Sunday 18th June to celebrate 20 years of Festival of Nature! Two huge outdoor days of free nature activities, stalls and screenings, food and drink, and special guest talks at the harbourside.

They'll be something for everyone at this year's Wild Weekend in Bristol city centre, with a host of exciting national and local organisations on site to inspire visitors with the marvels of the natural world. No booking required - just turn up!

The big weekend includes a special appearance by BAFTA award winning TV presenter and YouTuber, Maddie Moate and 'The Walking Forest' through the streets of Bristol. Make your way over to Millennium Square alongside the Walking Forest, the sensory woodland experience travelling through Broadmead, Old City and King Street on 17 June from 10am.

Wild Weekend timings:

  • Saturday 17th June 10am - 6pm
  • Sunday 18th June 10am - 5pm


Avon Wildlife Trust, Bristol City Council, Bristol Museum, Bristol Regional Environmental Records Centre, Bristol Zoological Society, Natural England, University of Bristol, University of the West of England, Bristol Avon Rivers Trust, Bristol Waste, Bristol Water, Forest of Avon Trust, Woodland Trust, We the Curious, Avon Needs Trees.

Talks Tent

Come down and listen to talks and shows 11am – 5pm from:

City to Sea, Avon Wildlife Trust, Environment Agency, Avon Needs Trees, Bristol Water, The3Engineers, Forestry England, Boys in Bristol, Bristol Zoological Society, University of Bristol, University of the West of England, Justin Anderson, Chantal Lyons, Bristol Avon Rivers Trust, Forest of Avon Trust, Somerset Wildlands, University of Bath, and more to be announced!

The talks tent will be hosted by presenter Jacob Burley. As a host, comedian, and filmmaker, Jacob is a dedicated entertainer with a limitless fascination for the natural world. He can be found waxing lyrical about wildlife, landscape, and history either on stage, on the internet, or to anyone that will listen.

Find the full talks tent schedule for Wild Weekend here.

Don't miss!

Story Corner will be running in the Talks Tent from 10 – 11am on both days of the Wild Weekend.

BAFTA award-winning TV presenter and YouTuber Maddie Moate will be doing a special Q&A and meet and greet 4 – 5:30pm on Saturday 17th June in the Talks Tent.

Workshops Tent

Sunday 17 June: Pop into the Discovery Lab spaceship across the day to investigate, explore, think and discover! The Discovery Lab is a spaceship, and home to travelling aliens currently on an earth exploration mission. The aliens are perpetually in search of new discoveries. They're keen to make discoveries with you, the Earth Experts! Come down and help them on their mission. The Discovery Lab is a blend of improvised theatre and in-role hands-on science facilitation. It's ideal for families with children aged 6+.

Sunday 18 June: Have a splash! Dive into workshops all-day as we celebrate the wonderful world of wildlife in water. Including theatre workshops and arts & crafts with Bristol Aquarium, Carnival of the Sea, Fish Puppets and "It's Only Water...".

Find the entire workshops tent schedule for Wild Weekend here.


Enjoy fantastic music from artists, musicians and performers from across the region, all-day Saturday 17 and Sunday 18 June.

Access Information

The event is based around Millennium and Anchor Square. Surfaces are a mix of hard standing and cobbles. There are no steps and kerbs on site.

All exhibit areas in both squares will be wheelchair and buggy accessible.


Accessible toilets are located in the corner of Millennium Square, closest to Lloyds Amphitheatre.

Getting to the event


There are secure cycle parking facilities located around Millennium and Anchor Square

Public Transport

The nearest bus stop is Anchor Road, which is located 0.1 mile walk from the squares

The nearest train station is Bristol Temple Meads, which is located 1.0 mile from the squarest.


The nearest car park is Millennium Square Car Park -www.millenniumsquarecarpark.co.uk

This car park also includes disabled parking next to the main vehicular/pedestrian entrance and lifts.

Please note that this event takes place within Bristol's Clean Air Zone. If you are driving to the event we advise you to check the Bristol Council website before travelling, or where possible take active travel or public transport.

Keep an eye on this page and the Festival of Nature newsletter and social media to be the first to know. updates and announcements about Millennium Square's Wild Weekend.

With thanks to We The Curious.

Find out more about what else is on at Festival of Nature 2023 here.