Wild Weekend at Millennium Square | Festival of Nature 2024

Saturday 1 June, 10am – 6pm | Sunday 2 June, 10am – 5pm

Millennium Square and Anchor Square, Bristol City Centre

Head to Millennium Square and Anchor Square on Saturday 1st and Sunday 2nd June for Festival of Nature’s Wild Weekend! Two spectacular days of free family-friendly nature activities, exhibitor stalls, wildlife film screenings, talks and performances, art exhibitions, special guest appearances and much more, down at Bristol’s harbourside.

Alongside activities out on the square, check out our Talks and Screenings Programme inside the former IMAX Theatre at Bristol Aquarium.

What's On

Come meet a real mermaid!

Saturday 1 June, 11am – 12pm

Meet Mermaid Hannahai Pearl on Millennium Square for an enchanting marine encounter and underwater fun. Take a shellfie, blow bubbles, and find out what you can do to help our oceans.

Children’s Wildlife Drama Workshop and Carnival

Sunday 2 June, 12 - 1:30pm

Embark on a wild adventure with Acting Out's wildlife drama workshop! Dive into the fascinating world of local wildlife as you discover more about our furry, slithery, and amphibious friends. Engage in wildlife-themed drama games, create exciting habitats and develop your own character for your chosen species - whether you're channelling the graceful flight of bats, the serene glide of slow worms, or the majestic presence of Great Crested Newts.

With support from Bristol Art Junkie, you'll bring your chosen animal to life with costume and face paint and join Acting Out for a wildlife procession around Millennium Square, where your animal will shine.

Meet Andy Day!

Sunday 2 June, 2 – 3pm

TV presenter and actor Andy Day will be on Millennium Square with his family show Andy’s Dino Raps - an interactive, fun and catchy show with raps and songs about everyone’s favourite prehistoric creatures. After the show, come say hello to Andy at a special meet and greet. (limited time)

Exhibitors

Make your way around the site and meet our festival exhibitors! All tents are free and drop-in, with hands-on activities throughout the day:

  • Amphibian and Reptile Conservation
  • Avon Gorge & Downs Project
  • Avon Needs Trees
  • Avon Wildlife Trust
  • Bath Spa University
  • Bristol Aquarium
  • Bristol Astronomical Society
  • Bristol Avon Rivers Trust
  • Bristol City Council
  • Bristol Library
  • Bristol Museum and Art Gallery
  • Bristol Ornithological Club
  • Bristol Regional Environmental Records Centre
  • Bristol Waste
  • Bristol Water
  • Bristol Zoo Project
  • Butterfly Conservation
  • Forest of Avon Trust
  • Grow Wilder
  • Mammal Society
  • National Trust
  • Natural England
  • Ocean Generation
  • University of Bristol
  • UWE Bristol
  • We the Curious
  • Your Park

Citizen Science Tent

Did you know that your everyday sightings can contribute to groundbreaking scientific discoveries? Come visit the Citizen Science Tent to find out how you can make a positive difference to nature by recording things around you – located in Anchor Square, next to Bristol Aquarium.

Accessibility

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.

Seating is available across the site.

There is an information stand on Anchor Square (near Bristol Aquarium). Our friendly team will be able to provide you with directions and information about the event.

There are accessible toilets at the event.

Guide dogs and hearing dogs are very welcome.

The closest car park is Millennium Square car park, which has lifts and spaces for blue badge holders.

There are no hearing loops onsite.

BSL tours will be running at 11am and 1pm on Saturday 1 June and at 10am and 1pm on Sunday 2 June. Tours will last for approx. 1 hour. No need to book, just turn up at the tour start time at the Information Stand on Anchor Square.

We’d be happy to answer your accessibility questions at festival@bnhc.org.uk.

Prefer a more relaxed visit?

Sunday morning from 10 – 11am is usually the quietest time at our Wild Weekend, without live
performance or amplified sound.

Toilets

Toilets and accessible toilets are located in the corner of Millennium Square, closest to Lloyds Amphitheatre.

Getting to the event

Cycling

There are cycle parking facilities located around Millennium and Anchor Square. To plan your cycle route visit https://cycleplanner.betterbybike.info/cycle-routes/regional/bristol

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 square.

Driving

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 find out updates and announcements about Festival of Nature's Wild Weekend.

With thanks to We The Curious.


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.