Festival of Nature’s Youth Panel Recommends

Hi everyone, we’re the Festival of Nature Youth Panel. We’re a group of 16-24 year olds living in Bristol who have been helping to make this year’s festival exciting, relevant and accessible to young people - and creating the content and events WE want to see!

Festival of Nature has recently launched its programme for 2024, full of events to get people out into nature. If you haven’t had a chance to look yet, you can find it here. This year, there are a bunch of activities which really stand out to us as young people.

So, if you’re aged 16-24 and looking to attend this year’s Festival, but you’re not sure where to start, we’ve got you covered! Here’s the Youth Panel’s guide to Festival of Nature 2024:

The Secret World of City Wildlife

When: Saturday 1 June, 2:15 - 3:00pm

Where: Millennium Square, Bristol City Centre

Living in a city you may not realise how much nature lives around you and in your surroundings - but this panel of guests will prove you wrong. Featuring Lira Valencia (@outsidewithlira), a young nature enthusiast who documents urban wildlife in London on Instagram, you will come away from this feeling inspired to find nature wherever you are.

Book a free ticket: www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/the-secret-world-of-city-wildlife-tickets-877245674427?aff=oddtdtcreator

Nature Content Creators

When: Tuesday 4 June, 7:00 - 8:30pm

Where: Wipe and True Taproom, Bristol, BS5 0SP

If we want to work towards a better world, it is important to get everyone involved. There’s no better way to do this than through social media. Nature Content Creators are vital for showcasing nature’s beauty and raising awareness about environmental issues. This event is a great chance to see how creators can inspire an appreciation for nature and help others build a deeper connection with wildlife. Come along to see what creators are already making, learn some new skills, get creative, and meet other likeminded people.

Book a free ticket: www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/nature-content-creators-tickets-877271130567?aff=oddtdtcreator

Lunchtime Wildlife Drawing & Photography Workshops

When: Tuesday 4 June & Wednesday 5 June, 12:30 - 1:15pm 

Where: Meet outside Left Handed Giant, Bristol, BS1 6EU

Take a well deserved break to immerse yourself in nature at these two amazing lunchtime workshops, led by local experts, Alicia Hayden (drawing) and Boys in Bristol (photography). Whether you’re a beginner or an expert, everyone can get involved - it’s all about enjoying being outside and getting creative in nature. Being a young person can be stressful and it’s easy to shut off from the world around you - so relaxing, taking some time for yourself and appreciating nature is the best of both worlds.

Book a free ticket: www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/lunchtime-wildlife-drawing-workshop-tickets-876758798167?aff=oddtdtcreator

Book a free ticket: www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/lunchtime-wildlife-photography-workshop-tickets-876779088857?aff=oddtdtcreator

Campfire Conversations

When: Friday 7 June, 6 - 8pm

Where: Grow Wilder, 181 Frenchay Park Road, Bristol, BS16 1EL

Designed entirely by the Youth Panel, specifically for those aged between 16-24, Campfire Conversations will see speakers from Force of Nature and UK Youth 4 Nature discuss eco-anxiety, our connection to nature and how to channel these feelings into positive change. Providing a space for young people to share their experiences with the climate crisis, around a nice warm campfire, we want to create a sense of community, build connections and bring together like-minded individuals to inspire hope for a better future.

Book a free ticket: www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/campfire-conversations-tickets-880808731627?aff=oddtdtcreator

Film Screenings

When: Sunday 2 June, 11:15am - 4pm

Where: Former IMAX Theatre, Bristol Aquarium, Anchor Road, Bristol, BS1 5TT

Step into the world of nature and conservation at our upcoming film screenings, escape to the breathtaking landscapes of Antarctica, get lost in the mesmerising sounds of nature in Earthsounds and take a trip back into the past with Life On Our Planet, on the biggest screen in Bristol.

Book free tickets: https://www.eventbrite.com/cc/talks-and-screenings-programme-at-wild-weekend-3298309?utm-campaign=social&utm-content=creatorshare&utm-medium=discovery&utm-term=odclsxcollection&utm-source=cp&aff=escb

The World's Smallest Wildlife Film Festival

When: Saturday 8 June, 11am - 4pm

Where: Milsom Street, Bath, BA1

Head to the World’s Smallest Film Festival in Bath to explore crucial conservation efforts in Saving Europe’s Large Mammals, see the tough times faced by polar creatures in Ice Bears: A Fragile Future, marvel at the underwater wonders of Great Ocean Gardeners and learn about the crucial role of muskoxen in The Last Hope of the Muskoxen.

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

In-person and online walks

When: Various dates

Where: Various, in-person and online

Feeling burnt out, stressed or in need of a break? Get away from the chaos by immersing yourself in the natural surroundings of Bristol. There are many walks to help you unwind, recharge and stimulate curiosity of the beautiful forests and parks we have around us!

On Wednesday 5 June, two walks are taking place across the West of England. The Less Walk, More Talk - Gentle Foraging Walk by Somer Valley Rediscovered and expert forager Steve England, as well as the WWT Slimbridge Wetland Centre Online Walk, so those who aren’t able to visit in-person can still enjoy some relaxing time in nature.

For those passionate about wildlife photography, a FREE Ancient Tree Photography Walk is happening at Tyntesfield on Thursday 6 June for those under 30, with a lunch also provided.

Ed Drewitt leads a Lunchtime Guided Wildlife Walk on the Friday 7 June, which provides a chance to learn from an expert in zoology, and there’s also a National Trust Tyntesfield Online Walk to wrap up this brilliant week of walks. 

Echoes from the Aviary

When: All week

Where: National Trust Tyntesfield, Bristol, BS48 1NX

A great opportunity to see the amazing work of other young people who, working with artists Oshii and Jono Gilmurray, have created an innovative sound and visual art installation. Highlighting the importance of nature and our bird life through a historical setting, it will challenge you to reflect on how we can all do our part to preserve and protect the natural world.

Find out more: www.nationaltrust.org.uk/visit/bath-bristol/tyntesfield/events/9dde3e2b-406a-41b6-a343-e26b0000c410

Henleaze Concert Society: Music for a Blue Planet

When: Saturday 8 June, 7:30 - 9:30pm

Where: Trinity Henleaze URC Church, Bristol, BS9 4BT

If you love music and nature documentaries, then this evening event is a perfect blend for you! Immerse yourself in a breathtaking musical exploration of our beautiful planet, featuring iconic music from the BBC series 'Blue Planet', with the Trout Quintet.

Book a ticket: www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/henleaze-concert-society-music-for-a-blue-planet-tickets-673225233797?aff=efbeventtix&fbclid=IwAR0mhvOrNT3VrNWXeEUS6NxCl-Jg6WwxSUPts7hPXyzfcrOViHtJwjFXRDQ

Festival of Nature is made possible with The National Lottery Heritage Fund. Thanks to National Lottery Players, we have been able to run the Festival of Nature Youth Panel, empowering young people to shape their own nature events and opportunities.

Find out more about the National Lottery Heritage Fund here: www.heritagefund.org.uk