Talks and Screenings at Wild Weekend | Festival of Nature 2024

IMAX Bristol, Bristol Aquarium, Anchor Road, Bristol, BS1 5TT

Bookings are now open, any remaining seats will be open for walk-in visitors to join on the day. Doors will open 15 minutes before the start time for each talk and screening.

These events are part of Festival of Nature's Wild Weekend at Millennium Square, click here to learn more about the whole weekend.

Saturday 1 June, 10 am – 4.30 pm

It’s only water…

10.15 – 11 am

Featuring David Price from Science Made Simple

We are all familiar with water; we see it every day. In this interactive show we help you dive a little deeper,
to think about what water is made from and all the amazing things it can do. From absorbing water effectively, to dissolving chemicals in it, you can squash, freeze and heat water to do all sorts of things.

Suitable for all ages.
Free with optional donation

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I like birds, do you like birds?

11:45 am – 12:30 pm

Featuring Nadeem Perera, Wildlife TV presenter and co-founder of Flock Together @birdnerdeem

Join in the fun at this family-friendly show: our panel of nature experts and bird lovers will battle it out to try to win the audience’s vote for their favourite bird. Funny and fast-paced, this will be a flying start to your day at Festival of Nature!

All ages welcome, brilliant for those 5+ and their grown-ups
Free with optional donation

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Choose your next adventure

1 – 1:45 pm

Featuring Dr. Radha Modgil, medical expert for BBC Radio 1

Are you ready to get out and try something new this summer? Our panel will inspire you to open your front door and build your confidence to plan adventures with friends and family.

Get ready to feel good in nature and build some amazing memories - let’s make it a summer of wildlife!

All ages welcome, brilliant for those 10+
Free with optional donation

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The secret world of city wildlife

2:15 – 3 pm

Featuring Lira Valencia, documenting wildlife on Instagram at @outsidewithlira

In the hidden corners of our cities nature is thriving! Join a panel of wildlife experts as they unveil some of the fascinating creatures that live alongside us in this family friendly show.

You’ll leave eager to spot the hidden wonders of the natural world living on your street!

All ages welcome, family-friendly show
Free with optional donation

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Fantastic Minibeasts and Where to Find Them

3:45 – 4:30 pm

Featuring George McGavin: Zoologist, entomologist and broadcaster

More than half of all known species on Earth and about three quarters of all animals are insects and with a few exceptions, they are essential for our survival. Prepare to be amazed as renowned insect expert and presenter George McGavin takes you on a journey into a fascinating world in this family friendly show. Alongside George, local experts will try to win your vote for their fantastic minibeast.

All ages welcome, family-friendly show
Free with optional donation

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Sunday 2 June, 11:15 am – 4 pm

IMAX Bristol, Bristol Aquarium, Anchor Road, Bristol, BS1 5TT

Bookings are now open, any remaining seats will be open for walk-in visitors to join on the day. Doors will open 15 minutes before the start time for each talk and screening.

BBC Earth Antarctica: BBC Studios Natural History Unit [Screening]

11:30 am – 12:15 pm

In this film, Benedict Cumberbatch explores the mysterious and wild continent of Antarctica. With never-before-seen footage and the latest underwater filming techniques, this epic documentary transports you to the farthest reaches of this majestic land and reveals that what happens there affects every single one of us.

BBC Earth, the filmmakers of Planet Earth II, capture the weird and wonderful creatures that thrive in abundance in the coldest and windiest place on the planet.

All ages welcome, family-friendly show
Free

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Earthsounds: Hear our planet like never before [Screening]

1 – 1:45 pm

The natural world is alive with sound, but our ears pick up just a fraction of the chatter. From the secret high-pitched warbles of dolphins to spiders that pluck their webs like musical instruments and elephants that communicate over one hundred square miles through hidden channels of sound, we have missed much of nature’s conversation. Until now.

Join us for a special screening of one of the episodes from the landmark series with Offspring Films and hear special insights from the team behind the sounds.

All ages welcome, family-friendly show
Free with optional donation

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Behind-the-scenes talk: Life on Our Planet with Silverback Films

3 – 4:00 pm

Featuring show producers Sophie Lanfear and Barny Revill.

Discover the filmmaking magic behind Life on Our Planet, the acclaimed 8-part Netflix series which combines ground-breaking natural history with innovative VFX. 

Today there are 20 million species on our planet, yet what we see is just a snapshot in time. From recreating Earth’s greatest extinction events, to bringing back pre-historic creatures like the Tyrannosaurus Rex, join the producers as they share special making-of clips and reveal how they approached telling the story of life on our planet as never before. 

All ages welcome, family-friendly show
Free with optional donation

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Accessibility

The auditorium/cinema has level access via a lift, with designated space for wheelchair users.

There are no hearing loops or audio descriptions.

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.

If you have any questions, please get in touch with festival@bnhc.org.uk

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.