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, 10am – 4.30pm

It’s only water…

Saturday 1 June, 10.15 – 11am

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?

Saturday 1 June, 11:45am – 12:30pm

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!

Speakers at this show include: Nadeem Perera (Flock Together), Ed Drewitt (Naturalist, Author, Zoologist), Annabel Ross (Messages from the Wild), and Geoff Hilton (Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust - WWT).

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

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Adventures in nature!

Saturday 1 June, 1 – 1:45pm

Featuring Dan O'Neill (National Geographic, Snow Leopard Trust, BBC), Dr. Radha Modgil, medical expert for BBC Radio 1, Dan Read (Boundless Magazine), and Mairead Cahill (WONDEROOM).

How can outdoor adventures - big and small - build our nature connection and boost our wellbeing? Our adventure-loving panel will share their stories, tips and advice for building an ‘adventure mindset’, even when venturing just outside your front door. Challenge yourself to try something new this summer!

Dan, Radha, Dan and Mairead will explore creative and exciting ways of noticing the world around you, heightening your sense of curiosity, and discovering your own special moments in nature that support your wellbeing and our natural world, from mini adventures to wild expeditions.

All welcome to attend, most suitable for ages 12+ and adults.
Free with optional donation

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The secret world of city wildlife

Saturday 1 June, 2:15 – 3pm

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!

Speakers at this show include: Lira Valencia (@outsidewithlira, London Wetlands Ranger), Emma Fennel Hodson (Avon Wildlife Trust), Matt Larsen-Daw (Mammal Society), and Siobhan Lamb (Bath & Northeast Somerset Council).

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

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Fantastic Minibeasts and Where to Find Them

Saturday 1 June, 3:45 – 4:30pm

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.

Speakers at this show include: George McGavin (Zoologist, Entomologist, Broadcaster), Marian Hill (Artist), Verity Jones (University of the West of England), and Marc Holderied (University of Bristol).

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

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Sunday 2 June, 11:15am – 4pm

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]

Sunday 2 June, 11:30am – 12:15pm

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]

Sunday 2 June, 1 – 1:45pm

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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The Offspring team will be running an Earthsounds workshop out on Millennium Square 3 - 4pm on Sunday 2 June to help you to become a Wildlife Sound Recordist! Hear for the first time the sounds that the minibeasts in the ground beneath our feet using  state of the art microphones.

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

Sunday 2 June, 3 – 4pm

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.