The Festival of Nature Wild Weekend returns to Bristol this weekend and will take centre stage at the European Green Capital celebrations with a host of interactive exhibits and activities across the Harbourside.
Featuring over 100 organisations, including the BBC Natural History Unit and Bristol Zoo, the festival gives wildlife-lovers of all ages a unique opportunity to discover and enjoy the natural world in the heart of Bristol.
Thinking of going to the festival? Here are our top picks for the key things to see and do this year:
- Try your hand at being a wildlife presenter in the BBC Natural History Unit marquee
- Be inspired by a packed programme of speakers in the Festival Talks Tent, including The UK’s favourite birder Bill Oddie and One Show presenters George McGavin and Mike Dilger
- Check out a great line-up of musicians, speakers, performers and more on the Grow Wild Stage. We’ve also got CBeebies star Andy Day who will be performing more of his dinosaur raps in Millennium Square – not to be missed!
- Be amazed with hands-on exhibits by leading conservation organisations including Bristol Zoo Gardens, the Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust, the RSPB, Avon Wildlife Trust, Bristol Museums and the National Trust
- Get up close to beautiful butterflies in the pop-up North Somerset Butterfly House
- Check out the amazing choice of local independent food and craft retailers in the festival market and make sure you download the Wriggle app to grab a bargain
- Relax in the beautiful Festival Garden which has been landscaped by Earth Timber Stone
- Visit the UWE and Bristol University marquees to explore cutting-edge research in the fields of nature and the environment
- Grab a deck-chair in front of the At-Bristol big screen and watch some stunning clips shot by Bristol’s world-leading wildlife filmmakers as part of the Bristol 2015 Wild Encounters Project
- Fancy joining in with conservation groups, campaigns and activities? Meet a whole range of local groups in the Green Forum marquee