The Festival of Nature Wild Weekend returns to Bristol this month and will take centre stage at the European Green Capital celebrations. With a whole host of interactive exhibits and activities across the harbourside, there’s a little something special for wildlife-lovers of all ages. So whether you’re a Bill Oddie fan or you’ve always wanted to see a dinosaur rap, this is the festival for you. The Festival of Nature team gave us the low down on the top 10 things to see and do.
1. Try your hand at being a wildlife presenter in the BBC Natural History Unit marquee.
2. 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.
3. 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!
4. 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.
5. Get up close to beautiful butterflies in the pop-up North Somerset Butterfly House.
6. 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!
7. Relax in the beautiful Festival Garden which has been landscaped by Earth Timber Stone.
8. Visit the UWE and Bristol University marquees to explore cutting-edge research in the fields of nature and the environment
10. Fancy joining in with conservation groups, campaigns and activities? Meet a whole range of local groups in the Green Forum marquee.