Festival of Nature Bristol: What’s on and how you can get involved in the week-long event

There’s everything from comedy to litter picking to gardening workshops
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The UK´s largest nature celebration is back from this week after being held online for two years - and there are plenty of activities happening in Bristol.

With a blend of digital, hybrid and in-person activities, the festival has something for everyone, even if you´re stuck at home.

From nature walks and talks to digital events to wildlife workshops and family nature workshops, the Festival of Nature is an event you will not want to miss out on.

June 10: Kicking off the Festival with the Action Day event

Join the Big Tidy Team at the Newtown estate, Hayes Close, from 2pm to 4.30pm in their litter pick and learn more about local wildlife and plants in their treasure hunt.

Many events are happening this week in Bristol as part of the festivalMany events are happening this week in Bristol as part of the festival
Many events are happening this week in Bristol as part of the festival

Felt disconnected from the climate movement? Join Toby Smith from Climate Outreach from 1pm to 2pm at Pervasive Media Studio Event Space at the Watershed in the city centre to explore how photos of “natural spaces need to be inclusive, authentic and show people from diverse backgrounds in diverse outdoor spaces.”

Want to learn about our local fascinating beetles and pollinators and enjoy the outside at the same time? Royal Victoria Park play area in Southmead has you covered with its “Buzz and Scuttle Outdoor Exhibition” that runs until June 18.

June 11: unleash your inner nature explorer

Ever wondered what it is like to work with Sir David Attenborough? Join Paul Williams, Producer and Director of BBC Studio´s “The Green Planet” at the Watershed from 1pm to 2pm to learn about the behind the scenes of the series.

Would you like to make your garden better for nature? The Blaise Plant Nursery in Kings Weston Road has you covered with an interactive workshop packed with interactive games, quizzes demonstrations and hands-on activities for the whole family.

Do you want to learn how to draw a carpenter bee? Grab your colouring pencils and a piece of paper and join the Draw Along Livestream with PhD student and wildlife artist Lauren Cook from 1pm to 2pm.

Events are on for children to learn about natureEvents are on for children to learn about nature
Events are on for children to learn about nature

June 12: a day jam-packed with activities for the youngest at home

For the youngest at home, the Family Nature Party at Bristol Beacon is the event for you. Running from 10am to 4pm, the event will be jam-packed with workshops, storytelling, music, arts and crafts, toddler sessions and games.

Unable to leave your home? Fear not, the festival has got you covered with “Voices of Future Generations.” Tune in online from 11am to 12pm to hear the hopes, dreams and visions for a sustainable world from child authors.

June 15: Enjoy a Pun-tastic time from the comfort of your home

Craving a laugh to distress from your day? Join hosts Hana Ayoob and Sam Langford in Zoo-Lol-Ogy! for an evening of zoological stand-up comedy talent from the comfort of your home.

On June 18 and 19: Put on your explorer cap and visit Bedminster´s Secret Gardens

In need of escaping to nature but unable to leave the city? Bedminster has got you covered. With over 25 gardens to explore during both days, get inspired, enter a world of plants, and see creative, productive and beautiful gardens that create homes for nature in the heart of the city.