Festival of Nature set to flourish

The popular festival is the UK's biggest free celebration of the natural world and kicks off again from Saturday 1 June.

Festival of Nature. © BNHC

The Festival of Nature takes place in Bristol and Bath annually, and this year it takes place between Saturday 1 and Sunday 9 June.


The programme includes festivals in both Bristol and Bath, guided walks, talks, and virtual reality theatre shows.

Family at the Festival of Nature. © BNHC
Family at the Festival of Nature. © BNHC

BBC Wildlife is a sponsor of the festival, and attendees at any of the five nature writing events will receive a complimentary digital issue of the magazine:

  • Monday 3 June: Kate Bradbury
  • Tuesday 4 June: Helen Scales
  • Wednesday 5 June: Zakiya Mckenzie and Tiffany Francis
  • Thursday 6 June: Michael Benton
  • Thursday 6 June: How to save the world with Netflix

In addition, Ben Hoare (BBC Wildlife‘s features editor) will be speaking at the Data Stories workshop as part of the ‘Telling data stories for broadcast, digital and print’ session.

Festival visitor and volunteer. © BNHC
Festival visitor and volunteer. © BNHC

“We’re breaking new boundaries this year with some really exciting new initiatives that will help to make the 2019 Festival of Nature our best yet,” says Savita Willmott, chief executive of the Natural History Consortium which organises the festival.

“Our expansion into Queen Square means that visitors will be able to get hands on with nature with our brilliant exhibitors in one of Bristol’s most beautiful green spaces.”

Family at the Festival of Nature. © BNHC
Family at the Festival of Nature. © BNHC

New for this year, the festival will also be launching the world’s first digital science festival.

There will be a curated selection of talks, events and screenings from the festival via an online platform.

“This means that visitors anywhere on earth will be able to access content from the Festival of Nature, free of charge, during the live week of events,” add Willmott.

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Main image: Festival of Nature. © BNHC