Posted 22nd March by Peter Byrne
Festival of Nature is celebrating its 15th birthday this summer with a bumper week of activities and events planned
Festival of Nature is the UK's largest free celebration of the natural world and throws the spotlight onto many of today's most important environmental issues, from the impact the plastics are having on our oceans to the rise of sustainable fashion. It also provides the chance for people of all ages to celebrate their love of nature.
Running between 2-10 June, the Festival starts at Bath's riverside Green Park before sailing down the River Avon to Bristol's Harbourside.
Savita Willmott, director at Bristol Nature History Consortium which organises the festival, said: "This year is an important milestone for Festival of Nature as it celebrates its 15th anniversary. We're excited to mark the occasion with nature and wildlife lovers from Bristol and Bath and beyond who continue to support the event year after year."
"The festival is a fantastic opportunity for city dwellers to explore the nature around them in imaginative ways including interactive workshops, interesting talks and our special after-dark wildlife pop up party. Our varied programme is all about inspiring, educating, informing and encouraging people of all ages to help protect our natural world."
Highlights of the event include:
- The celebrations start with musicians, comedians and scientists coming together at Green Park station in Bath for the festival's first Pop Up Wildlife Party on 2 June.
- On 8 June, the festival will host a national meeting, Beyond Plastics, which brings together conservationists and campaigners to discuss how the current focus on banishing plastics can help to create a tidal wave of environmental change.
- Join the festival in Bristol on 9 and 10 June as 15th birthday celebrations continue. Situated alongside the always popular food market, you can pop into the brand-new Talks Tent to listen to discussions from a host of authors, filmmakers and wildlife heroes.
- Kids and adults alike will be able to relax in the new 'wild' area in the amphitheatre of the festival - simply visit the riverside wildlife park, which will feature a wildlife garden and a miniature forest.
- During the week, families will be able to explore how nature connects to different parts of everyday life with a fascinating focus on nature and health, while new technologies and virtual reality, plus a special showcase on sustainable fashion.