Festival of Nature – Bristol to Bath
As part of our 50th anniversary, we’re sponsoring the grand finale of the Festival of Nature this year. It will see us join an array of national and local organisations flocking to Royal Victoria Park on 25 June for a free, family-friendly day celebrating the natural world.
Our researchers, who will be stationed in the main marquee, will be using hands-on demonstrations to talk with visitors about climate change, water purification and making polymers from renewable sources. We’ll also be performing stand-up comedy and creating amazing encounters through engineering busking, thanks to a grant from the Royal Academy of Engineers. And our researchers from our Milner Centre for Evolution will be chatting with festival goers about evolution through board games and demos, as well as providing a chance to make fossils!
25 June marks the Festival’s arrival in Bath after a wild, two-week journey along the River Avon from Bristol. This is the first time in its 14-year history the Festival has celebrated the region’s waterscapes and the Bath event will open with a procession led by a willow sculpture portraying the Spirit of the Avon, which will wind its way to the main event in Royal Victoria Park.
There you can join the Festival of Imagination workshop and explore their magical world; discover how science can save sharks with a hands-on workshop from the University of Bath; take part in bat activities and find out about River Avon projects such as Water Space with Bath and North East Somerset Council or watch Fine Chisel theatre company perform their children’s theatre show ‘Flit, Flap & Fly’ inside a giant nest.
Join a photography or wildlife walk led by experts, or explore the secret places of Royal Victoria Park. There’ll also be mouth-watering local food and refreshments for you to enjoy.
All activities are free of charge and work on a first-come first-served basis, just come along to the Festival site and ask at the info tent for directions.
For more details about the day and to see the full two-week Festival programme including canoe safaris, bat walks and citizen science activities, go to www.festivalofnature.org.uk