Creativity, imagination and innovation bring the wild to life at Festival of Nature this June

The UK’s largest free celebration of the natural world includes talks, performance, art, music, literature, photography and more


Nature-lovers of all ages will find something to satisfy their curiosity; unearth wildlife secrets from Bristol to Bath, along the river Avon! Discover how birds, rodents, people, trees – even how the River Avon itself – view our natural environment. Chat to researchers and presenters, savour the markets, and uncover the nature on your doorstep through an array of extraordinary activities.

Bring family, friends, questions, and curiosity! What will you discover?

Visit for more information and to sign up to the newsletter for the full programme of events.

Meet Savita - leading the team that delivers Festival of Nature

Describe a typical day at work. It depends what time of year! I can be found in a meeting with our partners across Bristol, planning for the year ahead, in a beautiful natural space planning an event, or on-site in a high visibility vest directing traffic! I love the variety.

Savita Custead
Photo: Jon Craig
What got you first interested in nature? I grew up in central Canada, so spent all summers in a lakeside cottage, catching and cooking fish for dinner. I still love to head back there when I can!
Where are you most likely to be found at work? Glued to my laptop, with my mobile phone in the other hand.
How would your colleagues describe you? Utterly dependent on coffee to function!
Weirdest/funniest thing that’s ever happened to you at work? I once texted the wrong person at 6:00am from our Festival of Nature site, letting him know “The eels have arrived” – it was true, but he thought it was some strange kind of code!
Any waste/recycling tips?
I have lots of jewellery, and my dresser is covered with containers I have fashioned myself from old jars and tins, it’s unique and I love it!
Name three items in your recycling this week. Saturday’s Guardian newspaper, Bottle of Herefordshire cider, egg cartons from a fantastic breakfast.
What do you like to do out of work? Explore Bristol’s food and drink scene, especially craft ale!
What’s the best thing about Bristol? Urban and green space mix, independent spirit, and King Street.

So once again - for more information please visit and you can also signup to the newsletter for a full programme of events.

And if you are visiting you can really help us out by disposing of your litter in one of our special bins. You can't miss them - they're brightly coloured, marked for a range of recycylable materials and will be dotted all around the harbourside.

Please help us and dispose of your festival litter in the correct bins - thanks

Or why not come and say hello to us in person? We're at the festival all weekend and have a stand in one of the big marquees in the amphitheatre - just turn left as you're leaving Millenium Sq and look for Tent 15 - it'd be great to meet you.

Come and meet the team if you're visiting the festival over the weekend