The Festival of Nature is back! Now in its 15th year, this family-friendly festival on Bristol’s Harbourside is now a firm favourite in the city’s calendar. Kicking off in Bath on June 1, there will be a week of ticketed activities before the free Big Weekend on 8-9 June.

Not sure where to start? Festival Director Savita Willmott has rounded up the top 10 things to do at this year’s Festival of Nature to help you plan.

1. Soak up the atmosphere in Queen Square

For the first time the Festival’s Big Weekend will take over Queen Square with a series of free activities. Go exploring or just have a picnic in the grass and watch the free entertainment on offer.

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2. Listen in on a free talk in the Talks Tent

 Over 30 organisations from the region will be pitching up in the free Talks Tent, giving 15 minute “speed talks” on everything from wildlife-friendly gardening to cutting edge research.

3. Get your gardening tips

Kate Bradbury from BBC Gardeners’ World will be visiting the festival on 3 June with a special talk at the Station, where you will be able to pick up a copy of her new book.

4. Walk through a hidden garden in Bristol

Bishops Knoll’s 19th century garden is slowly being uncovered after years of neglect, so go and discover the lost ornamental terraced gardens and arboretum with historian Chris Stephens.

5. Explore the fascinating world of collecting

 Find out about the history of bird nesting and bird collecting with Bristol museum, run your hands over real sharks’ teeth and jaws with Bristol Aquarium, hold one of Bristol Zoo’s cockroaches, or pick up some wildlife flowers from Avon Wildlife Trust.

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Image - Natural Selection at Bristol Museum & Art Gallery

6. Hope for sunshine

Have a go on a solar telescope with Bristol's Astronomical Society. Head down to Queen Square to look for sunspots and other strange solar phenomena.

7. Get your Bristol lunch fix

Bristol food traders will be lining up the dishes on Millennium Square and Queen Square, serving up tasty goodies for your delectation.

8. Visit the Festival plant sale

Avon Wildlife Trust will have their Feed Bristol plant nursery on display in Millennium Square, with free and budget seeds and plants to take home to get you started on your summer gardening plans.

9. Give your question to the Curious Cube

We The Curious will host the festival on their Millennium Square and Anchor Square sites, and will be inviting visitors to contribute climate questions to the Curious Cube. The large mirrored cube installation encourages everyone to think about what makes them curious, be it science, art, people or ideas.

Bristol Festival of Nature 2019 - We the Curious curious cube

10. Get behind the scenes

Would you like to go behind the scenes at the festival, or meet some of the biggest nature organisations in the region? Put yourself forward to volunteer and meet a whole new set of nature-loving friends – no experience needed!

To view the final programme, book tickets or find out more, visit www.festivalofnature.org.uk, or follow @festofnature on social media channels.

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