Keynsham Festival of Nature 2017 to inspire action for wildlife

Published on: 03 Jun 2017

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A camper van cinema called Lionel and a group of performers with river-based tales to tell are all making their way to Keynsham this month.

The second Keynsham Festival of Nature will arrive at Keynsham Memorial Park on June 18 as part of a two-week celebration of the natural world in the Bristol and Bath area.

This year Desperate Men, an outdoor arts company, will take to the Bandstand at 1pm and 4pm with their show We are Ducks, a compilation of natural history stories inspired by the group’s many riverside jaunts on the Avon, Severn and Wye.

They will stay in character throughout the day and festival director Savita Custead said: “Desperate Men are a perfect partner for the festival. They are adept at encouraging audiences to ask serious questions about the world in a really fun and engaging way. They are incredibly inventive, sometimes mischievous and even surreal, and I know they are going to put on a splendid show for everyone.”

Festival goers will join a host of exhibitors offering a range of activities, including treasure hunts, water testing and mini-BioBlitzes, to find as many species living in the park as possible during the day.

A unique cinema in a campervan will also be welcoming visitors throughout the day to watch films telling stories of the River Avon. The VW campervan, known as Lionel, will be easy to spot as it’s decorated like a spaceship.

Among the other exhibitors will be Avon Wildlife Trust Keynsham Group, Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust, National Trust, Natural England, the Bristol Greenpeace group and Butterfly Conservation.

Savita continued: “This year’s event will build on last year’s pilot Keynsham Festival of Nature. Many people last year wanted the event to be longer and with more activities to occupy them for the whole day, so we have worked hard to create a more varied programme.

“We will be encouraging people to take action for nature, which could include building a habitat, encouraging wildlife in the garden, volunteering or recording species.”

The Keynsham Festival of Nature will run from 11am to 5pm. To find out more about the day, and events in Bristol and Bath during the festival fortnight, visit www.festivalofnature.org.uk

  • Photo: Rosemary Despres

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