Festival of Nature sets a course for Keynsham Memorial Park

June 04 2016
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Some well-known characters will be among those inviting people to discover the secrets of the River Avon when the Festival of Nature comes to Keynsham for the first time.

Some well-known characters will be among those inviting people to discover the secrets of the River Avon when the Festival of Nature comes to Keynsham for the first time.

A day of free, family-friendly activities for wildlife lovers of all ages will be held in the Memorial Park on June 19, from 1-5pm.

It is part of the UK’s largest free celebration of nature, which takes place in Bristol and Bath each year, and the river will be at the heart of the two-week event as it moves between the two cities.

Dreamshed Theatre will be bringing the adventures of Mole, Ratty, Badger and Mr Toad to the Bandstand as they perform Wind in the Willows, before the characters lead visitors to hands-on activities around the park.

The arrival of a willow sculpture portraying the Spirit of the Avon promises to provide a spectacle of colour and sound to start the Keynsham festival, which will also feature a riverbank nature walk with naturalist Gill Brown as well as the chance to become a “water detective” with the University of Bath.

The RSPB will also be showing festivalgoers how to build a home for nature, while Transition Keynsham members demonstrate planet-friendly gardening.

Savita Custead, chief executive at Bristol Natural History Consortium, which organises the festival, said: “We’re really excited to be bringing the Festival to Keynsham for the first time. Our water theme is going to open up a whole host of opportunities for people to explore and experience their surroundings and the Memorial Park is the perfect setting for people to connect with nature and learn more about their local environment.”

Hot and cold drinks will be available during the festival on June 19 and visitors are invited to bring picnics.

For more information and to see the full two-week festival programme, which includes canoe safaris, bat walks, citizen science activities and the grand finale in Bath on June 25, visit www.festivalofnature.org.uk

  • Photo: Nick Moylan