Join journey as Festival of Nature sets sail for Keynsham in June

March 04 2016
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Ratty, Mole, Badger and Mr Toad will be arriving in Keynsham this summer as the Festival of Nature brings Wind in the Willows to the town – with an interactive twist.

March 2016

Ratty, Mole, Badger and Mr Toad will be arriving in Keynsham this summer as the Festival of Nature brings Wind in the Willows to the town – with an interactive twist.

The Bristol-based festival is taking to the water this year, coming to Keynsham for the first time as it explores the wildlife of the River Avon.

Arriving in Keynsham on June 18 and 19, the festival will set up at the Bandstand in the Memorial Park for a weekend of hands-on and creative activities.

While details are still under wraps, the two-week programme will see the festival travel from Bristol to Bath and will feature celebrity talks, live entertainment, river art, workshops, market stalls and more.

It kicks off with a celebration at Bristol Harbourside on June 11 and 12, where wildlife-lovers will be invited to explore wild woodlands and wetlands and follow a river from source to sea without leaving the city centre. It will also feature interactive exhibits and activities from the BBC, the National Trust, Bristol Zoo and the RSPB among others.

Organisers promise a spectacle of colour of noise to end the weekend on Sunday, June 12, before the festival sets off for Keynsham.

The festival finale will take place in Bath’s Royal Victoria Park on Saturday, June 25, with more nature-themed events and activities.

The festival’s events are free of charge, although some will need to be booked in advance via its website, and more details of the activities on offer will be announced soon.

For updates, visit www.festivalofnature.org.uk or follow @FestofNature on Twitter.

The Festival of Nature was launched in 2003 and is organised by the Bristol Natural History Consortium: a collaboration between Avon Wildlife Trust, Bath and North East Somerset Council, BBC Natural History Unit, Bristol City Council, Bristol Zoo Gardens, Defra, Environment Agency, National Trust, Natural England, RSPB, University of Bristol, University of the West of England, Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust and Wildscreen.