Bristol is hosting a week long festival of fun and entertainment with a serious underlying message which encourages us to think of new ways to save this beautiful planet of ours. From June 9th-16th Bristol will play host to over 100 events including music, comedy, films and debates all designed to get you thinking. But it’s not all cerebral there are plenty of activities which enable you to stretch your legs and have fun as a family.
Who will be there?
The event is supported by a host of famous people from lots of different walks of life including Vivienne Westwood, Deborah Meaden, Kevin McCloud and Robert Llewellyn.
Bristol is in the final 3 bidders to become European Green Capital for 2014. They held their first smaller scale event last year which was a huge success so the organisers gained some sponsorship and high level support and this is the result. They are expecting over 50,000 visitors during the week.
Who is it for?
Absolutely everybody. There are fun sessions for children using recycled materials in various arts and craft activities, family walks around various parts of the city and its surrounding area including the beautiful Folly Farm and Avon Wildlife Reserve. There are documentary films being shown in one of the cinemas about endangered species and threatened areas such as the rain forest, contrasted with stand up comedians including Jarred Christmas. The organisers are keen to make the whole event fun, yes the subject is serious but getting down and depressed about things just makes people switch off, this event is all about showcasing the things we can all do to make that difference.
Will there be refreshments available?
Of course and if you get a green festival wristband you will be entitled to discounted prices in many of the cafes, restaurants and bars in the city but there will also be the largest Farmers’ Market showcasing locally grown and produced seasonal products. Prue Leith will also be on hand to tell you how to cook them too!
The final weekend!
All these events usually have something spectacular to finish up with and this one is no exception. On Saturday and Sunday 15th and 16th take part in the Festival of Nature. It involves 150 organisations including Bristol Zoo and some of the BBC Wildlife Team. You will get the chance to see bugs, bats and birds and see the pop up Wildlife Garden and a rockpool. Then on Sunday afternoon you can all cycle off into the distance in Bristol’s Biggest Bike Ride.
There is so much to see and do so why not stay for the week or at least for a few days. Put the date in you diary, book your train the earlier you book it the better chance of a great deal and head on down to Bristol.