Nature Festival in Bristol this weekend
THOUSANDS will descend upon the city centre this weekend as the Festival of Nature takes over the Harbourside and Bristol's Biggest Bike Ride rolls out on Sunday.
Big Green Week organisers are hoping for a fantastic finale to the nine-day festival, which has drawn visitors from across the country, with many events selling out.
More than 150 organisations are involved in the free Festival of Nature, which was voted tourism event of last year at the Bristol Tourism and Hospitality Industry.
Visitors will be entertained by numerous attractions, including music, talks, interactive "wild scene investigations", an edible garden, advice for budding gardeners, birds of prey and other wildlife, debates and a children's costumed carnival parade.
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With staggered starts from 9am, thousands of cyclists will be setting off on Bristol's Biggest Bike Ride on Sunday morning.
Big Green Week co-curator Darren Hall said: "The final weekend is going to be lots of fun, especially for families, with the Festival of Nature and Bristol's Biggest Bike Ride.
"Festival of Nature is a great chance to celebrate the natural world – it's one of the reasons Bristolians understand the issues better than most."
Organisers and visitors have hailed the event a huge success.
Professor Mark Windy bought tickets for every event as a birthday treat for himself. Staying at the Bristol Youth Hostel for the duration, Prof Windy has begun each day with The Morning Muse at 8am and attended events throughout the day right up to the Late Lounge events, until 11pm.
Henry Fagg and Emma Butterworth travelled to Bristol by train from London for the week because they wanted to find out more about environmental issues and meet like-minded people.
Henry said: "We came to Big Green Week from London to try to connect with other people who thought like us and learn a bit more about the green movement. It's been great. We've learnt a lot and had a good holiday.
"We've really enjoyed the Thought for the Day at the cathedral each morning. Emma and I aren't religious but the speakers didn't exclude any faith and they spoke of connecting to the earth and taking responsibility for it."
Yesterday, world famous fashion designer Dame Vivienne Westwood captivated her audience at the Colston Hall 2 as she gave a talk about climate change to more than 250 people.
She called for more culture, individual action, and public pressure on policy makers.
She said: "There are no 'great people' – you are it. Investigate what's going on and get involved, it's time to act, we need everyone."
"We use fashion to express who we are and attract other people, we need the same attributes to convince others on climate change. I use my fashion as a way to communicate on issues I care about, like rainforest preservation. If you've got a talent use it, share it. I was good at fashion so I got stuck with it."
On Wednesday, Grand Designs presenter Kevin McCloud, Eden Project founder Tim Smit and Transition Towns co-founder Rob Hopkins spoke about regeneration, in a lecture sponsored by Triodos bank, Schumacher UK and Carillion, the construction firm developing Southmead Hospital.
The programme of talks continues, with National Trust director Fiona Reynolds joining Observer gardening columnist Dan Pearson this Friday lunchtime to discuss nature deficit disorder at Colston Hall.
Tonight (Friday), Caroline Lucas MP will be talking about the politics and ethics of change with Polly Higgins (Eradicating Ecocide) and Patrick Curry (author) at the Big Green Schumacher Lecture at At-Bristol.
On Saturday there will be an all-day event at the Council House, including a session on values and money hosted by Ciaran Mundy, director of the Bristol Pound. The final Schumacher Lecture will follow on Saturday night at the Council House on moving to a "zero" society, including speakers John Elkington, Jonathon Porritt and green poet Matt Harvey.
The Festival of Nature is open from 10-6pm on Saturday and 11-6pm on Sunday. For more details visit www.festivalofnature.org and for other events and tickets visit www.biggreenweek.com or call 01179 223686. The festival is free but can be supported for future years by texting "BFON12 £3" to 70070.