Take a breath of fresh air this year and be at one with nature. Spend some time learning about our amazing world on the big screen, pick up a new hobby and get outside and involved in the great outdoors. We’ve picked our top events to help you connect with nature this year, keep reading to find out more.
Did you catch Blue Planet II Live this year? New for spring 2020 is Planet Earth II Live. Experience sensational footage from the award-winning BBC series which guarantees to bring audiences closer to the planet’s spellbinding animals, landscapes and wildlife dramas than ever before. The arena tour will be hosted by science and natural history TV presenter Liz Bonnin. With a masters in wild animal biology, Liz has presented over 40 primetime programmes. These not-to-be-missed live concerts will feature breath-taking, specially-selected footage shown in 4K ultra high-definition on a gigantic LED screen and will be accompanied by the City Of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra.
Following three successful years at Blenheim, 2019 sees Countryfile Live heading north to Castle Howard and representing the best of the northern countryside. Like Blenheim, it will be one of summer’s best days out! Activities for this year include The National Trust Theatre, The Dog Lover’s Arena, The Le Creuset Kitchen Theatre, The Wildlife Zone plus so much more to get you involved with the great outdoors this summer.
Explore the beautiful grounds at Kew Gardens this summer and open your eyes up to all the weird and wonderful plants our Earth plays home to. Not only do Kew Gardens do amazing things to help preserve and research into our earth’s plants, but at their World Heritage site, they have over 50,000 living plants. Contained within the Temperate House (the world’s largest Victorian glasshouse!) you get to see some of the world’s rarest and most threatened species of plants. This is a great place to take the family as there’s plenty of activities for kids too! Venture up The Great Pagoda and see the jaw-dropping view of London and Kew Gardens’ grounds.
There’s plenty to do and see at Kew Gardens, see our recent review blog piece here.
Learn how to make your very own macramé plant hanger in your lunch break. The wonderfully talented Isabella Strambio (founder of TwoMe) will teach you, step by step, all the knots to make a gorgeous bohemian inspired plant holder to take home, along with a terracotta pot (all materials are provided). This class is ideal for beginners or complete novices! This is a wonderful way to combine your creativity with gardening!
Limited tickets are available for this event, so act quick!
Various venues // Various dates
Re-spark your enthusiasm for gardening once again and come along to one of these events organised by BBC Gardeners’ World Magazine. The three classes you can attend are: Non-Stop Colour Masterclass (How to achieve non-stop colour from your garden or balcony), Cut Flowers (Discover the best flowers and foliage to grow) and Autumn Pruning (Discover the various pruning methods for your ornamental and productive plants).
The UK’s first-ever touring wildlife film festival, Wilderland shines a light on some astonishing and thought-provoking stories – filmed by a host of independent international filmmakers. These films have been handpicked by judges, including award-winning cameraman Doug Allan (The Blue Planet, Planet Earth, Frozen Planet), naturalist and author Stephen Moss (Britain’s Big Wildlife Revival, Springwatch), and producer/director Louise Heren (Big Cat Diaries).
Events Specifically for Kids
Alexandra Palace, London // 24th – 26th July 2019
Connect with nature and Fly Free with Scarabeus Aerial Theatre! In this course, you will be introduced to aerial skills and choreographed movement. Conquer your fears this summer and learn exciting aerial skills on elastic cocoons rigged from the trees.
Ages: 8 – 13 year olds
Walk On The Wild Side 🦋
Alexandra Palace, London // 27th – 30th August 2019
This event aims to get children involved with the outdoors and nature this summer. Targetted at ages 5-8, learn about the importance of parks in urban spaces through a range of activities that highlight the need for park recreation, sustainability and conservation.
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