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Norfolk Festival of Nature

Now in its fifth year, Norfolk Festival of Nature celebrates the cultural relationships that exist between people and the natural world. The weekend of 14th/15th March 2020 at The Forum in Norwich will launch a month of events across Norfolk celebrating all things nature. The Norfolk Festival of Nature partnership brings many of the top Norfolk wildlife organisations together in the heart of the city, providing free children’s activities, information, wildlife walks, talks and workshops with experts from around the county on nature in Norfolk: past, present and future.

This year the festival will open with an event on Saturday 14th March in the evening exploring this year’s theme – ‘Nature and Wellbeing’. What does our experience of wildlife and the natural world do for our health, physical and mental? Come and join in with questions for our panel of experts who will be reflecting on personal experience and the latest research.

The festival continues on Sunday 15th March when the Atrium in the Forum will be full of stalls run by our various partner organisations, providing children’s activities, information and guided walks for the whole family.

After that, see our listings below for a programme of events taking place across Norfolk in the following weeks. From talks about birding to a riverside writing workshop, from a ‘night sky adventure’ to a literary tour of the North Norfolk coast, we’re sure you’ll find something to excite and inspire you.

During this time, we are also encouraging you to share a special Norfolk place or experience in nature with friends and family, something that means a lot to you but that others may not know about. As Richard Mabey reminds us, ‘what you take for granted might be a revelation to your neighbour.’ Follow us and tell us what you shared: @NFOfNature

Partners

The Norfolk Festival of Nature is a partnership that brings together many organisations who are interested in wildlife and nature, including Norfolk Wildlife Trust, the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds, the British Trust for Ornithology, Norfolk Museums Service, the University of East Anglia, Wild Days Conservation, the Ted Ellis Trust, UEA and others.

Events

 

The Launch Weekend – General activities

Sunday 15th March, 10.00-16.00, The Atrium and The Gallery in The Forum, Norwich

The festival really gets going on Sunday 15th March when the Atrium in the Forum will be full of stalls run by our various partner organisations, providing children’s activities, information and guided walks for the whole family. All welcome and no tickets required.

Norfolk Festival of Nature Book Club

Passionate about nature and contemporary literature? Then join us at the Norfolk Festival of Nature to read and discuss the most fresh and exciting new nature writing. At times urgent and polemical, at times personal and searching, at times playful and unconventional, nature writing is enjoying an extraordinary richness and popularity at the moment. The Book Club offers a friendly and open forum for discussion, focussed through a range of books that make us think in new ways about nature and our place in the world. All welcome.

Or contact Jos.Smith @ uea.ac.uk if you would like to join the Book Club mailing list:

Next Meeting
The next meeting will be Wednesday 25th March for the next meeting, 7-9pm in the Louis Marchesi pub, and we will be reading Mark Cocker’s Our Place.

 

Fun in the Forum for all of the family

The Norfolk Festival of Nature partnership brings many of the top Norfolk wildlife organisations together in the heart of the city, providing a day of free children’s activities in the Forum in the centre of Norwich.

Saturday 14th and Sunday 15th March

Launch Weekend Events

The Forum is the focus for our launch weekend events, including our annual ‘panel debate’ – this year looking at nature and wellbeing – which takes place on the Saturday evening and is a ticketed event. On the Sunday the Forum will be full of stalls, run by our various partner organisations, providing children’s activities, information and guided walks for the whole family; all welcome and no tickets required.

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The Festival Debate: Nature and Wellbeing

Saturday 14th March, 18.15 – 21.15, The Gallery in The Forum, Norwich Patrick Barkham will be chairing our Festival launch event, this year in conversation with Joe Harkness about his recent book Bird Therapy. Joe’s intimate and searching memoir explores a journey...

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Norfolk Festival of Nature in the Forum

Sunday 15th March, 10.00 – 16.00, The Atrium and The Gallery in The Forum, Norwich The festival continues on Sunday 15th March when the Atrium in the Forum will be full of stalls run by our various partner organisations, providing children’s activities, information...

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True stories live: The Nature of the Beast

Sunday 15th March, Norwich Arts Centre, Doors 6.30pm for a prompt 7.30pm start. True Stories Live is a lively, moving and unpredictable event where people tell true stories about their lives inspired by a theme – in this case: The Nature of the Beast – in front of a...

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Other events – running across the county over the following weeks

This year, for the first time, our partner organisations are running a series of Norfolk Festival of Nature events across the county; these include walks, talks and a dark sky adventure.

 

Read more and book tickets

 

Tracking migrants across the globe.

Thursday 2nd April 2020 – 19:00 to 21:00 at BTO, The Nunnery, Thetford, IP24 2PU Our summer migrants mark the changing seasons, but how much do we know about their lives and how do we find out this information? Paul Stancliffe provides some answers in this evening...

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Writing with the River

Saturday 28th March, 10.30-4pm, Blickling Hall (main reception and ticket office near the car park) Join us for a riverside walk in the Upper Bure River Valley near Blickling Hall. We will be exploring diverse readings of riverine literature along the way, some even...

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Broads Authority: Dark Sky Adventure at How Hill!

Saturday 21st March 2020, approx. 19.00-21.00, How Hill National Nature Reserve Guided night walk and activities. Experience the weird and wonderful night-time world around How Hill National Nature Reserve in the heart of the Broads; an adventure of astronomy, night...

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Discover RSPB Titchwell Marsh

Monday 16th March, 10.30-1pm, RSPB Titchwell Marsh This is an ideal introduction to the landscapes and birdlife of Titchwell Marsh nature reserve. You will visit areas of the reserve that reflect the diversity of wildlife looking at seasonal species of interest as...

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Nature and Wellbeing UEA Campus Walk

Wednesday 18th March, 2-4pm Meet at the main entrance to the Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts This afternoon walk will explore the Yare Valley Wildlife Trail on UEA’s campus. It will begin with a short outdoor talk by Dr Jos Smith about this year’s Norfolk Festival of...

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Cley Marshes Nature Walk and Writing Workshop

Saturday 21st March, 10.30-3.30pm, Cley Marshes Visitor Centre The North Norfolk coast is rich in literary heritage and also home to many accomplished contemporary writers including Mike Burrows, Margaret Atwood and Kevin Crossley-Holland. Nature writers Mark Cocker...

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‘The lady of the reeds: bird photographer Emma Turner’

Wednesday 18th March 2020 – 19:00 to 21:00 at BTO, The Nunnery, Thetford, IP24 2PU Author James Parry explores the life of pioneering bird photographer Emma Turner, who captured remarkable images of Norfolk's rare birds. Emma Turner (who died in 1940) was famous in...

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Why not join our Festival nature writing book club? So far we've enjoyed reading Isabella Tree's 'Wilding', Elizabeth-Jane Burnett's 'The Grassling', and special event in a forest school discussing 'Stig of the Dump'. Next up is Mark Cocker's 'Our Place': https://t.co/xddntS2UAo

🍃 I’m really looking forward to speaking at this exciting #nature festival in one month today on nature & well-being @NFOfNature with @patrick_barkham @CaoimheBennett ⁦@LucyMcRobert1⁩ & Joe Harkness 🍃 Tickets here https://t.co/sfRT2I5XTr… https://t.co/HiuuNwgcOe

This year NFoN is unrolling a whole month of events from 14 Mar: writing workshops with @MarkCocker2 and @jeanmcneilwrite; a talk on early bird photographer Emma Turner; a nature-themed @_True_Stories live event; walks, a book club, and much, much more: https://t.co/xddntS2UAo

In just over a month, I’ll be talking health, wellbeing and nature at @NFOfNature with @patrick_barkham @anitasethi @CaoimheBennett and Joe Harkness. Tickets here >> https://t.co/IDxiHyghFc 🌱🌺🐬🦊🐝

We're excited to announce this year's Festival programme with a focus on Nature and Wellbeing! Save the date (March 14) for our launch with Joe Harkness, Patrick Barkham, Anita Sethi, Caoimhe Twohig-Bennett, and Lucy McRobert. See website for details: https://t.co/xddntS2UAo

Purrr-fect sighting for #WildlifeWednesday from our #RSPBFrampton Intern @TobyWarbler.

Have you seen any turtle doves this summer? If not, try visiting one of our our reserves! 🕊 👇

Look who's back! 😎🐦

@ProjectGodwit have announced the return of 18 birds to @WWTWelney & The Fens this season. How's the project going so far? Watch to find out 👀👇

And don't forget that the Festival of Nature will be back again in 2020. In the meantime come and see us when we are part of Nature Day @TheForumNorwich Science Festival in October, we look forward to seeing you again then!
#norwichsciencefestival #nature

Well the feedback from the Festival of Nature weekend has been brilliant, not only from @TheForumNorwich, but from the stall holders & everyone who visited as well. Fun was had by all & we hope many kids went home feeling inspired & happy! #passionateaboutnature #feelinginspired

If you are in Norwich city centre today, pop on down to @TheForumNorwich for plenty of family friendly fun with some of Norfolks top conservation charities, it is going to be a fantastic day! 😀😀👪👩‍👩‍👧‍👦👨‍👨‍👧‍👦

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