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Bugs and Beasts take over city park - with Jess French

Jess French with centipedes
2022, Norwich Science Festival

Norwich Science Festival takes over Waterloo Park in Norwich, with amazing entertainment for all the family!

Norwich Science Festival brings Bugs and Beasts to Waterloo Park in Norwich, on Saturday 23 and Sunday 24 July – a free family-fun weekend about bugs, insects, things that creep and crawl, and beasts big and small!

This free drop-in event, sponsored by Pensthorpe, features a special guest appearance from CBeebies star, vet and author Jess French, as well as fun bee-themed performers, minibeast handling, bug-inspired crafting, face painting, dinosaur trail and much more.

Jess French, author, vet and presenter, said: “I’m excited about coming to the Bugs and Beasts event, and introducing everyone to the fascinating world of minibeasts. Come along to get a closer look at a host of incredible creatures as well as learning a little more about their weird and wonderful lives!”

Nature-related activities and demos are provided by the RSPB, Zoological Society of East Anglia, Norfolk Wildlife Trust, Dodo & Dinosaur, Redwings Horse Sanctuary, Norfolk Museums Service, BugzUK, UEA, Paramecium Press, Bookbugs and Dragon Tales, Pensthorpe, Master Composters, Charli Vince, and Norfolk Library & Information Service.

Natalie Douglas, Pensthorpe Marketing Manager, said: “We’re delighted to be partnering with Norwich Science Festival for this free family event to kick off the summer. There will be a huge variety of activities on offer across the weekend from some amazing organisations and an opportunity for families to learn more about the natural world.”

The weekend is perfect for families with primary school aged children and takes place between 11am–4pm each day.

As well as the free activities, there are paid workshops: Busy Bees, for ages 3-5 from Fossils & Fireworks, and Beasts of the Future Wild creative writing workshop for ages 15+ from UEA lecturers.

Bugs and Beasts is sponsored by Pensthorpe and supported by The Phelps Charitable Trust, Norwich City Council and Catton Grove Big Local.

Norwich Science Festival is back to celebrate science Saturday 11–Saturday 18 February 2023 at venues in Norwich and beyond. Presented by The Forum, the Festival combines cutting-edge research with engaging events; revealing the fascinating science of the world around us.

For more information about Bugs and Beasts, and Norwich Science Festival, visit www.norwichsciencefestival.co.uk.

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For more information on Norwich Science Festival, please contact Jan Robertson, Science Festival Marketing & Communications Manager for The Forum on jan.robertson@theforumnorwich.co.uk / 01603 727975   


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Bugs and Beasts
Saturday 23 & Sunday 24 July, 11am–4pm, Waterloo Park, Norwich
Free to attend
Norwich Science Festival takes over Waterloo Park in Norwich, with amazing entertainment for all the family! This free event, sponsored by Pensthorpe, includes a special guest appearance from CBeebies star, vet and author Jess French, fun bee-themed performers, bug-inspired crafting, face painting, minibeasts, dinosaur trail and more.

There will also be stands from Norfolk Wildlife Trust, Pensthorpe, RSPB, Norfolk Museums Service, Redwings, BugzUK, a pop-up bookshop from Bookbugs and Dragon Tales and much more. Don’t miss this outdoor celebration of science and nature!

Drop-in between 11am - 4pm each day. No need to book! Perfect for primary school aged children.

Find out more norwichsciencefestival.co.uk

Bugs & Beasts Weekend is sponsored by Pensthorpe and supported by The Phelps Charitable Trust, Norwich City Council and Catton Grove Big Local.   

 

About the Norwich Science Festival

Celebrate the wonderful world of experiments, discoveries, exploration and innovation at Norwich Science Festival February 2023. Enjoy inspirational exhibitions, hands-on family activities, inspiring celebrity talks and sensational shows at The Forum, and at other venues around the city. Presented by The Forum, with partners University of East Anglia (UEA) and Norwich Research Park, this is a festival for all age groups and all levels of knowledge. A Learning Programme for schools, colleges, home-educated learners and youth groups runs 16 January 2023 - 3 February 2023

Our festival patrons are Professor Ben Garrod – evolutionary biologist and great ape conservationist,  Jon Chase – science presenter, rapper, and author, Lizzie Daly – biologist and wildlife presenter, Jess French – CBeebies star, vet and author, and Mark Thompson – astronomer, broadcaster and author. Sponsors include Pensthorpe, Gresham’s, Breakwater IT, Briar Chemicals and The Gym.

Keep an eye on norwichsciencefestival.co.uk for updates, and follow Norwich Science Festival on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.

 

About The Forum

  • The Forum, in the centre of Norwich, is one of the UK’s most successful Millennium projects.
  • It’s a public building, open seven days a week, all year round (except Christmas Day and Boxing Day).
  • Everyone is welcome. Most of the public events, exhibitions and activities which take place at The Forum are free.
  • The Forum Trust is the independent, self-financing, charitable organisation which manages The Forum building.
  • It is responsible for The Forum’s continued development, growth and innovation.
  • The Trust works with many partners to ensure The Forum plays a valuable role in the community.

https://theforumnorwich.co.uk/