Bugs and Beasts at Waterloo Park

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11am - 4pm : Waterloo Park

Bugs and Minibeasts Dinosaurs Family Event Free Nature & Environment Oceans and Seas Wildlife and Animals All Ages
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  • Disabled toilets
  • Refreshments

Angel Road, Norwich, NR3 3HX

Bugs and Beasts is back for 2024!

After an epic Bugs and Beasts weekend at Waterloo Park in 2022, this fantastic, free event for families makes its return in August for one day only.

Featuring free drop-in activities with a nature twist, workshops and big family shows, there is plenty for all ages to enjoy at Bugs and Beasts!

No need to book in advance, simply drop-in on the day. More activities still to be announced - check back for more information!

Free, drop-in

Families welcome, activities best enjoyed by ages 3–12

Bugs and Beasts will return to Waterloo Park on Thu 1 August 2024.

Drop-in activities

Get creative with Norwich Puppet Theatre, who will be bringing a fantastic bug puppet-making activity, and join artist Alice Lee and the Norfolk Wildlife Trust in creating an insect mobile! The Climate Museum UK will be helping us to explore and draw the patterns found in nature. Plus, make your own prehistoric belemnite with Dodo & Dinosaur.

Meet Bert's Amazing Creatures - from the fluffy to the creepy crawly! - and handle antlers with the team from Watatunga Wildlife Reserve. Or why not take a sneak peek at the minibeasts living in compost with Norfolk Master Composters or discover the urban plants growing in Waterloo Park with Rebecca Horn! The Broads Authority will also be joining us, with a freshwater display tank.

Plus - there'll be free glitter tattoos with the Wild Space Project, free face painting, and limited free refreshments for children.

Artist Alice Lee will be joining the Norfolk Wildlife Trust at Bugs and Beasts. Credit: Frederic Landes

Meet real scientists!

A group of scientists from the Norwich Research Park and the University of East Anglia have been working in collaboration with local community groups, schools and parents to develop a series of fantastic family activities for this event. Stop by the Making Connections stand to see what they have in store - and learn about the research they do every day!

Free workshops

Book on to free family workshops on the day at The Forum information stand. Become a DNA Detective and have a go at extracting DNA from bananas with The Little Storytelling Company - just like the scientists using DNA to study and protect our wildlife!

Norfolk Master Composters at Bugs and Beasts 2022, Credit: Simon Finlay

Helping the planet

Bugs and Beasts is all about nature and biodiversity - and what we can do to protect it! We're doing our bit too, by working with local organisations, artists and researchers to minimise long distance travel. We're also reducing the use of plastic throughout the event. Please help us by walking or cycling to Waterloo Park if you can, and bringing a refillable water bottle to keep you hydrated throughout the day.

Please note that parking at the venue is limited. The overflow carpark is located at the Angel Road Infant School.

Due to unforeseen circumstances, Prof Ben Garrod is no longer able to attend this event. More talks and activities will be announced in due course!

Bugs and Beasts is part of Science On Your Doorstep, a new community project from Norwich Science Festival and The Forum. This event is supported by: