Date for your diaries! - Our next Festival is 11-18 February 2023

Bugs & Beasts Weekend

Sorry, you missed this one!

11am - 4pm: Waterloo Park

Satellite Event Drop-in Norwich Nature & Environment Free
  • Parking
  • Disabled parking
  • Wheelchair access
  • Toilets
  • Disabled toilets
  • Refreshments

Angel Road, Norwich, NR3 3HX


Sat 23 Jul
  • 11am - 4pm
Sun 24 Jul
  • 11am - 4pm

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Don't miss this free family friendly weekend!

Norwich Science Festival takes over Waterloo Park in Norwich, with amazing entertainment for all the family! This free event, sponsored by Pensthorpe, includes bee-themed walkabout acts, bug-inspired crafting, face painting, and a special guest appearance from CBeebies star, vet and author Jess French. 

There will also be stands from Norfolk Wildlife Trust, Pensthorpe, RSPB, Norfolk Museums Service, and much 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.

Please note that parking at the venue is limited. There is another event taking place in Waterloo Park during the same weekend, so please consider this when travelling to the event.

Here's a taster of some of the activities you can enjoy:

Meet CBeebies star, vet and author Jess French, and find out all about minibeasts! (11:30am–12:30pm & 2.00pm–3.00pm each day).

Bee-themed performers Bumblina, Queen of the Bees, from Amy Amelia Arts, and the adorable, fluffy Bumble Bees, from Circii, will be buzzing around the park on both days – do go up and say hello to them!

Learn to make your own bird feeder using recycled materials from around the home with a demo from the RSPB. Have a chat with them for even more inspiration and advice for protecting wildlife on your doorstep, and discover RSPB reserves across Norfolk and beyond!

Take part in the 'Bug or Beast' games and activities from the Zoological Society Of East Anglia (Saturday only)

Discover the wonder of minibeasts with Norfolk Wildlife Trust, make paper potters, do some bug crafting and plant a flower for pollinators, play a natural history matching game, and take a guided plant ID tour (adults). Plus, for young people, join in the UEA VOICES project and use the arts to explore the effect climate change is having on Norfolk’s endangered insects – find out more. (Sunday only)

See some minibeasts from BugzUK! Have a go at handling (with care!) millipedes, tarantulas, scorpions, praying mantis, stick insects, and cockroaches!

Join in the giant colouring challenge with Dodo and Dinosaur, and do the Extraordinary Extinct Dinosaur Trail!

See insect specimens from Norwich Castle Museum & Art Gallery (Norfolk Museums Service), and discover diversity, evolution and general wonderment in the natural world!

Visit the Redwings Horse Sanctuary stand for an insight into their veterinary and care work, play the 'Pin the Parasite on the Pony' game, examine some veterinary samples such as worms and teeth (!), and dare to put your hand in the ‘feely boxes’ and guess what’s inside! (Saturday only)

Have a go at the microbe rubbings trail from UEA School of Biological Sciences, examine preserved ground beetles and learn about the latest citizen science project.

Hear the story of Blake, from Blake's Small Adventure (Paramecium Press) read by author Rachel Cladingbowl and Bookbugs and Dragon Tales. Blake is tiny organism who is so small that the other organisms in his pool can’t see him. He dreams of a life beyond his pool and then one day, the tide takes him out on quite the adventure!

Come along to Bookbugs and Dragon Tales pop-up bookshop, have a chat and browse a wide selection of books on nature, outdoors, and bugs and beasts. Cash and Card accepted. 

Plus bug drawing with Charli Vince, learn about soil with the Master Composters, discover the inventions Summer Reading Challenge with Norfolk Library and Information Service, and find out more about the work of the Friends of Waterloo Park.

Unfortunately, Bee Saviour Behaviour are no longer able to attend.

Plus paid workshops: Busy Bees for ages 3-5 and Beasts of the Future Wild creative writing workshop for ages 15+.    

Supported by Waterloo Park, The Phelps Charitable Trust, Norwich City Council and Catton Grove Big Local.