Nature Connections Festival 2015

Chris Packham Willow weaving, walking with horses, food and drink, outdoor gourmet cooking demonstrations

Event date: Friday, 11 September 2015 at 10.00 AM


11-12 September


Starts at 10am


University of Derby, Markeaton Street site

About this event

The University will hold a Nature Connections Festival to promote nature and its positive value/role within society. The festival has been organised by the College of Arts, College of Education, College of Health and Social Care and the College of Life and Natural Sciences.

Chris Packham, BBC Springwatch presenter and Vice-President of the RSPB and Wildlife Trusts, will open the festival on both days.

Chris will chair a Q&A session on nature connections. He will also be taking part in a book signing.

A series of workshops, talks, exhibitions, competitions and live music will be on offer throughout the festival, including a talk on Lost Stories from the DerwentWISE project.

There will also be cinema screenings of Project Wild ThingNew Beginning Symphony (2020) vision and The Age of Stupid, which will be followed by a Skype Q&A session with the producer.

Event partners and contributors include RSPB, Wild Media Foundation, Midland Mainline Trains, Derbyshire Wildlife Trust, Markeaton Community Allotment Association, National Forest and the Royal Derby Hospital NHS Trust.

Competitions running throughout the festival include:

  • Preside over ‘The art of the screen test’ - Aspiring nature presenters will have the chance to perform a screen test in one of the University's TV studios.
  • Judge Junior Photo Competition