The Festival of Wildlife is back at Panshanger Park over the weekend of 25th and 26th July, from 10am - 4pm each day
Our free family festival celebrates the rich diversity of wildlife in Hertfordshire and Middlesex and features walks, talks, family activities and conservation demonstrations. We will be joined at the weekend by local conservation groups, food producers, artists and craftsmen - there's plenty to see and do!
We are still busy putting the final arrangements in place but can confirm the following for the 2020 festival:
- Full programme of wildlife-related talks
- Bioblitz Area - learn how to survey and identify invertebrates, grab a sweep net and see what you can find! We will be counting and recording all species found at Panshanger Park over the weekend. Organised and run by volunteers from Herts Invertebrate Project and the British Naturalists Association.
- Arts and Crafts Marquee - discover local artisans and craftspeople selling items and demonstrating their crafts
- Food and drink - a variety of local food sellers, including vegetarian and vegan options, ice-cream, gin and lots more!
- Children's Discovery Area - natural crafts, storytelling and chill out zone
- Bird Watching and Bird Ringing - with volunteers from Herts Bird Club
- Conservation charities - a variety of local wildlife and environmental charities
- Tractor Tours - take an hour-long tour of the park and learn about the quarrying and nature recovery plans from Tarmac's team of experts
Festival of Wildlife gallery
Finding Panshanger Park
The entrance to the Festival of Widlife is via the Thieves Lane car park located just off the A414 near Hertford. The nearest postcode is SG14 2WN. Please note that the entrance to the car park is on your left immediately after turning off the A414 at the roundabout onto Thieves Lane. There is a height restriction barrier at the entrance. Look out for the yellow festival signs. Parking is in the field adjacent to the Festival site in the middle of the park, and there will be a one way system operating with exiting vehicles directed onto the B1000. Please note there is a suggested donation of £2 per car on entry to the festival parking. Entry to the festival on foot or by bicycle is free!
- Dogs are welcome at the Festival as long as they are kept on a lead
- No glass is allowed on site
Disabled access We welcome everyone to the Festival of Wildlife - there are disabled toilets and disabled parking available close to the entrance. The ground is fairly level on the main Festival site, however some of the surrounding activities may be difficult to access. Please note that the Festival is based on grass so may not be suitable for all wheelchairs. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org with specific access questions.
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Headline Sponsor - Tarmac
Park owners, Tarmac, are the headline sponsor of Festival of Wildlife. Tarmac have owned the park since the 1980s and now that extraction on site has come to an end, Tarmac are working with the Trust and other stakeholders to open the park as a country park and nature reserve. 2020 will be Tarmac's 5th year as headline sponsor of the Festival of Wildlife. ]