The Festival of Wildlife is back at Panshanger Park over the weekend of 27th and 28th 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!
For the 2019 festival, we can confirm the following:
- Full programme of guided walks throughout both days, including a walk to the Panshanger Old Oak as featured recently on BBC Countryfile, butterflies, birds, trees and flora, and a chance to learn about the River Mimram
- Full programme of wildlife-related talks, including water voles and butterflies
- Longhorn cattle enclosure - meet nature's magnificent lawnmowers!
- 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 and resident artist Alistair Bright will be creating an art board displaying the variety of life found at the Park. 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 a 1.5hr tour of the park and learn about the quarrying and nature recovery plans from Tarmac's team of experts
Download the programme
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. 2019 will be Tarmac's 4th year as headline sponsor of the Festival of Wildlife. ]
Associate Sponsor - Maydencroft
Groundwork contractors Maydencroft have worked with the Trust numerous times over the years on nature reserve projects. In February 2019, Maydencroft were appointed by Tarmac to help with the day-to-day running of Panshanger Park.