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Insect Festival Bristol

Thursday, August 15, 2019 - 19:00 to Monday, September 30, 2019 - 16:30



In the run up to the Grand Insect Fair on the 17th August, we have four other exciting events for insect lovers. 

On Tuesday 13th join us for a beeswax candle making workshop with local beekeeper Alyson Hurst. The event will begin at 6pm and will be held in the Richmond Building on Queens Road. All ages are welcome but please note, online booking is essential via

On Wednesday 14th we're back in the Richmond Building for a watercolour workshop focusing on bees and led by scientific illustrator Alice Rosen. The workshop will begin at 6pm and is open to adults only. Please book tickets in advance at

On Thursday 15th we're excited to welcome Erica McAlister of the Natural History Museum to give a talk about her book 'The Secret Life of Flies'. The talk is happening at Bristol Museum and Art Gallery at 7pm. Entry is free, but please book your tickets in advance at

On Friday 16th we're taking over the big screen in Millennium Square for 'Bugs on the Big Screen', a lunch time starting at 12:30 showcasing a variety of insect-related films. The event is free and open to all and no pre-booking is required.


All this information plus the latest updates can be found at

Bristol Museum and Art Gallery

The Secret Life of Flies

 Erica McAlistair, curator of Diptera (Flies) at the Natural History Museum London

If you have given flies a passing thought or have never even considered them come along and be amazed. Erica will introduce the intriguing world of the humble fly, and as you will discover it’s not so humble after all. From flies that eat spiders to flies that give us chocolate you will discover the bizarre behaviours, body shapes and the many important roles they play in keeping the planet healthy. Erica’s often wild enthusiasm will sweep you along and make you rethink the way we all view the flies we share our world with

Tickets are free but you must book via the museum’s website

Friday 16th August, 12.30

 The Big Screen in Millennium Square

 Bugs On The Big Screen

A lunch time of insect related films ranging from the Bristol produced “Small talk Diaries”. (a humorous take on insect life). To “Sticky”, a beautiful animation that explores the discovery of the Lord Howe Island stick insect (Bristol zoo is part of the conservation team). Plus “Last dream of the butterflies” which is a modern folk tale filmed like a rock video and more.

University of Bristol Botanic Gardens

 July 1st to September 30th 10.00am - 4.30pm daily

Facing up to Beetles.

An exhibition of beetle faces on a gigantic scale by Michael Darby. Come and discover the strange exotic beauty of beetles and discover why they are vital to maintaining the natural world.

For more information contact Peter Smithers


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