Family Festival: Nature's Champions with Pukka Herbs

Event information

Event type: drop-in, special event, outdoor activity

Location: Throughout the Museum

Ticket prices:

Free, no booking required

Join us and Pukka this summer for a free, family-friendly festival championing nature. The festival runs from Saturday 17 August to Sunday 1 September.

As you make your way around the Museum, drop in on fun and inspiring games, shows and events. 

Find out more about Pukka Herbs.

How will you become a Nature Champion?

Visit Herbie, Pukka's airstream, on the Museum's east lawn from 17 August to 1 September. There will be a whole host of tea to taste and activities to join.

Don't miss the Bee Boys dance group, Flutterby stilts performers and Queen Bee acting troupe!
17-18, 24-25 and 30-31 August

Plant a seed, save a bee

Upcycle your tea sample cup by making your own pet bee.

Grow a pollinator-loving plant when you get home by planting the seeded paper to attract pollinators to your garden or window box.

Daily, 10.00-16.00

Make a pledge to help the planet

How will you help the environment - take part in a BioBlitz, provide water for bees, plant some trees?

Write your Pukka pledge on a wooden tag to be hung up on the pledge tree.

Daily, 10.00-16.00

Make a butterfly badge

How many butterfly species do you know?

Choose one of your favourites and create a beautiful badge using recycled colourful Pukka boxes.

Daily, 10.00-16.00

Activities around the Museum

Join us in the Wildlife Garden and Orange Zone for some fun family activities. 

Budding wildlife detectives can discover underwater creatures, get hands-on with real insect specimens and join interactive puppet shows. 

20-22 and 27-29 August


Science discovery station

Meet our amazing scientists working at the Museum and find out about the work they do behind the scenes.

20-22 and 27-29 August

Drop-in, 11.30-13.30 and 13.30-15.30
Suitable for ages 7+


Busy bee

Explore the amazing world of bees with Judy Preece and her puppets.

20-22 August

Drop-in, 11.30, 12.15, 14.00 and 14.45
Suitable for ages 3+


Animal story

In this interactive puppet show by Wishworks, join Charlie the fox and his woodland friends as they introduce you to their life in the woods. 

27-29 August

Limited spaces; first come, first served
11.00, 12.00, 13.30, 14.30 and 15.30
Suitable for ages 4+


Be a botanist

Find us in the Wildlife Garden to learn about how botanists study plants, and make your own herbarium sheet to take home.

Drop-in, 11.00-16.00
Suitable for ages 3+

two children looking into microscope with adult supervising

Wildlife Garden explorers

Go on a minibeast safari in our Wildlife Garden. Have your magnifying glass and explorer map at the ready!

Drop-in, 11.00-16.00
Suitable for ages 3+

woman and boy looking at creatures in the Wildlife Garden

Pond life

Discover some of the underwater creatures in our Wildlife Garden by joining in on pond dipping.

Drop-in, 11.00-16.00
Suitable for ages 7+

Event dates
24 August 2019 10.00-16.00
25 August 2019 10.00-16.00
26 August 2019 10.00-16.00
27 August 2019 10.00-16.00
28 August 2019 10.00-16.00
29 August 2019 10.00-16.00
30 August 2019 10.00-16.00
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There is so much to explore in the galleries throughout the holidays - including your favourite dinosaurs! - and there are free and low-cost activities running every day.