Nature Connections Festival is a two-day free admission outdoor celebration of the natural world. One of the first festivals to combine nature with art, history, health, wellbeing and science. Nature Connections promises to be a fantastic event that the whole family will enjoy.

This fun and friendly, free festival now in its second year took place in the picturesque landscape of University of Derby on 9th and 10th September 2016. Hosted by TV presenter, famed naturalist and photographer, Chris Packham, with live music, films, arts and crafts, workshops, competitions and nature talks to inspire visitors to get closer to the nature that is all around us.

Nature Connections Festival supports the aims of the University of Derby to promote community engagement and education for schools, colleges and business, through a shared passion for learning about nature, green technology, recycling and upcycling through creative arts and creative ecologies. 



“The event was well organised and the partnered charities were just perfect for the activities and information they provided. Our students fully enjoyed the day including the speakers and media activities in the building with Derby University students.”
James Stafford, St Clare’s School

“We really hope you can run it again next year. Although we did not see it all, the boys found it invaluable and it opened their eyes to the arts a little more”
Elaine, Derby Grammar School

“I attended the Nature Connections Festival this year and just want to say it was a fantastic day, despite the heavy rain it was well organised and the staff were brilliantly helpful! Really enjoyed the day and was absolutely thrilled to meet Chris Packham and to listen to really insightful and interesting talks.”
Lauren Wilson


“I had the most wonderful time during Nature Connections and was pleased to have been given the chance to take part in such a great and worthwhile event.”
Jane Smith

“Lots of exhibitors were displaying their wares and many were very interactive, especially with the children. Lots of music and singing kept a jolly tune throughout the two-day period and despite a wellorganized agenda, the weather played its part, altering timings and meeting locations. But all went very well with many people and children saying how happy they were coming to the event.”
Bill Holding, Ridings Dowsers
– Nature Connections 2016 Report

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