BY KATIE - MYGREENPOD, 04 June '15

The UK’s biggest environmental festival is back!

Bristol’s Big Green Week festival will be back in the centre of Bristol, the European Green Capital 2015, from Saturday 6 to Sunday 21 June.

The packed schedule has something for everyone, whether you’re a culture vulture, upcyclist or DIY enthusiast. Click here to download a full programme of events.

Top 3 family events

Festival of Nature, 13-14 June

The UK’s biggest natural history event will give nature-lovers of all ages a unique opportunity to explore and enjoy the wonders of the natural world in the heart of Bristol. Visit the website to download a programme and see what’s going on.

Green Poems, 21 June

The UK’s Green Poet and Bristol 2015’s Poet in Residence, Martin Kiszko, will perform his challenging and eco-comical stand-up poetry, suitable for audiences aged eight to 80! The show has been performed from Los Angeles to India and from Malta to the Isle of Man, and is based on his two funny and challenging environmental poetry books, Green Poems for a Blue Planet and Verse for the Earth, both illustrated by Wallace and Gromit creator Nick Park.

Montpelier Jumble Trail, 21 June

Join the trail, follow the map and hunt for hidden treasures. The local community will once again co-ordinate to set up stalls selling bric-a-brac, toys, cakes, street food, vintage goods and more. It’s like a car boot sale but on your street!

Top 3 music events

The Big Green Gig, 20 June (£5)

The Big Green Gig is an evening of African rhythms from Helele and young talent from Sophronie, hosted by your friendly neighbourhood one-legged existentialist stand up beat poet Chris Paradox, all at the Greenbank pub in Easton. Be prepared to get your dancing shoes on!

Gurt Lush Choir, 7 June

The Gurt Lush Choir, founded in 2009, has over 300 members and is now one of the largest choirs in the country. The choir sings all styles and regularly performs to sell-out crowds at the Colston Hall, collaborating with Bristol Schools Philharmonia, Gasworks Choir, Opera Anywhere and Gypsy Stars.

Floodtide, 20 June

Famous for his Flood Tide project, creating music from water tides, John Eacott will be in concert at 5.36pm exactly as he plays ‘Hour Angle of the Solstice’.

At 1pm on 15–19 June you can experience daily workshops and performances from Flood Tide by John Eacott. Come and make music from the movement of tidal water.

European Green Capital 2015

Bristol was awarded the title of European Green Capital 2015 after it impressed the jury with its investment plans for transport and energy. As well as being an efficient city with a growing green economy, Bristol is the UK’s greenest city, easily accessible and with very good air quality. It has doubled the number of cyclists in recent years and is committed to doubling this number again by 2020 (based on 2010 baseline figures).

In Bristol, domestic energy use has already been reduced by 16% (2005 to 2010), and the energy efficiency of housing has improved by 25% (2000/2001 to 2011). As a signatory to the Covenant of Mayors in 2009, the city has set ambitious targets to reduce energy use by 30% and CO2 emissions by 40% by 2020 and 80% by 2050 (from 2005 baseline).

These targets have been incorporated in the city’s Climate Change and Energy Security Framework, a Sustainable Energy Action Plan updated in 2012. Although Bristol has no statutory responsibility for managing the energy mix of the city, it is working to increase renewable energy generation under this framework.

Click here to find out more about Bristol’s Big Green Week 2015, including a full programme of events.