The National Trust Theatre

The National Trust Theatre

Caring for the countryside and you 

At this year’s  BBC Countryfile Live, the National Trust will be focusing on how best to look after nature and the countryside and how the countryside can look after us – in a nutshell, how can nature improve our sense of wellbeing?

These are big ideas and they need big hitters to tackle them. That’s why the National Trust Theatre will be hosting a packed schedule of debates and talks led by famous faces, and voices including Lord Stern and Tony Juniper, and senior environmentalists and policy makers.   

We’ll also be hearing from, among others, TV bushman Ray Mears, wildlife presenters Simon King, Ferne Corrigan, Lizzie Daly, Patrick Aryee and TV gardener Carol Klein plus some of the presenting team from Countryfile.

On Thursday, young people will be challenging the decision makers to explain what they are doing to protect our world. Are we on course to leave our environment in a better state than we found it? And we’ll be exploring the issue of plastics, how can we stop this incredibly useful substance from poisoning the planet?

The focus of Friday’s agenda will be on farming and nature. What can farmers do to look after nature and protect the planet when they have to grow the food that feeds us all? 

Saturday’s theme is kids and nature. We’ll explore the ways in which nature brings joy and excitement into children’s lives helping them grow spiritually and physically.

And, finally, on Sunday, our wellbeing and nature day will investigate the ways that being outdoors in nature can contribute to everyone’s sense of wellbeing.   

Booking for the National Trust Theatre is now open!

*Line up correct at time of publication and subject to change. 

The National Trust Theatre Blenheim Palace

Thursday 1st August 2019

11:00-12:30

Official opening with Hilary McGrady, Director General of the National Trust and the Environment Minister (subject to availability) - followed by a panel: Our future in your hands

FULLY BOOKED

12:45-13:30

Let's meet Ray Mears

FULLY BOOKED

14:00-15:00

Fixing the problem that is plastic

FULLY BOOKED

15:30-16:15

Activism begins with you!

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16:30-17:15

How to live a sustainable life with Countryfile's Anita Rani and author and columnist Melissa Hemsley

FULLY BOOKED

Friday 2nd August 2019

11:00-11:45

Let's meet David Archer

FULLY BOOKED

12:15-13:15

How can farming be nature’s friend?

FULLY BOOKED

13:45-14:15

Farming in the spotlight with Adam Henson and JB Gill

FULLY BOOKED

14:45-15:45

Can technology feed the world?

FULLY BOOKED

16:15-17:00

Let's meet JB Gill

FULLY BOOKED

Saturday 3rd August 2019

11:00-11:45

Let's meet Lizzie Daly

FULLY BOOKED

12:15-13:15

Connecting kids to nature

FULLY BOOKED

13:45-14:15

Making a career out of nature with Ferne Corrigan

FULLY BOOKED

14:45-15:30

Can TV save the planet?

FULLY BOOKED

16:00-16:45

Let's meet Simon King

FULLY BOOKED

Sunday 4th August 2019

11:00-11:45

Let's meet Simon King

FULLY BOOKED

12:15-13:15

How nature keeps us happy

FULLY BOOKED

13:45-14:15

Lizzie Daly on nature and wellbeing

FULLY BOOKED

14:45-15:45

The joys of gardening

FULLY BOOKED

16:00-16:45

Let's meet Ellie Harrison

FULLY BOOKED

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The National Trust is the country’s largest conservation charity and it looks after many extraordinary places and landscapes, hundreds of miles of coastline, countryside, rivers and woodland across England, Wales and Northern Ireland.  

The charity has been going for nearly 125 years and has always cared passionately about the importance of green spaces and countryside and the joy they can bring to people. It aims to create a healthier, more beautiful natural environment that is rich in wildlife, good for people, and offers visitors extraordinary experiences in nature.

*content subject to change