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  • Based in Dorset
  • Will travel the UK
  • Joined us in 2017
Bugfest is the UK's leading exotic entomology birthday party supplier. We have been providing educational services for fourteen years and have the largest range of invertebrates from all over the world available. We are the only provider of this type to have a fully PGCE qualified teacher at the helm with 46 years of natural history experience.

Bugfest's owner and creator, Nick, unlike others who have to combine and add up their experience between their team mates to sound better, has a genuine forty six years lifetime of experience in natural history, wildlife, habitats and conservation in both native UK and overseas fauna. If we were to do what other outfits do in this respect and added all of our team's experience together, we could falsely claim nearly one hundred and fifty years combined experience between us. Sounds good, but it IS deceptive. Nick has thirty one years of experience working with children, initially as a beaver scout leader in the nineties and more recent decades as a qualified teacher, teacher training lecturer, and Bugfest facilitator all over the UK. He is a member of the Verrall Association of Entomologists and has been nominated for membership of The Royal Entomological Society. He is a trustee and council member of the Amateur Entomologist's Society and Nick is also a member of Equity - the professional performer's actor's union. Nick also works as an executive producer on a children's animated wildlife show and is a published children's nature author. Whilst we may attend events where animals are provided by others, or indeed have animals at events we run provided by other companies, we ourselves don't use them. We are out every day of the week all year round and don't have time to look after them ourselves, let alone take them everywhere with us. If however you truly love animals and respect their needs and wellbeing, and you want an experienced presenter, with the ability to manage groups of children from ten to several hundred, thousands even, then look no further. Nick has performed: live shows on stage to hundreds of thousands at BBC Children in Need events, live performances on stage at BBC Carfest, presented a live outside broadcast for BBC South, performed for Channel Four Super Vet Noel Fitzpatrick at the National Pet Show, is a member of Equity, the actors and performers' union, and despite all this - is so laid back and down to earth. Covering over one thousand miles a week, every week, Bugfest now appears around the country at Haven Holiday Parks, Parkdean Resorts and Park Leisure. When you book Bugfest, rest assured, you are booking the BEST in the business. Having qualified teaching experience, public liability insurance and a constant subscription updating DBS, means that your events or parties are in the safest and most experienced hands, and that your children, or indeed pupils, will have the best time possible as well as learn about the animals in a way that is inimitable. Bugfest is set up and equipped for gigs of any size. We can manage a small party in a front room, or dress and perform on an entire stage! No job is too big, or too small! Bugfest is priced competitively and can provide you with FREE no obligation quotes.

  • Public Liability Insurance
  • Criminal Records Bureau Certificate
  • Member of Equity
  • Disclosure and Barring Service (CRB)


  • Pudsey Bear being brave with Bugfest - Wild and Deadly Show.
  • Bugfest school visits
  • Bugfest for playdays
  • hissing cockroach
  • giant vinegaroon
  • Giant bat eating centipede
  • snail
  • BIG stick insects
  • Bugfest school visits
  • Whip scorpions
  • Awesome school visits
  • Bugfest pre-school visits
  • Bugfest pupil feedback
  • Bugfest party with a snail
  • Bugfest five year old's party
  • Bugfest in care homes
  • Bugfest at fetes and community events
  • Live Outside Broadcast - BBC South
  • Bugfest large venue - National Forest Adventure Farm
  • Bugfest shows at Carfest
  • Bugfest with Pudsey Bear Live Children in Need Carfest
  • Bugfest pre-school with parents
  • Bugfest on stage Live Children in Need at Carfest
  • Simple Bugfest Birthday
  • Bugfest at church
  • Bugfest for holiday parks
  • Professional displays and setups
  • Bugfest generates a lot of interest.
  • Giant snails
  • Bugfest at holiday parks 2019
  • Bugfest at Bournemouth Uni 2019
  • Bugfest Bournemouth Uni display 2019
  • Bugfest Bournemouth Uni display 2019
  • Bugfest virtual Zoom visits and parties

Bugfest Reviews


Above expectations for all. We would recomend

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Nick visited Weymouth Connect in the afternoon on 3oth April. We are a generic Day Service offering a service to clients of varying abilities including Older persons, Learning disabilities and Physical disabilities. The joy that it gave to so many of our clients was amazing, to see the participation of many clients, some who are not always as engaged in activities as others. Nick engaged with all the clients and staff allaying any intrepidation and encouraging through out the afternoon. Thank you very much Nick we look forward to seeing you in July.

4 years ago by Maggie Crew

“ Thank you so much Maggie for taking a moment out of your busy schedule to give such amazing feedback. I can't thank you enough for allowing me to share time with your clients. It was a truly humbling experience as always for me. Not only will I have the fortune to join you again in July, I have also been invited over to Blandford Connect in June and August. I have worked in your supported learning contexts and supported living for many years with Bugfest and I just love the look of awe in everyone's faces. Can't wait to see you all again. Nick ”

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Brilliant Bugs!!

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The children and staff had a fantastic day learning about habitats and food chains thanks to Bugfest. His wild and worship assembly at the end of the day was an extra bonus. Looking forward to dealing with Bugfest again.

4 years ago by Joanna Strawbridge

“ Hi Jo - again, thanks for having Bugfest at your school. I'm glad you enjoyed Wild Worship, the spiritual well being of the children in our care is so important. Thank you for trusting me in that respect. I can't wait to see you all again soon. Nick ”

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We had Bugfest come and do a show at our school Easter Egg Hunt event. They were fantastic. Not one negative review from a school full of people.

4 years ago by Emma Graham

“ Hi Emma, thank you so much for such lovely feedback - Dan and I had a fantastic time with you and it was so hard to judge all of the Easter bonnets - they all deserved to win. ”

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Bug handling party

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Nick came to our house for a small and last minute party: he was very accommodating because of the last minute changes due to the snow! The selection of bugs was fantastic and the children and adults were all fascinated. Nick had some great anecdotes and was thoroughly informed, answering all our questions! Thank you for making my 5 year olds birthday so special.

4 years ago by Mary Randall

“ Hi Mary, Thank you for your lovely feedback - you have a lovely family there with some amazingly bright children! It really was a pleasure to meet you. ”

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Nick joined us for our 4 Family bonanza fun days during the half term holidays. Each event was very different and Nick adjusted the way in which he worked to accommodate the needs of the event. He was so friendly, and every child and adult engaged with him. The Mayor of Neath Port Talbot overcame his fear and held a SPIDER :-) Thank you Nick, we look forward to working with you again.

4 years ago by Ann Howarth

“ Hi Ann, thank you so much for your booking, and lovely feedback - I had a fantastic time and enjoyed meeting your lovely team. I can't wait to be back with you all again soon. Nick ”

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Well worth it nick is so knowledgeable and learnt a load about the different types of spiders, scorpions, sick insects it was amazing thank you nick

5 years ago by Thomas Steckles

“ Hi again Tom - it was awesome meeting you, really glad you had an amazing time. Looking forwards to meeting you again soon. Nick ”

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Pets at home visit

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Nick was absolutely amazing with the animals he brought, also his skills at explaining the animals to both childrn and adults alike was brilliant. A true professional

5 years ago by Ged Cranny

“ Hi Ged, thank you so much for inviting us to your store, you and your team coldn't have been more welcoming. I look forwrds to seeing you again soon. Nick ”

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Brilliant party, highly recommended

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I booked Bugfest for my twin girls 10th birthday party, Nick made the day an amazing experience! He is very professional yet has a highly contagious sense of humour and energy that entertained everyone young and old! A great and affordable service, recommend to anyone wishing to make their child’s day very special! Thanks to Nick and his wonderful bugs, the girls were tickled pink!

5 years ago by Mike Newman

“ Hey Mike - what can I say? Lovely family, lovely children, lovely friends. Thank you again for helping me getting the gear in, and for all the yummy party food. Say hello Say hi to Belinda and Anthea for me, and I hope I see you at February's Bugfest. Nick ”

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Hugely popular

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Both the "Wild and Deadly" stage show and the opportunity to get up close to the amazing creatures cared for by Nick and his team provide an entertaining and fascinating dimension to our busy annual event.

5 years ago by Sally

“ Thanks Sally - looking forwards to doing it all over again this September. ”

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Facinating, hands on display

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An engaging, hands on display of creepie crawlies. Amusing and informative, had the children (and adults) mesmerised

5 years ago by John Godley

“ Thank you John, it was a pleasure to be part of Sherborne Castle Fair. ”

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Fantastic entertaining show

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We had a Bugfest show 2 years running and I cannot recommend highly enough! Very funny and entertaining with lots of audience participation for both kids and adults. The information about the creatures is fascinating and given in a really interesting style so as to keep young ones engaged throughout. Brilliant.

5 years ago by Caroline Carlin

“ Thanks Caroline, thank you for such a warm welcome from you and all your staff. Your Cha Cha Slides are awesome! ”

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