Bradt’s Big Cat Festival

Big Cat Festival 2018

**Get Early Bird Tickets**

Put 20th May in your diary: it’s the big day out for big cat people! Hear Jonathan Scott talk about living with lions in the Masai Mara, and John Rendall describe how he raised a lion in London. Go behind the scenes of the BBC’s Big Cats series with Series Producer and Director Gavin Boyland, and get feedback on your wildlife shots from acclaimed photographer Paul Goldstein. Explore big cats in literature with nature writer Mike Unwin, and learn from Princess Michael of Kent what it takes to rescue and release an orphaned cheetah cub. You’ll have the chance to ask the experts your questions, get your own wildlife photos critiqued and have your books signed. This really is the ultimate big day out for big cat people.

Plus WIN a dream safari – every adult who purchases a ticket will be entered into a draw to win an unforgettable safari holiday courtesy of Exodus Travels and Kenya Airways. Click here for full t&cs.


  • Jonathan Scott – Presenter of BBC’s Big Cat Diary reveals what he’s learnt from the much-loved Marsh Pride – and what it means to be a lion.
  • HRH Princess Michael of Kent – Royal Patron of the Cheetah Conservation Fund discusses her extraordinary experiences as a teenager raising an orphan cheetah cub in Mozambique, and preparing it for a life in the wild.
  • Gavin Boyland – The Series Producer of the blockbuster Big Cats series gives an insight into life behind the camera on one of the BBC Natural History Unit’s biggest shows.
  • Paul Goldstein – Award-winning photographer and safari guide discusses the pleasures and pitfalls of capturing big cats on camera, and his quest for that perfect shot.
  • John Rendall – Tells the tale of Christian the Lion, whom he famously bought from Harrods, brought up in London and released in Kenya. His later reunion with Christian is one of YouTube’s most popular clips ever.
  • Mike Unwin – Leading travel and nature writer examines what it is about big cats that inspires so many writers to put pen to paper, and shares some of his own thrilling encounters with these creatures.

**Get Early Bird Tickets**