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Behind every beautiful view, lies a tangle of questions and issues concerning the future of our countryside.

The future of our country is a hot topic. So we’re inviting a range of experts to give discuss it. In the National Trust Theatre, a full schedule of debates, talks and interviews will be led by farmers, environmentalists, commentators and outdoor enthusiasts. 
On Thursday, we look at hot political topics surrounding our countryside including the future of farming and plastics. 

On Friday we talk food and farming with household names including JB Gill. On Saturday, we focus on engaging kids and protecting nature with experts like Ray Mears. And, on Sunday, we debate conservation and wildlife with Baroness Young, Miranda Krestovnikoff and others.

Find out more here.

If you have successfully booked a ticket for one of the National Trust Theatre sessions, please make sure you take your seat in the National Trust Theatre at least 10 minutes before the start of the session.

Full session?

If the session you wanted to go to is already fully booked, you are welcome to come and queue outside the National Trust Theatre in case people who have reserved seats don’t turn up.  If we get ‘no shows’ you’ll be able to gain entry to the National Trust Theatre on a first come, first served basis.  Note – this will only happen in the last few minutes before the event is due to start. Content is correct at time of publication and subject to change.

Thursday 2nd August

Political Day

11:00 - 12:15 - FULLY BOOKED

Theatre opens & The future of farming

New National Trust Director General Hilary McGrady and Secretary of State for the Environment, Food & Rural Affairs open the National Trust Theatre followed by a discussion on the future of farming with the NFU’S president Minette Batters


12:45 - 13:45 - FULLY BOOKED

How do we cope with a problem like plastic?

Panellists include Dustin Benton, Policy Director, Green Alliance; Richard Walker, Managing Director of Iceland, Plastics & Flexible Packaging Group Director, British Plastics Federation and Lucy Siegle, environment journalists and specialist reporter on The One Show.


14:15 - 15:00 - FULLY BOOKED

Wainwright Prize with Ellie Harrison

Countryfile presenter Ellie Harrison will introduce this year's shortlist and reflect on her favourite nature books before announcing this year's winner.


15:30 - 16:30 - FULLY BOOKED

How much countryside should we risk to fix the housing crisis?

Panellists include Andrew Whitaker, Planning Director at the House Builder's Federation, Simon Jenkins, commentator and journalist and former Chairman of the National Trust, Wayne Hemingway Designer at Red or Dead and on the Design Council Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment Committee and Elinor Goodman, board member at Hastoe.


17:00 - 17:45 - FULLY BOOKED

Does Westminster get the countryside?

Anna Jones, journalist and producer on Radio 4 will discuss with guests including Simon Jenkins, commentator, if the countryside is being served a raw deal by the ruling metropolitan elite.


Saturday 4th August

Kids Day

11:00 - 11:45 - FULLY BOOKED

Let’s meet Ray Mears

Charlotte Smith interviews bushman Ray Mears.


12:15 - 13:15 - FULLY BOOKED

Choose (wild)life!

Panellists include Findlay Wilde, young conservationist and campaigner; Ray Mears, bushman, Billy Clarke from Springwatch; Gwen Potter, National Trust Countryside Manager and Lizzie Daly, Cbeebies presenter who discuss the best ways of building a career helping to look after the planet!


13:45 - 14:15 - FULLY BOOKED

A deeper look at Blue Planet 2

Blue Planet 2 went deeper than any nature programme before. It brought us up close with a huge range of marine wildlife, and put issues like plastic firmly at the top of the environmental agenda. In this session, the production team share their experiences of life on – and below - the oceans creating Blue Planet 2. They also explain why it’s vital to safeguard our seas for future generations.


14:45 - 15:30 - FULLY BOOKED

Lizzie Daly’s wild adaptations

Join Lizzie as she explores the strange traits of various species including how a hagfish defends itself from predatory sharks and who is the best at camouflage in the animal kingdom?


16:00 - 16:30 - FULLY BOOKED

A guide to urban birds

Join urban birder David Lindo for more tips on spotting the bird life that's all around us.


17:00 - 17:45 - FULLY BOOKED

Life behind the lens with Simon King

Charlotte Smith talks to Simon King to find out how he turned his love of the countryside into a career.


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