Nightingale Luscinia megarhynchos, side view on branch

National Nightingale Festival

Everyone should hear a nightingale sing. Join us for the National Nightingale Festival and be inspired by this much-loved bird’s big and beautiful song.

National Nightingale Festival events

To find out more, pick a marker from the map or zoom in.
    • Sounds of spring with breakfast, RSPB Minsmere, Suffolk

      Sounds of spring with breakfast, RSPB Minsmere, Suffolk

      Tues 17, 24 Apr and Sun 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 May

      Delight in the nightingale’s song, as well as booming bitterns and warbling warblers on a sound tour you won’t forget. The walk will end with a brekkie sandwich and cuppa in the cafe.

      Learn more about these events
    • Nightingale events at RSPB Pulborough Brooks, West Sussex

      Nightingale events at RSPB Pulborough Brooks, West Sussex

      Various dates from 19 Apr-18 May
      Join us here for lots of nightingale events, from guided walks and night-time safaris to our Bank Holiday weekend Nightingale Festival on 5-7 May. We’ll be here to help you savour the amazing sounds.

      Find out more about this event
    • Nightingale Walk with Nature, RSPB Northward Hill, Kent

      Nightingale Walk with Nature, RSPB Northward Hill, Kent

      Thu 19 April - Thu 24 May

      Free evening walks with nature to celebrate the wonder of nightingales. The walks are open to all. Meet in the car park at the reserve.

      Find out more about these events
    • Sam Lee’s Singing with Nightingales Live, Howard Assembly Rooms, Leeds, West Yorkshire

      Sam Lee’s Singing with Nightingales Live, Howard Assembly Rooms, Leeds, West Yorkshire

      Thurs 19 Apr

      Naturalist and Mercury Prize-nominated folk artist Sam Lee brings Singing With Nightingales indoors. Mixed with live sound from nightingales from the field, these unique concerts introduce human-bird duets in a new setting.

      Learn more about this event
    • Sam Lee’s Singing with Nightingales - secret location, near Lewes, East Sussex

      Sam Lee’s Singing with Nightingales - secret location, near Lewes, East Sussex

      Fridays and Saturdays 20 Apr-28 May, and Sun 27 Apr
      Naturalist and folk artist Sam Lee brings Singing With Nightingales indoors. Mixed with live sound from wild nightingales, these unique concerts introduce human-bird duets in a new setting

      Find out more about these events
    • Sam Lee’s Singing with Nightingales, Green Farm, Ashford, Kent

      Sam Lee’s Singing with Nightingales, Green Farm, Ashford, Kent

      Fridays and Saturdays, 20 Apr-26 May

      Come to the forest, sit by the fire and listen to intoxicating song. Hear some of our finest musicians duet with the sweet sound of the nightingale, as darkness falls upon the woodlands of England.

      Find out more about these events
    • Fingringhoe Wick, Essex

      Fingringhoe Wick, Essex

      Sun 22 April to Fri 11 May

      Experience the song of the nightingale on a guided walk with the Essex Wildlife Trust. Every year we have 30-40 singing males here. The walks are extremely popular and places are limited – book early!

      Find out more about these events
    • Lodge Hill, Kent

      Lodge Hill, Kent

      Tues 24 Apr

      A one-off special (short guided walk) to hear the threatened nightingales of Lodge Hill. Guest numbers strictly limited and by booking only. To book, please email katie.thatcher@rspb.org.uk or ring (weekdays only) 01634 222480

      Learn more about Lodge Hill
    • Sam Lee’s Singing with Nightingales, Southbank Centre, London

      Sam Lee’s Singing with Nightingales, Southbank Centre, London

      Sat 28 Apr

      Naturalist and Mercury Prize-nominated folk artist Sam Lee brings Singing With Nightingales indoors. Mixed with live sound from nightingales from the field, these unique concerts introduce human-bird duets in a new setting.

      Find out more about this event
    • RSPB Highnam Woods, Gloucs.

      RSPB Highnam Woods, Gloucs.

      1, 9, 14, 17 and 23 May

      Highnam Woods is special place in spring as nightingales return from African wintering grounds to breed and raise their young. Enjoy a magical experience listening to them sing as the sun sets.

      Find out more about these events
    • Sam Lee’s Singing with Nightingales, The Met, Bury, Greater Manchester

      Sam Lee’s Singing with Nightingales, The Met, Bury, Greater Manchester

      Thurs 3 May

      Naturalist and Mercury Prize-nominated folk artist Sam Lee brings Singing With Nightingales indoors. Mixed with live sound from nightingales from the field, these unique concerts introduce human-bird duets in a new setting.

      Find out more about this event
    • Knepp Safaris, West Sussex

      Knepp Safaris, West Sussex

      Fridays and Saturdays, 4-19 May
      Enjoy a delicious dinner in our lovely Cow Barn as you learn about nightingales from your expert guide. After dinner we head out in our safari vehicle, stopping to hear their liquid song through the night sky

      Learn more about these events
    • A morning with nightingales, Wraik Hill, Canterbury Kent

      A morning with nightingales, Wraik Hill, Canterbury Kent

      Sun 6 May

      Join us on International Dawn Chorus Day for a good opportunity to listen to nightingale song and see the wildlife on this beautiful Canterbury City Council reserve. Sorry, no dogs - livestock present.

      Find out more about this event
    • Sam Lee’s Singing with Nightingales, The Junction, Cambridge

      Sam Lee’s Singing with Nightingales, The Junction, Cambridge

      Mon 7 May

      Naturalist and Mercury Prize-nominated folk artist Sam Lee brings Singing With Nightingales indoors. Mixed with live sound from nightingales from the field, these unique concerts introduce human-bird duets in a new setting.

      Find out more about this event
    • Leybourne Lakes, Kent

      Leybourne Lakes, Kent

      Mon 7 May

      This is one of the nightingale's Kentish strongholds where their exquisite song can still be heard. Join Bromley RSPB Local Group on a guided walk with the chance to see plenty of other wildlife too.

      Find out more about this event
    • Sam Lee’s Singing with Nightingales, Norwich Arts Centre, Norfolk

      Sam Lee’s Singing with Nightingales, Norwich Arts Centre, Norfolk

      Tues 8 May

      Naturalist and Mercury Prize-nominated folk artist Sam Lee brings Singing With Nightingales indoors. Mixed with live sound from nightingales from the field, these unique concerts introduce human-bird duets in a new setting.

      Find out more about this event
    • Sam Lee’s Singing with Nightingales, Phoenix, Exeter, Devon

      Sam Lee’s Singing with Nightingales, Phoenix, Exeter, Devon

      Weds 9 May

      Naturalist and Mercury Prize-nominated folk artist Sam Lee brings Singing With Nightingales indoors. Mixed with live sound from nightingales from the field, these unique concerts introduce human-bird duets in a new setting.

      Find out more about this event
    • An Evening with Nightingales, Woods Mill, West Sussex

      An Evening with Nightingales, Woods Mill, West Sussex

      Thurs 10 May

      Start in the classroom, where you’ll learn about the life cycle of the nightingale and listen to historical nightingale recordings. Then we’ll go out onto the reserve to hopefully hear real nightingales.

      Find out more about this event
    • Nightingales and more, RSPB Northward Hill, Kent

      Nightingales and more, RSPB Northward Hill, Kent

      Sat 12 May

      This reserve has it all! Ancient woodland carpeted with bluebells, singing nightingales, the UK's largest heronry and breeding waders including avocets.

      Find out more about this event
    • Nightingale Walk with Nature, RSPB Cliffe Pools, Kent

      Nightingale Walk with Nature, RSPB Cliffe Pools, Kent

      Thu 17 May

      A free evening walk with nature to celebrate the wonder of nightingales. The walk is open to all. Meet in the car park at the reserve.

      Find out more about this event
    • Sam Lee’s Singing with Nightingales, The Lantern, Bristol

      Sam Lee’s Singing with Nightingales, The Lantern, Bristol

      Tues 22 May

      Naturalist and Mercury Prize-nominated folk artist Sam Lee brings Singing With Nightingales indoors. Mixed with live sound from nightingales from the field, these unique concerts introduce human-bird duets in a new setting.

      Find out more about this event
    • Sam Lee’s Singing with Nightingales Live, Hay Festival, Powys

      Sam Lee’s Singing with Nightingales Live, Hay Festival, Powys

      Tues 29 May

      Naturalist and Mercury Prize-nominated folk artist Sam Lee brings Singing With Nightingales indoors. Mixed with live sound from nightingales from the field, these unique concerts introduce human-bird duets in a new setting.

      Learn more about this event

    Festival organisers

    A season of song

    This spring and summer, hear a nightingale sing at one of the many events that celebrate these amazing birds. The National Nightingale Festival offers an opportunity to get outside and listen to these birds in the few places where they can still be heard. Organised by a range of wonderful organisations, these events are an opportunity to be inspired one of our favourite summer visitors. With guided walks, inspiring talks and outdoor concerts, it’s your chance to enjoy one of nature’s finest musicians.

    Hear the famous song of the nightingale.

    Play video
    Nightingale in song

    Stay up-to-date

    For news about nightingales, the latest on the National Nightingale Festival and our campaign to protect nightingales at Lodge Hill, join the conversation using #NightingaleFestival, #Nightingales or #SaveLodgeHill on Twitter or follow RSPB South East on Facebook.