Event Details

The Ancestor's Trail - 2013

Bristol , United Kingdom

The Ancestor’s Trail is an annual event combining walking, science and the arts. Based on Richard Dawkins’ book ‘The Ancestor’s Tale’, we symbolically drape the Tree of Life over the landscape, lining it up as best we can with local footpaths.


This year, proceeds will go to the  ALFRED RUSSEL WALLACE MEMORIAL FUND'S campaign for a life-size bronze statue of Wallace to be placed in London’s Natural History Museum. Through purchasing a ticket you will be adding your own personal donation, directly contributing to the long overdue recognition he so richly deserves.



1: ’The Ancestor’s Trail’ weekend – including full board all inclusive rooms in Halsway Manor for the weekend Saturday 24th – Monday 26th August (2 nights). Camping at Halsway or local B&B are also available.

(please note: Attendance at the Wallace Bristol event (below) is INCLUDED) 


 2: ’Wallace in Bristol’ event Saturday 24th August at the Wills Memorial Building seating 500+ in this fantastic Gothic venue.  A whole day of speakers including Professor Richard Dawkins and 3 other fascinating speakers interspersed with music and even drama from Theatr na n’Og and their one-man piece ‘You should know about Wallace’.


This year, Ancestor’s Trail is the first part of a two-part celebration of Alfred Russel Wallace. It will be followed by a further speaking event including Richard Dawkins, but also Bill Bailey and others to be confirmed - in London on 16 November, with details to follow. 

The whole Human Trail is 13 miles long but, because not everyone is keen or able to walk so far, we made the various joining branches different lengths - for instance the Bird Trail is 9.5 miles, the Starfish Trail 5 miles and the Bacteria Trail < a mile! If you wish to avoid walking altogether, you can simply turn up at the beach at the allotted time and join the party!


Download PDF flyer for the event

Sat Aug 24 at 12:00AM to 12:00AM BST (GMT +0100)