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Bill to walk 87 miles for Cancer Research

Posted by Bombyx Mori on June 22nd, 2015

On July 20th Bill shall begin a 6 day walk across 87 miles of Britain with the aim of raising as much money as possible for Cancer Research.

If you would like to sponsor him, please follow this link. Bill would be very appreciative of any support you are able to offer.

Bill to play Larmer Tree Festival

Posted by Bombyx Mori on June 12th, 2015

Bill will be joining a line up including the likes of Jimmy Cliff and Tom Jones at this year’s Larmer Tree festival. Playing the Main Stage on  Sunday 19 July, Bill says

I’ve been a fan of festivals for a long time and always enjoy their unique atmosphere – so I’m delighted to be able to celebrate Larmer Tree’s 25th anniversary with them.”


Posted by Bombyx Mori on March 17th, 2015

“Life in Limboland, consistently funny and dazzlingly quick.” ★★★★

Today is the day that we announce to you that Bill will take up residence in THE VAUDEVILLE THEATRE on London’s Strand on Monday 14th December 2015 until Sunday 10th January 2016, with his latest live show, LIMBOLAND, over Christmas and New Year 2015-2016.  Tickets are available now using the link below:


This will be Bill’s fourth foray into the West End (his shows Part Troll, Tinselworm and Dandelion Mind being the other three).   The announcement comes ahead of his LIMBOLAND UK tour, which kicks off in Plymouth on Monday 9th October 2015.

Limboland low res web version cover tine CU how hand version

The gap between how we imagine our lives to be and how they really are is the subject of Bill’s new show LIMBOLAND.  With his trademark intelligence and sharp wit, he tells tales of finding himself in this halfway place.  From his countless global travels, he recounts the hilarious saga of a disastrous family trip to Norway to see the Northern Lights.  He rails against a world that doesn’t match up to our expectations and contemplates the true nature of happiness.  And no Bill Bailey show would be complete without music, so we have Bill’s version of the protest song, a heart-rending country and western ballad played on a Bible, and a fabulously downbeat version of Happy Birthday.

Owls at the pop up bar – a lowdown courtesy of Jemima Parry-Jones MBE

Posted by Bombyx Mori on March 3rd, 2015

It appears that the UK is now going to follow Japan in a complete lack of animal understanding and empathy. Owl Cafes and Bars have started up over there, and now there is a pop up owl bar to start in London this March. The photos of the owls in Japan show owls that are stressed, nervous and generally miserable, if you understand and can read the body language of birds it is very obvious, sadly.

Owls are secretive birds with hearing that is superb enough to locate a mouse under snow or long grass by sound alone. Subjecting them to large numbers of humans in a noisy environment is unacceptable and cruel. The majority of birds of prey do not enjoy being stroked, the shots of a Little Owl cowering under people’s hands is unacceptable and the owner of this bird shows a complete and utter lack of understanding or care for the bird. Stroking birds removes the natural oil from their feathers rendering them less waterproof and less able to keep themselves warm. Again reading these birds’ body language will tell you what upsets them and this sort of thing will undoubtedly do so.

Putting these owls under the sort of stress they are going to be subjected to is cruel, pointless and can only be being done to gain money. There is nothing educational about this, there is nothing that benefits the conservation of owls, it is as cruel and unnecessary and as stupid as taking an owl onto Britain’s Got Talent.

This will undoubtedly start others to do the same thing, in other cities, we call for this to be stopped now before it snowballs and owls get more abused by owners. We ask if the council has granted a Zoo License for this appalling situation and if so under what justification, we ask where the owls are being kept during the day, we ask if the owner has a license to travel the birds from their home to London, what about Health and Safety issues and Risk assessments. We ask why if the owner of the owls already has a zoo license this is allowed? Will there be a vet on site for the birds? Is there a vet that would find this acceptable anyway? We hope not.

We would like to see licensing for all who are using wildlife for commercial gain and the Zoos Expert Group to do their job which they are not doing.

If you wish to add your name to the petition set up to deny permission for a pop up owl bar, you can do so here


Jemima Parry-Jones MBE, CEO of The International Centre for Birds of Prey

Registered Charity Number 1159749

Newent, Gloucestershire GL18 1JJ

United Kingdom

Doctor Bailey in the house

Posted by Bombyx Mori on October 14th, 2014

On Tuesday 14 October 2014, Bill was presented with an Honorary Doctorate of the University of the Sunshine Coast in Queensland, Australia.

An honorary award of Doctor of the University may be made to a person in recognition of excellence and extraordinary achievement in a significant area of human endeavour, and in Bill’s case, it was for his outstanding contribution to the environment on a global scale. Vice-Chancellor and President of the University, Professor Greg Hill said, “We believe Bill’s commitment to wildlife conservation and sustainability, particularly in Southeast Asia and Indonesia, demonstrates excellence and deserves recognition…So it’s a worthy cause for USC to be engaged with and it is also a wonderful platform for USC to engage with Bill Bailey.” Congratulations, BB.

accepting doctorate University of Brisbane October 2014

Jungle Hero Hat-trick

Posted by Bombyx Mori on March 10th, 2014

Last night’s Royal Television Society West of England Awards 2014 saw Bill Bailey’s Jungle Hero win awards for best Specialist Factual Programme, best Special Effects & Graphics, with Bill also winning best Male On-Screen Talent. Congratulations to Bill and everyone who worked on the programmes.

Bill plays at Kew Gardens

Posted by Bombyx Mori on March 6th, 2014

Following his hugely popular and critically acclaimed Qualmpeddler tour last year we are delighted to announce that will be joining Kew the Music at Kew Gardens for a special al fresco performance of this brilliant show.


Kew the Music, set in the grounds of Kew Gardens has built a reputation as the place to see headline stars in a relaxed a friendly setting. With a new site for 2014 offering uninterrupted stage views and overlooking Kew Palace this promises to be the best Kew the Music yet. Bill headlines on the Sunday, so that’s 20th July.

Podcast on ‘Bill Bailey’s Jungle Hero’

Posted by Bombyx Mori on April 18th, 2013

Want to know a bit about the background to Bill’s forthcoming two part documentary on Alfred Russel Wallace, which starts this Sunday at 8pm on BBC2?

Check out this podcast:

Extra Cheltenham date added to Bill’s Qualmpeddler tour

Posted by Bombyx Mori on March 14th, 2013

Bill has added a new date to meet the demands of the people of Cheltenham; he will be playing the Wychwood Festival on Sunday 2 June and we are very pleased to offer discounted tickets to you for a limited time only – save 25% if you book on or before 15th March.  Just visit and enter ‘BB’ when asked, ‘Do you have a promotion or discount code?’.  We can’t guarantee that this offer will be extended, so beware The Ides of March.

If you’re attending for the whole weekend, you can expect to be entertained by more than 100 acts across indie, world and folk genres, and across 4 stages at Cheltenham Racecourse – early confirmations include The Human League, The Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain, Kate Nash, Caravan Palace, The Beat, John Otway, Craig Charles Funk and Soul DJ set, Sam Lee, Moulettes, Eddie & The Hotrods, Public Service Broadcasting and Mr Bloom. Add to that comedy, over 100 workshops for all ages, The Headphone Disco until the early hours, a Children’s Literature Festival, great food and Wychwood Ales, Healing Gardens, Artists and Sculpturers’ Quarter plus idyllic camping beneath the Prestbury Hills, and you have your perfect summer-opening festival.

Day and Weekend Tickets are now available (with or without camping) to the festival nominated Best Family Festival in the UK Festival Awards 8 years running – and under 10s are free (I feel for you, ten year olds).

For tickets for the rest of Bill’s tour, please go to



An Extra Melbourne Date Is Added To Bill’s 2012 Australian Tour

Posted by Luke on July 12th, 2012

If you have not been able to get tickets for Bill’s Qualmpeddler shows in Melbourne at Hamer Hall in September, we are delighted to announce an extra show at the same venue on Wednesday 12th September 2012.

You’ll find full details of the tour and where to buy your tickets HERE