Friday, 19 October 2012

An action-packed weekend - the 1st Buxton Adventure Festival

The first Buxton Adventure Festival kicks of on Saturday with an action-packed programme of events.

The festival programme of illustrated lectures followed by short films will be packed with speakers from the world of adventure, travel, photography and sport.

Headline speakers include downhill mountain bike World Champion Danny Hart (interviewed by ITV Cycle Show presenter Anna Glowinski) and the Queen’s Olympic Opening Ceremony stunt-double Gary Connery who this summer became the first person to jump from a helicopter without a parachute.

Squash Falcolner
Gavin Newman
The weekend feature some of Derbyshire’s finest adventurers and athletes including Derby born adventurer Squash Falcolner who climbed Everest and was the first British woman to paraglide from the top of Mont Blanc.  There’ll be talks from Bamford’s internationally renowned travel photographer John Beatty and Belper writer Gordon Stainforth - who’ll be talking about his latest book ‘Fiva - An Adventure that Went Wrong’ chronicling he and his twin brother’s brush with death on a teenage climbing expedition.  Other speakers include author of cult fell running book ‘Feet in the Clouds’ Richard Askwith (interviewed by adventure sports writer Nik Cook); chair of the River & Lake Swimming Association Rob Fryer; and award-winning cave-diver and film-maker Gavin Newman.

Maddie Thompson
And on Saturday and Sunday mornings they’ll be two special Young Adventurer sessions with stunt mountain biker Danny Butler and Castleton’s very own 17 year old Paralympic basketballer Maddie Thompson, fresh back from the 2012 Games, followed by an afternoon of activities.

In addition to the events at the festival, there's also the first Peak District Autumn Walking Festival - details of which can be found here.

Our October podcast featured an interview with Lissa Cook about the festival...

For more information about the Buxton Adventure Festival, visit the website at

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