Buxton Adventure Festival aims to reach new heights

British mountain guide James Thacker will compere talks by Mark Walker, Jon Morgan and Al Powell, all on the theme 'Passion & Professionalism on the Peaks', at the Pavilion Arts Centre on Saturday November 2.

British mountain guide James Thacker will compere talks by Mark Walker, Jon Morgan and Al Powell, all on the theme 'Passion & Professionalism on the Peaks', at the Pavilion Arts Centre on Saturday November 2.

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Record-breaking, globe-trotting, mountain-topping inspirational speakers from the world of adventure, travel and sport have been lined up for the return of the Buxton Adventure Festival.

Brought to you for the first time last year by the organisers of the Sheffield Adventure Film Festival, the event received rave reviews for its magical combination of live lectures and the thrill of big screen cinema.

Over the course of an adventure-packed two days on Saturday November 2 and Sunday November 3, ten inspirational speakers will appear at the Pavilion Arts Centre, accompanied by a selection of the world’s best adventure sports films.

Speakers this year include Juliana Buhring, the fastest woman to circumnavigate the world by bicycle; Team GB mountain biker Annie Last; ultra-runner, climber and cyclist Heather Dawe; ultra-runner Jez Bragg, and global adventurers Rosie Swale-Pope and Jason Lewis.

Lissa Cook, from the festival, said: “Between them, our intrepid line-up have pedalled, paddled, climbed, hiked, run, skied and even dog-sledding all over the world.”

Plans for this year include a ‘Young Adventurers’ launch night at the Oaklands Outdoor Leadership Centre, an outdoors photography exhibition in co-ordination with the Pavilion Gardens and MyOutdoors magazine, and use of the adjacent Studio Theatre for ‘Adventure Bites’ - a rolling loop of short, family-friendly, action-packed films.

There will also be a junior aquathlon, orienteering and other activities with Derbyshire Village Games, the YHA and High Peak Triathlon Club using the pool and park, and an alpine workshop.

Lissa added: “We hope the speakers and films will inspire people to enjoy the outdoors - no matter what their age or ability - and encourage them to set themselves challenges - no matter how big or small.”

For the full programme, visit www.buxtonadventurefestival.co.uk.

Tickets for adults start at £10 for one session or £5 for full-time students and under-16s. They can be purchased from the Buxton Opera House Box Office on 0845 127 2190 or www.buxtonoperahouse.org.uk.

Each ticket includes the speaker and accompanying film programme.

Tickets for the Adventure Bites Loop cost £4 for adults and £2 for children and students.