Ex-rugby star to touch down at film festival

Ex-Welsh Rugby International turned mountaineer Richard Parks
Ex-Welsh Rugby International turned mountaineer Richard Parks
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THE THIRD annual Hope Valley Adventure Film Festival (HVAFF) is set to dazzle at Hope Valley College on Saturday February 25.

A popular event in the local calendar, this year’s festival will feature a mix of award-winning films, lectures and activities as well as a mini film making competition, art exhibition, the ‘famous’ HVAFF raffle and great food and beer.

HVAFF appeals to outdoor enthusiasts and families, with all profits used to improving facilities at Hope Valley College.

During the day the films will include selections from the ‘Best of the Sheffield Adventure Film Festival (ShAFF)’ and the ‘Best of Kendal’, as well as the exciting and fast moving ‘Kendal Shorts’ and ‘ShAFF Shorts’ taken from the best films at the UK’s biggest adventure film festivals.

Activities will include indoor caving, bouldering and slacklines as well as access to the outdoor mountain bike track.

A major attraction this year is the evening lecture by ex-Welsh Rugby International turned mountaineer Richard Parks (pictured left), who climbed the highest mountain on each of the seven continents and skied the last degree to both the North and South Poles all within seven months, a world first and dubbed the ‘737 Challenge’.

This inspiring lecture will be beautifully illustrated with both images and film clips from the ‘737 Challenge’ film.

To purchase tickets and see the full schedule, visit www.hvaff.co.uk. Tickets will also be available over the counter at Outside in Hathersage, or at Hope Valley College on the day.