Speakers from the world of adventure, travel, photography and sport are to feature in the brand new Buxton Adventure Festival.
The weekend of October 20 and 21 will be packed with some of Derbyshire’s best adventurers and athletes, including mountain bike downhill World Champion Danny Hart, and stuntman Gary Connery’s first talk since his wingsuited, parachute-free jump from a helicopter.
The programme will also feature Derby’s Squash Falcolner, who climbed Everest last year and was the first woman to solo paraglide from the summit of Mont Blanc, along with internationally-renowned nature, travel and adventure photographer John Beatty, from Bamford, and Gordon Stainforth, a writer, photographer, film editor, philosopher and experienced climber from Belper.
There’s also two special Young Adventurer sessions with inspiring talks by 17-year-old Hope Valley Paralympic basketballer Maddie Thompson and Stoke stunt mountain biker Danny Butler.
Festival Programme Director Matt Heason said: “Our aim is to combine the excitement of live lectures by some of the world’s best athletes, travellers, writers and photographers with the magic of seeing adventure films on the big screen. And where better a venue than Buxton - right on the doorstep of some of the country’s best climbing, running, biking, walking and caving?”
Taking place at the Pavilion Arts Centre, the Festival will feature five two-hour sessions, each combining talks followed by adventure films.
Mike Tomlinson - widower of endurance athlete and charity cancer fundraiser Jane Tomlinson - is patron of the festival, which is sponsored by the University of Derby Buxton.
Tickets go on sale soon at Buxton Opera House Box Office, priced as follows: (adults: £10 for one session, £18 for two, £24 for three, £28 for four, £30 for five. Full-time students and under-16s: £5 for one session, £9 for two, £12 for three, £14 for four, £15 for five. Family ticket (two adults, two under-16s): £20).
For a full festival programme, visit www.buxtonadventurefestival.co.uk.