Line-up unveiled for Buxton’s festival of adventure

Running in Peak District, by Wild Running authors Jen and Sim Benson.
Running in Peak District, by Wild Running authors Jen and Sim Benson.

Tickets have gone on sale for this year’s Buxton Adventure Festival, with organisers Heason Events revealing their strongest line-up yet of speakers and films.

The third Buxton Adventure Festival takes place on Saturday October 11 and Sunday October 12 at the Pavilion Arts Centre.

Karen Darke poses with the silver medal she won in the womens Individual H1-2 time Trial. Photo: Phil Searle/ParalympicsGB.

Karen Darke poses with the silver medal she won in the womens Individual H1-2 time Trial. Photo: Phil Searle/ParalympicsGB.

Speakers will include Emma O’Reilly – Lance Armstrong’s personal masseur who blew the whistle on the seven-times Tour de France winner; top climbers Tim Emmett and Shauna Coxsey; record-breaking fell runner Steve Wainwright; and Paralympic silver medallist and ground-breaking adventurer Karen Darke.

In addition to the speaker sessions will be a screening of the new Brit Rock Tour featuring top British adventure sports films, and a special Cyclists Question Time including British Cycling/Team Sky’s physiotherapist Phil Burt and nutritionist Nigel Mitchell, and top performance coach Andrew Gillott.

Other highlights include a photography talk and workshop with the Peak District’s Lukasz Warzecha; The Beeline Britain team on the first-ever straight line journey from Land’s End to John O’Groats; Peak District fell runner Nicky Spinks will be introducing Scottish mountain marathon legend Charlie Ramsay; and Wild Running authors Jen and Sim Benson.

Matt Heason, Buxton Adventure Festival Director, said: “The weekend will be celebration of cycling, running and climbing with inspirational speakers and outstanding films. This year’s programme is our strongest line-up yet.”

The weekend – supported by the University of Derby and Rab Outdoor Gear - will kick-off with a Young Adventurers triple bill including Danny Butler’s Extreme Mountain Bike Show; the Meek Family talking about their year of 100 outdoor adventures, plus family-friendly films.

There will also be the Adventure Bites film loop running all weekend in the Studio Theatre; free, family-friendly activities with the YHA and Derbyshire Village Games; and a children’s Aquathlon in Buxton Pool and the Pavilion Gardens, run by High Peak Tri Club.

The University of Derby will be running an Open Day for prospective students in the Devonshire Dome with free adventure activities open to the public including a Dry Tooling climbing competition; Slack-lining; 20m free-hanging ladder climb to the Dome roof; and an alpine skills workshop. And there’s also a chance to nominate the next generation of speakers in the University of Derby Young Adventurer of the Year competition. The three top winners will each win an iPad.

For tickets or more information, visit www.buxtonadventurefestival.co.uk.