Global Adventurers Journey to Peak District this weekend
The second Buxton Adventure Festival kicks off this weekend at the Pavilion Arts Centre, Buxton Opera House in the Peak District with 10 incredible speakers coming from all over the UK and further afield to talk about their expeditions and experiences.
Speakers include the fastest woman to cycle round the world, Juliana Buhring; global adventurer Rosie Swale-Pope, who ran 20,000 miles unsupported around the world & Jason Lewis who pedalled, skated & sailed the globe. Plus Olympic Mountain Biker Annie Last; ultra runners Jez Bragg & Heather Dawe; long distance walker Chris Townsend & our British Mountain Guides' Expert Panel. Each speaker session will include a film/films.
The weekend starts with our invitation-only "Derbyshire Young Adventurers Awards" ceremony evening at the University of Derby, Buxton's Oaklands Manor Ourdoor Leadership Centre. The winner will be awarded a trip for two to to the French High Alps to take part in the Junior Adventure Race World Cup next summer. Runners up will enjoy an adventure day at Oaklands Manor for themselves and 20 classmates. The judging panel includes top climber Pete Whittaker , England fell runner Stuart Bond, and Hope Factory team cyclist Adela Carter. Adventurer Dave Cornthwaite will give a talk alongside Tim Meek and his family from DoTryThisAtHome.com microadventure bloggers.
Festival Director Matt Heason said: "We've been bowled over by the calibre of nominations. We've had a total of 17 amazing entries from young adventurers from the ages of 9 to 17 from mountain bikers to climbers, sailors, fell runners and all-rounders. I don't envy the judges' task. It's humbling and inspiring to have been part of the process. We're incredibly grateful to the University of Derby, Buxton for sponsoring, hosting and providing the prizes and to the Rural Derbyshire School Sport Partnership for their support."
Festival PR Lissa Cook said: "Ticket sales are strong and the weather forecast is looking a bit gloomy - perfect for an indoor adventure! We're really excited about the calibre of this year's speakers and personally speaking I'm delighted there are four talks by amazing female athletes. We're grateful for all the enthusiasm and goodwill from sponsors and partners. We'd like to thank in particular both the University of Derby, Buton and Rab for showing faith in a young and growing event and continuing their sponsorship. Special thanks also to our official media partner, The Buxton Advertiser, our accommodation partner, The Old Hall Hotel, and to High Peak Borough Council for their support. We'd both like to express our appreciation to Reflow Studio in Hathersage for having done sterling work on designing our website and promotional material around Lukasz Warzecha's stunning imagery."
Links to images via the press room on the website: http://www.buxtonadventurefestival.co.uk/news-and-press/press-room/