Round-the-world in an evening with Sarah Outen

16th May 2016

ADVENTURER Sarah Outen MBE spent over four years rowing, cycling and kayaking 25,000 miles around the globe on her London2London: Via the World expedition.

On 15th June 2016, Sarah will take to the Buxton Adventure Festival stage to tell the story of extreme conditions and remote environments as she navigated the northern hemisphere entirely under her own steam.Sarah_hands in air kayak finish_Tower Bridge 2015

After setting off in April 2011, Sarah encountered a typhoon on the North Pacific, which forced a mid-ocean rescue from her rowing boat, as well as a hurricane on the Atlantic after 143 days at sea. She kayaked some of the most treacherous waterways in the world and cycled across North America during one of the harshest winters on record.

After the extraordinary journey that took two more years than planned – with success anything but a certainty – Sarah cycled and kayaked the final leg from Falmouth to London, paddling under Tower Bridge in November 2015.

She will be joined at the Buxton Adventure Festival by Justine Curgenven, who will talk about her many adventures as an award winning adventure filmmaker and expedition sea kayaker – including a trip to the Aleutian Islands with Sarah. 

Justine CurgenvenJustine’s programmes have aired on the National Geographic Channel, Channel 4, Channel 5 and the BBC. They have won over a dozen prestigious prizes, including best adventure film at Banff and Kendal Mountain Film Festivals.

Her film, Kayaking the Aleutians, will be shown at the event. It follows Sarah and Justine’s 2,500km journey along the archipelago between Russia and Alaska. The pair spent 101 days in one of the world’s windiest and roughest environments, got swept away by strong currents, pounded by rough seas and approached by bears.

The Buxton Adventure Festival will be at the Buxton Opera House Pavilion Arts Centre, in the heart of the Peak District, at 7:30pm on Wednesday, 15th June 2016.

Matt Heason, Buxton Adventure Festival Director, says: “June’s Buxton Adventure Festival promises the full package of adventurous entertainment. Sarah’s self-powered journey around the world is the stuff of dreams – and nightmares – and will have the audience on the edge of their seat. 

“Not only that, but we will be joined by Justine, an exceptional award-winning adventure film maker who will be showing her stunning film of the Aleutian Islands leg of Sarah’s round-the-world journey. It promises to be a hugely inspiring evening – so be prepared to walk out of the Buxton Opera House ready for an adventure of your own.”

The Buxton Adventure Festival is supported by University of Derby, Buxton Advertiser, Buxton Opera House, The Old Hall Hotel, Go Ape and Heason Events.

Further events in 2016 include:

  • Irish touring cyclist, traveller and writer Dervla Murphy on 21st September 2016
  • Renowned Scottish landscape photographer Colin Prior on 16th November 2016 

Click here to book your tickets or call the Buxton Opera House Box Office on 01298 72190.