BAF restarts in Sept with all-star female line-up

14th Jul 2016

THE NEW format Buxton Adventure Festival (BAF) will restart after a short summer break with an all-inspiring line-up of top female adventurers.

On 21st September, the monthly mini-festival will see octogenarian touring cyclist, adventurer and author Dervla Murphy in conversation with award winning documentary film maker Claire Carter.

Dervla published her first book in 1965 after a cycling trip through Europe, Iran, Afghanistan and India. More than 50 years later, she has authored more than 20 titles, achieving worldwide praise and numerous awards. She continues to travel the world and remains passionate about politics, conservation, bicycling and beer.Dervla and Wurzel, 2011, Paddy Barker, The Irish  Examiner

Claire Carter, co-director of multi-award winning film Operation Moffatt, will be the support speaker as well as quizzing Dervla on her adventure-packed life.

The mini-festival will be rounded off with a showing of Come on Eileen, a remarkable film on the life on Eileen Sheridan, one of Britain’s greatest ever cyclists, who defied the odds to become a professional in the 1950s, setting records that stood for decades.

Finally, self-proclaimed obsessive wild swimmer and photographer, Vivienne Rickman-Poole will present an audiovisual show of her adventures swimming in the lakes of Snowdonia in all seasons. Rain, shine, snow or ice, Vivienne’s wild swimming has drawn the attention of local, national and international press, featuring in the Guardian, on the BBC and other media.

Matt Heason, Buxton Adventure Festival Director, said: “We can’t wait to restart the BAF calendar with such an epic line-up of inspiring women. Dervla’s adventures throughout Europe, the Middle East and the rest of the world are truly amazing, and she continues to amaze even in her 80s. 

“Claire Carter, alongside co-director Jen Randall, brought a fresh approach to climbing filmmaking with the telling of the life of Britain’s first female mountain guide Gwen Moffatt.

“We also have rarely seen archive footage of Eileen Sheridan’s world-first achievements in cycling with a showing of Come on Eileen. And Vivienne Rickman-Poole will be giving us a stunning audiovisual treat of her wild swimming adventures. 

“I hope you’ll be able to join us for what promises to be a truly inspiring evening!”

The event takes place at 7:30pm on Wednesday, 21st September 2016, at the Buxton Opera House, in the heart of the Peak District. Book your tickets online or call the Box Office on 01298 72190.

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 the BAF 2016 calendar:

  • Former world-record holding cyclist Graeme Obree on 12th October 2016
  • Renowned Scottish landscape photographer Colin Prior on 16th November 2016