Buxton Adventure Festival announces 2017 line-up

28th Nov 2016

THE 2017 line-up of adventurous entertainment has been announced by the Buxton Adventure Festival – following a successful first year in the new monthly format.

Headline speakers include ultrarunners Jasmin Paris and Sean Conway, pioneering mountaineers Mick Fowler and Eric Jones, and author Richard Askwith telling the inspiring story of 1940/50s endurance running phenom Emil Zátopek.

BAF Director Matt Heason says he plans to build on the success of the first year by bringing a raft of new, leading adventurers to the heart of the Peak District. 

He said: “We switched BAF from a single weekend event to 10 mini-festivals throughout the year to give each of our amazing speakers deserved headline slots and to provide more opportunities for people to attend.

“It has proved a huge success, with great audiences at each of our events throughout 2016, so it’s a format we want to continue with and build upon. We have a great line-up for the first half of 2017 already, with more to be announced over the coming months.

“I’d like to thank those who have supported BAF by coming along to one or more events throughout the year and also our sponsors – Derby University, Buxton Opera House, Buxton Advertiser, Old Hall Hotel and Heason Events. Without them we wouldn’t be able to bring these entertaining and inspiring speakers to the area.”

Tickets are now on sale for the following events, all taking place at the Pavilion Arts Centre, Buxton Opera House, in Buxton:

Time/Date Main Speaker Support Speaker Film               



11th Jan 2017

Jasmin Paris 
The record breaking ultrarunner will talk about her achievements and her pre-race preparations.
Sally Fawcett 
Will share the lessons learned from an amazing 2016 ultrarunning season – from the mistakes to the medals.
Cape Wrath Ultra 
A film about the inaugural ultrarunning expedition through the Scottish Highlands from Rich Heap and Ben Pritchard.
7:30pm, Thursday, 8th Feb 2017 Sean Conway
Telling the tales of his life as an endurance runner and adventurer who completed the world's longest unsupported Ultra Triathlon, around the edge of Britain.
Tim Mosedale
The Himalayan expedition leader and 5x Everest summiteer will talk about his mountaineering career and raising funds for orphaned Sherpa children following the 2015 earthquake.
Matt Sharman's film follows Tim Mosedale on his fund raising odyssey, the 197-mile triathlon to rule them all.
7:30pm, Wednesday, 8th March 2017 Mick Fowler
The award winning and pioneering mountaineer will talk about his adventures in ranges around the globe. 
7:30pm, Wednesday, 5th April 2017 Eric Jones
“The Ups and Downs of a Tremadog Tea Maker” is a rare public talk from the Octogenarian mountaineer who brought BASE jumping to the big mountains ahead of his time.
7:30pm, Wednesday, 10th May 2017 Richard Askwith
Journalist and author Richard Askwith will share the strange and haunting story of revolutionary endurance runner and Czechoslovakian soldier from the 1940/50s, Emil Zátopek.
TBC Running Sucks – The Story of the Barefoot Runner
The story of Buxton-based Aleks Kashefi’s running career and why he finds running barefoot such a different experience.


Further Buxton Adventure Festival dates and speakers will be announced in 2017.