Save The Date: Durham Adventure Festival 26 – 28 Apr 2019

In just a few weeks time I will be heading to the Durham Adventure Festival 2019. A Festival packed full of speakers, films and activities that will certainly inspire anyone to get in the great outdoors.

I will be on location giving updates via social media as the festival is in swing but with the line up on offer I would highly recommend making the trip there yourself. Here is just a flavour of what you could see, hear, be inspired by.


There will be tips and talks by some of the biggest names in the adventure world plus inspirational people that have undertaken huge, incredible adventures around Britain and the world. For example:

Sir Chris Bonnington

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A name truly recognisable to so many. Will be sharing lots of personal insights into his epic journeys and climbs. From behind the scenes of is epic climbs and how this has affected his life.

Shauna Coxsey

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The winner of 2 bouldering World Championships and the first British woman to climb the bouldering grade of 8b+. She has been climbing since she was four and will talk about pushing her ambitions through all the challenges and more.

Doug Allan

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A legend of filming in extreme and polar conditions. The award winning natural history photographer, documentary filmmaker, diver and author will surely mesmerise with his tales.

More Adventurous Inspiring Speakers at the festival:

Jason Mallinson, a cave diver who sets distance and depth records in caves all over the world. But was also involved in the dangerous rescue of the young football team from Thailand’s Tham Luang Cave. I am sure there is much to hear from this.

Helen Glover, a two-time Olympic champion rower, a triple world champion, a quintuple world cup winner and triple European champion!

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Plus lots of other big names and characters like Leo Houlding, Jenny Graham, Ash Bhardwaj and Jenny Tough


The selection of inspirational films showing at the festival is immense. A few headlines I am really looking forward to are:

Free Solo

A film to keep you gripped to your seat. Alex Honnold, as he prepares to achieve his lifelong dream: climbing the face of the 3,200-foot El Capitan in Yosemite National Park… without a rope!

There are going to be film collections for all genres including an adventure series that is inspirational for the whole family as well as children. Dreamride 3 – A mountain bike adventure with a Dr Seuss narrative. Big World – David Morton and his 7 year old son Thorne embark on a week-long, stand-up-paddleboard journey down the Karnali and Bheri Rivers in Western Nepal.

You can see every film in the package for just the one price of £20 with Free Solo and The Yukon Assignment great value at £5 a ticket.


The festival is based at the Gala Theatre in Durham from 26 – 28 April 2019. As well as all the above there will be lots to see and do around it. Drink, relax, mini activities or mingle with other adventurers

If you are going I will be there too so make sure you say hi! Gotta love some adventure 🙂

As I say, during the event I will be posting to my social channels and of course shall do a write up here after the event.

Happy adventuring!

Written by Paul Steele

Paul is the founder and Editor of the site. An avid hiker and trekker. Travel, adventure and photography are passions that he combines to make his articles here. Likes to see the positive in everything.

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