After visiting Explore, the Royal Geographical Society Fieldwork and Expedition festival (You can read my review here) It was then I realised something. I love UK Adventure Festivals.

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I could connect with more like-minded people, adventurous people in the space of a few days, then I had in the last two years. It was an opportunity for me to geek out over our favourite Adventurers, swap tips on a kit, travel advice and generally have an awesome time.

I’m back in the UK in January and wanted to seek out what other events are available to network and meet new people. I was not disappointed! With events starting in January and taking us through to the Autumn, there are tons of adventure festivals just waiting for you!

2018 UK Adventure Festivals Guide


17th Jan (Then Monthly) Buxton Adventure Festival

This monthly adventure speaker evening in Buxton is a great way to get inspired. The first talk of 2018 is by Jamie Andrews, a quadruple amputee after being trapped for five nights on a storm-bound summit of a French Mountain, in which he lost his partner.  Jamie’s story, recounted with honesty and passion, is nothing short of incredible
Location: Pavilion Arts Centre, Buxton
Cost: £17.50, Students £12.50. (Tickets go on sale two months before each event)
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21st – 22nd Jan Adventure Travel Show 

It’s calling itself the UK’s event dedicated to only travel experiences off the beaten track which I think maybe a bit of a stretch, but with over 100 free talks, seminars in writing, photography and film this looks to be a jam-packed weekend.
Location: London Olympia
Cost: £8 day, £12 Weekend, £25 if you want to see Ranulph Fiennes Speak.
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3rd 4th Feb Edinburgh Mountain Film Festival

Not much information available on the website, but this festival is broken down into morning, afternoon and evening sessions with films and speakers.
Location: George Square Lecture Theatre, Edinburgh University.
Cost: Between £10 – £14 depending on what session you want to go to.
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23rd – 25th Feb The Telegraph Travel Show

The Telegraph has curated interactive seminars, exhibitions, meet and greets, cookery lessons and more to bring the world to life and inspire your next trip. With award-winning journalists, travel experts and well-travelled celebrities as well as professional chefs, sommeliers and food bloggers in a Food & Wine Theatre for interactive cookery lessons and wine-tastings, showcasing dishes and grape varieties from across the globe.
Location: Excel, London
Cost: £FREE Just need to Register.
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23rd – 25th Feb London Bike Show

Explore the latest bikes and special offers from the biggest and best cycling brands across all disciplines and budgets, meet special guests and experts, ride our test track and enjoy the high flying action from the world’s best freestyle mountain bike riders, plus much more.
Location: Excel, London
Cost: £16
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9th – 11th March Sheffield Adventure Film Festival

More than 100 of the best adventure, travel and extreme sports films hand-picked from around the world. Not only that there are talks and outdoor activities, as well as the Organisers making sure the films are Family Friendly.
Location: Sheffield
Cost: £TBC
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20th – 22nd April Love Her Wild Weekender

Bringing together an intimate group of 50 Women Adventurers for a weekend of camping, learning new skills and listening to inspiring stories. While having the space to relax through yoga, meditation or just laughing with like-minded women. A great way to meet some new friends!

Location: Outside Tunbridge Wells.
Cost: £85
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4th – 7th May Cycling Touring Festival

The Cycle Touring Festival is a weekend of talks, camping, planning and all things bicycle touring. It’s the place to come for anyone planning, thinking about or dreaming of a bike trip. There will be talks, workshops, drop-in sessions, practical advice and storytelling.
Location: Clitheroe, Lancashire
Cost: £80 Early Bird £40 Children
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8th – 10th June  Keswick Mountian Festival 

Running, climbing, art and film will all feature in a varied schedule that brings some of the UK’s biggest names in the outdoor adventure to Keswick. Entries for the sporting events include 5k, 10k, 25k and 50k trail runs, a 70km sportive, two open water swims and long and short triathlons over tricky terrain.
Location: Theatre by the Lake, Keswick
Cost: TBC
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30th June Wild Night Out

Wild Night Out, is the UK’s national day of adventure. Explorers Connect are encouraging friends, families and groups to get together, to venture into the outdoors and take part in fun activities on 2018
Location: Anywhere
Cost: Free.
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DATES TBC Adventure Travel Film Festival

A celebration of the world’s greatest adventure travel films from the 1920s to the present day. It’s also a weekend knees-up of inspiring speakers and authors, live music and good-time outdoor action!
Location: North London
Cost: TBC (2017 Price £100)
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DATES TBC Adventure Travel Film Festival

Run by the same guys as London, this is a celebration of the world’s greatest adventure travel films from the 1920s to the present day. It’s also a weekend knees-up of inspiring speakers and authors, live music and good-time outdoor action! The difference is this is camping in Scotland!
Location: Inverewe, Scotland
Cost: TBC (2017 Price £100)
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DATES TBC Basecamp Festival

Organised by Explorers Connect, this adventure festival allows you to try a range of adventure activities (including hiking, biking, kayaking, climbing, bushcraft), listen to tales of adventure from explorers and party in the woods to live music and entertainment
Location: Sabine Hay, Peak District
Cost: £142 +
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DATES TBC Steppes Travel: Beyond Festival 

A two-day weekend festival of talks, taking place at the Royal Geographical Society (with IBG), featuring some of the most intrepid, adventurous and inspiring personalities of our time in an enlightening programme of events with over 50 speakers.
Location: Royal Geographical Society, London
Cost: £TBC
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DATES TBC Women’s Adventure Expo

Women’s Adventure Expo is a social enterprise celebrating, inspiring and empowering women in adventure and exploration. WAExpo is a conference style event with parallel sessions of mainstage talks, small group workshops, interesting exhibitors, and plenty of networking.
Location: Bristol City Centre
Cost: £46
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DATES TBC Yestival : The Say Yes More Festival 

This is one of the most intimate of the Adventure Festivals, and all the more special for it. Perfect for people not just looking for adventure, but those looking to create a more positive planet. This family-friendly festival is full of workshops, talks, dancing and good vibes.
Location: Field near London
Cost: £120 – £165
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15th – 18th November Kendal Mountain Festival

Thousands of outdoor enthusiasts plus media industry specialists, athletes, top brands & equipment manufacturers, artists, photographers, adventurers, explorers and inspirational speakers gather every year to share adventures and celebrate the very best in outdoor and adventure sports culture.

There are over 100 films, 200+ speakers as well as specialist sessions, exhibitions, workshops and outdoor activities. One not to be missed.
Location: Kendal, Cumbria
Cost: £TBC
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9th – 11th November Explore: Fieldwork & Planning Weekend

Explore is the Society’s annual fieldwork and expedition planning weekend at the Society’s headquarters in London. With over 90 leading field scientists and explorers, make sure to book your place early to gain inspiration, advice and contacts for your own field research project or expedition.Read my review of the 2017 event here.
Location: Royal Geographical Society, London
Cost: £90
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Do you know any events I may have missed? Email me or comment below to get them added to the list.


Author Hannah Cox from Better not stop


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