WHAT’S ON: Your official guide to the Buxton Adventure Festival

This weekend’s Buxton Adventure Festival will marry the excitement of live lectures with the thrill of big screen cinema.

By Jonathan Dodds
Friday, 10th October 2014, 5:10 pm
Stephanie Maureau climbing in an ice cave under the Mer de Glace glacier, France
Stephanie Maureau climbing in an ice cave under the Mer de Glace glacier, France

The third Buxton Adventure Festival (BAF) will be held at the Pavilion Arts Centre in Buxton on Saturday October 11 and Sunday October 12.

This year’s speakers include Emma O’Reilly – Lance Armstrong’s personal masseur who blew the whistle on the seven-times Tour de France winner; top climbers Tim Emmett and Shauna Coxsey; record-breaking fell runner Steve Birkinshaw; and Paralympic silver medalist and ground-breaking adventurer Karen Darke.

In addition to the speaker sessions, there will be a screening of the brand new Brit Rock Film Tour featuring top British adventure sports films, and the hosting of a special Cyclists Question Time including British Cycling/Team Sky’s physiotherapist Phil Burt and nutritionist Nigel Mitchell and top performance coach Andrew Gillott.

Other BAF highlights include a photography talk and workshop with Peak District pro Lukasz Warzecha; the Beeline Britain team on the first-ever straight line journey from Land’s End to John O’Groats; Peak District fell runner Nicky Spinks will be introducing Scottish mountain marathon legend Charlie Ramsay; and Wild Running authors Jen & Sim Benson.

The weekend kicks off with a Young Adventurers triple bill including Danny Butler’s Extreme Mountain Bike Show; the Meek Family talking about their year of 100 outdoor adventures plus family-friendly films. There’s also the Adventure Bites film loop running all weekend in the Studio Theatre.

There will also be free, family-friendly activities with the YHA and Derbyshire Village Games and High Peak Tri Club are running a children’s Aquathlon in Buxton Pool and Pavilion Gardens.

In association with BAF, the University of Derby will be running an open day for prospective students in the Devonshire Dome with free adventure activities open to the public including a dry tooling climbing competition; slack-lining; 20m free-hanging ladder climb to the Dome roof; and an alpine skills workshop.

Visit www.buxtonadventurefestival.co.uk to purchase tickets.