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Adventure Theatre

The Adventure Theatre located on the Festival Village in Crow Park and is packed full of fantastic speakers, inspirational athletes, authors and adventureres. 

See the Adventure Theatre line-up below!

This is a Festival Village pass activity. Buy your Festival Village pass to get entry onto this activity.

Due to a limited capacity please arrive early to avoid dissapointement. We will be working on a first come, first serve basis. 

Adventure Theatre Events

  • Every cloud has a silver lining

    Every cloud has a silver lining

    When: Friday 16th May, 10.00
    Where: Adventure Theatre, Crow Park

    Listen to Alan Bartlam's story - "It's about my love of walking, developing an arthritic hip, having a hip operation and then losing my sight and as such no longer able to drive but with all the positives that have come out of my situation. From joining the Ramblers, making new friends and now leading umpteen walks despite my disability. It has been described by others as an “inspiration talk”.

  • One World, Two Wheels

    One World, Two Wheels

    When: Friday 16th May, 11.00
    Where: Adventure Theatre, Crow Park

    From gentle rides in the Loire Valley to the heights of the Tibetan plateaux, join Andrew Appleyard from Exodus Travels, the UK’s leading cycling holidays tour operator, for enjoyable cycling anecdotes from around the world. Whether you’re a seasoned cycling or a non-cyclist, Andrew will talk through the range of possible destinations you can visit on two wheels and why pedal power is a great way to discover our planet!

  • Our Edible Landscape - An Interactive Presentation

    Our Edible Landscape - An Interactive Presentation

    When: Friday 16th May, 12.00
    Where: Adventure Theatre, Crow Park

    Join Mark Williams of Galloway Wild Foods for a fascinating look at the edible and useful plants and fungi that can be gathered for free. A full-time foraging guide, keen mountaineer and long-term member of Galloway Mountain Rescue Team, Mark will share his passion for the delicious, nutritious, medicinal and otherwise useful plants you might encounter on a wild walk. Plants that cure blisters, mushrooms that sterilise wounds, weeds that quench thirst, where to find carbohydrates in the wild, and lots more. Enjoy some gourmet wild nibbles and learn how to find your own in this fascinating interactive presentation. Includes a wild cookery demonstration.

  • Paddy Dillon - Walking the GR20 on Corsica. Europe’s toughest trek

    Paddy Dillon - Walking the GR20 on Corsica. Europe’s toughest trek

    When: Friday 16th May, 13.00
    Where: Adventure Theatre, Crow Park

    The GR20 makes a complete traverse through the high and rugged mountains of Corsica, from coast to coast between Calvi and Conca. However tough the walking gets, sometimes with hands-on scrambling, the visual rewards are far greater. Covering 190km, this is an ambitious route for fit and agile walkers, which can normally be completed in about two weeks. Paddy Dillon is no stranger to the GR20, his superb photographs testify to the rigors and joys of traversing one of Europe’s wildest landscapes. Seize this chance to find out just what’s involved in taking on this exciting trek, from one of todays best-known guidebook authors. Paddy Dillon is a prolific outdoor writer with numerous books to his name. He writes for outdoor magazines and other publications, as well for tourism groups and other organisations. He lives on the fringe of the Lake District, and has walked and written about, in every county of Great Britain as well as Nepal, Tibet and the Canadian Rockies.

  • A Berghaus ‘Live for Adventure’ presentation

    A Berghaus ‘Live for Adventure’ presentation

    When: Friday 16th May, 14.00
    Where: Adventure Theatre, Crow Park

    Details to be confirmed. Check the website for updates

  • So, what is the North Lakes Futurescapes?

    So, what is the North Lakes Futurescapes?

    When: Friday 16th May, 15.00
    Where: Adventure Theatre, Crow Park

    The dramatic scenery of the North Lakes attracts millions of people every year. Wildlife includes pied flycatchers, ring ouzels, red deer, red squirrels, mountain ringlets and marsh fritillaries. The upland of the North Lakes also provide public benefits such as carbon and water quality. But some activities, such as overgrazing means that many special places have been lost or fragmented. This makes the wildlife vulnerable and affects carbon storage and water quality. We are working with farmers and many organisations to restore and connect these special places to give wildlife a home across the North Lakes. The Inspiration By helping wildlife thrive, we can make the North Lakes an even better place to live, work and visit. The Problem Wildlife is facing huge challenges. Species are dying out, climate change is affecting the environment and pressures on land are growing. In the North Lakes, some activities have damaged habitats. The Solution We want to aim to inspire a landscape that combines the North Lakes' stunning scenery with thriving wildlife-rich areas. We're creating and restoring nature-rich places from meadows at the valley bottom, woodlands at the sides, through to peatlands and heathlands on the fell top.

  • Ronald Turnbull - Fear and Loathing at Cape Wrath
and walking there from Fort William

    Ronald Turnbull - Fear and Loathing at Cape Wrath and walking there from Fort William

    When: Friday 16th May, 16.00
    Where: Adventure Theatre, Crow Park

    Fort William to Cape Wrath: this could be Britain's best walk – or perhaps our most dreadful. Its 200-odd miles take you through Scotland's outstanding mountain areas: Morar and Knoydart, Torridon, the Great Wilderness, and Assynt. The rewards are great: and the challenges are to match. To the shoulders: a tent and three days food at least. To the feet: there are good stalkers' paths, but also bare rock and bog. To the legs, certainly, over a dozen high passes, and to the map-reading eye. But most of all, it's a challenge to the imagination. The route described in Ian Harper's Cicerone guidebook is just the start. About 50 fine mountains stand alongside the route: just how many of them do you want today? RT describes the great walk in words and pictures, with suggestions on planning and survival. And urges you to walk the narrow road to Scotland's Deep North. RT has been walking backwards and forwards across Britain for a quarter of a century, including 21 coast to coast crossings. His Cape Wrath walk, as originally planned, involved three ferry crossings, 44 mountains, 250 miles and 25,000ft of ascent.

  • The Bassenthwaite Ospreys

    The Bassenthwaite Ospreys

    When: Friday 16th May, 17.00
    Where: Adventure Theatre, Crow Park

    Join Nathan Fox, Lake District Osprey Project Manager, for an insight into some of Northern Lakelands most famous residents, the Bassenthwaite ospreys. In 2001 a pair of ospreys which nested beside Bassenthwaite Lake became the first wild osprey to breed in the Lake District for over 150 years. It is hoped that 2014 will be the 14th year ospreys have bred near Bassenthwaite Lake. Learn about their epic migration, fascinating habits, and the key conservation work of the Forestry Commission, Lake District National Park and RSPB who have protected the birds and invited visitors to view them since they first bred in 2001.

  • Cracking The Spine Race

    Cracking The Spine Race

    When: Friday 16th May, 18.00
    Where: Adventure Theatre, Crow Park

    In January 2014 Andy Mouncey lined up to face 268 winter miles south to north on The Pennine Way. The Montane Spine Race is billed as Britain's most brutal ultra marathon in which competitors have 7 days to complete this iconic national trail most walkers need 3 weeks to finish. In 2013 Andy pulled out at 105 miles. This year he changed his preparation beyond all recognition, started a Sport Relief project with schools along the route for added leverage - and was forced to a stop at 160 miles. Andy has been a very popular guest at the festival for the last few years and 'Cracking The Spine' is his latest work in progress.

  • 100 Family Adventures

    100 Family Adventures

    When: Saturday 17th May, 10.00
    Where: Adventure Theatre, Crow Park

    The Meek family - Tim, Kerry, Amy and Ella, an ordinary family from Nottingham - will be talking about a recently completed 100 family adventures project; the outcome of which is a list of simple, relatively cheap “adventures” which aims to get families outside, in all weathers, trying new ideas, possibly even going out of their comfort zone. Amy (10) and Ella (8) will also describe their roles as Young Ambassadors For Adventure (@YAFAdventure) and their latest challenge: to define and share 365 family activity ideas with other families; that’s one simple and fun activity idea for every day of the year. The Meeks aim to make their talk motivational and inspiring, and give anyone attending a stack of simple but fun adventure ideas to enjoy; be it with their sons and daughters, grandchildren, or nephews and nieces. A free Family Adventure goodie bag will be given away to one lucky member of the audience! For more information about both of these projects, visit www.dotrythisathome.com or follow @tmeeky

  • Colin Hill

    Colin Hill

    When: Saturday 17th May, 11.00
    Where: Adventure Theatre, Crow Park

    Open water swimming specialist and Director of Chillswim Colin Hill will talk about his passion for winter swimming, around the Lake District as well as in Siberia, Latvia and Finland. Come and join the director of Chillswim who will also touch upon his English Channel solo swim, organising the London 2012 Olympic Marathon Swimming event and other swimming adventures

  • Open Water swimming Training Tips session with Keri-anne Payne

    Open Water swimming Training Tips session with Keri-anne Payne

    When: Saturday 17th May, 12.00
    Where: Adventure Theatre, Crow Park

    Keri-anne Payne is a British swimmer, specialising in marathon open water swimming, and long-distance freestyle swimming in the pool. She is a two-time World 10km Open Water champion, and an Olympic silver medallist. Join Keri-anne for an exclusive 45 minute Tips and Training session!

  • 10 Great Treks to do Before You Die

    10 Great Treks to do Before You Die

    When: Saturday 17th May, 13.00
    Where: Adventure Theatre, Crow Park

    From the summit of Africa to the Ice cream parlours of the Amalfi coast, Exodus’ seasoned trekking guru Andrew Appleyard talks through a selection of iconic treks that are bound to whet your appetite and encourage you to dig out your trusty walking boots. With stunning imagery taken from his time on the trails he will present the ‘must-do’ treks across the globe! So whether you are looking for inspiration for your next holiday or want to find out more about a specific destination, this talk is for you.

  • Vodka Diplomacy | Exploration in Central Asia - Jamie Bunchuk

    Vodka Diplomacy | Exploration in Central Asia - Jamie Bunchuk

    When: Saturday 17th May, 14.00
    Where: Adventure Theatre, Crow Park

    In the summer of 2013 Jamie Bunchuk and Matthew Traver embarked on a five-month expedition to Central Asia, inspired through a century-old journey undertaken by the Anglo-Irish explorer Sir Charles Howard-Bury. Nearly three years in the planning, the project would ultimately take the pair through some of the most inhospitable landscapes on the Asian continent: from the empty plains of Western Mongolia, to the rolling steppe of Kazakhstan, on to the desolate valleys of the Pamir mountains and finally the arid sands of Uzbekistan’s Kyzulkum Desert. Jamie’s talk will cover a snapshot of three of his adventures in Central Asia from that expedition: a 63 day journey by horse down the blistering old Kazakh post roads in the height of summer, one month spent living with a hunter and herdsman near Tajikistan’s remote south-eastern border with Afghanistan, and a 100-mile, 7-day run across the ‘Red Sands’ Desert in a pair of £3 pumps shoes. The expedition was endorsed by Sir Ranulph Fiennes and Jamie and Matt also received the award for ‘The best individual contribution towards furthering the relations between the UK and Kazakhstan’ for their efforts with the journey.

  • Triathlon Tips & Training session with Chrissie Wellington

    Triathlon Tips & Training session with Chrissie Wellington

    When: Saturday 17th May, 15.00
    Where: Adventure Theatre, Crow Park

    Join British Triathlete and four time World Ironman Champion Chrissie Wellington for an exclusive 45 minute Tips and Training session!

  • Berghaus presents, Endurance ultra-runner Steve Birkinshaw

    Berghaus presents, Endurance ultra-runner Steve Birkinshaw

    When: Saturday 17th May, 16.00
    Where: Adventure Theatre, Crow Park

    Steve Birkinshaw, winner of the legendary Dragon’s Back race, discusses his running career and upcoming attempt to break the record for running all 214 Wainwright peaks.

  • 'So You want To make a Book'

    'So You want To make a Book'

    When: Saturday 17th May, 17.00
    Where: Adventure Theatre, Crow Park

    Wainwright Walks’ researcher, presenter, Mountain Guide, TV personality and ‘Lakeland Legend’ David Powell-Thompson along with award winning Professional Landscape Photographer and writer Mark Gilligan will look at the trials and tribulations of producing a book, as well as anecdotes and bits about their own lives.

  • I porter – My journey to Everest base camp as a porter with Rob Fraser

    I porter – My journey to Everest base camp as a porter with Rob Fraser

    When: Sunday 18th May, 10.00
    Where: Adventure Theatre, Crow Park

    When he arrives to give his talk, Rob Fraser will be fresh back from Everest Base Camp and will be sharing his experience as a Porter on this challenging 17-day trek that takes in the 5400m high glaciated Cho La pass. For Rob, who is a professional photographer and mountain guide with over 70 treks under his belt, this will have been his toughest trip. He’ll be revealing the ups and downs of his experience, and also rare insights into the joys and difficulties faced by porters in the Everest region. Rob decided to step into the shoes of the porters as a personal challenge, but also, more importantly, as a way to raise awareness of porters’ working lives. Rob is putting together a video of his trip and a collection of porter portraits shot on a large format camera; these will be used to help with the work of Porter Progress UK, a charity that facilitates empowerment, education and safety for porters. To raise funds for the project, Rob has turned to Kickstarter (link from www.i-porter.co.uk); fundraising is open until April 11th.

  • James Ketchell is a serial adventurer, motivational speaker and Scouting ambassador.

    James Ketchell is a serial adventurer, motivational speaker and Scouting ambassador.

    When: Sunday 18th May, 11.00
    Where: Adventure Theatre, Crow Park

    On 1st February 2014, James became the first and only person to have rowed across the Atlantic Ocean, successfully summited Mount Everest and cycled 18,000 miles around the world. Seven years prior to all this, he was recovering from a serious motorcycle accident that left him with broken legs as well as a severely broken and dislocated ankle. The prognosis was that he was likely to suffer a permanent walking impairment and would certainly not be able to continue the active physical lifestyle he had enjoyed up to that point. James talks with candour and enthusiasm about his response to that challenge and the way he has, in his words, “without doing anything special”, set about physical tasks that most of us can only imagine experiencing. www.jamesketchell.net

  • 10 Great Treks to do Before You Die

    10 Great Treks to do Before You Die

    When: Sunday 18th May, 12.00
    Where: Adventure Theatre, Crow Park

    From the summit of Africa to the Ice cream parlours of the Amalfi coast, Exodus’ seasoned trekking guru Andrew Appleyard talks through a selection of iconic treks that are bound to whet your appetite and encourage you to dig out your trusty walking boots. With stunning imagery taken from his time on the trails he will present the ‘must-do’ treks across the globe! So whether you are looking for inspiration for your next holiday or want to find out more about a specific destination, this talk is for you

  • Stepping into the unknown - Tanya Oliver

    Stepping into the unknown - Tanya Oliver

    When: Sunday 18th May, 13.00
    Where: Adventure Theatre, Crow Park

    After a moment of inspiration on the summit of Yewbarrow in 2011, Tanya Oliver transformed her career and lifestyle by swapping an indoor job for the great outdoors. Find out more about her journey since taking this step into the unknown. Since making this decision, Tanya’s first book “From High Heels to High Hills” has been published, she has launched her own successful blog and become a freelance writer for a range of magazines and organisations including Lakeland Walker, The Great Outdoors, Lancashire Life and Cumbria Tourism. In 2013 she became a member and committee representative of the Outdoor Writers and Photographers Guild. Having completed the 214 Wainwright’s in 2011, Tanya took her love of mountains and the outdoors even further the following year by becoming Programme Manager for Fix the Fells, an environmental project that repairs and maintains the network of upland fells in the Lake District. Hear more about this work to protect the heritage of our path network, the impact of erosion on the spectacular Lake District landscape and what we can all do to help. It really has been the journey of a lifetime.

  • Berghaus presents, Mick Fowler – first ascent of Kishtwar Kailash

    Berghaus presents, Mick Fowler – first ascent of Kishtwar Kailash

    When: Sunday 18th May, 14.00
    Where: Adventure Theatre, Crow Park

    Legendary climber Mick Fowler will be sharing the story of his recent adventure in the Indian Himalaya, where he achieved the first ascent of the Kishtwar Kailash.

  • Walking the Literary Landscape

    Walking the Literary Landscape

    When: Sunday 18th May, 15.00
    Where: Adventure Theatre, Crow Park

    Literature and a love of the landscape walk hand in hand. The natural beauty of the North of England has exercised the imagination of writers and poets for centuries and visitors have travelled from all over the world to see for themselves the places that inspired the books. Diane Roberts and Ian Hamilton are authors of a new walking guide which lets you follow in the footsteps of literary giants – and glimpse the countryside through their eyes. In his talk, Ian will be revealing some of the connections between our greatest writers and the magnificent landscape of our five Northern National Parks: the day Charles Dickens and a friend almost came a cropper on of one Cumbria’s lesser known fells; a Peak District adventure by the creator of Sherlock Holmes; and the curious story of Churn Milk Joan. Ian will also tell how a family walk in Lancashire’s Trough of Bowland (inspiration for Tolkien’s Middle Earth) was one of the reasons he and Diane decided to write the guide. Whether lover of books or lover of the outdoors, or preferably both, you will discover surprising links between the Northern landscape and some of our greatest literature – from Shakespeare to Alice in Wonderland and an awful lot in between.

  • Round the world rower and adventurer Olly Hicks, presented by The Black Grouse.

    Round the world rower and adventurer Olly Hicks, presented by The Black Grouse.

    When: Sunday 18th May, 16.00
    Where: Adventure Theatre, Crow Park

    Olly Hicks was the youngest -and one of only five people - to row single-handed, west to east, across the Atlantic. On the 28th September 2005, after 124 days alone at sea (a close encounter with a shark notwithstanding), Olly landed in the Scilly Isles “not much madder than when I set off”. It was a remarkable achievement for a young man who had never rowed before, but it hadn’t quenched his thirst for adventure. Olly’s next mission was to row single-handed around the world. The aim was to row from Tasmania to South Georgia, through the tempestuous Southern Ocean and back to Tasmania – a trip of 18000 miles that would take 20 months. It was a mission that has been described as “at best perilous and at worst suicidal”. He set off in 2009 only to disappointingly, after “only” 96 days, be forced to abandon the voyage because of boat problems. Olly’s sole focus now is to try again. Olly will give a fascinating insight into what drives him to achieve his goals and the lessons he has learnt along the way – lessons about project management, team work and the importance of being good at math! How Olly deals with fear and loneliness, success and failure, will resonate with audiences from all walks of life. Festival guests will have the opportunity to try the distinctive character of The Black Grouse at the Keswick Mountain Festival, with samples being served in the Festival village across the weekend.

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