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World of Adventure Theatre

There's a whole world of adventure out there, just waiting to be discovered ... For inspiration and information we invite you to discover these diverse journeys, challenges and experiences.

 

Saturday 25 January 2014

Time : 10:15 - 10:45
Where : Theatre 3

The Dragon islands that time forgot - from Socotra’s dragon blood trees to the world’s largest lizard in the Komodo islands.
Philip Beale, Pioneer Madagascar & Indonesia

These two remote islands at opposite ends of the Indian Ocean are linked through Dragons! Socotra, often described as the Galapagos of the Indian Ocean, has unique fauna and flora including the famous Dragon’s blood trees and the Komodo islands have the real thing – the Komodo Dragons. Philip Beale describes these remote destinations from recent adventures.

 

Saturday 25 January 2014

Time : 11:00 - 11:30
Where : Theatre 3

Stop shooting at me, I’m only here for the pictures: A photoGRAPHIC diary of dramatic encounters
Lee Thompson, The Flash Pack

Lee Thompson has been working as an award-winning photojournalist for over ten years. He has covered many of the world’s breaking stories including the Egyptian Revolution, conflict in Libya, drug crime in South Africa, Palestinian conflict and force-feeding of prisoners in Guantanamo Bay. His work has taken him to over 90 countries from the slums of India to the favelas of Brazil. He will talk about how to build a relationship with absolutely anyone in 2 minutes that will not only give you a stunning portrait but an insight that cannot be acquired elsewhere. See some of Lee’s work at www.leethompsonphotography.co.uk Earlier this year Lee launched the travel company The Flash Pack and is doing short photography workshops to his favourite cities.

 

Saturday 25 January 2014

Time : 11:45 - 12:15
Where : Theatre 3

Madagascar Coast to Coast – a world-first crossing of this incredible African Island
Ali Wilde, Secret Compass

Secret Compass leads pioneering, world-first expeditions to the world's wildest places. Expedition member Ali Wilde joined a recent Secret Compass adventure to become part of the first team ever to cross Madagascar coast-to-coast: on foot. Join Ali to hear first-hand about the hardships, the hilarity and the heroism of this truly epic adventure.

 

Saturday 25 January 2014

Time : 12:30 - 13:00
Where : Theatre 3

Adventure in New Zealand
Neil Henderson, Flying Kiwi


A guide to the best adventure activities, hikes and bike rides in New Zealand.  From dolphin swimming to skydiving and glacier walking to mountain biking this talk provides a comprehensive introduction of “must sees” and “must dos” for active travellers visiting New Zealand.

 

 

Saturday 25 January 2014

Time : 13:15 - 13:45
Where : Theatre 3

ANTARCTICA,  Greenland and Spitsbergen Adventures Above and Below water
Charlotte Caffrey, Aqua Firma

Antarctic and Arctic experts, Aqua-Firma Worldwide steps beyond the ordinary to showcase options for Polar Adventures. Options include kayaking in the company of walruses; camping on Antarctic ice; snorkelling and diving with leopard seals and around icebergs; mountaineering or trekking in snowshoes. Aqua-Firma takes you in the company of experts and wildlife, on small ships, tallship and adventure sailing voyages.

 

Saturday 25 January 2014

Time : 14:00 - 14:30
Where : Theatre 3

Iraq - Mesopotamia
Geoff Hann, Hinterland Travel


Hinterland Travel have been operating throughout Iraq both North and South for many years. We explore the ancient sites such as Nimrud, Samarra, Babylon, Ur. The Shrine cities of the Shia, Kerbala and Najaf, plus the palaces of Saddam Hussein and the cities of Baghdad and Basra. We aim to show you Iraq as it is now and how it was.

 

Saturday 25 January 2014

Time : 14:45 - 15:15
Where : Theatre 3

North Pakistan: Asia’s best kept secret
Mahmood, Karakorum Jeep Treks International

A guide to travelling through the four highest mountain ranges of the world the Himalayas, Karakorum, Hindu Kush and Pamir and trekking on the foothills of the highest concentration of 8,000+m peaks. Explore thousands of kilometres of jeep treks and footpaths and discover isolated people including Kalash and Hunza valley.

 

Saturday 25 January 2014

Time : 15:30 - 16:00
Where : Theatre 3

You don’t need to go half way round the world with an impressive cost attached looking for an adventure
Jo Bradshaw, 360 Expeditions

You may think you need to travel to the Himalayas or the Andes in search of mountains, wilderness, and thrills. 360 Expeditions will give your ideas of amazing and spectacular adventures to be experienced far closer to home with a minimum carbon footprint and far less of a pinch. Hear stories from the wonders of the Atlas Mountains, memorizing Bedouin trials in Jordan to the rugged Pyrenees, there’s more to explore in our back yards than you think.

 

Saturday 25 January 2014

Time : 16:15 - 16:45
Where : Theatre 3

Japan: Cultural Adventures in the Land of the Rising Sun
Harry Sargant, InsideJapan Tours


Japan - Mt Fuji, geisha and bullet trains? A trip to Japan is so much more than sightseeing. Discover the cultural adventures that await; from ice-breaker cruises off the remote Shiretoko Peninsula to diving underwater ruins with hammerhead sharks in the tropical south. Japan is truly unique.

 

Saturday 25 January 2014

Time : 17:00 - 17:30
Where : Theatre 3

Safety whilst travelling – better off the beaten track? 
Charlie McGrath

The talk will consider and give advice on the major travel safety implications when individuals / groups decide to explore away from crowds.

It will cover crime, environmental, road traffic accidents, health, military check points, dealing with corrupt officials and much more. 

 

Sunday 26 January 2014

Time : 10:15 - 10:45
Where : Theatre 3

Chechnya, Dagestan and Russia's deep south
James Willcox, Untamed Borders

Europe meets Asia in Russia's restless deep south. The little visited republics of Chechnya, Dagestan and Ingushetia are introduced by James, describing the compelling honour systems and incredible hospitality found in the shadow of the greatest mountain range in Europe. Car chase weddings, soaring watchtowers and Persian fortresses are all part of the deal in arranging trips to the region.

 

Sunday 26 January 2014

Time : 11:00 - 11:30
Where : Theatre 3

Making Adventure Tourism Safer – An introduction to the British Standard for Adventure Activities Overseas
BSI spokesperson


Improving the safety of adventurous activities such as gap year trips, charity expeditions and fieldwork overseas is of paramount importance to the industry and of course the public. For individuals and venture organisers, especially young people and their parents, choosing a gap year or expedition provider with confidence is not made easy. This led to the development of a British Standard, BS 8848, in 2007. The standard is now recognised amongst providers as the benchmark for managing risks on adventurous activities outside of the UK. BS 8848 is currently being fully revised for the first time and will publish again in spring 2014. The new standard has undergone important changes to reflect how the industry and its attitude to managing safety has changed. BSI with members of its adventurous activities committee will explain why providers and consumers alike need to know about BS 8848 and what it means when it comes to planning trips AND managing safety.

 

Sunday 26 January 2014

Time : 11:45 - 12:15
Where : Theatre 3

The Essentials Of Travel Health
Dr Jane Wilson-Howarth


A light digestible appetiser to the huge, heavy subject of staying well on trips to the tropics.

Dr Jane will hurtle through the many issues travel flings at you and will offer a selection of weapons that are effective against mosquito-borne disease, ticks, worms, the Kathmandu Quickstep and even culture shock.

 

Sunday 26 January 2014

Time : 12:30 - 13:00
Where : Theatre 3

37 of the Great Treks and Walks of the World
Phoebe Smith, Editor of Wanderlust travel magazine

Exploring a place on foot is the ultimate way to really get under its skin and in this talk Wanderlust editor Phoebe Smith helps you plan the trek of a lifetime. From the well-known Inca Trail and Tour du Mont Blanc to the more obscure but world class Kokoda Track and Simien Mountains Traverse discover the best hikes on the planet. As well as information about where to go, this talk will also cover practical details like how to pack a rucksack, how to cope with the weather and preparing for a long distance walk.

 

Sunday 26 January 2014

Time : 13:15 - 13:45
Where : Theatre 3


ERA/Gerard Brown

Driving a long-distance classic-car Marathon – how to survive the Peking to Paris
Philip Young

Philip Young is generally regarded as having kick-started the historic-rally movement. He opened up the frontier between Tibet and Nepal for the first time since being slammed shut by Chairman Mao for the first overland timed drive between Peking to Paris, reviving the 1907 epic that proved the motor-car could cross frontiers. How to enter and survive the 10,000 mile “Great Race”.
 

 

Sunday 26 January 2014

Time : 14:00 - 14:30
Where : Theatre 3

World's first length of Britain swim
Sean Conway

Sean Conway is an endurance adventurer who recently became the first person in history to swim the length of Great Britain - Land's End to John O'Groats.

The 900 mile swim took him over 4 months as he battled jelly fish, big waves and cold water.

 

Sunday 26 January 2014

Time : 14:45 - 15:15
Where : Theatre 3

Unveiling The Mysteries of Eastern Turkey
Diana Darke, Travel The Unknown


Diana Darke takes you on a journey through Turkey`s Magical East - a region of dramatic natural beauty and the origins of civilisation. Learn about the world`s first temple, Göbekli Tepe, the monumental statues of Mount Nemrut, the ancient city of Urfa and much more. Little-visited Eastern Turkey is ripe for discovery.

 

Sunday 26 January 2014

Time : 15:30 - 16:00
Where : Theatre 3

On Not Giving Up
Brian Milton


Brian Milton was the first man to fly a microlight airccraft around the world. In 1987-1988 Brian flew a microlight from London to Sydney, Australia, an official BiCentenary event. He was wrecked on a Greek island by high winds but glued the aircraft back together in 5 days. After out-landings in the Saudi Desert, a fuel blockage on Christmas Day 1987 put him down in the Persian Gulf 32 miles from land in the middle of the Iran/Iraq War. He rescued the aircraft after 6 hours in the water, got it to fly again within 5 days, and piloted it on to Australia, where it's now in a major Australian Museum.

 

Sunday 26 January 2014

Time : 16:15 - 16:45
Where : Theatre 3

Sailing Around the World With a Purpose 
Emily Penn, Pangaea Explorations

Pangaea Explorations’ Director Emily Penn shares tales of rounding the planet on Earthrace, the world record breaking biofuelled powerboat; discovering previously unknown gyres – huge areas of plastic pollution accumulation in the Atlantic and Pacific oceans; and living with indigenous communities on magically remote tiny Pacific atolls. This talk will inspire, educate and make you want to head straight for an ocean adventure, with a purpose.