South West Outdoor Festival, brought to you by The National Trust, is taking place across the weekend of Friday 8 – Sunday 10 September at Cheddar Gorge in Somerset. This is the perfect opportunity for you to come and meet our Champions, who will be there showing off their various skills, and talking about their vast range of adventures.
Come along and be inspired to GetOutside.
Meet our Champions
The South West Adventure Tent will be hosting talks from several of the OS GetOutside Champions. On Saturday, you can join us for a Q& A with our champions, and on Sunday can join in with some orienteering.
Russell Smith and Jana Harrison
Russell Smith and Jana Harrison are lovers of exploring places that can be reached by almost anyone, as they believe you don’t need to be super fit or have incredible skills to explore. Earlier this year, their book 'Amazing Family Adventures' was published by the National Trust, and so Russel and Jana will be talking about family adventures at the festival. Russell once scooted the 1000-mile trip from Land’s End to John O’Groats! You can meet Russell on the Friday in the Adventure Tent, as he opens the festival. Jana will also be there on the Saturday, talking about her passion for cycling, so you can see her talk or meet her at the OS stand.
Zoe Homes is a lover of the outdoors, and co-founder of the Outdoor Bloggers network. Zoe loves to hike and has completed many hiking challenges. On Saturday, Zoe will be in the Adventure Tent talking about #OneHourOutside – her mission to encourage people to spend at least one hour without any kind of roof above their head and get in touch with nature.
Martin Curtis is a long-distance walking expert and runs his own guided tour company in Dorset. Martin also works as an ambassador for the Jurassic Coast UNESCO world heritage site. You can hear about Martin Curtis’s coastal adventures in the Adventure Tent on Saturday.
Phoebe Smith is author, editor and writer of Wanderlust magazine, and is also the author of seven outdoorsy books. Phoebe has a love of the UK, and regularly spends nights out under the stars. Phoebe will be in the Adventure Tent on Saturday, talking about extreme sleeping, as well as at the Fireside Story Circle talking about women and adventure with Anna McNuff.
Jen and Sim Benson
Writers of the Wild Running book, Jen and Sim Benson are experienced bloggers with a wealth of navigation experience. They are also editors of the routes section of Trail Running Magazine and hope to inspire others to run, and are also writing a book to inspire more families to get out and experience adventures. On the Sunday, you can meet Jen and Sim Benson, as they will be there talking about Family Adventures. Sim Benson will be hosting a Trail-running skills clinic and a run at the BMC skills camp on the Sunday – so be sure to join him for some expert running tips.
You can also meet:
Sean Conway is an endurance adventurer, and is the first man in history to cycle, swim and run the length of Britain. Sean also completed a self-supported ultra-triathlon that was followed by Discovery Channel. Sean will be in the Adventure tent on the Saturday talking about his achievements.
TV presenter and writer, Mary-Ann Ochota is used to getting outside for her work. Mary-Ann has also published a book, and educated others with a series of films about hill walking. Mary-Ann will be at the BMC skills camp on the Sunday, talking about mountaineering for dummies – so make sure you go along to learn some tips.
Take part in activities:
As well as hearing from our inspirational GetOutside champions, there are also countless activities to choose from - such as caving and climbing, water sports such as kayaking and sailing, archery and air rifle, snow sports, and guided walks (to name a few). If you prefer a challenge, there will be many opportunities – from 1km runs to duathlons. There is also plenty of experiences to have a go at, including outdoor yoga and tree climbing. Finally, you can top up your knowledge with bike and footwear clinics, cooking experiences and many more activities, talks and experiences to choose from.
To book tickets, follow the and visit the National Trust website.