As Helen Keller once so wisely proclaimed: “Life is either a great adventure or nothing at all.” I, like countless others, believe this to be true. For many, the sensation of adventure comes simultaneous to life itself – for others, adventure is an experience yet to be discovered. So, whether it’s traversing the tallest rock walls, braving the coldest waters or simply enjoying a day out on the bikes, Durham Adventure Festival is sure to interest the outdoorsman in you.
Late this month, Durham Adventure Festival will celebrate its inaugural year and organisers have promised a ‘packed weekend of live events and films featuring the most outstanding and remarkable endeavours of ordinary people taking on new adventures’. Robin Byers of Durham County Council spoke of the festival in a tone of great pride: “We want the festival to be an informal, fun and inspiring place to be, were speakers and audience are all there for the same reason…to share their experiences and love for adventure and exploration. In between the ticketed sessions, we would love people to relax over a craft beer or two, and enjoy the stories and adventures of their fellow enthusiasts.”
Working in collaboration with the distinguished Kendal Mountain Festival, Durham County Council and the Gala Theatre aim to ensure that the newly established festival is a permanent feature in the historic city of Durham. Kendal Mountain Festival has, over the years, established itself as the UK’s primary annual social gathering of outdoor enthusiasts, proving themselves to be the ideal organisation to help ensure that the festival becomes an annual occurrence.
In an age seemingly dominated by smartphones and computer screens, it’s easy to forget the adventures that await us on our doorstep. County Durham is a county rich in history and culture, bolstering some of the most picturesque attractions that the UK has to offer; supplementary to this, the county also offers a host of fantastic locations for outdoor enthusiasts to explore. With the introduction of Durham Adventure Festival, the council hopes that the festival will inspire people to explore the region for outdoor activities; from the county’s beautiful beaches to its incredible mountain biking trails and beyond.
The thrill of the great outdoors fails to escape the people of the UK and Durham Adventure Festival will cater to the interests of many. For fans of Cycling, tour de force Marc Beaumont will be taking the stage of the Gala’s auditorium on Saturday 28th April, sharing the story of his monumental experience cycling the globe for the second time in ten years. On the back of a sold-out lecture at Kendal Mountain Festival, it is an event not to be missed!
If rock climbing is more your thing, then world-renowned mountaineer Andy Cave will be looking back over his extraordinary life, recalling the events that led him to summit some of the world’s highest mountain peaks. Cave will be speaking in the auditorium of the Gala Theatre on Friday 27th April. In addition to star speakers, many award-winning films will be shown over the course of the festival. They are sure to inspire and motivate so be sure to catch one if you can!
Tickets are now on sale for the very first Durham Adventure Festival, taking over Gala Theatre from Friday 27th – Sunday 29th April. Ticket prices vary according to each specific event. For every additional event booked, you receive 5% off the cost of your total booking. So that means there is a massive 45% of savings to be had (that’s over £38) which you can put towards your next adventure.
For additional information and to book tickets head to durhamadventurefestival.co.uk.