New year, new ideas

It’s the new year (say what!?) and although we’re generally not ones for resolutions at AQ HQ, we are MOST definitely ones for adventure ideas and inspiration! So to help kick off 2018, here are some adventure, and more specific activity themed, festivals you can catch around the UK, covering everything from films to talks and skills workshops.


Adventure Travel Show

What: The UK’s only event dedicated to travel experiences off the beaten track, with talks, seminars, skills sessions, travel providers.

When: 20-21 January 2018

Where: Olympia, London

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Telegraph Outdoor Travel Show

What: Not purely adventure but described as a must-attend event for any discerning travellers. So if keen for adventures beyond the UK, you’re likely to leave with ideas on new places to explore and tips on destinations off the beaten track.

When: 23-25 February 2018

Where: Excel, London

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Banff Mountain Film Festival

What: Says what it does on the tin – best new films from the world’s most prestigious mountain film festival. There are two different programmes – Red and Blue – so check them out before you buy tickets… or go to both!

When: 13 January – 19 May 2018

Where: All over the UK

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Sheffield Adventure Film Festival

What: More than 100 of the best adventure, travel and extreme sports films hand-picked for you from around the world.

When: 9-11 March 2018

Where: Sheffield

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Aviemore Adventure Festival

What: Annual festival for all outdoor enthusiasts, celebrating the best of Outdoor Sport & Adventure culture. The programme includes a bunch of outdoor activities, gear testing events, workshops, film screenings and talks.

When: 17-22 April 2018

Where: Aviemore, Scotland

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Cycling Touring Festival

What: A weekend of talks, workshops, drop-in sessions, practical advice, planning about all things bicycle touring. It’s the place to come for anyone planning, thinking about or dreaming of a bike trip.

When: 4-7 May 2018

Where: Clitheroe, Lancashire

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The Bushcraft Show

What: Three-day event packed with amazing bushcraft activities that’ll take you on a bushcraft and survival adventure you’ll never forget. From woodland crafts to firefighting, shelter building, tracking, foraging, woodland games and much more. 

When: 26-28 May 2018

Where: Swadlincote (south of Burton upon Trent)

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Keswick Mountain Festival 

What: A weekend filled with world class sporting events, fun and challenging outdoor activities, festival camping, speakers and live music.

When: 8-10 June 2018

Where: Keswick

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Adventure Travel Film Festival – London

What: Best independent adventure film festival, mixed with a bunch of talks, outdoor activities, camping and general having a blast!

When: 10-12 August 2018

Where: Greater London

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Camp Wildfire

What: Half adventure, half music so if you can’t decide between an adventure festival and a full-on music festival, this is for you!

When: 31 August-3 September 2018

Where: Kent

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Basecamp Festival

What: A weekend filled with a range of adventure activities (including hiking, biking, kayaking, climbing, bushcraft), listen to tales of adventure from explorers and party in the woods to live music and entertainment.

When: Early September 2018 (tickets aren’t up yet)

Where: Peak District

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Adventure Travel Film Festival – Scotland

What: Best independent adventure film festival, mixed with a bunch of talks, outdoor activities, camping and general having a blast!

When: 21-23 September 2018

Where: Inverse, Scotland

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Alpkit Big Shakedown

What: A family-fun-filled weekend of outdoor adventure activities and entertainment.

When: 28-30 September 2018

Where: Great Longstone, Peak District

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Southwest Outdoor Festival (SWOF)

What: SWOF is a celebration of outdoor activities, adventures, pursuits and pastimes – plus fine food, great music and inspirational speakers – that takes place every year at a different wild site around the South West.

When: 5-7 October 2018

Where: East Soar, South Devon

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Womens Adventure Expo

What: An inspiring day that celebrates and champions women’s adventure, packed with talks from leading female adventurers and explorers, plus workshops, discussions and outdoor industry exhibitors.

When: 6 October 2018

Where: Bristol

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What: A family-friendly festival that’s a celebration of community, positive mindset and adventurous thinking, with talks and workshops.

When: end of October 2018

Where: West Sussex

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Kendal Mountain Festival

What: An award-winning festival that’s in its 18th year (wowsers!), that sees thousands of outdoor enthusiasts, athletes, top brands & equipment manufacturers, artists, photographers, adventurers, explorers and inspirational speakers gather every year to share adventures and celebrate the very best in outdoor and adventure sports culture.

When: 15-18 November 2018

Where: Kendal

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