A winter series of public lectures in Bristol the theme of which is world-wide adventure.

Our lecturers are well known explorers, mountaineers, travel writers, TV personalities, adventure sports personalities or anyone who has an epic story to tell and can enthral our audience with a rattling good yarn. The talks are invariably illustrated with slides and/or film.

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Featured Speaker

Night for Nepal line-up

Night for Nepal, provisional speakers

Our Night for Nepal line up now includes: Steve Berry, Rich Emerson, Graham Hoyland, Guy Jarvis, Mac Mackay, Adele Pennington, Mungo Ross, Stephen Venables, Mark Campbell and Bess Manley. All of them have direct experience of working with, trekking or mountaineering in Nepal This will be a 20:20 event, each speaker will deliver a presentation of 20 pictures, each timed to change automatically after 20 seconds...


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coming up next

Dervla Murphy in Conversation with Hugh Thomson

Dervla Murphy - 07/10/2015 19:30

Rather than a lecture, this is an opportunity to listen in to a conversation between two travellers, Hugh Thomson and Dervla Murphy. They will discuss her extraordinary life and travels.

Hugh Thomson is the author of a series of travel books, a regular book reviewer for The Independent and has contributed many feature length articles to newspapers and magazines. His recent book “The Green Road into the Trees: A Walk through England,” won the inaugural Wainwright Prize for Best Nature and Travel Writing 2014.

The event will be the 2015 Ginette Harrison Memorial Lecture

Last Man Walking: Australian Desert Exploration

Andrew Harper - 21/10/2015 19:30

Andrew's lecture is centred on the extensive desert sections of his 4,600 km solo walk across Australia along the Tropic of Capricorn, a crossing that involved traversing the Pilbara, and Little Sandy, Gibson and Simpson Deserts - collectively one of the world's great arid wildernesses. He relates this journey and his subsequent explorations to the providence of the grand 19th Century desert expeditions. In 2002 with colleague Kieran Kelly, he embarked on the 720 km Tanami Expedition, to join the historical routes of two of Australia's greatest land navigators Augustus Gregory and John Stuart. The historical challenge for their expedition was to connect Gregory's failed attempt in 1856 to cross the Tanami from the west with Stuart's unsuccessful attempt in 1860 to cross from the east, as separately they tried to discover the location of the great inland sea. Andrew draws on his knowledge for exploration history to contend that essentially true desert exploration methodology has changed little in 150 years.

Title to be confirmed

Alain Robert - 04/11/2015 19:30

We're welcoming back Alain Robert, the 'Spiderman'. Last April he solo climbed the 306m (1004ft) Cayan Tower in Dubai. 3 weeks ago, he climbed the Tour Montparnasse, in Paris in aid of Nepali earthquake victims; he first climbed this 59 storey tower in 1995 and nearly fell on that occasion