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.

You can buy tickets from each lecture page, they are all linked from What's On, follow the link from the menu at the top. 

Featured Speaker

John Ruthven

John Ruthven is the only producer to work full time on both 'Blue Planet I and II' series. He has worked extensively in science and history documentaries, and his career highlights range from producing iconic images of blue whales to directing drama inside a WW2 U boat or following venomous snakes throughout Asia. He specialises in wildlife and conservation...

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We're delighted to announce that our 2024 Wilderness Award has been won by Kathryn Scott.

Kathryn is a doctor working in North Wales and will be going to Central Asia, cycling self-supported from Tashkent in Uzbekistan, crossing through Kyrgyzstan and finishing in Almaty in Kazakhstan between April and May 2024 for 6-8 weeks. Kathryn will be with two colleagues, Erin Linwood - a medical student and outdoor instructor from Gloucestershire, currently taking a year out of my medical degree to study an MSc in Global Health and Kat Green a junior doctor based in Glasgow.

This year, our Award has been augmented by Ellis Brigham with the grant of an additional £350 plus a discount on equipment. 

Thanks very much for all the applications. As usual, we have told the unsuccessful applicants that if they come back with a good story to tell, and good photographs, then we'll be very happy to consider paying them to give a talk in a forthcoming series.

Steve, Steve and Dick


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Our past speakers list details all our lectures since Wilderness Lectures started operation, over 30 years ago. One of our favourite speakers was the mountaineer Doug Scott who set up charity, Community Action Nepal, to provide assistance to Sherpa communities. A gift aid form for C.A.N. is available here, if you would like to support the charity's work.