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.

Featured Speaker

Toby Nowlan

Since he was 19 Toby Nowlan has led exploratory expeditions in search of the world’s most endangered species. Exploration and adventure have always been at the heart of these expeditions, but his principal objective has been to help conserve the most threatened species and places on Earth. Over the last 8 years he has organised and led natural history filmin...

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Well, Christmas and New Year have been and gone. We continue to be grateful to our audience members who are back with us again. It really is very, very nice to see old friends and to get flattering coments like this one last week, 'your lectures brighten up my winter'.

Our shift to electronic tickets seems to have gone OK and those members of our audience who had a problem at first, now seem to be OK with it. Moving to electronic ticketing saves us a lot of effort and abandoning our printed brochure will save even more, as well as saving an awful lot of postage money!

We are normally able to sell tickets on the door as well, but we much prefer tickets to be purchased in advance. It saves faffing about with cash or credit card machines (although we can deal with both). The closure of bank branches (more coming, apparently) makes cash a particular hassle.

Anyone who still has a Peter Habeler ticket, please let us have it back and we'll refund you, our T&Cs (home page/about us/legal) has instructions.

Unless something drastic happens in the next couple of months, we intend to return to a fortnightly pattern of lectures next season. In April, we'll start booking speakers so there's still time to suggest someone, if you have any good recommendations. We keep a file of possible speakers and then try to set up lectures to provide a balance of activities from a diverse range of speakers. 

Stay well.

Steve, Steve and Dick


Upcoming Events

The Last of the Javan Rhino

Toby's lecture is about his 2020 expedition to the Ujung Kulon rainforest, Java, Indonesia. He aimed to track, photograph and sketch the rarest large mammal on Earth, the Javan rhino. Working with local guides he travelled in the wet season to enable...

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The Perimeter

The Perimeter was a journey of discovery based on walking 11,000km around the coast of Britain over five years, with a camera and tent. The aim of the project was to create a celebration of Britain’s diverse landscape from the fierce granite cliffs b...

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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.