The Telegraph Outdoor Adventure & Travel Show returns to London in February 2016

The UK’s largest outdoor and adventure show will return to ExCeL London this February, running from Thursday 11th – Sunday 14th.

This year’s Show will be bringing a vast array of features, special guests and the latest gear from leading outdoor brands to appeal to explorers of all ages. 

Whether passionate about walking, climbing, hiking, watersports, photography, adventure travel or extreme challenges, the Show will allow visitors to get inspired, meet with experts and get stuck in with the action. 

Back by popular demand, the SuperBloc climbing wall is a must-see attraction. On the opening day of the Show, over 100 athletes from the Army, Navy and RAF will compete in the Armed Forces Bouldering Champs. New this year is the Superbloc Student Championship, which will see students compete on Friday. On the Saturday and Sunday, The Arch SuperBloc Open competition will feature some of the best climbers across the UK & Europe battle it out with an opportunity for amateurs to enter and get involved as well. An expert team will also be on-site to offer free masterclasses on lead climbing and bouldering across all four days of the event. 

Adventure seekers should be sure to visit the Wild Britain Zone, where they can learn bushcraft and survival skills with ‘A’ Squadron experts including ex-SAS recruit Bob Podesta. They can also hear from some of the world’s most intrepid explorers at the Discovery Stage, who will share their tips and thrilling experiences. For those looking for a more extreme challenge, The Adventure Theatre in association with Paramo will host speakers as they tell stories of visiting the most remote and hostile environments on Earth. This year, ‘Walking the Nile’ star Levison Wood returns to the stage as he talks about his recent adventures in the Himalayas. Previous speakers include the greatest living explorer, Sir Ranulph Fiennes; Steve Backshall and Kenton Cool. The full line-up of speakers will be announced on the website in the coming weeks.

Speakers currently confirmed to speak in The Adventure Theatre sponsored by Páramo include:


Levison Wood

The best selling author, explorer and photographer has covered stories and events around the world for over a decade. In 2014 he completed an expedition walking the length of the Nile and in 2015 he walked the length of the Himalayas.Wood has documented his latest adventure in a new TV-series and book, due to come out this month.

Mark Beaumont

Record breaking long distance British cyclist, adventurer, broadcaster and author, who came to prominence when he broke the Guinness World Record for cycling 18,000 miles around the world in 2008. And recently he smashed the 7000-mile Cairo to Cape Town World Record. Beaumont has also taken on a number of epic challenges off the bike including rowing through the high Arctic and surviving capsize whilst rowing the Atlantic.


Tim Jarvis

Environmental scientist, public speaker and explorer. His expeditions include the North and South Poles, across the Great Victoria Desert and retracing the polar journey of Sir Douglas Mawson using 100-year- old equipment and rations. Jarvis has just completed the 25zero project, which involved Jarvis and his team climbing the twenty-five mountains situated along the equator where glaciers still remain on the mountains. Due to climate change at the current rate, in twenty-five years these glaciers will have disappeared.

Jerry Gore

Internationally acclaimed climber and one of Britain’s most prolific expedition leaders, who has excelled on rock, ice and high-altitude peaks in his 35-year climbing career. Diagnosed as a Type 1 insulin dependent diabetic back in 2001, Gore continues to ‘push his limits’ in climbing and tirelessly raising money for a number of international diabetic charities. In 2012, Gore became the first Briton to complete three of the hardest routes in the Alps.

Read a Q&A on climbing with Jerry Gore here...


Jacki Hill-Murphy

A British teacher, explorer, author, filmmaker and speaker, Jacki’s first major expedition was in 1988 when she crossed Africa via the Sahara Desert and West Africa. Her current project is “Recreating the Journeys of the Early Women Explorers”, which will culminate in a book as she traces the steps of expeditions of amazing women explorers in the 18th, 19th and early 20th century.

Belinda Kirk

An expedition leader and award winning adventure film director, Belinda Kirk has over twenty years experience in expedition management. Kirk has worked on such series as Ray Mears Bushcraft, Living With Gorillas and BBC Coast. In 2010 she skippered a crew of four to become the first women to row non-stop around Britain, setting a new World Record

Gerda Pauler

Gerda Pauler has made countless trips to the Himalaya and Central Asia. In 2012, she set out to walk the length of the Great Himalaya Trail to raise awareness of autism in Nepal. Travelling across the country and visiting isolated villages, she interviewed some of the inhabitants of the Dolpo region, which inspired her new book Dolpo: People and Landscape, published November 2015.

Richard Harpham

Richard Harpham is an adventurer who has travelled over 7,600 miles by canoe, kayak and bike. Some of his amazing expeditions have seen him cycle part of the Sahara by fat bike and kayak from Vancouver Island to Alaska. Harpham is a published writer and sought after speaker.

Dr Gareth Mottram

Dr Gareth Mottram is a climber, explorer and published academic. Gaining his PhD in 2009 for his work using satellites to investigate the spread and impact of wildfires in Canada and Russia. Dr. Mottram has also taken part in mountaineering expeditions to Kyrgyzstan and was part of a team that was the first ever to climb some of these peaks, allowing them to officially name the mountain.

Olie Hunter Smart

Olie Hunter Smart left his job in advertising in 2013 to rekindle his passion for adventure and travel. He started an overland journey taking the Trans-Siberian train from Russia to Beijing before heading south through Asia, Australia, New Zealand and then onto to South America. Hunter-Smart has also recently completed the ‘Amazon River Run’, a 6,500km two man unsupported journey from the river’s source in the Peruvian Andes to its mouth in Brazil.

For those keen to develop their eye for photography, the Outdoor Photographer of the Year Exhibition allows visitors to marvel at the astounding images taken by some of the world’s best outdoor photographers. In addition, the Outdoor Photography Photobox will give them an opportunity to develop their own skills and get advice from some of the UK and Europe's best outdoor and adventure photographers, who will share their tricks and tips for getting the best shot.

Outdoor enthusiasts will also get the opportunity to check out the latest innovations from brands such as Salomon, Berghaus and Suunto as part of the Outdoor Industry Awards showcase. Those in need of new apparel will not be disappointed with the likes of Paramo, Alpkit, OEX and Fjallraven providing gear, clothing and accessories. This is all in addition to the number of tourism boards and travel companies on-site to offer practical advice, travel offers and destination ideas for every corner of the globe. 

A ticket to The Telegraph Outdoor Adventure & Travel Show will also gain visitors entry into three other events that are running simultaneously; The London Bike Show; The Triathlon Show: London powered by Honda and the London International Dive Show (Saturday & Sunday only).

Adult tickets for the Thursday or Friday cost £15 each including booking fee, with concession tickets at £9 including booking fee, children 8 and under are free and 9-16 year olds cost £3 including booking fee.

Adult tickets for the Saturday or Sunday are available at £18 per adult, £12 for concessions and 9-16 year olds £4, all including booking fee. Children under 8 can again attended for free

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