BAF festival this weekend – MTB films on the big screen


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Just a quick reminder that the second Buxton Adventure Festival kicks off this weekend at the Pavilion Arts Centre, Buxton Opera House in the Peak District with 10 incredible speakers coming from all over the UK and further afield to talk about their expeditions and experiences. Loads for cyclists – with speakers on Saturday and Sunday including:
10.30am Extreme Mountain Bike Stunt Show for Young Adventurers
5.30pm Saturday The fastest woman to cycle round the world, Juliana Buhring;
8pm Saturday – Olympic Mountain Biker Annie Last on stage talking to British Cycling’s Nik Cook
Followed by UK Premiere of Anthill Films Arrival in a double bill with NotBad.
12.30pm Sunday – 3 Peaks CycloCross winner & ultra-runner Heather Dawe
8pm Sunday – Jason Lewis who travelled round the world by human power, including bike.
Programme at a glance here:

The weekend starts on Friday night with our invitation-only “Derbyshire Young Adventurers Awards” ceremony evening at the University of Derby, Buxton’s Oaklands Manor Ourdoor Leadership Centre. The winner will be awarded a trip for two to to the French High Alps to take part in the Junior Adventure Race World Cup next summer. Runners up will enjoy an adventure day at Oaklands Manor for themselves and 20 classmates. The judging panel includes top climber Pete Whittaker , England fell runner Stuart Bond, and Hope Factory team cyclist Adela Carter. Adventurer Dave Cornthwaite will give a talk alongside Tim Meek and his family from microadventure bloggers.

Festival Director Matt Heason said: “We’ve been bowled over by the calibre of nominations. We’ve had a total of 17 amazing entries from young adventurers from the ages of 9 to 17 from mountain bikers to climbers, sailors, fell runners and all-rounders. I don’t envy the judges’ task. It’s humbling and inspiring to have been part of the process. We’re incredibly grateful to the University of Derby, Buxton for sponsoring, hosting and providing the prizes and to the Rural Derbyshire School Sport Partnership for their support.”

Festival PR Lissa Cook said: “Ticket sales are strong and the weather forecast is looking a bit gloomy – perfect for an indoor adventure! We’re really excited about the calibre of this year’s speakers and personally speaking I’m delighted there are four talks by amazing female athletes. We’re grateful for all the enthusiasm and goodwill from sponsors and partners. We’d like to thank in particular both the University of Derby, Buton and Rab for showing faith in a young and growing event and continuing their sponsorship. Special thanks also to our official media partner, The Buxton Advertiser, our accommodation partner, The Old Hall Hotel, and to High Peak Borough Council for their support. We’d both like to express our appreciation to Reflow Studio in Hathersage for having done sterling work on designing our website and promotional material around Lukasz Warzecha’s stunning imagery.”