Show Info

About the Event

What are the Show opening times?

The show will be open 9am – 5pm on both Saturday 23rd March and Sunday 24th March 2024.

Is there a cloakroom available?

The NEC has a cloakroom before you enter the Show.

Do I need to book onto the features at the show?

Some of the features at the show will require you to book a session in advance, these links can be found on the individual feature pages on the What's on page on the website. If there is not a link to book on the page you will be able to walk up on the day to take part in the feature.

Some of the features with bookable sessions may currently be fully booked but are likely to have walk up sessions available on the day.

Which hall are you in?

We are in Hall 1. You can see an NEC map here.

Do I need to book to see a speaker?

No, all speaker talks and panels are first come, first served.

How do I find out about exhibiting at the show?

You can speak directly to our Event Director Esther Beal who would be happy to discuss opportunities to get involved in the Show – she can be reached at [email protected] You can also find out more information here Get Involved – National Outdoor Expo

Will I need ID?

We don’t require ID to gain entry to the Show

Will there be food stalls?

Yes, there will be a number of NEC-managed food stalls, and some of our exhibitors will sell packaged food items.

My question isn’t here

If you still have a question, please email us on [email protected]

Tickets

How can I get tickets?

You can book your tickets through See Tickets.

If you have a query about purchasing your ticket or if you have already booked your ticket and haven’t received a confirmation or can’t find it then you can track your order here nationaloutdoorexpo.seetickets.com/customerservice

If you still have a query, please email [email protected] or ring 0203 827 1999

Can people buy tickets on the door?

Yes, you can buy a ticket at the Show’s entrance, but we strongly recommend pre-booking for quicker entry.

Can I buy a VIP ticket?

We have made a decision not to charge for these tickets, but if you follow us on social media then you might be able to win one for free.

Can I bring children with me?

Any adult can bring a child under 16 without charge, you can book this ticket when you book your own ticket through See Tickets. Please note children under the age of sixteen need to be supervised at all times.

When will I receive my ticket?

You should have received your ticket to the show, if this is not the case please contact [email protected]

Getting There

How do I get to the NEC and what facilities are available?

EnRoute Taxis will also be available to help you get to the NEC, please visit their website, App and Web Booker Page to book.

Where can I stay nearby?

We've officially partnered with EventBeds™ by NuBreed Hotels to give this year’s Exhibitors and Attendees access to exclusively discounted hotels at selected properties near to the event.   
 
Save up to 30% and fully flexible rates are available. Due to increasing demand we'd recommend booking soonest through the EventBeds™ booking widget below or you can contact their Concierge Team directly at with your requirements. Their office hours are Mon-Fri, 9am - 6pm.

Book here

What about parking?

You should park in the NEC car parks. The NEC has additional information on parking, but if you’re travelling by coach please email us. Please be aware the NEC charge for parking. You can book your parking at preferential rates in advance.

How can I travel sustainably to the show?

When planning your travel please consider your carbon footprint:

  1. Travel on public transport or actively where possible (nearest train line is Birmingham International which brings you straight into the NEC) – save ££ by booking train/coach tickets in advance
  2. If travelling by car then we encourage car sharing with others you know and/or potentially using car sharing apps like liftshare.com or blablacar.com – save ££ when you book NEC car park tickets in advance
  3. Combine 1 and 2 – have you thought about connecting with local public transport and bike hire schemes – see tfwm.org.uk for bike hire and park and ride options
  4. Carbon offsetting your travel – we are encouraging all visitors to donate £2 to offset their carbon footprint on travelling to the show

Accessibility

Will you have a quiet space available?

We will have small area reserved should a visitor need a few moments away from the Show floor – to find out more about this or speak to the team contact [email protected]

Can I bring my pet?

Only support animals are allowed inside the Hall

Is the venue accessible?

The NEC aims to be fully user-friendly for visitors with access needs. This is a quick guide to some of their facilities.

adrenaline drop

The Stuntbag Company gives you the chance to jump from a high tower onto a professional stunt bag. Anyone over the age of 6 can try it and absolutely everyone loves to watch. It's the ultimate land-based freefall experience and we call it - FREEDROP.

Our tower allows you to jump from 3m and 6m. Your first jump is from 3 metres - if you jump well you can jump from 6
meters. We run 30-minute sessions with groups going through together. Within the session, you get a full briefing where we tell you a bit about how the Stunt bags work and where we use them!

We then teach you how to jump and land correctly. You get 3 jumps, two jumps from 3 metres and the 3rd jump from 6 metres ( if you jump well from 3m and are aged 8 years and older).

To take part you need to be aged 6 and over, in good health with no injuries and not be under the influence of anything more than caffeine! Participants under the age of 16 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

Those aged 6-8 will be able to jump from the lower platform.

Those 8 and over will be able to jump from the top platform after 2
successful jumps from the lower platform.

Decisions made by stuntbag staff as to your suitability

British Orienteering Trail

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British Orienteering

Free Indoor Orienteering Trail

Grab a map from the British Orienteering stand (A71) or one of the Partner stands listed and navigate your way through the EXPO centre! At each stand that is marked as a checkpoint, look for the orange and white orienteering kite and the letter attached to it. Complete the course, collecting all the letters before making your way back to the British Orienteering stand to hand over your map for the chance to be in the prize draw with great prizes on offer!

Partners

Woodland cafe

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The Woodland Café sponsored by Sealskinz, at the centre of the show, is a great meeting point and the perfect place for a community catch up!

Come and meet other visitors while you relax, unwind and refuel with our selection of vegan food and drinks available to buy. Should you wish to purchase non-vegan food and snacks, these will be available towards the back of the show.

Mountain Bike Trails Show and Workshops

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Fusion Extreme

Mountain Bike Trails Shows Show and Workshop by Fusion Extreme.

Come and see the amazing Mountain Bike Trails Shows by Fusion Extreme.

There will be 4 shows a day for all visitors to enjoy.

After each show there will be workshops for all ages to try out and get involved.

Disc Golf

With

Disc Golf UK

FREE Introduction To Disc Golf with Disc Golf UK professional Richard
Richard Hatton, a disc golf enthusiast since the 1990s, has pioneered the UK's disc golf industry. As the founder of Disc Golf UK, he's transformed his passion into a thriving business, specialising in the installation of disc golf courses, disc manufacturing, and building the UK's favourite online disc golf retailer.
With over 100 courses installed across the UK, Disc Golf UK is your ultimate destination for all things disc golf. Whether you're looking to set up your very first course, create your very own custom printed discs for your course or get a selection of popular discs to retail yourselves, DGUK has got you covered.

But what exactly is disc golf? It's a fantastic outdoor sport suitable for everyone, whether you're 5 or 95 years old. Picture traditional golf, but with frisbees, or as we like to call them, discs.

The DGUK stand is the perfect place to explore this accessible and budget-friendly sport that encourages the whole family to step outside and embrace the great outdoors.

Chat with DGUK professionals

Join DGUK at our zone to discover more about disc golf, have a go yourself and see how it can bring your venue an extra activity that brings your customers closer to nature while having a blast. See you at the expo!

High Ropes

With over 36 obstacles to choose from, which route will you take?

Bear Grylls Adventure is home to the tallest high ropes course in Europe, standing at an almighty 65ft tall and with 36 different obstacles to tackle, a must for those with a head for heights!

With its free roam structure, you can create your own adventure on the course, and select which of the 36 obstacles you take on, from the simple rope bridges to the challenging rolling log on the course’s top level.

There will be 200 slots available PER DAY (x16 people per session). 100 of these will be pre-bookable via a link that will be promoted at a time closer to the event and 100 will be bookable on the day via the Bear Grylls Adventure stand.

Wild camping zone

Ever wanted to experience the adventure of wild camping?

CampWild are stoked to be hosting the Wild Camping Zone at the National Outdoor Expo for 2024! Come and join us at Stand G20 to immerse yourself in the world of wild camping, with regular skills sessions & talks, where you can drop in and ask the experts your questions. You can also catch us on the Skills Stage, where we will share the stories of wild camping adventures, the benefits it can bring & how to get started. 

Skills Stage Talk - 1pm - 1.30pm

Wild Camping is for Everyone - Tom Backhouse (30 mins)

Join us as we introduce CampWild, the project that is revolutionising accessibility for wild camping across the UK by unlocking private land and growing a community platform that supports absolutely anyone looking to connect to nature through the adventure of wild camping.

Wild Camping Zone Talks

A beginners guide to wild camping -  Tim Monaghan (author)(20 mins)

Join author and adventure enthusiast Tim Monaghan as he peels back the layers that formed the foundation of his best selling book ‘The Essential Guide to Wild Camping: A beginners handbook'.

Social Prescribing in a Temperate Rainforest - Aydin Boyacigiller (Greenwood Music)(20 mins)

Aydin Boyacigiller explores the positive physical and mental benefits of prescribing time in nature and how he is working to deliver this within a temperate rainforest in Cornwall. Join Aydin as he beautifully demonstrates how we can work in harmony with nature to improve well being whilst protecting a very special and rare habitat. 

Redefining Conservation - Oxygen Conservation (20 mins)

Oxygen Conservation has a commitment to Scaling Conservation to deliver positive environmental and social impact. Join Oxygen conservations Engagement Specialist, Abbey Dudas as she gives an insight as to how Oxygen Conservation are acquiring land across the UK and restoring natural processes to protect and restore natural and built environments.

Simplifying Kit for Wild Camping - Vango (30 mins)

Join the Vango team (including their very own head of design) as they explore the basics of the kit needed for wild camping and how this should remain simple and accessible. The team will be exploring tents, sleep systems and cooking equipment as well as the innovative grading system that has been brought to life with CampWild.

Adventures with Kids -The Ultimate Checklist -  Content TBC (20 mins)

Navigation Basics - An adventurers Introduction - Content TBC (20 mins)

Keep the waterproof gear you love for longer with Grangers and the GORE-TEX brand

Grangers and the GORE-TEX brand are joining together to share expert advice on how to repair, clean and reproof clothing and footwear to maintain performance and ensure it lasts for years to come. Grangers and the GORE-TEX brand believe that aftercare has a massive part to play in reducing our impact on the world we all love to explore. By caring for your outerwear it will not only reduce waste and save you money, but also guarantee you a more enjoyable experience outdoors. 

Make sure to pop on to stand D25, to learn more about GORE-TEX Products and take advantage of 50% off Grangers to keep your GORE-TEX Products performing like-new once more. #withgrangersyoucan #provenformore

25% off all LightupU products

Head over to the LightupU stand (D30) to make the most of their show exclusive 25% discount across their entire range during the weekend of the show. Fancy winning a holiday stay at their Luxury Lodge in the Lake District? Make the most of the free prize draw entry on stand D30.

Their stand will also feature interactive games which give you the chance to win many prizes on offer. LightupU carefully design their products to be waterproof, top quality and highly visible to keep you safe. 

Free adventure accessories with eBike orders

15% off everything at the Barracuda Bay stand when scanning this QR code

Over at the Barracuda Bay stand, we have a range of sweet gear that is IDEAL for getting wet in. Our rashies will keep you looking cool, and our neoprene hoodie will keep the chill off when you need it. And the really good news is that we have 15% off all clothing items when registering with the QR code below. All you need to do is bring the registration email to the stand and show us.

We also have the last few SWEET paddle boards on offer, reduced from £475 to £299.

AAAANNNNNDDDDDD, there's a bunch of other offers as well. You'd best come talk to us so you don't miss out.

Pick your eGlove style with 10% off all ranges

Pick your eGlove style with 10% off all ranges. No matter what adventure you are taking on this spring, make sure you are prepared and styled thanks to this special discount. eGLOVE CragClimb Gloves are lightweight, breathable and touchscreen friendly cragging, climbing, bouldering, rappelling and via ferrata gloves that protect your hands without sacrificing dexterity.

The eSKI Pro – Leather Snowsport Gloves provide warmth in - 20°C, quality goat leather and, of course, style! Finally, eGlove eSKI Claw. These really are a lovely glove for beginners and intermediates - don't compromise on your kit and feel the benefit.

PLUS deep discounts on end of line products found in the discount bins on the stand.

campsite cooking with cadac

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10:00 - 10:30       The ultimate breakfast wraps

11:30 - 12:00      Chicken chorizo risotto

13:00 - 13:30 Perfect pizzas and a simple hack!

14:30 - 15:00 The tingling Thai green veggie curry

Emergency CPR for the untrained person 

16:00 - 16:30 Pancakes of a boozy fruity type

If you have any allergies or dietary preferences, please request a list of ingredients from a member of the Cadac team before sampling the dishes

Mountain safety and first aid hub

Mountain Rescue Hub 

Mountain Rescue England and Wales (MREW) are presenting three sessions in the Mountain Rescue Hub.

The sessions are:

Dressing for the Outdoors – The importance of layering and clothing selection

Digital Mapping – Drop-in workshop on using mapping effectively in conjunction with traditional maps.

CPR - Emergency CPR for the untrained person 

The timetable of the presentations for Saturday and Sunday:

10:00 am      Dressing for the Outdoors -

The importance of layering and clothing selection

11:00  am     Digital Mapping -

Drop-in workshop on using mapping effectively in conjunction with traditional maps

12:00 am      CPR -

Emergency CPR for the untrained person 

1:00 pm        Dressing for the Outdoors -

The importance of layering and clothing selection

2:00 pm       Digital Mapping -

 Drop-in workshop on using mapping effectively in conjunction with traditional maps

3:00 pm       CPR 

Emergency CPR for the untrained person

4:00 pm         Dressing for the Outdoors -

The importance of layering and clothing selection

Enter a competition on the Lloyd Langford Expedition Training stand to win a goody bag and voucher

Win by visiting the Lloyd Langford Expedition Training stand and scan the QR code that will take them to our Facebook/Instagram.

Once you have liked that you will be entered to win a goody bag and outdoors shop voucher!

Experience bushcraft and get show exclusive offers with Craghoppers

This year, come by the Craghoppers stand where we will be hosting a series of Bushcraft activities with our friends from Woodland Ways. Learn how to weave willow, carve spoons and experience the art of pyrography. And for those needing to spruce up their Spring outdoor wardrobe, check out the New Season, including new technical waterproofs, trousers and fleeces, with up to 50% off everything. You also have the chance to win a prize worth over £1500 including VIP tickets & Glamping at The Bushcraft Show, an Audience with Ray Mears, a Woodland Ways Course, and £500 of Craghoppers kit."

Free Waterproofing samples and amazing prize draw worth over £1,000

We look forward to seeing you at the National Outdoor Expo, Nikwax stand (G2), where you can pick up free Nikwax samples and enter our competition to win a bundle of outdoor clothing and equipment worth £1,000.

Nikwax was founded in 1977 by Nick Brown, a keen mountain walker, who designed a waterproofing wax to keep his leather walking boots dry.

Today, Nikwax is an employee owned, global leader in PFC-free aftercare and waterproofing solutions renowned for our sustainable practices. All Nikwax products are made in the UK with care for the environment.

Our mission is to help everyone enjoy the outdoors whilst protecting and preserving the natural environment. Our products extend the life of outdoor gear, clothing and footwear and elevate performance so that you stay warm and dry and your gear lasts longer.

rooftop tent demos

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During the show Latitude Tents will be doing rooftop tent demos of the opening and closing of the tents. As well as allowing people to climb into the tents and have a lie down.

No Air BnB fees applied, but no sleeping either!

free bosy mot assessment at her spirit

Are you suffering from niggles that prevent you from fully enjoying the outdoors, whatever the activity? If so book onto one of our 30 minute MOT sessions with our Her Spirit physio Gemma, who will carry out a head to toe assessment, looking at your joint mechanics and for any asymmetries, taking into account your injury history and activity levels, to provide you with an insight into the possible root cause of the problem.

Book on at https://herspirit.punchpass.com/timeslot?start_date=2023-03-13 and come and see us at stand K30.

Visit katherine partis and win

Katherine Partis in conjunction with Halti, a Finish outdoor brand with over 40 years of experience bring you the opportunity to win a Halti Huippu Gilet and a pair of Halti waterproof walking shoes.

The lightweight and warm Huippu down vest is perfect for year-round and versatile use. The outer fabric of the vest is made of 100% recycled material which is water-resistant and durable. The down in the vest is obtained from down blankets and pillows that are no longer in use.

Holebrook Sweden are a valued partner at katherinepartis.com, known for their sustainable materials, responsible manufacturing, and slow fashion. From full zip to pullover there really is something for everyone, our stand will be popping with the new season colours.

All you have to do to win with Halti is to visit the Katherine Partis stand (D61) and leave your details! Good luck!

15% off all products at Mustang survival

If your adventures span water and land, Mustang Survival’s Outerwear collection has you covered. The men’s and women’s Callan jackets are lightweight, waterproof, and highly breathable, ideal for outdoor pursuits. If you need a warm mid-layer, the Torrens is the jacket of choice. Made from highly breathable and quick-drying Polartec® Alpha®, this jacket continues to insulate, even when wet. Designed, tested, and manufactured in British Columbia. The men’s Hudson and Women’s Helix drysuits perfectly capture Mustang Survival’s ethos of ‘Live Beyond Land’, which are ideal for paddle sports

Find us at stand E30 and grab a 15% discount on all ranges.

win a bundle worth £135 at the lifesystems stand

Lifesystems will be running a giveaway this weekend where someone will win a Lifesystems product bundle worth over £135. They will have a large graphic on our stand about this.

To enter, simply need to scan the QR code that’s on the graphic and complete the signup form which will subscribe them to their newsletters.

harrier trail Running zone

Join one of Harrier's FREE trail sessions coming up at the National Outdoor Expo! ⁠

Harrier are thrilled to be hosting the Trail Running Zone at the National Outdoor Expo again for 2024! They've got a fantastic weekend of trail sessions planned at their stand B65!

Saturday 23rd March

10am - Kate Parker - How To Use Poles

11am - Ronnie Staton on Running The Spine

12pm - Dave Taylor on Running The Big Rounds

1pm - Stephen Reid’s Guide To Sliding Down Hills (How to have fun in the outdoors!)

2pm - Mubarak & Homayra Sheikh | Muslim Runners: Diversity In The Outdoors - practical steps we can all take to get more people out on the trails.

Sunday 24th March

10am - Kate Parker - How To Use Poles

11am - Ronnie Staton’s Guide to Tackling Multi-Day Challenges & Events

12pm - Stephen Reid: Social Media and Content Creation for the Outdoors

1pm - Dave Taylor’s Brew With A View 

Tickets for these talks will be available via Eventbrite soon. Check back for updates.

the recycling centre

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Kitsquad takes in donated outdoor adventure clothing & equipment. It is then checked, cleaned & reproofed & passed onto low income individuals & families. Enabling them to get outdoors whilst wearing and / or using the correct & comfortable gear

Kitsquad will accept any equipment or clothing that is adventure related and still has some life left in it. Below is a list of the kind of gear that we will accept. This is not a complete list and we will consider anything adventure related.

You can find the Recycling Centre on stand B9 which is located near the entrance so you can drop off your donations before exploring the expo.

Day rucksacks

Expedition rucksacks

Rucksack liners

Rucksack rain covers

Drybags

Hiking boots

Hiking shoes

Trail running shoes

Tents

Bivvy bags

Sleeping bags

Sleeping mats

Camping quilts

Baselayers

Down jackets

Fleeces

Waterproof jackets

Waterproof trousers

Hiking trouser

Technical leggings

Technical t-shirts

Socks

Gloves/mittens

Hats (woolly and sun hats)

Camping Stoves

Lightweight camping pans

Sporks

Camping bowls and plates

Food flasks

Re-usable water/steel bottles

Mugs (enamel and collapsible)

Torches/head torches

First aid kits

Emergency whistles

Group shelters

Emergency bivvy bags

Compass

Hiking poles

Trail guide books

Maps

Power banks

Dry robes

Towelling robes

Wet suits/neoprene clothing

Swimming Shoes

Neoprene socks and gloves

ORIENTEERING CHALLENGE

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Visit the Newlands Adventure (B80) team during the weekend to take on their Orienteering Challenge. Use a specially designed map to find 13 points around the expo and record the letter found at each location on your map. Then all that’s left to do is to work out the word (or words) that the letters make and return this to the Newlands Adventure stand to be in with a chance of winning a voucher for £360 that can be used to book your adventure at Newlands Adventure Centre. Not only that the winner will also receive a £100 voucher for Montane so you’ll be able to kit yourself out before your adventure weekend.

Spin The Wheel For A Chance To Win An Instant Prize And Even Go Into The Draw For The Major Prize!

NOWCA is back again at the 2023 National Outdoor Expo at Birmingham NEC from 18-19 March. We will be hosting some exciting activities at the exhibition to showcase safe open water swimming.

If you are new to open waters wimming and wondering to get started, then come and speak to our team who can help guide you and provide lots of advice for newbies. They will also be on hand for venue managers or water owners who want advice about water safety and how to successfully manage a open water location. Come and visit our stand in the exhibition hall to get a live demonstration of our integrated system and how it has supported both venues and swimmers.

We’ve also got loads of prizes to give away!

Outside at Pendigo Lake, you can take part in a free open water swim or join one of our free Coach Talks. Our trusted partner, Tri Wetsuit Hire, is also offering a free wetsuit hire for your swim.

All activities are available to NOWCA members. Spaces are limited so bookings are essential via the ACTiO app.

special show offers and giveaways with every purcahse at rooster

Rooster® are a technical clothing brand, whose origin is within sustainable watersports gear. Growing from a background of dinghy sailing, Rooster was set up in 1999 by founder and chairman, Steve Cockerill, to increase accessibility in being able to buy the right kit to enable them to perform on the water, at an affordable price.  From then to now, Rooster continue to be passionate about inspiring, educating and facilitating access to the freedom of getting out in the elements, whilst being environmentally aware through every aspect of the business.

Rooster will be exhibiting a selection of key products from their 2023 collection ranging from wetsuits, bags and accessories to technical casual apparel - Everything you need to enjoy living in the elements, including their award winning Aquafleece® range will feature on the stand through a unique array of waterproof, durable products.

There will also be a giveaway with every purchase, and a specific show offer, so head over to Stand H10 to find out more.

win a wild moose robe

Wild Moose has a range of products for wild swimmers and outdoor enthusiasts. We know how important it is to get warm and dry after an outdoor dip and have developed a range of clothing and accessories to help with this. We also have bags and backpacks to protect your kit from the elements.

Come and visit us at stand G51 to say hi and to enter our competition to win a Wild Moose robe of your choice. We love to chat to swimmers and fellow outdoor enthusiasts and can’t wait to meet you.

New family holidays and specialist kids' camps at PGL

Launching family holidays to Paris and Disneyland on the stand this year, staying at PGL’s very own French chateau.  PGL are also launching a range of new specialist kids’ camps, from pony and water sports camps to cooking, sports and theme park breaks. Anyone visiting us on stand during the show will also get the chance to enter our competition to win a kids’ camp for their child and a friend during 2023.

20% off everything & a chance to win with harvey maps

Exclusive offer with 20% Off Everything, a chance to win £100 to spend at HARVEY Maps, and an Interactive Map Zone where you can win fun prizes and extra discounts! 

bote kayak bag toss

If you're looking for a fun activity while at the National Outdoor Expo, look no further than Bag Toss! Also known as Cornhole, this game is perfect for people of all ages and skill levels.

Bag Toss is a simple game that involves tossing bean bags onto a raised platform with a hole in the centre. Players take turns trying to toss their bags into the hole or onto the platform, with the goal of scoring as many points as possible. It's a game that's easy to learn but challenging to master, and can provide hours of entertainment for your guests.

Throw the bag into the hole and win a discount voucher to spend at BOTE.

reduce pain while keeping active with urban body's custom orthotics

Book your assessment today!

Do you love walking, hiking, running, or just like to keep active? 

Are you being forced to stop because of nagging foot, knee, hip, joint pain or tight muscles?  

Then you are likely to benefit from Urban Body's custom-made orthotics. 

Using state of the art 3D foot scanning and printing technology, Urban Body physiotherapists can create accurate and comfortable prescription foot orthotics. 

Custom orthotics are proven to alleviate aches and pains through providing additional support in all the right places and correcting alignment of the whole body.

Book your appointment NOW using the link to see how orthotics can keep you doing the things you love pain free!

Schedule Appointment with Urban Body Physiotherapy (as.me)

Photon sit on top kayak launch

New for the 2023 season Riber are proud to launch the PHOTON Sit On Top Kayak is the first of its kind to be made in the Peak District, UK. Keeping a timeless shape, Riber have designed the Photon Sit on Top Kayak to be packed with features. The ample hull width increases the stability on flat water. The integrated skeg cuts through the waves and the lightweight hull provides excellent tracking resulting in an effortless paddle for smooth sea use.

The PHOTON Sit On Top Kayak includes a unique bucket storage hatches with soft closure. This hatch is ideal for keeping essentials and valuables safe whilst out paddling. There are handles either side with paddle holders and an ergonomic grab handle at the rear.

In the rear storage area there are two drainage holes which means it is suitable for use with the Sit on Top Kayak Trolley which allows you to transport the kayak without the need to use a strap to secure the boat.

The PHOTON Sit On Top Kayak is made from blow moulded HDPE in Derbsyhire, UK. We select our colour range carefully to mitigate any potential colour fade over time and use UV stable pigments. The core hull is a blown in one piece mould ensuring the best possibly buoyancy and rigidity. This kayak comes with a users guide which includes details of the full one year manufacturers warranty we offer.

This kayak has a central drinks holder and space to fit an optional Rod Holder. It has five drainage holes spaced across the boat. There are several footrest points for added comfort when paddling. Also, there are a number of D-rings which can be used to secure paddles leashes or other similar items. The rear bungee storage area is ideal for any trolley.

The PHOTON Sit On Top Kayak is stable on flat waters. Consequently, the curvature and rocker of the hull mean it also performs great in the sea and amongst the waves.

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Gemma Hunt book readings

Children’s TV presenter and Waterproofs and Wellies ambassador, Gemma Hunt, will be at the National Outdoor Expo reading from her new book, ‘A Good Friend’. Come along to her fabulous story time sessions in the yurt and make the most of the opportunity to meet Gemma in person and even get your copy of signed by the author herself. Gemma will also be returning to The Outdoor Guide stand throughout the weekend where you will have the opportunity to win, amongst other amazing prizes, a family break away.

The timings for Gemma’s storytelling sessions are:

Saturday:

11-12

4-5

Sunday:

10-11

Her spirit strength and wellness zone

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30 minute Body MOT with Her Spirit Physio Gemma 

Gemma Richards is an experienced physiotherapist, covering all areas of physiotherapy whilst specialising in the management of sports injuries as clinical director at Total Performance Physio. She works at the highest level with international hockey and rugby players, including in the past, members of Nottingham Rugby Club and County Cricket. Gemma also supports national and international athletes in the fields of triathlon, swimming, athletics and ice skating, as well as working alongside amateur sportsmen and women of all kinds at Her Spirit.

Are you suffering from niggles that prevent you from fully enjoying the outdoors, whatever the activity? If so book onto one of our 30 minute MOT sessions with our Her Spirit physio Gemma, who will carry out a head to toe assessment, looking at your joint mechanics and for any asymmetries, taking into account your injury history and activity levels, to provide you with an insight into the possible root cause of the problem.

Chat with the Her Spirit Open Water Swim Coaches 

Come and have a chat with the Her Spirit open water swim coaches - Sarah, Mel, Jayne, Jules and Gillian about your next challange and any help and advice you may need.

Her Spirit Strength Zone 

Come and chat to the Her Spirit strength coaches about why strength is so important for life. Take part in the Her Spirit strength challenge and WIN a bag of Her Spirit goodies and a FREE 12 month Unlimited membership 

Meet the founders 

Come and chat to Holly and Mel about why they set up Her Spirit and understand more about Her Spirit and their mission.

Ice Bath Challenge

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The Ice Bath Co provide cold water emersion to the masses. With the first Smart Ice Bath to the market, we are providing Ice Baths down to 2C that can be controlled from your mobile. During The National Outdoor Expo we will have a fully running Ice Bath for you to come and experience the cold waters for yourself and guided through the process by our team at The Ice Bath Co.

Can ice baths help you burn body fat? New research says yes. The authors of a new review published in the International Journal of Circumpolar Health say that taking a dip in cold water may be just the thing if you are looking to reduce the amount of unhealthy body fat that you have. Healthline

Experience Kayaking

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British Gliding association Flight simulator

Sponsored by

The British Gliding Association's flight simulator gives people the chance to discover what it’s like to fly a glider. Based on the cockpit from a two seat trainer, the flight software accurately models a gliders flying characteristics and the three screens realistically shows the passing landscape.

We then hope that once visitors have experienced the simulator they’ll try the real thing. With over 80 gliding clubs around Great Britain, gliding is accessible to all, is a great outdoor hobby and people may be surprised at how affordable it is.

Paddle Boarding

Sponsored by

Wanting to try paddle boarding for the first time? Or looking to share the love for the sport ? The Paddle Boarding feature area at The National Outdoor Expo sponsored by Red Paddle Co is just the place for you. Taking place on the Pendigo Lake outside the NEC, this will not be missed.

Bookings for the paddle boarding feature are available here

The Wildlife Watching Pavilion

Featuring:

Aid and elevate your passion for nature, wildlife and the great outdoors!

Come along to the Wildlife Watching Pavilion to touch and feel the best kit and learn more about the UK’s most scenic and wildlife rich nature reserves.

VIP Lounge

The VIP lounge will play host to our speakers and VIP ticket holders whilst providing a moment of respite from the busy show floor.

With comfortable seating and refreshments available, the lounge will give our VIP visitors a chance to network, meet like-minded people, mingle with our speakers and reboot before heading back out into the event.

VIP visitors will also have special goodie-bags with all sorts of outdoor-themed products.

Zip Line

That's right, you read correctly and your eyes are not deceiving you. At the National Outdoor Expo, you will be able to get your adrenaline pumping on our zip line which will be running through the exhibition hall. This is one of many interactive features at the show and is bound to be a highlight of any child's day.

***Please be aware that for health and safety reasons visitors riding the zip line will need to be a minimum of 20kg and a maximum of 80kg***

Celebrity Meet & Greet Area

After speaking on the Inspiration Stage, most of our speakers will be available to sign autographs and take selfies with visitors.

Bring your autograph books with you.

The Bushcraft Zone

Sponsored by

Centre for Ethnoecology

Ethnoecology explores the relationship between human societies and their environments, emphasising the cultural dimensions of ecological knowledge. Traditional Ecological Knowledge (TEK) is a central component of ethnoecology, encompassing the wisdom and practices developed by indigenous and local communities over generations. These knowledge systems are deeply rooted in a profound understanding of local ecosystems, fostering sustainable interactions between people and their environments.

Recently, there has been a resurgence of interest in connecting with nature and ancestral skills, leading to the rise of bushcraft as a popular pastime. Bushcraft enthusiasts immerse themselves in the outdoors, drawing on elements of TEK for survival skills and sustainable living. Fire lighting, natural crafts, and campfire cooking are prime examples of bushcraft intertwining with traditional ecological knowledge. Through these practices, enthusiasts gain practical skills a profound appreciation for the environment and a sense of connection to ancestral ways of life.

As the popularity of bushcraft grows, it becomes a bridge between contemporary society and traditional ecological knowledge, fostering a renewed respect for the intricate balance between humans and nature. The resurgence of these practices highlights the timeless relevance of ethnoecology and the enduring wisdom embedded in traditional ecological knowledge.

The Outdoor Kitchen

Details to be confirmed soon!

The Climbing Wall

There will be both a bouldering wall and climbing towers, assisted by outdoor experts.

A 1 hour coaching session for those wishing to develop and hone their climbing movement skills.

Lead by experienced coaches.

This is a chance to learn both the foundation skills required to develop your climbing from a beginner level and also to hone pre existing skills for those looking to take their climbing to the next level.

OUTDOOR SKILLS THEATRE

Enhance your aptitude for adventure at the Outdoor Skills Theatre.

Across the weekend, hear talks and seminars from equipment experts, professional athletes and adventurers, who are here to offer their insight and advice on how to get the most from the outdoors.

Whether you are an avid climber, outdoor swimmer or just looking to - quite literally - push the boat out for the first time, the stage will host a balance of both beginner and advanced talks, covering an array of outdoor activities.

sCHEDULE

Saturday

OUtdoor Skills Theatre

10:00 - 10:15

Welcome from our host

Outdoor Skills Theatre

Polly Shute

10:15 - 11:00

Panel: Keeping young people engaged in the outdoors

Outdoor Skills Theatre

Honor Burgess

Scouts

11:15 - 11:45

Taking amazing wildlife photographs

Hone your skills with tips and tricks from one of the world's leading wildlife photographers

Outdoor Skills Theatre

Rachel Bigsby

12:00 - 12:30

Rewild your mind with bushcraft skills

Outdoor Skills Theatre

Nick Goldsmith

13:00 - 13:30

Wild camping is for everyone

A session for absolutely anyone looking to connect to nature through the adventure of wild camping

Outdoor Skills Theatre

Tom Backhouse

CampWild

13:45 - 14:15

How to pack for the Haute Route - or any hiking adventure

Jamie follows his inspirational talk with a practical session on the kit you'll need for your hikes

Outdoor Skills Theatre

Jamie Ramsay

14:30 - 15:15

Panel: Outdoors for all

Access isn’t easy for everyone. From costs to health. From discrimination to transport. From kit to kids.

Outdoor Skills Theatre

Anita Kerwin-Nye

Deon Barrett

15:30 - 16:00

Having fun family adventures!

The Tings share their experiences and ideas on how to make family outdoor activities fun for all ages!

Outdoor Skills Theatre

The Tings

Sunday

OUTDOOR SKILLS THEATRE

10:15 - 10:30

Welcome from our host

Outdoor Skills Theatre

Polly Shute

10:30 - 11:00

Revolutionise your trail running or hiking using poles

Harrier Founder, Kate Parker, will lead this practical workshop on which poles are best for you and how to get started

Outdoor Skills Theatre

Kate Parker

Harrier Trail Running

11:15 - 12:00

Panel: Exploring the UK coasts and waterways

Get inspired by this panel of SUP-pers who have used their board to see the country

Outdoor Skills Theatre

Caroline Dawson

David Haze

SUP it and Sea

12:15 - 12:45

Taking your hiking to the next level (literally!) 

Outdoor Skills Theatre

Marta Misztal

13:15 - 14:00

The importance of adventurous play for children

Outdoor Skills Theatre

Belinda Kirk

Leo Houlding

Helen Dodd

Wunmi Nuga

14:15 - 15:00

Where can open water swimming take you?

Outdoor Skills Theatre

Simon Griffiths

Outdoor Swimmer

15:15 - 15:45

Try ice swimming!

TeamGB Ice Swimmer Fenwick's stories will inspire you to give it a go yourself

Outdoor Skills Theatre

Fenwick Ridley

Inspiration Stage

The Inspiration Stage features celebrity speakers and adventurers who will tell you their stories. This is your chance to be inspired and motivated by some of the world’s greatest outdoor enthusiasts.

There will also be a chance to ask your questions and also meet the stars after their presentation for that all important autograph and selfie.

SCHEDULE

Saturday

Inspiration Stage

09:15 - 09:30

Welcome from our hosts

Inspiration Stage

Danny Bent

Lucy Mills

09:30 - 10:30

Fireside chat with extreme adventurers

Inspiration Stage

Jason Fox

Ollie Ollerton

Ness Knight

Thrudark

11:00 - 11:30

Find your true north

Bringing outdoor education to the forefront of all young minds

Inspiration Stage

Deon Barrett

11:45 - 12:30

Hiking the Pyrenean Haute Route

Inspiration Stage

Jamie Ramsay

13:30 - 14:15

Photographing wildlife pole to pole

Hear about Rachel's awe-inspiring career as one of the world's leading wildlife photographers

Inspiration Stage

Rachel Bigsby

14:30 - 15:15

Fireside chat with survivalist and adventure TV producer

Megan explores what it takes to access the remote areas of the world and how narratives are created for award winning TV shows

Inspiration Stage

Megan Hine

15:30 - 16:15

Fireside chat with wildlife conservationist  

Inspiration Stage

Michaela Strachan

Sunday

Inspiration Stage

09:15 - 09:30

Welcome from our hosts

Inspiration Stage

Danny Bent

Lucy Mills

9:30 - 10:15

Fireside chat with

Inspiration Stage

Ben Fogle

10:15 - 10:25

Frankie's next challenge: Everest Base Camp

Eight-year old Frankie is the youngest known Briton to summit the Mytikas peak of Mount Olympus, and has completed the all 214 Wainwrights 

Inspiration Stage

Frankie McMillan

11:00 - 11:45

Fearless women in discussion

Louise chats with two of the trailblazing women with whom took on thrilling endurance adventures for her recent book

Inspiration Stage

Louise Minchin

Belinda Kirk

Rhiane Fatinikun

12:00 - 12:45

Big adventures with small people

Join world class climber & explorer Leo on journeys to some of the wildest, steepest and spectacular corners of Earth and if that doesn't blow your mind, wait until you see what his kids get up to!

Inspiration Stage

Leo Houlding

13:15 - 14:00

Endurance challenges and record breaking adventures

Hear about Sean's many achievements, including his recent record of 102 consecutive Ironmans

Inspiration Stage

Sean Conway

14:15 - 14:45

Fireside chat with outdoors advocate

Inspiration Stage

Rhiane Fatinikun

15:00 - 15:45

Fireside chat

Dwayne was the first black Briton to reach the North Pole and is now an ambassador for the Scouts

Inspiration Stage

Dwayne Fields

16:00 - 16:45

Fireside chat

Aldo is an adventurer & explorer with a penchant for the world’s most dangerous, extreme and remote locations - hear more!

Inspiration Stage

Aldo Kane

Brands

Want to join the brands below and exhibit at The National Outdoor Expo? Become a Sponsor or Exhibitor.

Exhibitors

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6dots.co

H63

Acorns Children’s Hospice

A63

Active Adventure

B42

Active Camps

B42

Adidas Terrex

F65

Alley Cat Games

G3

Altra

H78

Arcade Belts

G10

Be Your Happy Place

D40

Bearhug

H31

Bella & Duke

Big Bobble Hats

G90

Black Yak

G30

Blundstone

G70

Boat Building Academy

E2

BOTE

H21

Bounty Project

B50

BRAINS PURE CBD

A22

Brandecosse

J33

Brit Stops

A19

British Beekeepers Association

J40

British Gliding Association

C65

British Mountaineering Council

B80

British Orienteering

A71

Brownies Rock

G94

Butternut Box

G2

Cadac Dometic

I50

Camp-let

H10

CampWild

G20

Canal River Trust

G71

Catalonia – Catalan Tourist Board

H33

CellAED

c50

Chock Shop

I41

Cicerone

J32

Ciele Athletics

G10

COAST

J31

Combat Laser Games

I42

COSIMAC

H42

Craft

G72

Darn Tough

F21

ddipp®

J23

Dicky Bag

H71

DNA HYDRATE

H61

Doc Spartan

E10

Dogs Trust

B30

Doughnutz

I32

DriRun

A40

dryrobe

B40

DryTrek

H81

Earth Runs | Active for Earth

F83

eGlove

C53

estarli

K22

EverTrek

IEZ1

Exposure Lights

H45

Feeet

F84

Field Studies Council

J30

FLANCI

Flapjackery

J22

G Adventures

E72

Gill

I20

GLOBAL TELESAT COMMUNICATIONS (GTC)

E70

go dipping

F25

Goat Drinks

H73

GOPRESSO

J35

Grand Trunk

G72

Grangers and GORE-TEX

D15

Greenpeace

I33

Harrier Trail Running

F70

Harvey Maps

D45

Hawke Optics

F30

HealthyStep

H72

Heck Foods

E12

HelloFresh

Helm Wind Outdoor Skincare

F2

HEMPE

J14

HIGHLANDER Adventure

C59

Hiking High

I40

Honister.com

F80

Hotomobil

C11

Idahoan Perfect Mash

D31

igloo

C72

INEOS Grenadier

K60

Inghams

D73 & D80

Inov-8

C12

Inspiring Learning

I9

Isabella

H10

John Hemming-Clark

G6

Kathmandu

C81

KEELA

F60

Keep Me Breathing

H45

Kendal Mint CO

C2

Kingswood

I9

KitBrix

C42

Latitude Tents

E20

Leon Boots

E4

Lifesystems

K41

Littlexplorer Company

H41

Lloyd Langford Expedition Training

I45

Long Distance Walkers Association

B34

Lowa

D50

Mac in a Sac

E85

Macmillan Cancer Support

D51

mardy bum active club

J38

Medline Consultancy

D32

Monkey Sox

H40

Morsel Adventures

E81

Mountain Fuel

H32

Mountain Rescue

C92

Mountain Training

B82

MountainXperience

J20

Muddy Faces

C55

NEBO

B61

Newlands Adventure Centre & Keswick Climbing Wall

G92

Nikwax

E30

NOWCA

I35

O’Donnell Moonshine

J21

Odyssey

L20

Older & Wilder

I31

OLPRO

B20

One Good Thing

H65

Ordnance Survey

D10

Otter SOCKS

H35

Outdoor Adventure Girls

Outdoor Gear for Good

B4

Outdoor Provisions

E6

Outdoor Scratch Maps

H64

Outdooractive

I70

Paqualife

E60

Páramo Clothing

E30

Peak Jewellery

K10

PelliTec

J11

PILGRIM

H74

Plantlife

C50

Portsonachan Hotel & Lodges

IEZ7

Ramblers

I30

Red Paddle Co

F10

Resilient Nutrition

D21

Revive Active

IEZ5

Riber Products Ltd

H20

Riese & Müller (Edemo Bikes)

I10

roadsurfer

H22

Rooftent Utopia

C20

Rooster

H50

RSPB

E75

Run2Paris

H66

Salkan

D74

Salomon

G80

Savage Adventures

E82

Scimitar

Scouts

B90

Sea to Summit

I61

Sealskinz

D43

Shokz Sport Headphones

G61

Silky Fox Saws

K11

Skypod

K40

Slowtide

G10

Solarsport

H80

Solo Stove

A62

SplashMaps

C56

SplashRobe

J13

Spotty Otter

F90

SQlab

A20

SSAFA – The Armed Forces Charity.

L21

Studio Vans Ltd

D75

Swarovski Optik

D60

Swimrun UK

E13

Swimzi

G21

Tatra Escapes

J34

Taylors of Harrogate

G63

Terra Nova Equipment

B60

The Adventure Project

B33

The Bear Grylls Adventure

K20

The Bucket List Company

C70

The Countryside Code

H55

The Honest Bean Co.

B36

The Intrepid Explorer

J2

The Medics Lodge

C54

The Outdoor Guide

I70

The Paddle Co.

G4

The Right Kit

F81

The TMB Challenge

I2

The University of Central Lancashire

J10

The Wildlife Trusts

C3

Thrudark

H60

Tidal Rave™

H30

TOREKKA GREEN

I31

tORQ

G60

Tracks & Trails

A64

Trail Maps

C80

Trainer Armour

J37

Trogg Shop

C60

Urban Body

D42

Urban Tone

F85

USL Asia

H62

utoka

C61

Retail Partner

Valley and Peak

Vampire Outdoors

A3

Vibram

E35

Viking

E83

Visit Isle of Wight

F82

Visorando

G62

VOOM Nutrition

Walking With My Bear

I2

Warmthru

J39

Water to Go

A25

Waterhaul

H90

White Water Robes

J41

Wild Herd

H41

Wild Moose

F20

WildJac

H70

Women Outdoors

J15

Woodland Trust

E80

World Land Trust

A41

WWF

C90

YHA

D20

Yonda Sports

F31

Youth Adventure Trust

C5

Yurts for Life

B90

Zero Waste Medals

C52

Zoleo

C72

Product Finder

Active Adventure Travel and Touring

CampWildG20
Catalonia - Catalan Tourist BoardH33
DNA HYDRATEH61
dryrobeB40
estarliK22
EverTrekIEZ1
G AdventuresE72
go dippingF25
GOPRESSOJ35
HEMPEJ14
HIGHLANDER AdventureC59
HotomobilC11
InghamsD73 & D80
Inspiring LearningI9
KitBrixC42
Lloyd Langford Expedition TrainingI45
MountainXperienceJ20
Newlands Adventure Centre & Keswick Climbing WallG92
Riese & Müller (Edemo Bikes)I10
roadsurferH22
Rooftent UtopiaC20
Run2ParisH66
Savage AdventuresE82
SolarsportH80
SQlabA20
SwimziG21
Tatra EscapesJ34
The Adventure ProjectB33
The Bucket List CompanyC70
The Intrepid ExplorerJ2
The TMB ChallengeI2
TOREKKA GREENI31
Trail MapsC80
USL AsiaH62
utokaC61
Visit Isle of WightF82
Water to GoA25
White Water RobesJ41
Women OutdoorsJ15
YHAD20

Active and Adventure Experiences

Bounty ProjectB50
British OrienteeringA71
CampWildG20
Catalonia - Catalan Tourist BoardH33
Combat Laser GamesI42
DNA HYDRATEH61
EverTrekIEZ1
G AdventuresE72
HIGHLANDER AdventureC59
Honister.comF80
HotomobilC11
InghamsD73 & D80
Inspiring LearningI9
Long Distance Walkers AssociationB34
Mountain TrainingB82
MountainXperienceJ20
Newlands Adventure Centre & Keswick Climbing WallG92
OdysseyL20
roadsurferH22
Run2ParisH66
Savage AdventuresE82
SQlabA20
Swimrun UKE13
SwimziG21
Tatra EscapesJ34
The Adventure ProjectB33
The TMB ChallengeI2
TOREKKA GREENI31
Trogg ShopC60
USL AsiaH62
Women OutdoorsJ15

Backpacks

6dots.coH63
COSIMACH42
DryTrekH81
estarliK22
Harrier Trail RunningF70
Outdoor Gear for GoodB4
SalkanD74
SwimziG21
The Medics LodgeC54
TOREKKA GREENI31
USL AsiaH62
Valley and Peak
Vampire OutdoorsA3
Water to GoA25

Blankets/Dry Robes/Ponchos

COSIMACH42
ddipp®J23
dryrobeB40
FLANCI
go dippingF25
KitBrixC42
RoosterH50
SlowtideG10
SplashRobeJ13
SwimziG21
White Water RobesJ41
Wild MooseF20
Yonda SportsF31

Bottles and Flasks

DNA HYDRATEH61
Harrier Trail RunningF70
SealskinzD43
utokaC61
Vampire OutdoorsA3

Bushcraft

COASTJ31
Inspiring LearningI9
Muddy FacesC55
Silky Fox SawsK11
SwimziG21
Water to GoA25
WaterhaulH90

Camper Vans, Caravans, Awnings

Brit StopsA19
HotomobilC11
roadsurferH22
Rooftent UtopiaC20
SwimziG21

Camping / Accessories

COSIMACH42
DNA HYDRATEH61
estarliK22
HEMPEJ14
LifesystemsK41
Littlexplorer CompanyH41
NEBOB61
Rooftent UtopiaC20
Sea to SummitI61
Silky Fox SawsK11
SwimziG21
The Medics LodgeC54
USL AsiaH62
utokaC61
Vampire OutdoorsA3
Water to GoA25

Camping / Furniture

SwimziG21
utokaC61

Camping / Tents

CampWildG20
Latitude TentsE20
OLPROB20
Rooftent UtopiaC20
Sea to SummitI61
SwimziG21
Terra Nova EquipmentB60
utokaC61
Valley and Peak
Yurts for LifeB90

Canoes / Kayaks / SUPs

BOTEH21
Inspiring LearningI9
PaqualifeE60
Portsonachan Hotel & LodgesIEZ7
Red Paddle CoF10
Riber Products LtdH20
SwimziG21
The Paddle Co.G4
Tidal Rave™H30
utokaC61

Charities

Acorns Children's HospiceA63
Canal River TrustG71
Dogs TrustB30
Earth Runs | Active for EarthF83
GreenpeaceI33
Keep Me BreathingH45
PlantlifeC50
RamblersI30
RSPBE75
SSAFA – The Armed Forces Charity.L21
SwimziG21
The Wildlife TrustsC3
Water to GoA25
Woodland TrustE80
World Land TrustA41
WWFC90
Youth Adventure TrustC5

Climbing / Safety Gear

Harrier Trail RunningF70
Mountain TrainingB82
SwimziG21
Trogg ShopC60

Clothing / Active Lifestyle and Leisurewear

6dots.coH63
Be Your Happy PlaceD40
Black YakG30
COSIMACH42
ddipp®J23
DNA HYDRATEH61
DriRunA40
dryrobeB40
DryTrekH81
estarliK22
FLANCI
go dippingF25
KathmanduC81
KitBrixC42
Mac in a SacE85
Outdoor Gear for GoodB4
Silky Fox SawsK11
SwimziG21
TOREKKA GREENI31
Vampire OutdoorsA3
White Water RobesJ41

Clothing / Belts, Gloves, Hats, Socks, Underwear

6dots.coH63
Arcade BeltsG10
Big Bobble HatsG90
Black YakG30
Ciele AthleticsG10
COSIMACH42
DriRunA40
DryTrekH81
eGloveC53
FeeetF84
GillI20
go dippingF25
Harrier Trail RunningF70
Monkey SoxH40
Otter SOCKSH35
Outdoor Gear for GoodB4
SwimziG21
Terra Nova EquipmentB60
The TMB ChallengeI2
Vampire OutdoorsA3

Clothing / Marine

Black YakG30
GillI20

Clothing / Outdoor Apparel

6dots.coH63
Black YakG30
COSIMACH42
CraftG72
Doc SpartanE10
dryrobeB40
estarliK22
FLANCI
go dippingF25
Grangers and GORE-TEXD15
Harrier Trail RunningF70
KathmanduC81
KEELAF60
Mac in a SacE85
mardy bum active clubJ38
NikwaxE30
Outdoor Gear for GoodB4
SalomonG80
SplashMapsC56
SwimziG21
The Adventure ProjectB33
TOREKKA GREENI31
Valley and Peak
Vampire OutdoorsA3
WaterhaulH90
White Water RobesJ41
Youth Adventure TrustC5

Clothing / Running

6dots.coH63
Be Your Happy PlaceD40
COSIMACH42
ddipp®J23
DriRunA40
FLANCI
Harrier Trail RunningF70
Mac in a SacE85
mardy bum active clubJ38
Outdoor Gear for GoodB4
SalomonG80
SealskinzD43
SwimziG21
utokaC61
Vampire OutdoorsA3

Coaching, Courses, Skills Development, Training

Boat Building AcademyE2
Earth Runs | Active for EarthF83
Hiking HighI40
Inspiring LearningI9
KingswoodI9
Lloyd Langford Expedition TrainingI45
Mountain TrainingB82
MountainXperienceJ20
Newlands Adventure Centre & Keswick Climbing WallG92
NOWCAI35
Resilient NutritionD21
SwimziG21
The Medics LodgeC54
The University of Central LancashireJ10
Women OutdoorsJ15

Cooking and Eating Outdoors

Cadac DometicI50
Idahoan Perfect MashD31
Resilient NutritionD21
Rooftent UtopiaC20
Sea to SummitI61
Solo StoveA62
SwimziG21
Taylors of HarrogateG63
The Honest Bean Co.B36
utokaC61
Valley and Peak
Vampire OutdoorsA3

Dogs / Cats Nutrition

Bella & Duke
Butternut BoxG2
Dicky BagH71
Dogs TrustB30

Ear Plugs

Electric Bikes / Scooters

estarliK22
Riese & Müller (Edemo Bikes)I10
Trail MapsC80

Eyewear / Sunglasses

WaterhaulH90

Festivals and Events

British OrienteeringA71
Brownies RockG94
HIGHLANDER AdventureC59
Long Distance Walkers AssociationB34
SplashMapsC56
SwimziG21
The TMB ChallengeI2
utokaC61
Water to GoA25

Food and Drink / Alcohol

Brownies RockG94
DNA HYDRATEH61
O'Donnell MoonshineJ21
WildJacH70

Food and Drink / Alcohol Free

DNA HYDRATEH61
Goat DrinksH73
Taylors of HarrogateG63
Water to GoA25

Food and Drink / Camping and Expedition Meals

DNA HYDRATEH61
Idahoan Perfect MashD31
Resilient NutritionD21
Taylors of HarrogateG63

Food and Drink / Confectionary

Brownies RockG94
Chock ShopI41
DNA HYDRATEH61
FlapjackeryJ22
Goat DrinksH73
Resilient NutritionD21

Food and Drink / Energy and Functional

DNA HYDRATEH61
GOPRESSOJ35
Kendal Mint COC2
Mountain FuelH32
Outdoor ProvisionsE6
Resilient NutritionD21
Revive ActiveIEZ5
Taylors of HarrogateG63
The Honest Bean Co.B36
tORQG60

Food and Drink / Recipe Box

DNA HYDRATEH61
HelloFresh

Food and Drink / Storage

DNA HYDRATEH61
Sea to SummitI61
Taylors of HarrogateG63
utokaC61

Footwear / Climbing

SwimziG21
VibramE35

Footwear / Crampons and Microspikes

Trogg ShopC60

Footwear / Hiking and Walking

BlundstoneG70
LowaD50
Outdoor Gear for GoodB4
SalomonG80
SealskinzD43
SwimziG21
VibramE35

Footwear / Insoles, Orthotics and Foot Health

HealthyStepH72
PelliTecJ11
SwimziG21
Urban BodyD42

Footwear / Marine

GillI20

Footwear / Trail Running

AltraH78
Swimrun UKE13
SwimziG21

Gifts, Jewellery

Alley Cat GamesG3
HEMPEJ14
Peak JewelleryK10
Trail MapsC80

Gliding / Flying

British Gliding AssociationC65

Headphones

Shokz Sport HeadphonesG61

Hydration Systems

DNA HYDRATEH61
Harrier Trail RunningF70
Resilient NutritionD21
SwimziG21
utokaC61
Vampire OutdoorsA3
Water to GoA25

Insurance Provider

Mann Broadbent Insurance

Kids Outdoors

Alley Cat GamesG3
Black YakG30
British OrienteeringA71
Combat Laser GamesI42
COSIMACH42
DNA HYDRATEH61
FLANCI
go dippingF25
Inspiring LearningI9
Littlexplorer CompanyH41
Mac in a SacE85
Muddy FacesC55
Riber Products LtdH20
Spotty OtterF90
SwimziG21
White Water RobesJ41

Lights / Torches

COASTJ31
COSIMACH42
Exposure LightsH45
LifesystemsK41
NEBOB61

Litter Picking

SwimziG21
WaterhaulH90

Magazines and Online Resources

Canal River TrustG71
Earth Runs | Active for EarthF83
Long Distance Walkers AssociationB34
SwimziG21
The Outdoor GuideI70

Mobility and Accessibility

estarliK22
HotomobilC11
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The Outdoor GuideI70

Navigation

CiceroneJ32
DNA HYDRATEH61
GLOBAL TELESAT COMMUNICATIONS (GTC)E70
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Hawke OpticsF30
INEOS GrenadierK60
Mountain TrainingB82
MountainXperienceJ20
Ordnance SurveyD10
OutdooractiveI70
SplashMapsC56
SwimziG21
VisorandoG62
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Open Water Swimming

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COSIMACH42
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SwimziG21
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Optics / Photography / Binoculars / Scopes

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Outdoor Community Group

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HIGHLANDER AdventureC59
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Outdoor Kit Hire

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Poles

Harrier Trail RunningF70
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Race Organisers

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Recruitment

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Triathlon

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Yonda SportsF31

Water Sports Accessories

COSIMACH42
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Wetsuits

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Wildlife Watching

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Welcome to the National Outdoor Expo 2023

WELCOME

Esther Beal

Commercial Director
at Racoon Events

I am delighted to be returning to the NEC, Birmingham, along with our partners Ordnance Survey, to welcome you to the second edition of National Outdoor Expo this 18-19 March.

There’s something for everyone at the National Outdoor Expo whether your passion is walking, hiking, climbing, trail running, paddleboarding, kayaking, camping, open water swimming, or outdoor cooking, it’s all here. The weekend is the perfect opportunity to ignite passions for a range of outdoor activities and learn new skills. Be inspired and motivated by some of the world’s greatest outdoor enthusiasts, take part in a range of performance workshops and get your adrenaline going on one of the many interactive features which offer fun for all the family.

We have hundreds of brands across the breadth of outdoor interests for you to explore and take away with you. It’s with the support of our exhibitors that we are able to bring to you this fantastic event so I urge you to visit as many of them as you can to see what’s new and innovative and how you can be supported in your enthusiasm for everything outdoors.

Have you seen our incredible speaker line-up?  Be sure to check the agenda and don’t miss the opportunity to hear from and meet some of the most awe-inspiring legends of the Outdoors such as Ben Fogle, Helen Skelton, Hamza Yassin, Julia Bradbury and Alastair Humphreys .

Whether you’re a family of keen adventure seekers or an accomplished explorer everyone is welcome. Thank you for your support and for taking the time to come and visit the National Outdoor Expo.

All the best,

Esther Beal

Kate Parker

Kate Parker

Kate Parker, Founder of Harrier Trail Running
Harrier Founder, Kate, is a passionate trail and fell runner. She’s also a pole enthusiast and a British Nordic Walking coach. Having discovered how useful poles can be whilst supporting a friend on a leg of the Bob Graham Round, Kate began developing Harrier’s award-winning range of carbon and aluminium poles.

SUP it and Sea

SUP it and Sea

SUP It & Sea is the joint name of Dave and Sophie, who were the first pair to paddleboard 1700km from Land’s End to John o’Groats. They started the journey two months after meeting, using a combination of coastal and inland waters to achieve their goal in 89 days. Not content with stopping there, what started as a jest on paddleboards far out at sea, then became a triple navigation of the country, hiking back through Winter to Land’s End and then cycling back to John o’Groats – all in under a year and clocking up over 5800km in total. The pair had less than a year’s paddleboarding experience, paddled some of the UK’s most dangerous coastlines, canals, SUPed under the Severn Bridges and tackled Scotland’s Northeast Coast in Autumn. They want to prove that you don’t have to be superhuman or an athlete to do incredible things.

Dave is also an avid skier, yoga teacher having trained in India, has completed two Caminos across Spain and Portugal, and is currently climbing the Seven Summits. He suffers from osteoarthritis, is currently on the list to get both hips replaced, and aims to show that arthritis shouldn’t be a barrier to outside activities and adventure.

Sophie is also an avid Wild Swimmer as part of her local Bluetits Flock. Post SUP it and Sea she cycled the length of Wales after discovering a passion for cycling when doing LEJOG. Sophie is currently planning some more SUP expeditions and wants to continue to raise awareness of Mental Health by telling her story through adventure

David Haze

David Haze

SUP Man of the Year 2023 & Ocean Activist of the Year 2023

After losing his identity and hitting absolute rock bottom whilst serving his second prison sentence, David Haze (aka The Nomadic Paddler) was ready to roll over and give up on life. Hopes and dreams were long gone, and he had become a shell of a man he once was whilst sitting in a 6×4 prison cell surrounded by so much failure and negativity.

Through a chance encounter with an inspiring woman who saw David as a lost human being in need of some guidance, he was inspired to embark on a journey of self-discovery to reconnect with himself through adventure. Finding purpose and drive once again, David stepped out of prison in April 2020 and despite the struggles of a global lock-down he achieved his first 4 world records within this first year of his release. David Haze was once a former prisoner but now stands proud as 9x world record holding Stand Up Paddle Boarding adventurer, attempting world firsts and world records.

However, it is not all about the pursuit of records and glory. Adventure has transformed David’s life; it is his tool for growth, change and ultimately his rehabilitation. With the platform he has been handed, he hopes his journey can highlight the importance of reform and rehabilitation and change perspectives on people like himself.

David strives to encourage more people to reconnect with themselves through the power of adventure by taking that small step out of their comfort zone proving that we are all much more than our pasts, our mistakes and demonstrating that we are the only ones in control of own our destinies.

Jason Fox

Jason Fox

Thrudark ambassador Jason Carl Fox, “Foxy”, is a former Royal Marine Commando and Special Forces Operator now easily recognised as one of the lead directing staff from Channel 4’s SAS: Who Dares Wins.

Foxy joined the Royal Marines at the age of 16 and went on to serve in the Special Boat Service where he served a total of 20 years for his country. He has led operations in some of the most hostile places on the planet, including hostage rescues; land and maritime counter-terrorism; counter-insurgency; surveillance; protective security and bodyguarding and counter-narcotics missions.

Foxy is also trained as a Special Forces swimmer and diver, explosives expert, dog handler and jungle survival expert.

Honor Burgess

Honor Burgess

I’m Honor Burgess, also known as @hon_outdoors, a 22-year-old outdoors and adventure enthusiast.

During my final year at university, I launched my page as a personal commitment to explore the outdoors regularly. It served as a reminder of the incredible joy I experienced each time I embarked on an adventure. From this moment onward, I began to reclaim my spark back which I had lost due to my mental health due to anxiety and minor depression from 2019 to 2021.

As my community grew on socials, I shifted towards posting content aimed at educating and inspiring others to embrace the outdoors, discover its joys, and reap the numerous benefits nature provides on your mental and physical health.

My mission is to empower the younger generation, especially within the 18-25 age group, since there is a lack of representation. By sharing my experiences, adventures, thoughts, and feelings, I aim to address the gap in motivating and inspiring this audience.

My passion for the outdoors traces back to my involvement in Ten Tors during my school years, but it truly rekindled in February of 2023 on my birthday trip in the Peak District. Since then, I’ve made it a priority to immerse myself in outdoor activities such as hiking, or simply unwinding in nature by taking cold water dips.

I believe I can contribute valuable insights into navigating the outdoors for both physical and mental health in your twenties

Helen Dodd

Helen Dodd

Helen Dodd completed her PhD at Macquarie University in Sydney, Australia. She is now a Professor of Child Psychology at the University of Exeter, UK. Her research focuses on the development of anxiety disorders in children, with a particular focus on understanding how we might prevent so many children becoming anxious. She holds a UKRI Future Leaders Fellowship which funds a substantial program of research focusing on children’s outdoor risky and adventurous play. She has an interest in the psychological benefits of adventure, play, time in nature and outdoor learning, with a focus on the role of schools and parents in supporting these activities.

Wunmi Nuga

Wunmi Nuga

Wunmi is Head of Expeditions for British Exploring Society, where she leads the development of new programmes, oversees the safe delivery of youth expeditions and manages volunteer leader recruitment and retention.

Before joining British Exploring Society, she worked globally training civil servants in delivering community-based education initiatives. For several years she worked in the international community of Girl Guiding and Girl Scouting, supporting national youth organisations to diversify their programmes in response to the changing needs of young people and piloted youth programmes covering topics from environmental leadership to adventure.

As a volunteer, she supports the youth education and international volunteering charity Project Trust as a Trustee and is an active Brownie Leader.

In her spare time, she loves cycling, swimming and travelling, where possible she combines all three and is always keen to explore new countries through adventure-filled expeditions

The Tings

The Tings

Living in the North West of England Marcs passion for the outdoors started from exploring the fells of the Lake District with his family.  Throughout his life it has been the countryside and nature that has been Marcs escape and passion, whether it be travelling in the country or around the world.Growing up in a family passionate about the outdoors, Izzy was on the fells in the Lake District on her dad’s back before she could walk.  From camping to climbing, hiking to paddleboarding outdoor activities form a regular part of life for Izzy.

Following the covid lockdowns Marc, his wife Nicky and Izzy began to share their adventures on Instagram and connecting with the amazing outdoor community.

The outdoors plays a key part in family life and

through working with brands including Red Paddle Co, Ordnance Survey and Vango, talking at events like Kendal Mountain Festival and the National Outdoor Expo and volunteering as Cub Scout Leader for a number of years, the family works to encourage everyone to get outside.

Tom Backhouse

Tom Backhouse

Tom is co-founder of CampWild, a revolutionary new community platform, connecting landowners to the public and unlocking private land for wild camping, adventure & wellbeing.

Tom is an award-winning business leader, geologist, dad & adventurer, who is on a mission to transform the way we access, experience & share nature in the UK. A champion for innovation and positive change, Tom has become an industry-leading figurehead in the UK’s land, environment & outdoors sectors. A passionate communicator, Tom has provided hundreds of hours of public speaking and has been a regular feature across mainstream media, such as on Channel 5 and BBC.

Speaker TBC

Speaker TBC

Jamie Ramsay

Jamie Ramsay

Jamie is an award-winning Endurance Adventure Athlete, presenter, public speaker and brand ambassador. He has completed over 51,000km of human-powered adventuring in 31 countries and 30 different adventures. He is a runner, bikbacker, hiker, ski tourer, paddleboarder and mountaineer.

About Jamie: After 12 years working for an international communications agency, he wasn’t happy with the direction of his life and realised if he didn’t make some drastic changes then things would continue to spiral downwards. His solution was to quit his job in 2014 (after being promoted to Partner), fly to Vancouver and run 17,000km to Buenos Aires solo and unsupported.

Following the success of this adventure, Jamie has dedicated his life to pushing his perceived boundaries. Each adventure he undertakes is designed to challenge him in new ways.

Over the years, Jamie has worked with a number of notable global and UK brands including Microsoft, Land Rover Mobile, Gore Wear, Cotswold Outdoor and Whole Earth.

Jamie’s Adventure CV:

 Jamie has completed 51,500km of human-powered adventures
 Jamie has completed 32 adventures in 31 countries.
 Since 2014, Jamie has run the equivalent of 484 marathons
 …and cycled the equivalent of cycling around the world

Running Adventures Completed: (20,680km)
•2004: Stockholm Marathon
•2006: Paris Marathon
•2011: Lewa Safari Marathon
•2013: 240km Vietnam Run (solo + unsupported)
•2014-15: 17,000km “Running the Americas” (solo + unsupported)
•2016: 700km Three Peaks Run (solo + unsupported)
•2016: 100km CCC with Mizuno
•2016: 430km Scottish Isles Run (solo + unsupported)
•2016: Endure24 (135km in 24 hours)
•2016: Medoc Marathon with The Wine Show
•2017-18: 265km Transalpine run (2017+2018)
•2018: 400km Cape Wrath Ultra (3rd)
•2018: 237km Towpath Challenge
•2018: 120km GR221 (solo + unsupported)
•2019: 620km Run across Iceland (unsupported)

Cycling Adventures Ridden: (29,693km)
•2016: 600km from Edinburgh to London
•2017: 3800km solo across South America
•2018: 500km UK Cycle tour
•2018: 900km from London to SW France
•2019: 4027km solo across Australia
•2020: 1900km solo ride to the Alps
•2021: 512km cycle to Andorra
•2021: 10,000 solo ride around the UK for Whole Earth + TeamGB
•2022: 7034km solo cycle across the USA
•2023: 420km solo cycle over Pyrenees in Winter

Hiking Adventures Trekked: (1200km)
•2017: 400km with camels in Mongolia
•2019: 800km of the Hayduke Trail in Utah

Mountains over 5000m Summitted:
•Aconcagua – 6962m
•Chimborazo – 6268m
•Cotopaxi – 5897m
•Cayambe – 5790m
•Illiniza Norte – 5126m
•Cerro Bonete – 5000m

Some non-adventure highlights:

•Being hugged by Prince Harry at the launch of Heads Together charity campaign
•Being kissed on the cheek by Holly Willoughby when interviewed on This Morning
•Handing out Duke of Edinburgh gold awards on behalf of the Earl of Wessex at Buckingham & St James’s Palace
•Giving a talk at the Edinburgh University TedX event
•Co-presenting The Wine Show
•Supporting CALM charity – Campaign Against Living Miserably
•Picking litter with Trash Free Trails
•Being Awarded Scottish Adventurer of the Year

Fenwick Ridley

Fenwick Ridley

Fenwick Ridley is a TeamGB Ice Swimmer who specialty lies in long distance Ice Swimming and adventure swimming, including teaching the most upto date science of winter swimming. Fenwick’s accolades include swimming across Hooker Glacier in New Zealand in 0.3c temperatures and winning the Scottish Winter Swiming Championships 5 times running. Fenwick joins us to share with us how to start off as an ice swimmer and share his love of swimming in 5 degrees and below temperatures.

Anita Kerwin-Nye

Anita Kerwin-Nye

In her most recent role as Executive Director YHA, Anita led on the development of the organisation’s 10 Year Strategy which has inclusion and access at its core. She managed their £40 million income generation approaches across trading, membership and fundraising – successfully navigating the challenges of COVID.

Anita founded the DEFRA funded Generation Green programme, which connected over 100 000 young people to nature and the National Parks, creating and saving jobs, and building an aspirant workforce for a green recovery. She worked with Ramblers, BMC and OS to develop YHA Walks – leading two successful Festivals that reconnected YHA with its walking roots and routes.

Building on this Anita starts her new role as Director of South Downs National Park in January 2024. Balancing protection of the landscape with getting more people into the Park.

Recognised as a national expert in access Anita initiated Outdoor Citizens – a community of practice turning dial on access to outdoors. She is an award winning champion of access for all and is herself a role model for the outdoors being for fat and fifty plus – not just the fit and fleecy.

Anita’s consultancy supports a portfolio of outdoor organisations and is helping charities and brands extend their reach, diversity and impact while balancing with revenue and the challenges of costs.

She is a prospective policy wonk: able to take a long view on what next. Anita chooses to shape the policy and funding environment to suit the cause rather than drifting mission to fit the money.

She is a bit naughty. Sometimes feisty. And quite funny.

Often outside – literally and metaphorically – she’ll always bring a new view.

Marta Misztal

Marta Misztal

Marta Misztal is a small-town girl with big dreams who went from Poland
to the world’s highest mountains. Raised by a single mom, Marta’s
childhood was humble, instilling values of hard work that led to her
remarkable story.

A teenage trip to London lit a fire in Marta, revealing a bigger world
beyond her small town and sparking a desire for great achievements.
Taking the plunge, she moved to London without a penny in her pocket and
no English, initiating an inspiring journey that would captivate many.

In London, Marta graduated from engineering, secured a job in finance,
and discovered her love for exploring new places. Sharing her adventures
on social media, she became the go-to person for hiking tips and
inspiration in a community fascinated by her mix of corporate life and
global exploration.

As Marta continued her travels, simply ticking off countries wasn’t
enough. Hungry for more, she set two significant goals. First, was to
conquer the 7 Summits challenge, of which she already completed 6,
including the mighty Mount Everest. The second challenge was ‘The Crown
of Europe,’ the highest peak in each European country, with half the
challenge already done. To make her journey even more unforgettable,
Marta organized group expeditions, bringing over 150 enthusiasts on 15+
trips.

Marta’s story isn’t just about reaching mountaintops; it’s a push for
action. Through social media and talks, she shares her story to inspire
and teach others to break barriers. Marta’s message is simple: no dream
is too big, no obstacle too scary. Her journey is proof that with
determination, you can dream big and live a life beyond limits.

Frankie McMillan

Frankie McMillan

Frankie McMillan is only just turning eight years old, but this promising new talent is already making a name for himself internationally in the world of mountain climbing and outdoor adventure.

In summer 2023, while still only seven, Frankie became the youngest Briton to reach the Mytikas summit on Mount Olympus – the Mountain of the Gods in Greece, and a technical climb up one of Europe’s highest mountains at nearly 3,000m. His record-breaking feat made him a media star in newspapers and national television around the world.

Frankie has also scaled all 214 Wainwright classification of Lakeland fells, including England’s tallest mountain, Scafell Pike.

He’s the youngest guest columnist in Lakeland Walker magazine; the illustrated star and co-author of a forthcoming children’s book; and the proud recipient of the Rising Star award in the BBC Cumbria Sports Awards 2023. What’s more, he has just launched a brand new YouTube channel full of facts and challenges for each Wainwright as he bags them all a second time, called Frankie Moves The Mountains.

Frankie is only small but he packs a big punch of inspiration – to anyone, young or old. His huge passion for getting moving outdoors is all about fun and feeling good – a powerful combination for both physical and mental wellbeing.

On Sunday morning at Expo24, Frankie will join his adventuring hero Ben Fogle on the main stage to talk about his achievements so far, and to share his very big plans for future adventures – including one of the world’s most famous and challenging hikes that he’ll be tackling happening in Spring 2024.

Conrad Humphreys

Conrad Humphreys

Conrad is a triple round the world yachtsman. He competed as the youngest entrant in the Whitbread Round the World Yacht Race (now Volvo Ocean Race). As skipper, he led his team to victory in the BT Global Challenge by dominating the race and winning 4 out of 7 legs. Conrad became the fifth British yachtsman in history to complete the legendary Vendée Globe, single-handed, non-stop around the world without assistance.

Dwayne Fields

Dwayne Fields

Dwayne Fields is an explorer, presenter, and proud Scouts Ambassador. Dwayne went from being the victim of gun and knife crime on the streets of Hackney, to becoming the first black Briton to reach the North Pole. Today he’s encouraging everyone to get into the outdoors, to look wider and be the best they can be. ‘Being a Scout changed my life. It gave me confidence, self-belief, and skills for life.’ Dwayne will be supporting Scouts and volunteers on their stand.

Nick Goldsmith

Nick Goldsmith

Nick Goldsmith is a former Royal Marine Commando who served 11 years for his country,
from 2007 to 2018.
Now an international speaker and author, he is also the co-founder & CEO of Hidden Valley
Bushcraft, an award-winning outdoor activity company powerfully changing the way in
which we approach positive mental health.
After completing six operational deployments in some of the most hostile & demanding regions
in the world, Nick founded & led the team behind the Woodland Warrior Programme, a
globally recognised initiative featured in a 2022 BBC documentary. Supported by Invictus
Games & the Veteran’s Foundation, among other prestigious organisations, the programme is
now entering its 7th year. Drawing on his deeply personal experience of overcoming a
diagnosis of Complex PTSD, it harnesses the healing power of nature to support the
rehabilitation of Armed Forces & Emergency Service Personnel within a woodland setting.
Nick’s first book, Re-Wild Your Mind, published by Wellbeck, launched in March 2023.

Aldo Kane

Aldo Kane

Aldo Kane is a World Record Setting Adventurer, Explorer, a Fellow at the Royal Geographic Society, Producer, Author & TV Presenter with a penchant for the world’s most dangerous, extreme and remote locations.

A former Royal Marines Commando Sniper, Aldo is an expert in all environments, making him the go-to man for TV & Film companies around the world. Aldo has operated and filmed in well over 100 countries so when things get tough in TV land, it’s Aldo they call.
Over the last 7 years, Aldo has worked on well over 45 TV & Film productions, many of which were ground-breaking and fairly “tasty”, as he would have it. Aldo has been held at gunpoint, Charged by black Rhino, Abseiled into an active volcano, escaped Ebola, rowed across the Atlantic and dived on Captain Kidd’s pirate ship, and that’s just the last year or two.
Aldo has been on screen around the world on many broadcasters from the BBC, to Discovery, Nat-Geo, Channel 4, PBS, ITV, Channel 5, History Channel and many more. Aldo has appeared on Discovery with Hollywood A-Listers like Tom Hardy, Adrien Brody & Henry Cavill in some of the most extreme environments on earth. With an inquisitive mind and an extremely unique skill-set, Aldo is well set up for hard-hitting investigative journalism missions.
Aldo runs a company called Vertical Planet providing technical safety consultation & risk management for TV & Film crews operating in remote, hostile and high-risk environments around the world. Aldo was recently the on-screen Expedition Leader for National Geographic’s latest flag-ship feature length Natural History series One Strange Rock, hosted by Hollywood star, Will Smith. This saw Aldo lead a prominent American Scientist deep inside one of Africa’s most dangerous volcanoes whilst it was erupting.
Aldo joined the Royal Marine Commandos at the age of 16 and went on to become one of the youngest Elite Commando Reconnaissance Snipers in the UK armed forces. No mean feat with the hardest, and longest infantry training in the world. Aldo saw active military service from Northern Ireland to the Middle East and became a survival expert in many environments. Aldo has become an instructor in many outdoor fields including Mountain Leader, professional climber, Skydiver, re-breather diver, SIA bodyguard & qualified medic.
In 2021, Aldo wrote his first book ‘Lessons From the Edge: Inspirational Tales of Surviving, Thriving and Extreme Adventure’ published by Yellow Kite.

Ness Knight

Ness Knight

Ness Knight is a presenter, explorer and adventurer who has travelled to extreme environments all over the globe. Driven by her upbringing in Africa, Ness is determined to raise awareness of cultural and ecological topics through her conservation work and has undertaken some truly incredible challenges along the way.

Among her numerous achievements, Ness was the first female to swim the length of the Thames back in 2013 as well as completing the longest stand-up paddle board journey by a female with a 1,000 journey down the Missouri River. Ness has cycled 2,000 miles across the USA solo and once ran 15 marathons in 15 days.

Ollie Ollerton

Ollie Ollerton

Ollie Ollerton joined the Royal Marines at 18 years of age where he embarked on operational tours of Northern Ireland and Operation Desert Storm in Iraq. Following five years service with the Marines, Ollie was recommended for Special Forces selection. He would go on to become one of just five candidates to pass selection from his intake, which originally numbered 250. Having passed selection Olllie joined the Special Boat Service where he trained as a Combat Frogman. Through his 6 years of combat he undertook a number of high profile missions both on land and sea ranging from hostage rescue, counter narcotics, counter terrorism and homeland security.

Upon leaving the Special Forces, Ollie was a key member of the inaugural Directing Staff alongside fellow ThruDark Ambassador Jason Fox on Channel 4’s SAS: Who Dares Wins – a television show that brought the realism of elite military service to the fore of public perception. Ollie has used his extensive Special Forces experience to educate and inform as a public speaker, bestselling author and founder of Break-Point Academy, a workplace programme designed to maximise team performance.

Louise Minchin

Louise Minchin

Louise Minchin is well-known and respected TV presenter, journalist, author and podcaster.

She presented the UK’s most watched morning TV programme BBC Breakfast for 20 years, covering all the major news stories of the last two decades. Before that she was an anchor on the BBC’s One O’clock News and the BBC News Channel having also presented Five Live and The One Show.

She is a keen athlete and has represented the Great Britain Triathlon team in her age-group in World and European Championships. She has competed in one of the toughest races in the world, Norseman.

In 2021 she was a contestant on I’m A Celebrity Get Me Out of Here, and has also taken part in Channel Four’s immersive history show Time Crashers and Celebrity Masterchef. She currently presents two successful podcasts, Push Your Peak from Watt Bike, and Her Spirit.

Her new book Fearless, Adventures with Extraordinary Women reflects her passion for celebrating women’s success. In each chapter Louise takes on a difficult challenge with a different courageous woman to tell their incredible stories. As part of it she has swum from Alcatraz, free dived under ice in the dark in Finland, and cycled across Argentina.

Rachel Bigsby

Rachel Bigsby

Considered to be a leading wildlife photographer amongst her contemporaries, Rachel Bigsby is carving an awe-inspiring career whilst representing young and self-taught photographers. She is best known for her fine-art work with seabirds, badgers and polar bears, and by the young age of 26, Rachel had achieved a wealth of accolades in five of the world’s leading wildlife photography competitions.

 

In addition to her work as a photographer, Rachel has filmed wildlife for BBC Earth, and presented a number of wildlife films on television for the likes of BBC Springwatch and The One Show.

Michaela Strachan

Michaela Strachan

Michaela Strachan is a BAFTA-Award winning TV Presenter, and public speaker. Having started her career on children’s TV, Michaela has grown to be one of Britain’s most loved Presenters. Michaela is extremely passionate about animal welfare, and has extensive experience of wildlife conservation around the world. Her natural effervescence and engaging humour endear her to all audiences, be it as a presenter, or public speaker.

 

She has worked extensively as a presenter, and has been part of the regular presenting team on Springwatch, Autumnwatch, and Winterwatch since 2012, and spent fifteen years presenting The Really Wild Show, as well as ten years on Countryfile, alongside many other shows. Strachan has also starred in multiple National Geographic productions, fronting Safari Live, Adopt a wild animal, and more. In April 2022, she starred as a contestant on ITV’s ‘All Star Musicals’. It has also been announced that Michaela will co-present Channel 5’s new series ‘Ice Age’, release date to be confirmed.