Show Info

About the Event

What are the Show opening times?

The show will be open 9am – 5pm on both Saturday 22nd and Sunday 23rd March 2025

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 Tom Whitfield, who would be happy to discuss opportunities to get involved in the Expo – he 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

When will I receive my ticket?

Tickets for the National Outdoor Expo will need to be claimed and assigned, an email with this process will be sent out by the 1st of March. If you have any questions please email [email protected]

How do I claim and assign my tickets?

The tickets will need to be claimed and assigned to those who you are coming to the show with. If you head to the link here and follow and enter your order reference number and email you will then need to follow the instructions to claim a ticket for yourself and assign the remaining tickets. 

Once they have been assigned an email will be sent to the user inviting them to accept the ticket. 

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.

Getting There

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

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.

what's on

There’s something for everyone at the National Outdoor Expo. Be inspired and motivated by some of the world’s greatest outdoor enthusiasts speaking on the Inspiration Stage. 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.

Inspiration Stage

Sponsored by INEOS Grenadier, Inov-8, Thrudark

Outdoor Skills Theatre

Sponsored by Solo Stove

New

High Ropes

Sponsored by The Bear Grylls Adventure

Paddle Boarding

Sponsored by Red Paddle Co

Harrier Trail Running Zone

Sponsored by Harrier Trail Running

Open Water Swimming

Sponsored by NOWCA

New

INEOS Grenadier Test Drives

Sponsored by INEOS Grenadier

The Bushcraft Zone

Sponsored by Centre for Ethnoecology

Experience Kayaking

Sponsored by BOTE

New

Adrenaline Drop

The Climbing Wall

Sponsored by British Mountaineering Council

New

The Adventure Travel Hub

Sponsored by The Bucket List Company

New

Tomahawk Throwing Activity

Sponsored by Bushscout.UK

New

Paracording workshops & chocolate campfire treats

Sponsored by Scouts

New

Mountain Films and Talks

Sponsored by British Mountaineering Council

New

The Bounty Project

Sponsored by Bounty Project

New

The Outdoor Kitchen

Sponsored by Fell Foodie, Camp Curiosity, Sea to Summit

British Gliding Association Flight Simulator

Sponsored by British Gliding Association

New

The Outdoor Guide

Sponsored by The Outdoor Guide

New

Disc Golf

Sponsored by Riber Products Ltd

Recycling Centre

Sponsored by Outdoor Gear for Good

New

British Orienteering Trail

Sponsored by British Orienteering

Mountain Safety and First Aid Hub

VIP Lounge

Sponsored by Yurts for Life

New

Wild Camping Zone

Sponsored by CampWild

Celebrity Meet & Greet Area

New

Mountain Bike Trails Show and parkour Workshops

Sponsored by Fusion Extreme

Woodland Cafe

Sponsored by Sealskinz

The Adventure Travel Hub

Sponsored by

The Bucket List Company

Join Keith Crockford, owner, and Jake Field, head guide of The Bucket List Company, at the National Outdoor Expo for two days of exhilarating talks.

Keith, a trailblazer in adventure tourism, and Jake, a seasoned adventurer, will share their expertise and passion for exploration. With Keith's visionary leadership and Jake's unparalleled outdoor experience, they'll inspire audiences with tales of epic journeys and provide invaluable tips for aspiring adventurers. Don't miss this chance to be empowered by two of the outdoor industry's foremost figures as they ignite your spirit of adventure.

ScheduleSaturdaySunday
10amWhat is Adventure TravelWhat is Adventure Travel
11amTrekking in NepalTrekking in Nepal
12:30pmThe Perfect Adventure Travel DestinationThe Perfect Adventure Travel Destination
2pmThe Roof of AfricaThe Roof of Africa
3pm360km Cycling Across Tanzania360km Cycling Across Tanzania
4pmTrekking to Machu PicchuTrekking to Machu Picchu

Recycling Centre

Sponsored by

Outdoor Gear For Good

Only items suitable for resale will be accepted. Unfortunately we only have a limited capacity to accept items, so this will be done on a first come first served basis.

INEOS Grenadier Test Drives

Sponsored by

Ineos Grenadier

The Grenadier might act like a rough, tough off-road utility vehicle. And it is. But there’s more to it than meets the eye. A refined interior. Spacious and light cabin. Super supportive seats. A smooth ride. Civilised on every journey. No need to trade on-road comfort for off-road capability. Don't miss this exclusive opportunity to test drive the INEOS Grenadier and let the adventure begin.

Visit us on stand K60 or outside the entrance to Hall 1 to book.

Anyone booking a test drive will need to meet the following criteria:

  • Must hold a full valid UK driving licence held for minimum of 2 years
  • A DVLA licence check must be completed which can be done beforehand or on the day
  • Your National Insurance number is required for the above licence check
  • Must be over the age of 21
  • Passengers are welcome and must be either over the age of 12 or at least 135cms tall
  • A waiver must be signed by all drivers

Tomahawk Throwing Activity

Sponsored by

Bushscout.UK

Bushscout.UK is a National Scout Active Support Unit for The Scouts. Our membership is made up of Volunteers from all over the UK, all of whom have a passion for teaching traditional and practical Scouting skills to other Scout Leaders. Our main purpose is to provide Training for Adult Volunteers within The Scouts but we also support a number of Large Scouting events around the UK. 

At this years Outdoor Expo we have the pleasure of running a Tomahawk Throwing Activity for all to try, it’s rise in popularity in recent years has proven this to be a an exciting activity both in Scouting, Girl Guiding and with the general public. Come and visit us at B90 and have a go throwing Tomahawks and Mini Hawks.

Paracording workshops & chocolate campfire treats

Sponsored by

Scouts

Join Scouts, make a s’more and learn skills for life

The Scouts would love to welcome you to their stand, have a go at making some delicious s’mores (chocolate campfire treats) and take part in paracording workshops they’ll be running throughout the weekend. Discover how Scouts are helping young people gain skills, make friends and build brighter futures. There’ll be sessions running each hour on the hour (with the exception of 3pm). Find out Scouts prepares young people with skills for life and how volunteering can make all the difference.

Meet Dwayne! Come and meet adventurer, presenter and Scouts Ambassador, Dwayne Fields on the Scouts’ stand at 4pm on Sunday following his session on the Inspiration Stage.

Volunteer with Scouts - Scouts.org.uk/volunteer

Scheduling

Saturday

TimeTitleBlurbNotes
10amScouts in the OutdoorsJoin the conversation with one of our National Lead Volunteers and Young People about Scouts in the Outdoors and why it's so important to ensure our young people gain skills for lifeWith Lewis Dangerfield and a YP
11amScouts Around the WorldCatch up with two of our Explorer Scouts from Solihull as they look back over Scout adventures  overseas and look forward to upcoming trips and how it  widens their horizonsWith Ben Jones & Ben Smith
MiddayYouth Led ScoutsScouts is about young people working together with volunteers to shape, influence, and lead their adventure. Find out how!TBC
1pmScouts for AllJoin the conversation with one of our National Lead Volunteers and young people about how we make Scouts available to everyone.With Tom Milson and a YP
2pmFireside Chat with Scouts Adventurer Mahroof MalikMahroof is a climber, Scouts volunteer in Birmingham and a national Scouts Adventurer – join us as he shares why Scouts is so important for our young people and why we need more volunteers!With Mahroof Malik
3.30pmVolunteers Make All The DifferenceVolunteering with Scouts is as much fun and as rewarding for you as it is for our young people – but what does it mean to be a volunteer?TBC

Sunday

TimeTitleBlurbNotes
10amVolunteers Make All The DifferenceVolunteering with Scouts is as much fun and as rewarding for you as it is for our young people – but what does it mean to be a volunteer?TBC
1amScouts in the OutdoorsJoin the conversation with one of our National Lead Volunteers and Young People about Scouts in the Outdoors and why it's so important to ensure our young people gain skills for lifeWith Carl Hankinson and a YP
MiddayFireside Chat with Scout Adventurer Mahroof MalikMahroof is a climber, Scouts volunteer in Birmingham and a national Scouts Adventurer – join us as he shares why Scouts is so important for our young people and why we need more volunteers!With Mahroof Malik
1pmScouts for AllJoin the conversation with one of our National Lead Volunteers and young people about how we make Scouts available to everyone.With Nisha Patel and a YP
2pmYouth Led ScoutsScouts is about young people working together with volunteers to shape, influence, and lead their adventure. Find out how!TBC
3.50pmMeet and Greet with Scout Ambassador Dwayne FieldsDwayne Fields

The Outdoor Guide

Sponsored by

The Outdoor Guide

Saturday

Visit The Outdoor Guide stand for an intimate audience with Julia Bradbury on Saturday at 1pm and 4pm.

This is your opportunity to listen to Julia talk about a life spent in the great outdoors, ask her any questions you may have and get that all important selfie.

Sunday

Gemma Hunt is an experienced storyteller and children’s entertainer and star of the BAFTA award winning pirate game show Swashbuckle.

Join Gemma on The Outdoor Guide Stand on Sunday at 11am, 1pm and 3pm where she’ll be telling her wonderful stories and answering your questions.

Mountain Films and Talks

Sponsored by

The British Mountaineering Council

The British Mountaineering Council will be running a variety talks and films at their stand (opposite the climbing wall). All presented by Mary-Ann Ochota.

Welcome to the BMC Stand event schedule! Join us for an exhilarating weekend packed with insightful talks, inspiring films, and engaging discussions centred around the world of climbing, outdoor adventure, and mountain skills. Whether you're a seasoned mountaineer, an outdoor enthusiast, or someone looking to embark on new adventures, our lineup of speakers and films promises something for everyone. From mental health and inclusive climbing initiatives to practical mountain training tips and breathtaking film screenings, immerse yourself in the diverse world of outdoor exploration with the British Mountaineering Council. Check out our schedule below to plan your weekend of inspiration and discovery at the BMC Stand.

Session timeSaturday talks at the BMC standSunday talks and films at the BMC stand
10.00Climbing Inspiration Films
11.00Mental Health and the Outdoors with Rose Gare SimmonsFive Great Walks in the Lake District with Mary-Ann Ochota
12.00Ten things you will learn on Mountain Training Skills CourseEmergency Scenarios in the hills with Mountain Training's Guy Jarvis
13.00Blind Determination with GB Paraclimber Richard SlocockClimbing Is For Everyone with GB Paraclimber James Rudge
14.00My Mountain Leader Journey with Rose Gare SimmonsTen things you will learn on Mountain Training Skills Course
15.00Outdoors For All Climbing & Access Land Film ScreeningsVolunteering Opportunities with the BMC 
16.00Women in Adventure Films: Best of

Follow the BMC here.

the bounty project

Join us on the Bounty Project stand, meet Conrad Humphreys and see up close the little wooden boat that took nine men on an audacious 4000 mile journey across the South Pacific, recreating one of the greatest survival stories of all time.

We will be running competitions throughout the day, giving away merchandise, sailing trips and festival tickets.

Ask us on the stand for an exclusive discount code you can use to book your sailing experience on Bounty throughout 2024.

Saturday 23rd March

11:00 - 11:30

TALK: "Ocean Escapades: A Couple Crossing an Ocean"  Rosalind Chaston & Andy Hodgson

Andy and Rosalind are an ocean rowing couple who have weathered all kinds of storms and come out the other side stronger.

In 2018, Andy became the first person to row solo around Britain and spent 174 days alone at sea. On his return, he met Rosalind and they decided to team up for the next expedition. 3 years of preparation led them to the start line of their Atlantic Row. They rowed alone out into the night and didn't see land again for 46 days on the other side of the Atlantic.

13:00 - 13:30

TALK: An Audacious Voyage - Conrad Humphreys

Conrad Humphreys is a triple round the world yachtsman, who became the 5th British sailor in history to complete the legendary Vendee Globe. In his most recent adventure, using traditional navigation equipment and surviving off the same meager rations as Captain Bligh, Conrad and a cast of nine were cast adrift in this tiny open boat. Their mission, to survive and safely navigate across 4000 miles of open ocean to recreate one of the greatest survival stories in British history.

15:00 - 15:30

TALK: "The first ever around the world by scooter and sidecar"  Matt Bishop and Reece Gilkes - The Sidecar Guys

Ever imagined what it would be like traveling across 10 time zones, in blizzard-like conditions at temperatures as low as -45*C on a city commuter scooter and barn-built sidecar? Or perhaps breaking down in the Sahara desert with zero mechanical expertise only to finally discover what a bearing is? Matt Bishop and Reece Gilkes are The Sidecar Guys. They’re known as The Sidecar Guys because they hold the very niche Guinness World Record for the longest-ever journey by scooter and sidecar and are the first people to circumnavigate the planet on a scooter with a sidecar.

16:00 - 16:30

FILM: Britain's Historic Isles: The Isles of Scilly - Shipwrecks

Intro by Conrad Humphreys

Sunday 24th March

11:00 - 11:30

TALK: "Ocean Escapades: A Couple Crossing an Ocean"  Rosalind Chaston & Andy Hodgson

Andy and Rosalind are an ocean rowing couple who have weathered all kinds of storms and come out the other side stronger.

In 2018, Andy became the first person to row solo around Britain and spent 174 days alone at sea. On his return, he met Rosalind and they decided to team up for the next expedition. 3 years of preparation led them to the start line of their Atlantic Row. They rowed alone out into the night and didn't see land again for 46 days on the other side of the Atlantic.

13:00 - 13:30

TALK: An Audacious Voyage - Conrad Humphreys

Conrad Humphreys is a triple round the world yachtsman, who became the 5th British sailor in history to complete the legendary Vendee Globe. In his most recent adventure, using traditional navigation equipment and surviving off the same meager rations as Captain Bligh, Conrad and a cast of nine were cast adrift in this tiny open boat. Their mission, to survive and safely navigate across 4000 miles of open ocean to recreate one of the greatest survival stories in British history.

15:00 - 15:30

TALK: "The first ever around the world by scooter and sidecar"  Matt Bishop and Reece Gilkes - The Sidecar Guys

Ever imagined what it would be like traveling across 10 time zones, in blizzard-like conditions at temperatures as low as -45*C on a city commuter scooter and barn-built sidecar? Or perhaps breaking down in the Sahara desert with zero mechanical expertise only to finally discover what a bearing is? Matt Bishop and Reece Gilkes are The Sidecar Guys. They’re known as The Sidecar Guys because they hold the very niche Guinness World Record for the longest-ever journey by scooter and sidecar and are the first people to circumnavigate the planet on a scooter with a sidecar.

16:00 - 16:30

FILM: Britain's Historic Isles: The Isles of Scilly - Shipwrecks

Intro by Conrad Humphreys

The Outdoor Kitchen

Sponsored by

Harrison Ward (Fell Foodie)

The Outdoor Kitchen, ran by Fell Foodie and Gem Davis, features interactive cooking seminars to inspire you to enhance your fodder when out on adventures. With all equipment and ingredients provided, be sure to book a slot on one of the many classes for a hands on workshop or come along to spectate, there will be samples!

There will also be some special guests joining the stage for ‘Outdoor Kitchen’ interviews as well as workshops aimed to keep younger ones enthused during their time at the National Outdoor Expo.

Please book your slot for the interactive sessions via the links below, some walk ins will be accepted on the day. Non booked spectators welcome at all sessions.

Gemma Davis

Saturday

Session timeSession Name & HostSession descriptionBooking Link
10:00-11:15Camp Curiosity Class - Kids with Gemma DavisLearn how to make and cook delicious flatbreads in this interactive class aimed at the younger attendees of the expo in this FREE class.Book here
11:45-13:00Interactive Campsite Cook-along with Harrison Ward (Fell Foodie)Join Harrison as he demonstrates how to cook up a Chickpea & Coconut Curry (ve) with all the accompaniments on camping equipment in this FREE class. Then have a go yourself under his tutelage as you learn that food outdoors can be just as tasty as at home. Ingredients & Equipment provided.Book here
13:30-14:30Saturday Outdoor Kitchen with Fell FoodieFell Foodie interviews and cooks for a special guest. Join for banter, expertise and samples!
15:00-16:15Interactive Campsite Cook-along with Fell FoodieJoin Harrison as he demonstrates how to cook up a Tuscan Bean Stew (ve) with accompaniments on camping equipment in this FREE class. Then have a go yourself under his tutelage as you learn that food outdoors can be just as tasty as at home. Ingredients & Equipment provided.Book here

Sunday

Session timeSession Name & HostSession descriptionBooking Link
10:00-11:15Camp Curiosity Class - Kids with Gemma DavisLearn how to make and cook delicious flatbreads in this interactive class aimed at the younger attendees of the expo in this FREE class.Book here
11:45-13:00Interactive Campsite Cook-along with Harrison Ward (Fell Foodie)Join Harrison as he demonstrates how to cook up a Mixed Bean Chilli (ve) with all the accompaniments on camping equipment in this FREE class. Then have a go yourself under his tutelage as you learn that food outdoors can be just as tasty as at home. Ingredients & Equipment provided.Book here
13:30-14:30Sunday Outdoor Kitchen with Fell FoodieFell Foodie interviews and cooks for a special guest. Join for banter, expertise and samples!
15:00-16:15Interactive Campsite Cook-along with Fell FoodieJoin Harrison as he demonstrates how to cook up a Chickpea & Coconut Curry (ve) with all the accompaniments on camping equipment in this FREE class. Then have a go yourself under his tutelage as you learn that food outdoors can be just as tasty as at home. Ingredients & Equipment provided.Book here

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

Sponsored by

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

Sponsored by

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

Sponsored by

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). 120 of these will be pre-bookable via this link and 80 will be bookable on the day via the Bear Grylls Adventure stand (K20). You'll receive a full briefing before the experts take you onto the course. You'll have unlimited access to our Royal Marines-inspired Assault Course.

Pre-book here.

For availability on the day, please visit the Bear Grylls Adventure stand (K20) as there will be walk up slots available. Please note you must arrive at the centre 30 minutes before your time slot for the safety briefing. You must exit the hall via door 1:2 to access the High Ropes (there will be a hanging banner to lead you there). If you have any questions on the day please visit the Bear Grylls Adventure stand inside the expo (Hall 1).

Key info

  • Participants must be 8+ years
  • 8 and 9 year olds must be accompanied on the activity by an adult aged 18 or over. This adult must have a full activity ticket.
  • Guests aged 10-16 years will need an adult present at check-in to sign waivers, but can enjoy the adventure unaccompanied
  • All guests will need to arrive 30 minutes before their activity start time
  • Maximum weight: 130kg. Minimum height: 130cm. Maximum height: 203cm
  • The High Ropes is an outdoor activity and will open in all weathers. We will only close High Ropes in extreme high winds or thunder
  • Pregnant guests are not permitted to take part in any experiences at The Bear Grylls Adventure

What to wear

  • We recommend wearing comfortable active wear you can move in. Skirts, dresses, and suits are not adventure-appropriate!
  • Lace up trainers are a must. No flip flops, heels or open toed sandals will be allowed.
  • Extra layers and waterproofs are suggested for High Ropes.
  • If visiting when it's sunny, make sure you apply sun cream before braving High Ropes
  • For all activities that require a participant to wear a harness (High Ropes, Climb, and Zip Line), we ask that participants ensure that their clothing covers any part of the body in contact with the harness (i.e. leg loops and waist belt)
  • Please make sure you wear a full length top (i.e. no crop tops)
  • Mid-thigh or longer shorts or trousers
  • Tops with straps or sleeves that cover the shoulders
  • We would recommend tying back long hair.
  • Lockers are available free of charge on the day to safely store all belongings while taking part in your adventure.

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 - Saturday 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

SATURDAY 23rd

10AM - Wild Camping Zone Talk 1 (30 mins)
Simplifying Kit for Wild Camping - Vango
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.

12PM - Wild Camping Zone talk 2  (25mins) 

A beginners guide to wild camping -  Tim Monaghan (author)
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”.’

2PM -Wild Camping Zone Talk 3 (20mins)

Redefining Conservation - Oxygen Conservation
Oxygen Conservation has a commitment to Scaling Conservation to deliver positive environmental and social impact. Join Oxygen Conservation's 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.

3PM - Wild Camping Zone Talk 4 (20mins)

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

4PM - Wild Camping Zone Talk 5 (30 mins)
Simplifying Kit for Wild Camping - Vango
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.

SUNDAY 24TH

10AM - Wild Camping Zone Talk 6 (30 mins)
Simplifying Kit for Wild Camping - Vango
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.

12PM - Wild Camping Zone Talk 7 (30 mins)
Unlocking Land - Heritage, Agriculture, & Recreation - Forest Fields 

Join Jessie as she talks about the history that runs through her farmlands and how they have created a thriving community through both farming and recreation. 

2PM - Wild Camping Zone Talk 8 (30 mins)
How to Rewild Everywhere - Life to Land
Join Life to Land founder Chris D'agrone as he talks through his project and how it is making the world of rewilding accessible and achievable for us all...in our own back gardens! The '3 D's' are like an interpreter for the language of nature. Once you understand these three dimensions, the ecosystems beyond your front door will just start to make sense. Chris will walk through what the 3 D's are; how to understand them, and how to use them to create a garden that's bursting with biodiversity. 

4PM - Wild Camping Zone Talk 9 (30 mins)
Simplifying Kit for Wild Camping - Vango
Join the Vango team (including their very own head of design) and some special guests in collaboration with Ordnance Survey, 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.

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

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Using poles for your trail running or hiking could help revolutionise your outdoor adventures. But
how do you find out which poles are best for you and how do you get started?
Harrier Founder, Kate Parker, will lead this practical workshop on how to use poles. Suitable for
beginners and experienced alike, she’ll share the differences between aluminium and carbon,
fixed and adjustable lengths, the benefits of using poles and, importantly, practical exercises to
get you started.

11am - Ronnie Staton on Running The Spine

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What an earth is the winter spine race all about, why is it so captivating?! Ronnie will discuss his
latest adventure from Edale in Derbyshire to Kirk Yetholm in the Scottish Borders following the
268 mile Pennine Way. The intense highs of Cross Fell at sunrise, the desperate lows of sleep
deprivation in 16 hours of darkness- and everything in between- including an unexpected
friendship formed.

12pm - Dave Taylor on Running The Big Rounds

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For many fell runners, completing the Bob Graham Round is the pinnacle of their goals or
achievements. Dave talks about his experiences on the Bob Graham, Paddy Buckley and
Charlie Ramsay rounds and gives advice on what they entail, the planning and logistics involved
and how to train effectively.

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

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Stephen will take you on a fun journey going right back into his childhood and sharing stories
about the role the outdoors has played in his life.
He’ll be mixing the serious with the fun, covering topics like growing up in Northern Ireland
towards the end of the troubles and how that relates to the outdoors.

Why bullying is one of the reasons he started running in the first place, his trauma at being

robbed of victory during the 1996 3-legged race at school sports day, how running played a role
in getting him interested in business when he was just 14. And the time he and three friends

became excellent sprinters the night they thought they might get murdered up a dark lane.
He’ll also share why he started taking running seriously in his early 20s and how it's one of

the most important things he does in order to be happy, healthy, productive and creative.

How running completely changed his life and career thanks to social media.

The upsides and downsides of running an outdoors YouTube channel.

Why he nearly quit running in his mid-30s and what brought him back.

Finally why he thinks everyone should try sliding down a hill once in a while.

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

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Husband and wife team Mubarak and Homayra Sheikh will join Mary from Harrier for an informal
Q&A discussing diversity in the outdoors.
We’ll learn more about their passion for trail running and hiking and how they are using this
passion to inspire others to explore the outdoors.
We’ll also discuss practical steps we can all take to help diversity in our outdoor spaces and why
representation is important.

Sunday 24th March

10am - Ronnie Staton’s Guide to Tackling Multi-Day Challenges & Events

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Pulling on over a decade of ultra running coaching Ronnie will discuss the different approaches
possible to achieve success at a multi-day event- it’s more achievable than many suspect.
What does the training involve and how do you tackle each day as it comes? Using feedback
from those he has coached and his close ultra running friends Ronnie is able to provide a
rounded approach from others rather than just his own experience.

11.30am - Stephen J Reid: Social Media and Content Creation for the Outdoors

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An entry level masterclass for anyone who wants to improve their ability to take photographs
and make videos outdoors. Stephen will talk about the equipment he uses and how to match it
to the right conditions and locations. Tips for using cameras, phones, action cameras, 360
cameras and drones for filming.
How to view the world as a photographer to improve your compositions and how to think like a
filmmaker to keep your audience engaged.
The importance of breaking free from trends and finding your own voice and style.
How to edit videos, including how to edit on mobile. The importance of sound, music and colour
grading.
Why sometimes it’s best that you leave the camera at home and finally why the content we put
out into the world matters more than we think.

12pm - Dave Taylor’s Brew With A View

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One of the attractions of trail and fell running is exploring beautiful and remote places. Dave
often includes a stop for a "brew with a view" on his easy or rest days. He discusses the
lightweight kit that he uses for these "fastpacking" type adventures.

Get tickets here: https://www.eventbrite.com/cc/trail-sessions-at-the-national-outdoor-expo-3146989

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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BOTE

Welcome to Geartopia, your premier destination for outstanding adventure gear in the UK. Driven by our passion for outdoor activities and a commitment to excellence and sustainability, we offer high-quality inflatable standup paddles, kayaks, and outdoor accessories. As the authorized UK distribution partner for Bote, we're excited to bring exceptional adventure gear to every part of this historic and picturesque country.

MEET THE BOTE INFLATABLE KAYAKS LINEUP

If you’re looking for the best inflatable kayaks on the market, you’ve come to the right place. The BOTE fleet of inflatable kayaks is not only super diverse in terms of what’s on offer—from the lightweight Zeppelin Aero 10′ to the heavy-duty LONO Aero 12′6″—but BOTE inflatable kayaks also consistently deliver across the board when it comes to durability, stability, packability, portability, speed, comfort, design, innovation, the list goes on.

In fact, some might even say BOTE revolutionized kayaks. Over the years, we’ve created a dangerously good-looking (and durable) group of inflatable kayaks. How we’ve done it is a simple and painstakingly meticulous process. With innovation and industry-shaping technology, we’ve done everything in our power to create the best inflatable kayaks that push boundaries and pull waters like it’s no one’s business. Ready for the ultimate waterborne adventure? Every BOTE inflatable kayak performs with the utmost durability and stability required for days on the water. But what makes them truly unique is their packability. Our inflatable kayaks come equipped with a custom travel bag so they can pack down into even the smallest spaces. BOTE inflatable kayaks are perfect for recreational kayaking, kayak fishing, tandem kayaking, and just about any type of flat water kayaking activity out there.

British Gliding association Flight simulator

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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

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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

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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

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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.

Visit the website here: https://www.centreforethnoecology.org/

At this year's Expo, we will be hosting the following organisations;

We specialise in indigenous skills; the Bushcraft we practice and teach is that of the aboriginal Britain. We study of our early ancestors to teach a set of skills and knowledge that can be used in the natural world and necessary in understanding our role within it. https://www.intowilderness.co.uk/

We are passionate about positive experiences and life skills. We run courses and events to provide skills and team building for all ages and abilities. We offer a variety of bushcraft courses, archery and crossbow sessions and blacksmithing. 

https://www.rikaace.co.uk/

We use the natural environment to educate, improve health and wellbeing and encourage everyone to use the outdoors. We are part of the National Community Forest Partnership and have a long track record of delivering successful environmental projects in Staffordshire and the West Midlands. https://www.forestofmercia.com/

We make handmade bushcraft tools and equipment with traditional skills passed down through 3 generations of woodworkers.  We are based in Staffordshire and use locally sourced materials to craft high-quality products.

https://www.birchember.com/

During the Expo, the following sessions will be available each day;

11:00

Into Wilderness: Primitive fire lighting.

This session will showcase various fire-lighting methods from human history, exploring how our ancestors started their communal fires.

12:00

Rika ACE: Natural fibres

Take a look at a variety of fibres that can be harvested from everyday trees and plants. Get the chance to feel the difference between raw materials and expertly laid cordage.

13:00

Forest of Mercia: Pole Lathe crafts

See the array of projects available using the traditional skill of turning timber on a lathe. Discover how a variety of everyday items were crafted from fresh or “green” wood.

14:00

Into Wilderness: Natural fish hooks

This engaging workshop introduces you to working with plant fibres and other materials to create natural fishing hooks.

15:00

Rika ACE: Natural bracelets

Learn how to craft a piece of natural cordage under expert tuition. Take away a natural cordage bracelet and the knowledge of how to make them.

16:00

Forest of Mercia: Willow crafts

Enjoy working with willow, one of the most inspiring natural materials available. Explore a range of basketry techniques and approaches that are available through the use of willow.

Please note that these sessions are not bookable in advance.

The Outdoor Kitchen

Details to be confirmed soon!

The Climbing Wall

The British Mountaineering Council have two of their GB Paraclimbing Athletes over at the Traverse Wall who will be running facilitated game and workshop sessions on the wall throughout the day.

Both James Rudge and Richard Slocock are qualified Climbing Wall Instructors and are experience climbing coaches.

Sign up on the day for the workshop games sessions at set times, or turn up between the coached sessions for a casual go facilitated by the two athletes too. Suitable for adults and children, 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.

The climbing tower will be assisted by outdoor experts and will be running turn-up and climb all day sessions.

Follow the BMC here and follow GB Climbing here

James Rudge is a member of the GB Paraclimbing Team as well as a qualified Climbing Wall Instructor. After many years practising parkour, James decided to start giving climbing a go. Born without the lower part of his left arm,  he began competing in the National Paraclimbing Series. Now he competes internationally for GB. James runs a charity called GRIT Collective, which puts on inclusive climbing sessions for people with physical impairments and learning difficulties. James will also be doing a talk at the BMC stand (opposite the Traverse Wall) at 1pm on Sunday called ‘Climbing is for Everyone'.

Richard Slocock is a visually impaired GB Paraclimber and Climbing Coach. He has competed for GB Climbing at an international level and has his own personal training business. In 2023, he won silver in the Paraclimbing World Championships in the B2 category. Richard will also be doing a talk at the BMC stand (opposite the Traverse Wall) at 1pm on Saturday called ‘Blind Determination’.

Session Time SaturdayBooking LinkSundayBooking Link
10.00-10.30Bouldering Games with GB Paraclimber Richard Slocock.
This session is especially aimed at children.
Book hereWall Games with GB Paraclimber James RudgeBook here
12.00-12.30Bouldering Games with GB Paraclimber Richard SlocockBook hereWall Games with GB Paraclimber James Rudge.
This session is aimed at children.
Book here
14.00-14.30Bouldering Games with GB Paraclimber Richard Slocock.
This session is especially aimed at children.
Book hereWall Games with GB Paraclimber James Rudge.Book here
16:00-16:30Bouldering Games with GB Paraclimber Richard SlocockBook hereWall Games with GB Paraclimber James Rudge.
This session is aimed at children.
Book here

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

OUtdoor Skills Theatre

10:00 - 10:15

Welcome from our host

Outdoor Skills Theatre

Sponsored by Solo Stove

Polly Shute

10:15 - 11:00

Panel: Keeping young people engaged in the outdoors

Outdoor Skills Theatre

Sponsored by Solo Stove

Honor Burgess

Mahroof Malik

Abdul Zlitni

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

Sponsored by Solo Stove

Rachel Bigsby

12:00 - 12:30

Rewild your mind with bushcraft skills

Outdoor Skills Theatre

Sponsored by Solo Stove

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

Sponsored by Solo Stove

Tom Backhouse

CampWild

13:45 - 14:15

Packing for a long distance fastpack

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

Outdoor Skills Theatre

Sponsored by Solo Stove

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

Sponsored by Solo Stove

Anita Kerwin-Nye

Deon Barrett

Richard Slocock

Sara Huws

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

Sponsored by Solo Stove

The Tings

OUTDOOR SKILLS THEATRE

10:15 - 10:30

Welcome from our host

Outdoor Skills Theatre

Sponsored by Solo Stove

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

Sponsored by Solo Stove

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

Sponsored by Solo Stove

Caroline Dawson

David Haze

SUP it and Sea

Red Paddle Co

12:15 - 12:45

Taking your hiking to the next level (literally!) 

Outdoor Skills Theatre

Sponsored by Solo Stove

Marta Misztal

13:15 - 14:00

The importance of adventurous play for children

Outdoor Skills Theatre

Sponsored by Solo Stove

Belinda Kirk

Leo Houlding

Helen Dodd

Wunmi Nuga

14:15 - 15:00

Where can open water swimming take you?

Outdoor Skills Theatre

Sponsored by Solo Stove

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

Sponsored by Solo Stove

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

Inspiration Stage

09:15 - 09:30

Welcome from our hosts

Inspiration Stage

Sponsored by INEOS Grenadier, Inov-8, Thrudark

Danny Bent

Lucy Mills

09:30- 10:30

Fireside chat with extreme adventurers

Inspiration Stage

Sponsored by INEOS Grenadier, Inov-8, Thrudark

Ness Knight

Jason Fox

Ollie Ollerton

Anthony “Staz” Stazicker

Thrudark

11:00 - 11:45

Finding true north

Bringing outdoor education to the forefront of all young minds

Inspiration Stage

Sponsored by INEOS Grenadier, Inov-8, Thrudark

Deon Barrett

12:00 - 12:45

Fast hiking the Pyrenees

Inspiration Stage

Sponsored by INEOS Grenadier, Inov-8, Thrudark

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

Sponsored by INEOS Grenadier, Inov-8, Thrudark

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

Sponsored by INEOS Grenadier, Inov-8, Thrudark

Megan Hine

15:30 - 16:15

Fireside chat with wildlife conservationist  

Inspiration Stage

Sponsored by INEOS Grenadier, Inov-8, Thrudark

Michaela Strachan

Inspiration Stage

09:15 - 09:30

Welcome from our hosts

Inspiration Stage

Sponsored by INEOS Grenadier, Inov-8, Thrudark

Danny Bent

Lucy Mills

9:30 - 10:15

Fireside chat with

Inspiration Stage

Sponsored by INEOS Grenadier, Inov-8, Thrudark

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

Sponsored by INEOS Grenadier, Inov-8, Thrudark

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

Sponsored by INEOS Grenadier, Inov-8, Thrudark

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

Sponsored by INEOS Grenadier, Inov-8, Thrudark

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

Sponsored by INEOS Grenadier, Inov-8, Thrudark

Sean Conway

14:15 - 14:45

Fireside chat with outdoors advocate

Inspiration Stage

Sponsored by INEOS Grenadier, Inov-8, Thrudark

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

Sponsored by INEOS Grenadier, Inov-8, Thrudark

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

Sponsored by INEOS Grenadier, Inov-8, Thrudark

Aldo Kane

Speakers

See below to find out who is speaking at the Expo across the weekend, whether on one of the stages or the features around the show.

Brands

Want to join the brands below and exhibit at The National Outdoor Expo?

Exhibitors

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6dots.co

D43

Acorns Children’s Hospice

B24

Alley Cat Games

F3

Altra

F60

Bearhug

D31

Bio Mate

D30

Blaze Trails

F2

British Gliding Association

I61

British Orienteering

K20

Butternut Box

B36

Chock Shop

C53

Combat Laser Games

I82

Darn Tough

C10

dewerstone

G60

Dicky Bag

E61

Dogs Trust

F70

eGlove

I51

Epic Paintball Events

D62

estarli

E32

EverTrek

K30

Exposure Lights

E12

Field Studies Council

D42

FLANCI

B70

Flapjackery

I20

Forest Facility

B61

GLOBAL TELESAT COMMUNICATIONS (GTC)

G21

Goat Drinks

D13

GOPRESSO

D11

Grangers and GORE-TEX

H21

Greenpeace

Harvey Maps

H40

Honister.com

B60

Icarus Eyewear

E11

Inov-8

E90

Inspiring Learning

D51

Involved Holidays

B63

Kendal Mint CO

I0

Kotinos

B56

LBC (Ultralight) Boots UK

E3

Long Distance Walkers Association

L20

Lowa

H50

Macmillan Cancer Support

D52

Medline Consultancy

G23

Mendip Activity Centre

K31

Mountain Training

Natural England & the Countryside Code

D61

Older & Wilder

C51

OLPRO

I10

Outdoor Provisions

Paqualife

I70

Páramo Clothing

G32

Pawprint Family

J41

PelliTec blister prevention

B40

PILGRIM

B65

RSPB

H61

Salomon

D80

Sandbanks Style

D32

She Who Dares, Wins

I60

Shokz Sport Headphones

D41

Silky Fox Saws

B23

Solo Stove

F20

SSAFA – The Armed Forces Charity.

C52

Stretch Seat

K83

Stride

B41

Swarovski Optik

H60

Swimzi

F71

Taylors of Harrogate

D91

The Bucket List Company

H80

The Different Travel Company

B30

The Gourmet Scotch Egg Co

F10

The Healthy Back Bag Company

B70

The Honest Bean Co.

I32

The Intrepid Explorer

B5

The Mountain Girl

F74

The TMB Challenge

D93

The University of Central Lancashire

B10

The Wave

B37

The Wildlife Trusts

K45

TORQ

C30

Tracks & Trails

K33

Trogg Shop

I60

Tub Tanks

E60

Vampire Outdoors

C11

Vibram FiveFingers

G30

Viking Optical

H70

Visorando

G63

VOOM Nutrition

D41

Waterhaul

A70

Wild Moose

F20

Woodland Trust

World Land Trust

D71

WWF

Yurts for Life

VIP Area

Zaini

E64

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Active Adventure Travel and Touring

estarliE32
EverTrekK30
GOPRESSOD11
Involved HolidaysB63
Natural England & the Countryside CodeD61
PILGRIMB65
StrideB41
SwimziF71
The Bucket List CompanyH80
The Intrepid ExplorerB5
The Mountain GirlF74
The TMB ChallengeD93

Active and Adventure Experiences

Blaze TrailsF2
British OrienteeringK20
Combat Laser GamesI82
EverTrekK30
Honister.comB60
Inspiring LearningD51
Long Distance Walkers AssociationL20
Mendip Activity CentreK31
Mountain Training
Natural England & the Countryside CodeD61
StrideB41
SwimziF71
The Mountain GirlF74
The TMB ChallengeD93
The WaveB37
Trogg ShopI60

Art

Backpacks

6dots.coD43
estarliE32
Harrier Trail Running
OLPROI10
PILGRIMB65
SalomonD80
SwimziF71
The Healthy Back Bag CompanyB70
Valley and Peak

Blankets/Dry Robes/Ponchos

FLANCIB70
OLPROI10
PILGRIMB65
SwimziF71
Wild MooseF20

Bottles and Flasks

Harrier Trail Running
PILGRIMB65
Sealskinz

Bushcraft

Silky Fox SawsB23
SwimziF71
The Mountain GirlF74
WaterhaulA70

Camper Vans, Caravans, Awnings

OLPROI10
SwimziF71

Camping / Accessories

estarliE32
OLPROI10
Silky Fox SawsB23
SwimziF71
Vampire OutdoorsC11

Camping / Furniture

SwimziF71

Camping / Tents

SwimziF71
Valley and Peak
Yurts for LifeVIP Area

Canoes / Kayaks / SUPs

BOTE
PaqualifeI70
Riber Products Ltd
Sandbanks StyleD32
SwimziF71

Charities

Acorns Children's HospiceB24
Dogs TrustF70
Greenpeace
Pawprint FamilyJ41
RSPBH61
SSAFA – The Armed Forces Charity.C52
SwimziF71
The Wildlife TrustsK45
Woodland Trust
World Land TrustD71
WWF

Climbing / Safety Gear

Harrier Trail Running
Mountain Training
SwimziF71
Trogg ShopI60

Clothing / Active Lifestyle and Leisurewear

6dots.coD43
BearhugD31
dewerstoneG60
estarliE32
FLANCIB70
PILGRIMB65
She Who Dares, WinsI60
Silky Fox SawsB23
SwimziF71
Vampire OutdoorsC11
Vibram FiveFingersG30
ZainiE64

Clothing / Belts, Gloves, Hats, Socks, Underwear

6dots.coD43
dewerstoneG60
eGloveI51
Harrier Trail Running
Icarus EyewearE11
LBC (Ultralight) Boots UKE3
PILGRIMB65
StrideB41
SwimziF71
The TMB ChallengeD93
Vampire OutdoorsC11
ZainiE64

Clothing / Marine

Clothing / Outdoor Apparel

6dots.coD43
BearhugD31
dewerstoneG60
estarliE32
FLANCIB70
Grangers and GORE-TEXH21
Harrier Trail Running
PILGRIMB65
SalomonD80
StrideB41
SwimziF71
The Mountain GirlF74
Valley and Peak
WaterhaulA70
ZainiE64

Clothing / Running

6dots.coD43
BearhugD31
FLANCIB70
Harrier Trail Running
PILGRIMB65
SalomonD80
Sealskinz
SwimziF71
Vampire OutdoorsC11

Coaching, Courses, Skills Development, Training

Blaze TrailsF2
Inspiring LearningD51
Mendip Activity CentreK31
Mountain Training
NOWCA
SwimziF71
The University of Central LancashireB10

Cooking and Eating Outdoors

Solo StoveF20
SwimziF71
Taylors of HarrogateD91
The Honest Bean Co.I32
Valley and Peak

Dogs / Cats Nutrition

Butternut BoxB36
Dicky BagE61
Dogs TrustF70

Ear Plugs

Electric Bikes / Scooters

estarliE32

Eyewear / Sunglasses

dewerstoneG60
Icarus EyewearE11
WaterhaulA70

Festivals and Events

Blaze TrailsF2
British OrienteeringK20
Long Distance Walkers AssociationL20
OLPROI10
SwimziF71
The Mountain GirlF74
The TMB ChallengeD93

Food and Drink / Alcohol

The Gourmet Scotch Egg CoF10

Food and Drink / Alcohol Free

Goat DrinksD13
Taylors of HarrogateD91

Food and Drink / Camping and Expedition Meals

Taylors of HarrogateD91
TORQC30

Food and Drink / Confectionary

Chock ShopC53
FlapjackeryI20
Goat DrinksD13

Food and Drink / Energy and Functional

GOPRESSOD11
Kendal Mint COI0
Outdoor Provisions
Taylors of HarrogateD91
The Honest Bean Co.I32
TORQC30

Food and Drink / Recipe Box

Food and Drink / Storage

Taylors of HarrogateD91

Footwear / Climbing

SwimziF71

Footwear / Crampons and Microspikes

Trogg ShopI60

Footwear / Hiking and Walking

LBC (Ultralight) Boots UKE3
LowaH50
SalomonD80
Sealskinz
SwimziF71
Vibram FiveFingersG30

Footwear / Insoles, Orthotics and Foot Health

PelliTec blister preventionB40
SwimziF71

Footwear / Marine

Footwear / Trail Running

AltraF60
SalomonD80
SwimziF71
Vibram FiveFingersG30

Gifts, Jewellery

Alley Cat GamesF3
Pawprint FamilyJ41
ZainiE64

Gliding / Flying

British Gliding AssociationI61

Headphones

Shokz Sport HeadphonesD41

Hydration Systems

Harrier Trail Running
SalomonD80
SwimziF71
Vampire OutdoorsC11

Insurance Provider

Kids Outdoors

Alley Cat GamesF3
Blaze TrailsF2
British OrienteeringK20
Combat Laser GamesI82
FLANCIB70
LBC (Ultralight) Boots UKE3
Riber Products Ltd
SwimziF71
The Mountain GirlF74
ZainiE64

Lights / Torches

Exposure LightsE12
OLPROI10

Litter Picking

SwimziF71
WaterhaulA70

Magazines and Online Resources

Blaze TrailsF2
Long Distance Walkers AssociationL20
Pawprint FamilyJ41
SwimziF71
The Outdoor Guide

Mobility and Accessibility

BearhugD31
estarliE32
SwimziF71
The Healthy Back Bag CompanyB70
The Outdoor Guide

Navigation

GLOBAL TELESAT COMMUNICATIONS (GTC)G21
Harvey MapsH40
INEOS Grenadier
Mountain Training
SwimziF71
The Mountain GirlF74
VisorandoG63

Open Water Swimming

NOWCA
SwimziF71

Optics / Photography / Binoculars / Scopes

Swarovski OptikH60
SwimziF71
Viking OpticalH70

Outdoor Community Group

Blaze TrailsF2
British OrienteeringK20
Long Distance Walkers AssociationL20
OLPROI10
The TMB ChallengeD93

Outdoor Kit Hire

The Mountain GirlF74

Poles

Harrier Trail Running
OLPROI10

Portable / Solar Power Packs

SwimziF71

Prevention and Recovery

PelliTec blister preventionB40
SwimziF71
Trogg ShopI60
Tub TanksE60

Race Organisers

British OrienteeringK20
SwimziF71
The TMB ChallengeD93

Recruitment

Safety and First Aid

Blaze TrailsF2
Natural England & the Countryside CodeD61

Sleeping Bags

OLPROI10
SwimziF71
Valley and Peak

Sustainable Medals

OLPROI10

Trail Running Coaching

Harrier Trail Running
SwimziF71

Triathlon

Sealskinz
SwimziF71
Vibram FiveFingersG30

Water Sports Accessories

Bio MateD30
Riber Products Ltd
Sealskinz
SwimziF71
WaterhaulA70

Wetsuits

SwimziF71

Wildlife Watching

RSPBH61
Sealskinz
Swarovski OptikH60
SwimziF71
Viking OpticalH70

Welcome to the National Outdoor Expo 2024

WELCOME

Tom Whitfield

Event Manager
at Racoon Media Group

I am thrilled to extend a warm welcome to the third edition of the National Outdoor Expo, taking place at the NEC in Birmingham on March 23-24, 2024.

This expo is a celebration of all things outdoors, catering to a diverse range of passions including walking, hiking, climbing, trail running, paddleboarding, kayaking, camping, open water swimming, and outdoor cooking. Whatever your outdoor pursuit may be, you'll find it here, along with ample opportunities for inspiration, learning, and adventure.

Prepare to be motivated by some of the world's most passionate outdoor enthusiasts, participate in engaging workshops, and embark on thrilling interactive experiences offering fun for the whole family.

With hundreds of brands representing a wide spectrum of outdoor interests, there's no shortage of exploration and discovery. It's thanks to the support of our exhibitors that we're able to bring you this exceptional event so I encourage you to visit as many stands as possible to uncover the latest innovations and find the perfect support for your outdoor adventures.

Have you checked out our incredible lineup of speakers? Don't miss the chance to hear from and meet legendary outdoor figures such as Ben Fogle, Michaela Strachan, Dwayne Fields, Jason Fox, Ollie Ollerton, and Megan Hine. Their stories and insights are sure to leave you inspired.

Whether you're a family of eager adventurers or a seasoned explorer, everyone is welcome at the National Outdoor Expo. Thank you for your continued support, and for taking the time to join us. We can't wait to welcome you over the weekend and ensure you have an unforgettable experience.

Warm regards,

Tom Whitfield

Cath Pendleton

Cath Pendleton

Cath is a Guinness World Record Holder for the most Southerly Ice Swim (Female), she achieved this record by becoming the first person in the world to swim an ice mile inside the Antarctic Polar circle in February 2020. Her story was captured by the BBC for a documentary about ordinary people achieving extraordinary things, titled “The Merthyr Mermaid” and is available to watch on BBC iPlayer – The Merthyr Mermaid. Cath has always used exercise as a way of helping her to manage her mental health. She discovered her passion for winter/ice swimming in September 2015 and was immediately hooked, since then Cath swims as much as possible and she refers to it as her “Reset Button” and says “to make Cath happy, just add cold water!”

Tinuke Oyediran

Tinuke Oyediran

Tinuke is an extraordinary adventure presenter and thrill-seeking daredevil with a passion for adventure and exploration. You may recognise her from her recent stint on Survivor UK for BBC1. Tinuke is breaking barriers by showcasing extreme adventures, driven by her personal mission to demonstrate that people like her can embrace all that life has to offer, and that the most rewarding things in life come from getting outside your comfort zone.

From camping on the side of a cliff face to walking the wing of an aeroplane, climbing glaciers, surviving alone in the wilderness and achieving three Guinness World Records as a professional roller skater, Tinuke will fearlessly take on any challenge.

Growing up without representation in adventure TV, Tinuke is committed to showing diverse audiences that anyone, regardless of background, can experience the thrill of adventure. By sharing her own story and encouraging others to push their boundaries, Tinuke is opening doors for diverse audiences to connect with nature, discover their inner strength, and embark on journeys of self-discovery and smashing our self-imposed limitations.

Steve Backshall

Steve Backshall

As one of the busiest presenters on television, Steve Backshall is a familiar face and house-hold name, perhaps best-known for his phenomenally successful Deadly series.

An all-action hero, Steve has led overseas expeditions and explored some of the most incredible places on the planet. He recently travelled across the Atlantic, Pacific and Indian Oceans filming Whale for Sky TV, a ground-breaking programme tracking our most iconic, yet threatened, species. He has also appeared in Our Changing Planet for BBC One, an ambitious seven-year series documenting six of the planet’s most threatened ecosystems.

His most recent book, Deep Blue published in 2023, is a blend of memoir, travel, and marine and environmental science that takes us on a tour of the many worlds of aquatic life: from underwater deserts and rainforests to the evolution of ocean heroes like the sea turtle and the Great White, to the rapidly declining state of white polar seas and coral reefs.

As if that wasn’t enough, in 2023, Steve showed immense resilience, determination, drive, and ambition to break a new world record – for the fastest time to paddle the length of the Thames River.

Kia Mitton

Kia Mitton

I founded Rika ACE to benefit our local community and the groups we are passionate about. We provide various experiences such as campfire cooking, shelter building, green woodworking, camping, archery and blacksmithing. Our programs cater to all ages and abilities, from Home Education sessions to weekend family activities, holiday clubs, and adult courses. Join us for junior sessions, birthday parties, and immersive week-long experiences. It’s all about connecting with nature and learning new skills.

Paul Moseley

Paul Moseley

With over 25 years of experience studying and training others in crafts and community practices, Paul is a leading voice in developing kinship with the natural world. Recently completing his Master’s degree, he now embarks on his PhD journey, focusing on ethnoecology—the study of dynamic relationships between people and their natural environments. Passionate about collaboration, Paul spearheads the Centre for Ethnoecology, uniting academics, practitioners, and organisations in supporting sustainability through culture-based practice.

Mubarak & Homayra

Mubarak & Homayra

As an adventurous couple deeply passionate about the outdoors and running, we find joy in exploring nature’s trails. Our shared love for running, including the experience of running the London Marathon together, not only challenges us but also connects us on a profound level. Whether organising local running events or sharing our adventures, our commitment is to inspire our community to lead active lives and discover the joy of running and hiking to improve physical and mental well-being.

Ronnie Staton

Ronnie Staton

Ronnie has been working with goals for nearly 20 years after studying for a BSc Hons Coaching, Sport & Exercise Science Degree. Originally a Personal Trainer working with a range of clientele he began to see that similar mindset patterns clearly lead to an improved success rate in achieving targets and individual fulfilment. Over time Ronnie has become qualified in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy to better help individuals within this non-physical realm. Over the last decade Ronnie has been working to help physically and mentally prepare 100’s of ultra runners from around the UK tackling anything from 30 miles up to 300 miles. Over the last few years he has teamed up with Harrier to provide coaching materials and live talks. Ronnie personally loves to run long and he has successfully ran across England (190 miles), Wales (250 miles) and Scotland (215 miles) in a non-stop format. In 2024 he completed the Winter Spine Race (268 miles) in just under 5 days.

Stephen Reid

Stephen Reid

Stephen is a filmmaker from Northern Ireland who loves the outdoors and can often be found
running, hiking, cycling, paddling and camping in beautiful locations. All while making terrible jokes and filming those experiences for his YouTube channel and social platforms. He is particularly enthusiastic about getting more people outside and has been known to slide down hills from time to time.

Dave Taylor

Dave Taylor

Dave Taylor is an experienced fell runner and a UK Athletics Fell & Mountain Running coach. He has completed the 3 Big “Rounds” and has been English Fell Running Champion for the V50 age category. He works as Fell Running Guide offering coaching and navigation skills for trail and fell runners.

Dave Knowles

Dave Knowles

For over 30 years, Dave has led the Forest of Mercia CIC, a community forest that leads and supports local habitat restoration projects. In addition to creating many new hectares of woodland each year, Dave is a respected craftsperson in fields such as basketry, wood carving, and pole lathing. He has developed a vibrant and inspiring site in Staffordshire that provides willow to craftspeople, holds craft courses and workshops, and hosts educational visits from local schools.https://www.forestofmercia.com

Lewis Tingle

Lewis Tingle

My approach to bushcraft is a humble and simple one. I go out into nature to make journeys and connect with the landscape I find myself in. In essence, I look to knowledge and skills that can bridge the connection with nature and not impeach it. True bushcraft should always be subtle in the background and supportive of the environment in which we are part. I founded Into Wilderness Bushcraft to share my insights and passion for the outdoors with others through first-hand experiences of Nature. https://www.intowilderness.co.uk

Rosalind & Andy

Rosalind & Andy

Andy and Rosalind are an ocean rowing couple who have weathered all kinds of storms and come out the other side stronger.

In 2018, Andy became the first person to row solo around Britain and spent 174 days alone at sea. On his return, he met Rosalind and they decided to team up for the next expedition. 3 years of preparation led them to the start line of their Atlantic Row. They rowed alone out into the night and didn’t see land again for 46 days on the other side of the Atlantic.

James Forrest

James Forrest

James Michael Forrest is a British adventurer, hiker and author best known for climbing all 1,001 mountains across the UK and Ireland in the fastest known time.

His inspirational story – from bored office worker to intrepid adventurer – is told in his debut book Mountain Man, winner of the prestigious Book of the Year accolade in the 2019 The Great Outdoors Readers Awards.

Sara Huws

Sara Huws

Sara Huws is a co-founder of Every Body Outdoors, a community which works for better kit, representation and opportunities in the outdoors for plus-size people. A keen open water swimmer and hiker, Sara is also a competitive powerlifter and sports inclusion advocate.

Abdul Zlitni

Abdul Zlitni

Abdul Zlitni is an energetic 18-year-old from Whalley Range, South Manchester. Once a stranger to the great outdoors, Abdul has transformed into a passionate trail running enthusiast. With boundless enthusiasm, he has become a vocal advocate for the incredible positive impact that running in nature can have on overall wellbeing. Abdul’s journey from urban landscapes to the rugged trails is not just a personal evolution but a vibrant testament to the exhilarating and transformative power of nature and running combined. He is an inspiration to many young people and aims to spread the joy of trail running!

Mahroof Malik

Mahroof Malik

Mahroof is a climber, Scouts volunteer in Birmingham and a national Scouts Adventurer.

Richard Slocock

Richard Slocock

Richard Slocock
Bio
Richard first started climbing nearly 20 years ago in 2005 a:er moving to Derby from
Hampshire.
He began to show signs of macular degeneraCon in 2013, registering as severely sight
impaired in 2016. Richard’s sight loss led to him compeCng in his first naConal Para-climbing
compeCCon in Edinburgh in September 2017. Following the success of this series, Richard
was selected to join the GB Para-climbing team in February 2018.
To date Richard has podiumed internaConally in his Para-climbing category (B2) in numerous
compeCCons. His career highlights being achieving Silver in two World Championships
(Moscow, 2021 and Bern, 2023) and Gold at the Swiss World Cup (Villars, 2022).
Alongside his experience as a compeCCon climber, Richard is a qualified climbing coach,
Fitness instructor and Personal trainer. As a GB Para-climbing coach, Richard aims to use his
skills and experiences to develop the next generaCon of para-climbing athletes

Anthony "Staz" Stazicker

Anthony "Staz" Stazicker

Anthony “Staz” Stazicker CGC spent 13 years within the British military, 10 of which were in the UK Special Forces. By the end of his decorated and distinguished military career, Staz had performed numerous roles from chief sniper instructor to demolitions expert. In 2013, Staz was awarded the Conspicuous Gallantry Cross for combat actions in Afghanistan, the medal is second only to the Victoria Cross in terms of honour within the British military.

Upon leaving the military, Staz co-founded the high performance outerwear brand ThruDark alongside another former UK Special Forces operator Louis Tinsley. Staz tests each and every item of ThruDark clothing personally prior to release, in conditions and environments all over the world and recently completed a successful summit of Ama Dablam in November 2022.

Kate Parker

Kate Parker

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.

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 Magnetic 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.

Deon Barrett

Deon Barrett

I had a very conflicted childhood due to a lack of identity through racial and discrimination, bullying and the lack of a positive role model. Over time this caused deep depression and anxiety, which led to suicide attempts at an early age.

Growing up in the urban outskirts of the Southwest of London and due to my environment, I found myself descending on the wrong path, leading to being embedded in the local gang culture. Luckily through my mother’s passion to travel and bring me along I was able to be exposed to new landscapes.

Acquiring academic education in school was not my forte in my early years, except for getting into trouble. Learning has always been a difficult endeavour for me, and this continues to be a challenge. After I was diagnosed with Dyslexia this enabled me to adopt an unorthodox approach to learning.

In January 2022 I set out to inspire the younger generation through my own adversity that I have faced, in doing so created the “True North project” and with that sharing the idea of being able to “find your true north”.

I joined the British Armed Forces in May of 2015 where I had gone into phase one training. This drove me to being resilient but most of all reinstalled my love for the outdoors.  I had the opportunity to travel the world and enjoyed some fantastic roles that a lot of people may not get to experience.

After eight years I had decided to leave in pursuit of growing and scaling up the True North Project. I felt it was time as I knew there was a lot of work to be done in creating outdoor opportunities for others.

As a black man interested in the outdoors, I have set out to empower others like me through my various expedition. I am undertaking extreme expeditions into some of the world’s most remote and high-risk environments. The reason for choosing these areas is because there is an underrepresentation of black people within outdoor spaces and across many different disciplines, and this is something I want to challenge. I am working on becoming one of the first black brits to stand at the summit of mount Everest by 2025.

I believe that it is in our best interest that we endeavour to bring outdoor education to the forefront of all young minds. With this thought in mind I set out to research what our nations schools have in place to bring outdoor learning to their students through what I call the “YOUTH INITIATIVE”. It came to my attention that schools rarely have the support or have the backing to implement this within their curriculum. Unfortunately, these efforts are currently arranged by the schools independently with very limited assistance from outside resources, leaving it up to the teachers to arrange days out in their own time. The caveat being that there is also not enough time spent training staff throughout the established schools in becoming outdoor leaders themselves at some capacity. This is an ongoing effort of mine with plans to make an impact to public schools in cities around the UK.

I feel that outdoor education is as important to students as other subjects we currently teach and it is paramount to bring awareness to this. So my campaign to work with government and the Department for Education will hopefully make the difference needed.

I am also available to help in creating opportunities, safe trips to the mountains to further develop the schools aim to increase the value of their students within the great outdoors. I believe that this campaign will boost self-esteem, maturity and provide essential life skills by equipping young people with the right tools and attitude to promote their own mental resilience.

Rhiane Fatinikun

Rhiane Fatinikun

Rhiane is an outdoors advocate, with a passion for human empowerment and challenging the status quo. A keen cross-country runner at school, Rhiane rediscovered her appreciation for the great outdoors relatively recently, realising the positive effect getting outside and into nature could have on herself and the wider community.

 

A proud Mancunian, Rhiane previously worked in the Civil Service for several years, where she was also a trade union representative. She currently sits on the Equity Steering Committee for the British Mountaineering Council, focussing on creating better opportunities for people through social change.

 

In 2019 Rhiane founded Black Girls Hike, a charitable organisation and hiking group seeking to address the lack of representation and inclusion of people of colour in the outdoor community and to provide a safe environment for black women to enjoy the natural world. The group also run training days and skills weekends in leadership and teamwork, which also address the under-representation of black instructors in the industry. Rhiane hopes to continue the growth of BGH across the UK, which also includes chapters in London and the Midlands, and to work with likeminded groups internationally.