If there’s one thing we like at The Allrounder, it’s exploring places. Something that invariably means we end up having to travel a fair bit. That’s why were so excited when we were told about the Steppes Travel Beyond Festival. A two-day series of talks, workshops and seminars hosted by some of the world’s leading personalities in conservation, wildlife and adventure.
The list of people speaking at the festival is pretty damn impressive. The first day focusses on conservation and wildlife, with the likes of Chris Packham; TV veterinarian Steve Leonard; wildlife photographer, author and TV presenter Jonathan Scott and freediver & ocean conservationist Hanli Prinsloo all giving talks.
The second day, the one we’re most looking forward to, looks at the theme ‘Beyond the Ordinary.” You know, those adventurer types that have stories that sound more like fantasy novels than things actual real people could do. People like Sir Ranulph Fiennes; National Geographic ‘Adventurer of the Year’ Alastair Humphreys, expedition leader & marine biologist Monty Halls; explorer Benedict Allen; ‘Bird in a Biplane’ Tracey Curtis-Taylor and Edurne Pasaban, the first woman to summit all fourteen 8000 peaks in the world.
So yeah, some pretty interesting people there.
As well as the main speakers, there are also Photography talks, seminars by leading authors such as John Gimlette, Patrick French, Eric Broug and Hugh Thomson, talks by film-makers, a working sculpture studio with wildlife sculptor Hamish Mackie, an art exhibition and a series of Steppes inspirational travel presentations. Not a bad way to spend the weekend.
The event, which is happening on the 17th and 18th of September at the Royal Geographical Society, will give 100% of the profits raised to wildlife, environmental and humanitarian charity partners, which is pretty cool.
For more information on the festival and to book tickets, head over to the website at steppestravel.co.uk/beyond
Picture Credits: Steppes Travel