Guest speakers at South West Outdoor Festival

Sean Conway

This September is not all action, enjoy some inspirational down time.

Need to take a break from the saddle or the paddle? We have some inspirational speakers that will give your spirit a workout. So much so, you won’t want be leaving those trainers off for too long.


Sean Conway

We are pleased to welcome Sean Conway to the South West Outdoor Festival as our headline speaker for Saturday. Sean is an extreme endurance adventurer and is the first and only man to cycle run and swim the length of Britain. He has completed many outstanding adventures and has many stories to tell. Not least self-supporting an epic 4000 mile journey around the coast of Britain, there seems to be nothing that will stand in Sean’s way. He even continued on an impressive journey in America, despite suffering from a fractured spine. Join Sean for his headline talk and you’ll be feeling inspired to plan your next adventure! 

Come and listen to Sean Conway
Sean Conway

Matt Helliker
Matt is a mountain and rock climbing pro, his life has been shaped by the mountains and coastlines that he has explored. From the sea cliffs and mountains of Britain to the European Alps and the Greater Ranges of the Himalayas, South America and Alaska, Matt’s experience makes him one of the UK’s most talented Alpinists.

Anna McNuff
Anna is an all-adventure woman, staring her career as a rower she moved on to running and cycling as well as rowing in many different spectacular locations across the world. Completing many solo challenges, she has pushed herself to the limits. Having completed challenges including cycling 11000 miles travelling through every state of the USA, all the while raising money for charity and stopping off at schools to inspire future generations.

Jamie McDonald
Jamie McDonald is adventureman, this self-proclaimed title is most fitting of the extreme sports-man, who has achieved great heights against the odds. Battling a spinal condition as a child did not deter Jamie from achieving many great sporting ambitions. Join Jamie, as he talks about his accomplishments which include; cycling from Bangkok to Gloucester and breaking the world record for static cycling - for which he rode for an epic 268 hours and 32 minutes. 

Phoebe Smith 
Phoebe Smith is an extreme adventurer; she thrives on wild camping and heading off into remote locations.  She’s camped out in many locations including caves and mountain tops; no location is too wild for Phoebe!  In 2015 and 2016 she was shortlisted for the National Adventure Awards, in both the ‘Media’ and ‘Inspiring Others’ categories. Come and listen to Phoebe and you’re sure to be inspired to go exploring in the most wild of places. 

Adrian Boots
Adrian is a landscape ecologist, writer and forager. He currently lives on the Mendip Hills in Somerset and has learnt a great deal about what food the countryside around us has to offer. A wealth of knowledge in local delicacies, Adrian will present to you about the abundance of food that is available on your doorstep. You’ll be hungry to create your own natural treats!

Jasper Winn
Jasper the self-titled, slow adventurer has passions for paddling and canal boating alongside this he is also the first writer in residence for the Canal and River Trust. Jasper is an accomplished author, photographer and broadcaster, currently researching for his new book on waterways. An extensive traveller with many miles under his belt, Jasper has many tales including canoeing the length of the Danube, cycling the Sahara and even roller-skating the length of the Netherlands.  With many stories to tell Jasper will be sure to captivate you with tales from thirty years exploration and travel.

Also welcoming the Ordnance Survey 'Get Outside' champions
The OS ‘Get Outside’ champions, were selected from hundreds of applicants and were chosen for their knowledge and empowering ability to get people in touch with the diverse landscapes of Britain, whilst trying their hand at new adventures. We are really excited to announce Jana Harrison and Russell Smith as our MCs for the adventure tent!

Alongside Jana and Russell we are also thrilled that fellow OS ‘Get Outside’ ambassadors will be joining us at the South West Outdoor Festival: Jen and Sim, Craft invaders, Tracy Purnell, Jude Brosnan, Zoe Homes and Martin Curtis. Together they have a multitude of outdoor interests and they are keen to share their experiences with you! 

Amongst these intrepid explorers are eager wild runners, foraging experts, long-distance cyclists, hikers and walkers amongst other interests. Head over the festival to feel energised and find out how to get the best of your adventurous days out!