Speakers and screenings

Talks and film screenings from a wide variety of individuals and organisations are free as part of the festival. Here is a taster of what's in store at SWOF19.

Adventure Uncovered Film Fest logo

Adventure Uncovered Film Festival 

Adventure Uncovered celebrates powerful, purpose-driven films about adventures that matter.

Trail runner Claire Maxted in outdoor running gear

Claire Maxted 

Claire believes a move from running in urban settings to country parks, canal paths, hills and mountains offers a greater sense of adventure that boosts your mental health as well as your fitness.

Ultramarathon runner Damian Hall

Damian Hall  

In 2016, ultramarathon runner Damian completed the 630-mile South West Coast Path in just 10 days and 15 hours, setting a new record that no one has come close to breaking yet.

Anna Blackwell stood near a large open lake

Anna Blackwell  

Anna has completed several long distances expeditions, many miles of which she did all on her own.

Juliet riding a bike on a country road

Juliet Elliott  

A multi-discipline bike racer who loves big adventures. Named one of Bike Biz’s 'Most Influential Women in Cycling’ and a ‘Woman To Watch’ by YouTube, Juliet will be speaking about her many two-wheeled adventures on Saturday afternoon at SWOF.

Adharanand Finn wearing a cap featuring running logos.

Adharanand Finn 

Adharanand Finn is a critically acclaimed writer of numerous publications on distance running. Hear his tales after joining him for a run on the trails of Penrose woods.

Lindsey swimming in the River Thames wearing a mermaid suit

Lindsey Cole 

An unorthodox adventurer whose experience of personal tragedy combined with a moment of literary epiphany led to greater challenges that put life into perspective.

Leon McCarron wearing a cowboy hat in the desert

Leon McCarron 

Award-winning writer, BBC broadcaster and adventurer Leon McCarron has undertaken many ambitious expeditions across the globe on foot, by bicycle or on horseback.

Katie Maggs ready to swim in the sea

Katie Maggs 

An advocate of outdoor swimming in all seasons, through photography and film Katie documents her journey of wild swimming off the Cornish coast and how it can improve your mental health.

Chris Lucas An award-winning adventurer

Chris Lucas 

At SWOF Chris will be co-presenting The Yukon Assignment, a film that tells the story of his recent 500-mile canoe journey through the Yukon Territory with his father Niall

Jessie standing in front of a tall rock face

Jessie Leong  

Jessie takes uses her passion for outdoor activities such as hiking, climbing and mountain biking to inspire others to get involved - regardless of their age or background.

Laura Penhaul rowing in the open ocean.

Laura Penhaul 

A world record-holding rower who is also involved with Paralympics GB, the British Ski Team and cycling community.

Hear Conrad's amazing  'Mutiny on the Bounty' story

Conrad Humphreys 

Join professional yachtsman, Conrad Humphreys to hear about his latest extraordinary expedition, recreating the incredible open-boat voyage undertaken by Captain Bligh following the mutiny on the Bounty in 1789.

Xan sat in a chair in a library

Xan Brooks 

Acclaimed writer Xan's latest release is a collaboration between National Trust Publishing, the South West Outdoor Festival and Falmouth University and is set the Loe Pool, where this year’s SWOF is taking place.

Jamie McDonald is 'Adventureman'

Jamie McDonald – Adventureman 

After suffering a serious illness as a child, Jamie McDonald grew up to become a world-record-holding runner and adventurer.

Toby Carr carrying a kayak

Toby Carr 

After being introduced to kayaking seven years ago, Toby has since kayaked in many wild and remote places. Despite health problems and personal issues, his quest to kayak the waters of the world continues.

Russell Smith speaking on stage

Russell Smith  

Russell Smith is a seasoned adventurer and experienced speaker, recounting tales of his and others' exploits.