Brand new outdoor festival coming to North Devon

TV personality, explorer, marine biologist and great escapologist Monty Halls will be at the festiva

TV personality, explorer, marine biologist and great escapologist Monty Halls will be at the festival in North Devon. Picture: Matt Austin - Credit: Archant

The South West Outdoors Festival will give adventurers a chance to try their hand at activites from wild swimming to tree climbing.

North Devon will play host to the first ever South West Outdoors Festival in September.

The event, held by the National Trust and Cotswold Outdoor, will take place in Heddon Valley in Exmoor on September 23-25.

Festival-goers will have a chance to hear tales of adventure from well-known personalities, including television’s explorer and great escapologist Monty Halls.

Former GB rower Anna McNuff, international off-piste athlete Tobias Mews, trial-running authors Jen and Sim Benson and slow adventurer Jasper Winn will also attend.

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Visitors can camp for the whole weekend next to the river, and there will be activities from running and kayaking to tree climbing, wild swimming, foraging and star gazing.

Rob Joules, National Trust general manager said: “The South West is one of the best places in the country for outdoor activities and this festival will be bringing them all together under one roof and over one weekend in the beautiful Heddon Valley.

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“From taster sessions to thrilling challenges, or just chilling out by the campfire, there will be something for everyone to enjoy no matter what age or ability.”

Highly qualified outdoor education instructors and guides will be on hand to teach the essential skills required for pursuits such as rock climbing, rafting, stand-up paddle boarding, slacklining, coasteering, mountain biking, wild swimming and even axe throwing.

Over the course of the weekend, a series of timed and competitive adventure events will be taking place, including trail running races, cycling and multisport challenges.

Places are limited so booking on to activities is essential. For tickets and further details visit:

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