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Who's speaking at #AAF22?

An all-star line up of incredible adventurers and industry experts!

With early bird tickets ending in just two weeks we thought we should run through the line up again for The Armchair Adventure Festival 2022! So here's who to expect! And if you haven't bought those tickets yet - do it now here! Prices go up from £99 to £119 for a weekend festival pass from June 1st.


The speaker line up...


John Hudson - John is the UK military’s chief survival instructor, designing and implementing the training of instructors in Land, Sea, and Extreme Environment Survival. He has penned the joint services survival training manual, revised the RAF’s aide memoir found in all military aircraft survival packs and advised on the UK’s SERE (Survive Evade Resist Extract) training film, watched by all service personnel before deployment overseas. John has been a resident expert on two series of Discovery’s “Dude, You’re Screwed’ (‘Survive That’ in the UK), putting his expertise to the test in some of the planet’s most demanding environments. Amongst others, John has survived the elements in Asian and Central American jungles, the Arctic Circle and the high altitudes of the Atacama Desert. John also appeared in Ed Stafford's latest TV series First Man Out, which aired on Discovery UK, USA and internationally in 2019. He also regularly works as a survival consultant on TV development projects.


Belinda Kirk - Belinda is an explorer, author, speaker, and the leading voice promoting the benefits of adventure on wellbeing. Belinda has led numerous expeditions, biological research missions, and remote filming trips for the BBC. She has walked across Nicaragua, searched for camels in China’s Desert of Death, discovered ancient rock paintings in Lesotho, pioneered inclusive expeditions for people with disabilities, and gained a Guinness World Record for rowing unsupported around Britain.


Conrad Humphreys - Conrad is a triple round the world yachtsman. He competed as the youngest entrant in the Whitbread Round the World Yacht Race. he led his team to victory in the BT Global Challenge and became the fifth British yachtsman in history to complete the legendary Vendée Globe, single-handed, non-stop around the world. Most recently Conrad sailed 4,000 miles across open ocean in a recreation of Captain Blight's epic story of survival, Mutiny on the Bounty, for Channel 4.


Elspeth Beard - Elspeth is a motorcyclist and award-winning architect. In 1982, at the age of just twenty-three, Elspeth set off on a 35,000 mile solo adventure around the world on her 1974 BMW R60/6, and became one of the first women to motorcycle around the world. Her book 'Lone Rider' is one of the most well known, motorcycle adventure travel books around and is a truly captivating read. Elspeth will be delivering a talk about her trailblazing trip at the festival and if you've not had chance to read Lone Rider before, you'll be able to pick yourself up a signed copy from Elspeth at the event!