Is there really a better way to spend your weekend than surrounded by inspiring and motivational women who embody the very definition of adventure? Of course, you could ride your bike and have your own adventure, but if you’re looking to push the boundaries, unlock ideas and meet some incredible women, then put down the bike and head to Bristol this weekend.
The Women’s Adventure Expo is back for the fourth year, taking place from Friday 5th to Sunday 7th October for an action-packed three days of seminars, workshops and opportunities led by some of the most adventurous women to scale the planet, either by bike, on foot or by water!
Friday: Adventure and Wellbeing
New for this year is the Adventure & Wellbeing event, in collaboration with the Freedom of Mind Festival which will kick off the weekend’s celebration of adventurous women on Friday, October 5th at the Watershed in Bristol. This half-day event will cover topics such as mental wellbeing and adventure; how to overcome uncertainty, build confidence to push out of your comfort zone and deal with challenges in overwhelming situations. Tickets are £22 per person available here.
Friday: Shextreme Film Festival
The Shextreme Film Festival is back! An evening of rad women, films and empowerment. The festival will see a host of women in extreme sports, poetry performances and thought-provoking discussions from a panel of lively women. Taking place from 19:00 on Friday, October 5th at the Loco Klub, tickets are available here for £16 per person.
Saturday: Women’s Adventure Expo
The main event of the weekend is the WAExpo, the flagship event of Women’s Adventure Expo CIC, taking place on Saturday where a jam-packed day of badassery is set to take place.
In partnership with adventure planner app, Komoot, the WAExpo has some wicked female’s on their line-up of speakers, including some notable cycling women; Kate Rawles spent a year solo cycling through South America on a bamboo bicycle – Dervla Murphy rode out from Lismore to India, through Iran and Afghanistan during which she realised that she wanted to write and ride her bike, not to marry and stay still – Mel Nicholls is an Olympic Paralympian. After suffering from a number of strokes leaving her unable to walk, Mel provides insight into being an adventurer with a disability – Jen Claydon is an avid adventure cyclist who will be hosting a session with Jini Reddy titled Finding Your Own Way in Adventure – In the Ask an Adventurer hub will be Maria Leijerstam who became the first person in the world to cycle to the South Pole, 102years after the first expedition there.
The main doors open at 09:30 on Saturday with events commencing at 10:00 with explorer, Anna McNuff. However, if you’re an early bird then you can attend the Adventure Queens Ice-Breaking breakfast session at 08:30 in the We The Curious café. There’s also a morning yoga at 08:45, to limber up the body and clear the mind for a day of absorbing inspiration. Events will take a break for lunch where you can engage in chat with fellow attendees, and to avoid running the risk of an empty stomach, you can book yourself a lunch ahead of the weekend with 91 Ways here.
And honestly, if that’s not enough to convince you, then how about this? The Women’s Adventure Expo has partnered with activity-providers; All Aboard Watersports, Element-Active and ipse wilderness to offer WAExpo attendees taster sessions, navigation course and a camp out respectively.
If by the end of the day, you’re still hungry for more adventurous stories or perhaps you want some help planning your own adventure of a lifetime, then join the WAExpo for a drink at a local venue after the show. Partnered with Love Her Wild, there’s no need to book and it’s totally free so you can share experiences, network, make friends and keep the day’s adventure going.
I don’t know about you, but I’m stoked to attend a weekend of female-focused events so if you’re heading there as well, give me a shout!