The Armchair Adventure Festival kicks off tonight – and to help you plan your weekend, here’s a look at the full jam-packed schedule.

The world’s first all-live virtual adventure festival took place back in April 2020, running three days of talks, live Q&A’s and films from some of the world’s most adventurous people – and now they’re back for a winter edition! It’s brought to you by The Sidecar Guys, a duo who circumnavigated the globe on a scooter and sidecar from 2017 – 2019 and broke the Guinness World Record for longest ride on such a vehicle.


There will be a whole host of adventurous guests, including Charley Boorman of ‘Long Way’ fame, Steph Jeavons – the first person to ride a motorcycle on all seven continents, Nick Sanders MBE – the fastest person to go around the world by motorcycle, Elspeth Beard – the first British woman to go around the world on a motorbike, and many, many more.

And here’s the really good bit: The festival is completely FREE to attend. However, if you would like to you can make a voluntary donation COCO – an international children’s charity. To get involved, click HERE.

Friday 27th


19:00 – Welcome from The Sidecar Guys

19:30 – Helen Lloyd – Live Q&A

20:00 – Nick Sanders – Live Talk & Q&A


20:45 – Jamie Ramsay – Live Talk & Q&A

21:30 – Martin Harley – Live Music

22:00 – End


Saturday 28th

10:30 – Welcome from The Sidecar Guys

10:45 – Book Club: What makes a good travel book? – Live Panel

Featuring Sam Manicom, Helen Lloyd, Gordon May & Paddy Tyson

11:45 – Ben Morison – Live Talk & Q&A

12:15 – Mark Holmes – Live Talk & Q&A

12:45 – Roxy Kielkowska – Live Talk & Q&A

13:15 – Kinging It – Live Q&A & Bus Tour

13:45 – Break

14:00 – Jack Groves – Live Talk & Q&A

14:15 – Overland Adventure: Then and Now – Live Panel

Featuring Elsepth Beard, Steph Jeavons & Simon and Lisa Thomas

15:00 – Janet Belarmino – Live Talk & Q&A

15:45 – Graham Hoskins  – Live Talk & Q&A

16:15 – Kirk Williams – Live Talk & Q&A

17:00 – Dylan Wickrama – Live Talk & Q&A

17:30 – Chris Venter – Live Talk & Q&A

18:15 – Break

18:30 – Vanessa Ruck – Live Q&A

19:00 – Eva Rupert – Live Q&A & Cocktail Making Class

19:30 – Charley Boorman interviewed live by Billy Ward

20:15 – Sean Conway – Live Q&A

20:45 – Karl Bushby – Live Talk & Q&A

21:30 – Big Fat Quiz of Adventure hosted by The Sidecar Guys featuring Billy Ward, Steph Jeavons and Ben King

22:15 – End


Sunday  28th

19:00 – Welcome from The Sidecar Guys

19:15 – Notier’s Frontiers – Live Q&A

19:45 – Ben King – Live Q&A

20:15 – Free Screening of Awaken & Live Q&A with Georgina Craig

21:00 Free Screening of The Frozen Road & Live Q&A with Ben Page

22:00 – End


Got some plans this weekend? Don’t worry; you can catch up on anything you miss by grabbing a backstage pass. It’ll set you back £2 and offers access to all of the festival content (plus some bonus stuff too).

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