By Gill Stewart at
Purbeck in Dorset is the home of the aptly named Purbeck Nordic Walking Festival, a NWUK event which attracted over 700 pole walkers from a host of Nations in 2017.
This iconic event is now entering its third year and is about to GROW! This year, the festival goers enjoyed a choice of 120 walks, workshops, keynote presentations and a lot of fun. There was also a Marathon and 16 mile challenge event which included the new sport of speed hiking (a mix of running and walking with poles)
The unique themed walks included campfire suppers on an RSPB reserve, Literary walks, Geographical and Historical walks plus fun workout walks along rugged coastal paths.
Our festival team have listened to the feedback and suggestions from those who attended and and are now busy planning an even more fantastic event for 2018! Festival 3 will include a lot more social activity (including a range of Friday night ‘supper’ walks in amazing locations and a music event on the Saturday in an iconic setting.
We are busy training Festival Hosts and Leaders and would welcome applications from anyone who wants to be involved. E mail Emma@nordicwalking.co.uk if you can help in any way.
More information will soon be available on our NEW Festival website (launching soon) and we will open registrations for booking by the end of December.
HERE’S HOW IT WORKS….
The Festival is booked by the day and there are 1, 2 and 3-day packages to choose from. When you initially register, all you need to do is select your preferred days in order to secure your place. It is possible to change those days and there is no need to do anything else until the full schedule is released in June. At this point, we will enable those who have registered the opportunity to choose which walks and workshops they would like to do, in order of the date they registered. We will also be simplifying group bookings in 2018 so make sure you let us know if you are coming with others.
Most of the walks and workshops are repeated to make them available on ALL 3 DAYS although the Marathon and 16 mile events are on the SATURDAY only and some specialist sessions may depend on the availability of an expert! A Day ticket will mean you can enjoy a choice of circa 30 activities from Dawn to Dusk and gain access to the HUB and social events. You even get a T shirt and Goodie bag!
All you need to do now is be ready to choose your dates as soon as we send the invitation out. It might also be an idea to book some accommodation – we will have lots of ideas for you but the best locations are Wareham, Swanage and Corfe Castle – click here for some ideas. Bear with us as we build the new interactive Festival website which will make booking and changing walks really easy. In the meantime… the 2017 website is still live so you can see the type of things we have planned for 2018 plus a whole lot more! See 2017 website here
Can’t make it to Dorset or for that weekend in September?
INTRODUCING our FIRST ‘RUSTICK’ MINI FESTIVAL in DERBYSHIRE!!!
Come and join the HQ Team and the local Instructors for two days of walks, workshops and fun in the wonderful setting of TISSINGTON!
Come for the day or make a weekend of it – more info to follow but save the date
4th and 5th May 2018!