Adventurer, presenter, explorer, wildlife enthusiast and all-round daredevil, Steve Backshall, heads to Harrogate for a special talk at the Royal Hall on 19th October. To book call the box office: 01423 502116 or book online.
Steve’s new book Expedition: Adventures into Undiscovered Worlds will be published this July.
Steve Backshall has been leading expeditions to unknown parts of the world for nearly twenty years. But for the last year, Steve has embarked on his greatest project yet – ten expeditions into dark corners of our planet that have never been seen before.
Inspired his current BBC series and book, Expedition: Adventures into Undiscovered Worlds, Steve’s talk encompasses astonishing tales from a year of adventure. From taking light into forgotten caves, making first ascents of Arctic peaks, and first descents of Himalayan rivers – he talks of narrow escapes and scrapes, plus jaw dropping tales of close calls with near certain death as well as lessons learned from his extraordinary year.
Steve is one of the best loved wildlife presenters in the UK. Suitable for wildlife enthusiasts of all ages from 8 to 80, the event includes an extended Q&A session and book signing.
Steve Backshall said: “It’s been a thrilling year for me, and I can’t wait to share my intrepid explorations with audiences in Harrogate. Having the Nidderdale Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty in Harrogate offers a brilliant opportunity to get into the wild, climb rocks, canoe, go caving, bird watching, hiking, or star gazing. I hope to enthuse people of all ages to tap into their sense of adventure and awe in our natural world and discover the incredible life-affirming experiences our natural world and landscape offers. The more we engage with the natural world, the more we fall in love with it, the more we care for it.”
The event is being hosted by Cause UK, in association with the Nidderdale Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB). The AONB is currently conducting its biggest wildlife survey with its Wild Watch project to inform conservation strategies.
Three-quarters of UK children spend less time outdoors than prison inmates. A survey by the Wildlife Trust found two thirds of adults felt that they have lost touch with nature, and a recent UN report states that 1 million species worldwide are in decline.
Clair Challenor-Chadwick, Director of Cause UK, said: “We’re really excited to welcome Steve to Harrogate. We hope his talk will particularly engage children and young people and inspire them to get involved in nature and wildlife.”
The author and fearless presenter of the Children’s BBC series Deadly 60, Live and Deadly, Deadly 360 and Deadly Art, travels the world to learn about the most inspiring predators, from boxing mantis shrimp to charging tigers.
Steve’s television career began when National Geographic Channel International bought a video he made whilst living in the jungle in Colombia and he was made ‘Adventurer in Residence’.
Steve has circumnavigated the globe time and again, venturing into the Sinai desert, completing the Israeli paratroopers selection course, catching anacondas, vipers and cobras and making ‘The Ten Great Dives of the World’, for the long-running series ‘Earthpulse’.
Steve Backshall – Voyages to Undiscovered Places, The Royal Hall, 19th October 2019, 3-4pm followed by a book signing of Expedition.
Box office: 01423 502116.