Experienced explorer and travel writer Belinda Dixon will be giving an exciting presentation looking at exploration at home and abroad on 18th November at Torquay Museum.
The talk will look at the wealth of ways to make your own discoveries, however far or near you go, and whatever type of discoveries they might be.
It’ll feature all kinds of stories relating to explorations and the maps that can drive them – ranging from Torquay, via Dartmoor to the Yukon. Belinda’s last big trip was to the Canadian Yukon with British Exploring and involved paddling canoes, trekking mountains and camping wild every night. Nights were spent by huge driftwood campfires looking at the Northern Lights and starry skies.
Belinda is equally excited about close to home adventures – and says the gorgeous bays and coves around Torbay have so much to offer in terms of exploration – historical, literary, geological, as well as the more obvious outdoors things like sea swimming, climbing, kayaking, sailing and balancing on a SUP (stand up paddle board).
She said: ‘I’m proud to be an Ordnance Survey GetOutside Champion and we’ll be asking why we’re drawn to spend time outside, why it matters, and what makes us connect with the natural world. We’ll also consider the key reasons behind the GetOutside campaign: that one in four British adults are obese, that one in three English adults are on the cusp of obesity and that our children spend six hours a day in front of a screen. We’ll ask how can getting outside help.
We’ll also hear how the youth personal development charity I volunteer for, the British Exploring Society, was founded in 1932 by Surgeon Commander George Murray Levick, a member of Captain Scott’s final Antarctic expedition of 1910-13. Each year we lead expeditions to the Arctic, mountain, desert and jungle. I’ll give you a flavour of our expeditions in the Himalayas and the Canadian Yukon.’
Belinda is a travel writer for Lonely Planet, a British Exploring Society Creative Media Leader and also broadcasts for BBC Radio Devon. She’s at her happiest when enjoying the great outdoors, something that’s reflected gleefully in her ‘Always Exploring’ blog.
This is a fundraising event for Torquay Museum and takes place on Saturday 18th November at 11am. Tickets cost £5 and are available from reception at Torquay Museum either in person or over the phone – call 01803 293975.
A 50% discount is available for museum entry ticket when purchasing a ticket for this event.
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