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Voting opens in the UK Outdoor Industry Awards 2017

Voting has opened in the UK Outdoor Industry Awards 2017. Launched by the Outdoor Industries Association (OIA), in partnership with the Outdoor Trade Show (OTS) and the Outdoor Adventure & Camping Show. There are 9 categories, as well as the online vote those attending the Outdoors Show in February (16th – 19th) 2017 can also vote.

UK Outdoor Industry Awards 2017 Consumer Voting

    • MSR Trail Shot Microfilter
    • Trekmates Mountain Pod
    • Streamlight Super Siege
    • Lowe Alpine Ascent Superlight
    • Fjallraven Splitpack
    • Snapperstuff MindShift Gear
    • Outdoor Research Wilderness Cover
    • Primus Essential Stove Set
    • Aquaforno Piccoloforno
    • Berghaus Hyper 100 Jacket
    • Fjallraven Abisko Trekking Tights
    • Rab Kinetic Plus
    • Columbia OutDry Extrem ECO Shell
    • DMM Eon
    • Edelrid Bulletproof
    • MoonBoard
    • ViewRanger Skyline
    • OS Maps from Ordnance Survey
    • Motorola Talkabout T92
    • Hi-Tec Navigator
    • Hoka One One Tor Speed 2 Mid WP
    • Hanwag Cameros Wide
    • Vango AirHub Hex Gazebo
    • Regatta Disguize
    • Camelbak Kids Eddy
    • Snugpak Hammock Cocoon
    • Mountain Hardwear Hyper Lamina Spark
    • Sea to Summit Comfort Plus Self Inflating Regular Mat
    • Therm-a-rest Trail King SV
    • MSR Access 2 Backcountry
    • Vango Maritsa
    • Jack Wolfskin Lighthouse RT

To vote all you need to do is head over to
The winner swill be announced at the AGM gala dinner during the OIA Conference in March.

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Fissure – A Theatrical Experience Set in the Yorkshire Dales

Fissure is a unique weekend-long, site-specific theatrical experience, created by acclaimed performance maker Louise Ann Wilson, who will be working with a rich and diverse team of artists and scientists in and around Ingleborough, at the heart of the Yorkshire Dales.

Fissure is part of The Re-Enchantment, a national arts project exploring our relationships to place (see for more information). Fissure will take place over three days from the 20th to the 22nd of May 2011, when the audience will embark on a walking exploration of the breath-tak

ing natural terrain of the Dales, tracking waterways, mountain peaks and valleys, and entering the ancient cave passages of the region. Fissure takes as its starting point the death of a much-loved young woman from a brain tumour. This deeply personal story will serve as the foundation of a new legend for the landscapes in which Fissure is situated, a tale that fuses neurological and geological mapping with archetypal, universally shared tellings of life, death, the underworld and rebirth.

Louise Ann [Wilson]’s haunting stillness was quite ominous and powerful. It was as if she was part of the surroundings, a presence that is always there and always watching – much like nature itself. – Spectator’s response to Far Arnside (an earlier piece by Louise Ann Wilson)

Fissure’s award-winning artistic team includes poet Elisabeth Burns (Michael Marks Award for Poetry Pamphlets and the Mirehouse Poetry Prize, both 2009), choreographer Nigel Stewart and composer Jocelyn Pook (winner of a British Composer Award and Olivier Award; Golden Globe and BAFTA nominee) who will be creating a new full-length choral piece for the performance.

Also involved are leading neuroscientists Dr. Michael Brada and Chris Clark, and a range of earth and environmental scientists. The people from the area – farmers, fell runners, cavers, choirs and potters – are sharing their stories, skills and resources as well as participating in Fissure.

Fissure is the fourth commission of The Re-Enchantment. It follows the successful publication of Artevents’ bookwork Towards Re-Enchantment: Place and Its Meanings (published November 2010).

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Ingleton Underground Overground Festival

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The Ingleton Underground Overground festival will take place this May aiming to showcase and celebrate the limestone caves and scenery of the area.

From the festival you’ll be able to go walking around Ingleborough, one of the Yorkshire Three Peaks. If walkings not your thing then you can go caving in Gaping Gill or enjoy themed food

The festival takes place on the weekend of May 28th to 30th. For more information there is a website and also a Facebook page

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Sign up to the Borrowdale Trail Run in the Lake District

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For those who have made a New Years resolution to get fit, then why not sign up to the Borrowdale Trail Run, a new trail running event in the Lake District. Sponsored by Hi-Tec, the event is held on Sunday May 22 so you’ve got just under 5 months to get fit! By signing up now, it may just give you that motivation you’re looking for to start shedding some of that excess fat you’ve gained over the Christmas period!

The event is part of Keswick Mountain Festival and will take runners through some beautiful landscapes. Runners have two distance options – 22km and 12km. The 22km run includes a 538m ascent and and is probably designed for more experienced trail runners while the 12km route has been designed for less experienced runners or those who want to take part in their first proper trail run.

There are only 250 places so hurry and sign up by clicking here.

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Outdoor Trade Show

The annual Outdoor Trade Show is coming round again. Now in its fifth year, it will be held next month during September 27-29, 2010, at the Stoneleigh Park Exhibition Centre, Stoneleigh Park, Warwickshire.

It is described as a “show by the trade for the trade”. With the likes of Coleman, GoLite, Gelert and Hi-Tec, among other big brands, occupying a booth at the show, it is sure to offer a wide range of products.

The opening times are:

Monday 27th September 2010: 9am to 6pm
Tuesday 28th September 2010: 9am to 6pm
Wednesday 29th September 2010: 9am to 4pm

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The Great Outdoors Exhibition 2010

The Great Outdoors Exhibition 2010 is a brand new interactive exhibition for outdoor enthusiasts. It is held at the Riviera International Centre in Torquay, Devon, during May 30 to May 31st, 2010.

The exhibition will offer activities and demonstrations, including a spider mountain, street surfing, surf simulator, laser combat games, trials biking, free-running, free-riding, and uni-cycling.

A day pass to the event costs just £5. For more information head over to

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Backpackers Lightweight Equipment and Camping Exhibition

The Backpackers Lightweight Equipment and Camping Exhibition has relocated this year, from Ashford-in-the-Water to Bath. The event, which is organised by the Backpackers Club, is being held at the Bath Racecourse on April 24th.

There will be various backpacks and lightweight camping equipment on display within the racecourse facilities. Outside, there will be a showcase of tents pitched up.

With free admission, its definitely worth stopping by if you’re in the area.

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Outdoor Enthusiasts to go to The Outdoors Show 2010

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This weekend we’ll be heading down from Manchester to the Birmingham NEC for the The Outdoors Show 2010. The show is a mix of exhibitions, stalls, information stands and talks. This years speakers include Joe Simpson, Leo Houlding, Kate Humble, Simon King OBE, Doug Scott CBE, James Cracknell and Ben Fogle.

There’s also a chance to get active with a surf emulator, climbing wall, ice wall and a zip line. There’s a tent city, wilderness section and a fashion walk. You can also buy products from any of the 100’s of exhibitors. They’ll also be showing off their latest products some not even in the shops yet.

We’ll be heading down on the Saturday, the event lasts from Friday to Saturday with the main speakers on the Saturday. We’ll be reporting live via our twitter account @outdoorenthusia and then reviews on our blog on Sunday and the following week.

If you fancy still going you can still get tickets but some of the speaking events are sold out for seating. Head over to to the Outdoors Show website for ticket information.

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Outdoors Show 2010

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Birmingham will play host to the Outdoors Show yet again at the end of this month. The show, which runs from March 26 to 28, 2010, will be held at the NEC across 2 halls. It is the largest UK show dedicated to the outdoors and the 2010 event looks set to be another success.

There will be about 250 exhibitors including most of the large outdoor brands who will be displaying their latest outdoor collections and new technologies.

The main attraction, however, will no doubt be the “have a go” activities which provide visitors with the opportunity to try out new activities in the presence of an expert. These activities include wall climbing, a computrainer cycle simulator, coolboard, ice climbing, and slacklining, among others.

The Outdoors 2010 show will also feature a tent city, a fashion show, as well as a celebrity speaker session with a line-up which includes Sir Ranulph Fiennes, Kate Humble, James Cracknell, Ben Fogle, Simon King and Doug Scott.