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Unless stated otherwise, events in this region are organised by the Society’s North West Regional Committee.

Regional Chair: Tim Foster telephone +44 (0)1768 779601 email nw@rgs.org

Coming up:


Adventures in paradise - Benedict Allen

 Sunday 3 September at 7.30pm
 Regional Theatres Programme (Keswick)

The full story of Benedict’s return to Papua New Guinea, from his inspiring BBC2 series, through the swamps with Frank Gardner in search of elusive birds of paradise.

Venue: Theatre by the Lake, Lakeside, Keswick, CA12 5DJ.

Places: Prices vary, RGS-IBG members (and one guest) £9.50 each (quote membership number).

telephone 017687 74411 theatrebythelake.com


Art in the extreme -  Lincoln Rowe

 Wednesday 20 September 7.30pm-9.30pm (doors open at 7.00pm)
 Lecture and exhibition (Coniston)

Lincoln works primarily in pastel because it doesn’t freeze – a useful quality when you are halfway up Everest! Hear of his experiences as a leading expedition artist and visit the exhibition. Joint event with Brantwood. Lecture is linked to current exhibition, (9 September - 12 November).

Venue: Brantwood, East of the Lake, Coniston, LA21 8AD.

Places: £5, RGS-IBG members free (quote membership number).

Contact Brantwood telephone 015394 41396


Mountaineering in the Stans - Simon Yates

 Saturday 23 September 7.00pm-8.30pm (doors open at 6.30pm)
 Lecture (Ambleside)

Simon has visited, travelled and climbed in the area since 1991. Come and share his experiences of the little-visited Tian Shan, Pamirs and Fann mountains. Joint event with University of Cumbria

Venue: Percival Lecture Theatre, University of Cumbria. Rydal Road, Ambleside, LA22 9BB.

Places: £5, University of Cumbria students (with student ID) and under 18s free.

Contact Chris Loynes email chris.loynes@cumbria.ac.uk


How the First World War was mapped - Stuart Eastwood

 Thursday 5 October 7.30pm-9.30pm (doors open at 7.00pm)
 Lecture (Carlisle)

Understanding terrain is key to any military operation, but the challenges of WW1 - from the trenches of the Western Front to the wilderness of the Middle East – were particularly taxing. Joint event with Cumbria’s Museum of Military Life.

Venue: Cumbria’s Museum of Military Life, Alma Block, The Castle, Carlisle, CA3 8UR.

Places: £5, RGS-IBG members £3. Contact Cumbria’s Museum of Military Life telephone 01228 532774


Explore North West 2017

 Saturday 7 October
 Fieldwork and expeditions event (Ambleside) 

A one day seminar for anyone planning expeditions and field research overseas, with a focus on self-led student projects.

Venue: University of Cumbria, Rydal Road, Ambleside, Cumbria, LA22 9BB

Find out more


Art in the extreme: working in the field - Lincoln Rowe

 Saturday 14 October 11.00am-5.00pm
 Art workshop (Coniston)

Mountains have inspired some of the world’s finest art, but working in the hills can be challenging. Develop your own skills with one of Britain’s finest mountain artists. Joint event with Brantwood.

Venue: Brantwood, East of the Lake, Coniston, LA21 8AD.

Places: £40, RGS-IBG members £36. Contact Brantwood telephone 015394 41396 email enquiries@brantwood.org.uk brantwood.org.uk


Extreme sports: beyond risk and thrills - Dr Eric Brymer

 Thursday 26 October 7.00pm-8.30pm (doors open at 6.30pm)
 Lecture (Ambleside)

After a glimpse into the background behind this research project into extreme sports, wellbeing and nature the spectacular film Transcendence will be presented. This will be followed by a discussion. Joint event with University of Cumbria.

Venue: Percival Lecture Theatre, University of Cumbria, Rydal Road, Ambleside, LA22 9BB.

Places: Free. Contact Chris Loynes email chris.threshold@phonecoop.coop


Annual regional dinner

 Tuesday 14 November 7.30pm-10.30pm (drinks from 7.00pm)
 Dinner (Windermere)

Join the committee to celebrate another successful year for the Society’s North West region – guest speaker to be announced shortly.

Venue: Merewood Country House Hotel, Windermere, LA23 1LH.

Places: RGS-IBG members (and guests) £33 each, includes three-course meal and glass of wine. Cash bar available. Send s.a.e. and cheque (payable to ‘Royal Geographical Society’).

Special room rate of £79 at Merewood.

Contact Jonathan Stevens, RGS NW Dinner, c/o 54 Gillinggate, Kendal, LA9 4JB. telephone 07583 084361 email jonathanstevens513@gmail.com

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