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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:

Flooding: national problem, local solutions?

 Saturday 11 March 2.30pm–6.00pm (originally due to take place on Saturday 3 December 2016)
 21st Century Challenges public panel discussion (Penrith)

This public discussion with an expert panel and chaired by Mike Zeller, presenter of Mike Zeller at Breakfast on BBC Radio Cumbria, will examine how in the face of increasing flood risk, communities can come together to use local knowledge to build resilience. The event will consider whether the Cumbria Action Plan is likely to be effective and whether the experience of Cumbria’s communities can help to deliver a national flood plan. Please visit the 21st Century Challenges website for all the details of this event including the full panel.

Venue: Rheged Centre, Redhills, Penrith, Cumbria, CA11 0DQ.

Tickets: £15 | RGS-IBG members or students £12.50 includes buffet meal and refreshments.
Please book in advance via the Rheged Centre T 017688 68000 (10.00am - 5.00pm open)
or book online W

Five complimentary tickets per school (advance booking only, first come, first served) are available for RGS-IBG schools members. For all RGS-IBG school member bookings made at a discounted or complimentary rate we require that students are accompanied by a responsible adult at a minimum ratio of one adult : five students.

Crossing the Empty Quarter - Mark Evans MBE

 Saturday 11 March at 6.30pm (drinks) for 7.00pm–9.00pm
 Lecture (Ambleside)

British explorer Mark describes his 49 day, 1,300km journey on foot and by camel across the world's biggest sand desert, retracing the only previous crossing – by Bertram Thomas in 1930.
Crossing the Empty Quarter for further information on the expedition.

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

Places: free, please email Chris Loynes to book.

The geography of fly fishing - Robin Ashcroft

 Thursday 23 March at 7.00pm (drinks) for 7.30pm–9.00pm
 Lecture (Kendal)

Geography and riverine topography are key influences in the natural history and sporting pursuit of those most elusive of quarries - brown trout, sea trout and salmon.

Venue: The Box, Kendal College Media and Arts Campus, Beezon Road, Kendal, LA9 6EL.

Places: £5 on entry, RGS-IBG members free.

Images from a warming planet - Ashley Cooper

 Friday 28 April at 7.00pm (drinks) for 7.30pm–9.00pm
 Lecture (Kendal)

Award-winning environmental photographer Ashley Cooper illustrates his epic 13 year journey documenting the impacts of climate change and the rise of renewable energy across the globe.

Venue: The Box, Kendal College Media and Arts Campus, Beezon Road, Kendal, LA9 6EL.

Places: £5 on entry, RGS-IBG members free. Pay bar from 7.00pm.

Shadow puppets of India: their past and future? - Jane Paterson

 Friday 12 May at 7.00pm (buffet) for 7.30pm–9.00pm
 Lecture with artefacts plus buffet and exhibition (Penrith)

The puppeteer will give a vividly illustrated practical demonstration of this art form. The Jane Paterson Collection of giant Indian puppets will be exhibited on the evening.

Venue: Upfront Gallery and Puppet Theatre, near Hutton in the Forest, Penrith, CA11 9TG.

Places: £10, includes buffet, book in advance. Pay bar available. Contact Upfront Gallery and Puppet Theatre T 017684 84538 W up-front.com

Nuclear decommissioning, the story so far - Stephen Henwood

 Tuesday 16 May at 7.00pm (drinks) for 7.30pm–9.00pm
 Lecture and reception (Workington)

Stephen Henwood, past Chair of the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority, considers the history of the nuclear industry in the North West, the challenges of decommissioning and issues for the future.

Venue: Energus, Blackwood Road, Workington, CA14 4JW.

Places: free and open to all, includes complimentary drinks. Contact Energus for venue information T 01900 605665

Lowther Castle and Gardens

 Saturday 17 June 10.30am–12.30pm
 Field visit (Penrith)

Closed for 70 years, the imposing castle and grounds are now the subject of one of Europe’s largest renovation projects. New landscape designs complement wild beauty and offer glimpses of former grandeur.

Venue: Lowther Castle, Penrith, CA10 2HH.

Tickets: £11.50, please send cheque (payable to 'Royal Geographical Society') with s.a.e. Please note that stout footwear is recommended. This visit may not be suited to all ages or abilities.Contact Jonathan Stevens, 54 Gillingate, Kendal, LA9 4JB T 07583 084361 E jonathanstevens513@gmail.com

Planet Earth II: Cities - Fredi Devas

 Sunday 16 July at 7.30pm
 Regional Theatres Programme (Keswick)

Cities seem an unlikely place for animals to thrive, but they can be a world of surprising opportunity. Fredi Devas, Producer of BBC Planet Earth II: Cities, takes us behind the scenes.

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

Tickets: prices vary, visit the venue website for details and to book. Please telephone and quote RGS-IBG membership number to book up to two tickets at discounted rate (£9.50 each). T 017687 74411

The long view - Harriett and Rob Fraser

 Saturday 22 July at 7.00pm (drinks) for 7.30pm–9.00pm
 Lecture (Kendal)

Join the Cumbrian artists, writer Harriett and photographer Rob, for a behind-the-scenes tour of The long view, a project seven years in the making - "ordinary trees in extraordinary locations".

Venue: The Box, Kendal College Media and Arts Campus, Beezon Road, Kendal, LA9 6EL.

Places: £5 on entry, RGS-IBG members free. Pay bar from 7.00pm.

Blencathra: the people's mountain - Tim Foster

 Saturday 12 August 10.30am–3.30pm
 Field visit (Keswick)

A field visit to the summit of this iconic mountain, which has grown in popularity since showcased on BBC4. Described as "the mountaineers' mountain" by Wainwright, is it now "the people's mountain"?

Meeting place: Blencathra Centre, Threlkeld, Keswick, CA12 4SG.

Places: £10 (donation), RGS-IBG members free, book in advance. Please note that suitable footwear and clothing must be worn. Participants will require a suitable level of fitness for ascent and distance. Contact Tim Foster T 017687 79601

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