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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:


Beyond Napes Needle: an introduction to the real Haskett Smith - Frank Grant

 Thursday 1 December 7.00pm–9.00pm
 Lecture (Ambleside)

Haskett Smith: the climbing barrister, genealogist, philologist, etymologist, antiquarian and prolific writer. Expect untold stories including skeletons in family cupboards; serious illness; and personality disorder. Joint event with University of Cumbria.

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

Places: free, please email Chris Loynes to book.


Hidden histories: a spotter's guide to the British landscape - Mary-Ann Ochota

 Friday 10 February at 7.30pm
 Regional Theatres Programme (Keswick)

Join presenter and author Mary-Ann Ochota to find out how to decipher the story of the British landscape. Revealing the clues to spot, this is a must for landscape detectives!

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). telephone 017687 74411


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)

Please note, this event was originally scheduled to take place on 3 December 2016. 

This public discussion, open to all, 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.

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

Tickets: £15, RGS-IBG members and students £12.50, includes buffet meal and refreshments. Book via Rheged website or telephone 017688 68000 (10.00am-5.00pm)

Please visit the 21st Century Challenges website for latest details of this series.


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.
Visit 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.

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