Calling all explorers! Neville Shulman Challenge Award

If you are planning an expedition that will take place in 2017, then don’t miss the new application deadline for the Neville Shulman Challenge Award. Run by the Royal Geographical Society (with IBG) since 2001, the award offers up to £8,000 for a journey that furthers the understanding of our planet – its cultures, peoples and environments. Read More Calling all explorers! Neville Shulman Challenge Award

Royal Geographical Society (with IBG) Journey of a Lifetime Award

Every year since 2001, the Royal Geographical Society (with IBG), in partnership with BBC Radio 4, has enabled someone’s dream travel project to come true. Read More Royal Geographical Society (with IBG) Journey of a Lifetime Award

Mondo Enduro & WIN tickets to the Adventure Travel Film Festival

Austin Vince tells us about a world first dirt-bike challenge, powered by Stanfords – PLUS there’s a chance to win 2 tickets to the Adventure Travel Film Festival. 
Read More Mondo Enduro & WIN tickets to the Adventure Travel Film Festival

Royal Geographical Society (with IBG) Journey of a Lifetime Award

Every year since 2001, the Royal Geographical Society (with IBG), in partnership with BBC Radio 4, has enabled someone’s dream travel project to come true. Whether it’s reporting on conservation in the jungles of Sierra Leone, training with traditional wrestlers in Mongolia, or searching for the tigers of the Sundarbans forest, the Journey of a Lifetime Award aims to support informed travel and discover new radio talent. Read More Royal Geographical Society (with IBG) Journey of a Lifetime Award

Across the Arctic Ocean photo gallery & win a Rab Kitbag

Huw Lewis Jones new book offers a fascinating insight into Wally Herbert’s Arctic adventure – PLUS there’s a chance to win a Rab Kitbag worth £90, for your own expedition! Read More Across the Arctic Ocean photo gallery & win a Rab Kitbag

Win a Microadventure!

If you’re feeling restless but have no time to spare, join Microadventurer Alastair Humphreys for a magical overnight mystery tour, starting and ending in Stanfords, London.

To celebrate the launch of Alastair’s new book ‘Microadventures, we have 7 free places on this trip! To be in with a chance to win enter your details below:

Date: 12th June

Time: Meet at 5.30pm at Stanfords(London store) and return at 9am the next day to Stanfords – the middle part is a secret!

Find out more about Alastair and microadventures here: www.alastairhumphreys.com

Pre-order the book here>

So, what do you need for a MicroAdventure? 

Sleeping bag. Don’t buy anything special. Just go with what you have and as many jumpers as necessary.
Sleeping mat. If you suspect you will not do a lot of camping just buy one of these cheap ones.
Bivvy bag. This explains everything you need to know. If you’re worried about rain take a basha too.
Wooly hat, even in summer.
Waterproof clothes.
Warm clothes.
Torch.
Toothbrush (put the toothpaste on at home and wrap the brush in clingfilm) and toilet paper. Read More Win a Microadventure!

Win tickets to see The A-Z of Mrs P

Stanfords is delighted to be sponsoring the brand new musical fable The A-Z Of Mrs P.

The musical is now showing at Southwark Playhouse until 29th March 2014: starring Isy Suttie as the pioneering Mrs P; with Tony Award winner Frances Ruffelle as her emotionally fragile mother; and Olivier Award winner Michael Matus as Phyllis’s beloved and impossible father, the map publisher Alexander Gross.

The story:

In 1936, Phyllis Pearsall left her husband in Venice and came to find her way in London. Then she received a telegram from her father, map publisher Alexander Gross.

And here begins the story of how an eccentric Bohemian artist put down her paints and picked up the drawing board to follow in her beloved and impossible father’s footsteps to map an entire city. Follow their different journeys as they intersect and diverge through the thoroughfares and alleyways of London, scaling new heights, seizing opportunities, to build an iconic business midst the tangled labyrinths of a troubled family saga.

We have 5 pairs of tickets to giveaway – to enter simply fill in the form below: Read More Win tickets to see The A-Z of Mrs P

Win a copy of Steve Davey's Around the World in 500 Festivals

Travel Photographer and author Steve Davey will be speaking at the Destinations Show at Earls Court this weekend. We have a signed copy of Steve’s latest book Around the World in 500 Festivals to give away to one lucky winner. 

Around the World in 500 Festivals is a rare book that will fascinate and inspire. A large-format, beautifully illustrated coffee-table volume, it is a photographic exploration of the richness and variety of the world’s most colourful, moving, joyful, and spectacular celebrations. Thousands of festivals, great and small, take place around the world every year. 

The book contains: 

– A unique selection of 500 unmissable festivals around the world

– More than 200 full-colour photographs that capture the spirit and immediacy of the events

– Special features in the form of extended photographic essays

– Original research and stunning photography by an internationally recognized writer-photographer.

To win a signed copy of this beautiful book simply fill in the form below… Read More Win a copy of Steve Davey's Around the World in 500 Festivals

Competition: Win a Marco Polo Map of the World!

As an early Christmas present, our friends at Marco Polo are offering 10 lucky winners a copy of the Marco Polo Map of the World…

We have 10 of these high quality maps of the World to give away!The perfect reference map covering the whole world and showing the political units on each continent, mountain relief and sea depth. Includes national flags of each country as well as country names, capital cities and country codes. Also includes inset map featuring World Time Zones. Ideal for any classroom, bedroom or office wall. Each map measures 120 x 80cm, is laminated, rolled and supplied in a durable plastic tube. Scale 1: 35 000 000.

To be in with a chance to win simply answer the following question: