Destinations Show Travel Writers Festival 2024 - Manchester

Destinations: The Holiday & Travel Show the essential events for travel inspiration are back for 2024. We are delighted to be on board with our annual offering of talks from the Stanfords Travel Writers Festival and we have great lineups for both the Manchester and London shows.

To get 2 complimentary tickets with a £1.50 booking fee, use the code STANFORDS


Stanfords Travel Writers Festival timetable

Kate Rawles, 8,000 Miles in the Andes by Bamboo Bike

Time: 1:00pm

About the Talk:

Pedalling hard for thirteen months, eco adventurer Kate Rawles cycled the length of the Andes on an eccentric bicycle she built herself. En route, she witnesses the devastation of goldmining and oil drilling but finds hope in the incredible people working to regenerate habitats and communities. As she reaches the 'end of the world', she realises that to tackle biodiversity loss we all have a role to play.

Kate Rawles is a writer, cyclist and former university lecturer in environmental philosophy who uses adventurous journeys to raise awareness about environmental challenges. She writes for a range of publications, is a mountain and sea kayaking leader and a fellow of the Royal Geographical Society.

Nick Butter, Running Britain

Time: 12:00pm

About the Talk:

In the spring of 2021, as the UK's latest pandemic lockdowns were lifted, Nick Butter set out from the Eden Project to become the fastest person to cover every mile of Britain's mainland coastline on foot. Battling the most extreme winds Britain had seen in 100 years, days of torrential rain and the unrelenting hills of Western Scotland and Cornwall, Nick suffered two broken bones and countless injuries, whilst taking on two marathons a day, every day, for 100 days. He talks to Andrew Dickens about his experiences, and what drove him on.


Nick Butter is an endurance runner, adventurer and motivational speaker. In 2019, Nick Butter became the first person to run a marathon in every country on Earth and wrote a book about his experience titled Running the World. Nick has various record-breaking adventures to complete, including a circumnavigation of Bali and Iceland and he’ll also be running New Zealand (North to South).

Stuart Maconie: The Full English

Time: 1:00pm

About the Talk:

Stuart Maconie is one of the keenest observers of English identity. Who better to take the temperature of the nation at this uncertain waymark on our national journey? He joins Andrew Dickens for a journey round Britain, talking about his latest book, The Full English.

Stuart Maconie is a writer, broadcaster and journalist familiar to millions. His previous bestsellers have included Cider with Roadies, Pies and Prejudice and Adventures on the High Teas. He hosts a show for BBC Radio 6 Music on weekends. He can also often be spotted on top of a mountain in the Lake District with a Thermos flask and individual pork pie.

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