It’s not all sitting in a darkened room, getting square eyes. There’s plenty of outdoor action too and for 2017 we had loads of new activities for you to try your hand at. All our sideshows are free but many of them are limited to a certain number of people [see numbers in brackets]. 

We’re adding to this list currently so check back to see what other crazy stuff you can do…

Have-a-go Hondas!

Quick, before Sadiq Khan claps us in irons! Honda will have a host of tarmac and dirt machines for your delectation. A low risk entry level set-up that was a smash hit last year with 280 festival go-ers having a ‘go’.

DAve Thrope - honda test ridesFirst-timers
Anybody over the age of 14 is welcome to sign up to learn the basics. Either on a twist and go scooter or geared 125cc bike, our expert instructors will get you rolling and give you your first taste of two-wheeled freedom…
Fancy trying off-road?
You met him last year and, this time, three-time world motocross champion, Dave Thorpe, has brought some bikes with him! Again, festival-goers 14 and over are welcome to try out a Honda dirt bike, ably guided by Dave and his team of instructors.
On-road test rides
Already have a bike licence? Got it with you? Great! We’ll have a selection of Honda’s latest range on display. Come and see us, pick up the keys, have fun, come back and tell us what you thought.

** NEW ** Build a Gin

Austin Vince shows you how to build a massive tripod crane ‘in the field’. Essential for rescues when a drunken team-mate falls down a well and car engine removals in the desert.

** NEW ** It’s Hammock Time!

The delightful James Trundle of last year’s breakout hit ‘DugOut’ teaches the tricks of Hammock life. This guy has walked the walk – expertise!

Campfire Cookery Class

Cookery class with Kieran Creevey

Ireland’s premier super-chef who commands the fireside wok, fish-slice and cheerful blarney with equal aplomb. Flown in especially on an overnight train from Holyhead, Kieran Creevy is the adventure version of The Galloping Gourmet and in many sane minds, the highlight of the weekend.





** NEW ** It’s a Naviganza!

Andy Scutt’s legendary bicycle navigation event. He has spent the spring and summer laying out 40 checkpoints over a 20 sq mile area with the festival at it’s centre. You get a map and a checkpoint booklet and have to see how many you can cycle to in 100 mins. No GPS, just old school map & compass!

** NEW ** Using a GPS Effectively

Dai Jones is one of the UK’s leading experts and tour guides specialising in off-road routes in the Pyrenees. His day to day routine is anchored to his Garmin GPS and boy, does he know how to get the most out of it! Join him for a friendly hour where you can literally, learn from the master. Novices only.

** NEW ** Danny Bent’s Playtime

Danny BentProject Awesome’s grand Master takes us into his Buxton-Based fairytale land of bonhomie and good cheer. You will be literally, mucking about! Next time someone offers you recreational drugs you can say “No thanks, I feel awesome!





** NEW ** The Adventure Travel Quiz

Ian Marchant co-hosts this inaugural event with Austin Vince. These men are quiz maniacs and will not rest until every contestant is sheened with a film of sweat! An ideal way to slowly come round on Sunday morning. Pencils provided but attendees need to bring their OWN brain. No cheating!

Kevan Palmer – Medicinal Plants and other things TBC

Kev Palmer

Kev Palmer has been inspiring ATFF attendees for seven years now but this summer he has new material for us to enjoy – medicinal plants being one of them due to the popularity of this last year. Other topics TBC…

Discover the natural medicine chest that can be found in an English hedgerow and how to process wild plants into simple everyday preparations. [20]



** NEW ** Penny Farthings

Watch in awe as father and son team perambulate on high around the site. If you can shout loud enough you might even get to ask them some questions about their wonderful machines. 

[image by: Matt Austin]






Yoga for Travellers with Charlotte Bolton

YogaUltra flexible Charlotte Bolton (recently crowned ‘bendiest woman in Somerset) eases out the hangover and folds away your travails with an hour (ish) of calm and perfect posture. Zen, she is.

This year we introduce a new earlier class on Saturday for more experienced yogis. This is aimed at the secret yogis among you festival goers; those who may already have a regular (ish) practice.  Charlotte plans to get your festival vibes off to an inspiring start with an uplifting flow practice. You must have a yoga mat to join this class (we will have a few to borrow on the day but BYO to ensure no disappointment).

Then the usual travel yoga workshop on Saturday and Sunday where all levels are welcome. Whether you are new to yoga or a seasoned yogi , Charlotte will guide you through a host of therapeutic poses to ease a travel-weary body.. [20 ish – sign up at HQ] 

** NEW ** The Director’s Cut

Festival curator Austin Vince shows us ten sequences from amateur and indie travel docs from the history of the festival in a celebration of good practice.




** NEW ** 1943 Jeep Ride

Join Toby Savage for a spin around the beautiful parkland site in a 40s Jeep!

** NEW ** Animal Magic

A superb display from the team at ‘Wild Science’ who will bring some extremely unusual (living) animals to Mill Hill for the day.

Please note: this gecko is for illustrative purposes only and may or may not appear in person on the day, depending on what mood he’s in.


** NEW ** Bicycle Prep & Pack

Rebecca Lowe - bicycle prepRebecca Lowe is no stranger to long distance bicycling having ridden to Tehran from London. She’ll be speaking about her travels and then giving us all her insider top tips on how to prepare a bike for that big trip.




Swimming Pool

Hopefully the pool will be open again this year – watch this space!

And don’t forget the Starlight Screenings!

ATFF Starlight Screenings

On Friday and Saturday nights we will show the headline film on a giant outdoor screen (weather permitting). If our plan is foiled by rain we will all pile into the giant sports hall – the whole gang under roof! Don’t forget to bring a camp-chair or a blanket to sit on.



in partnership with Honda