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Wild Frontiers hosts a variety of events throughout the year, sometimes with guest speakers, sometimes just about our adventures and destinations. For what's coming up next, please see all details below:

‘Thank you for inviting us - what a fab evening. As you can imagine, we get invited to zillions of events, plus we are in press week, but we were so pleased we took the time out and came along... just our sort of thing.Lyn Hughes, Wanderlust

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Unveiling Iran: A Feast of Ancient Sights, Culture & Cuisine

For the culturally inquisitive, Iran offers a feast of ancient sights, a rich culture, interesting and varied landscapes, splendid cuisine and very hospitable people. The Persian Kingdom was one of the great powers of the ancient world and here its magnificence can still be seen in palaces and rock carvings dating back 2500 years. 

Despite the uncertain political winds that battered this great country, Iran is fascinating, with old cities packed with exquisite mosques and spectacular madrassas, some of the most wonderful examples of Islamic architecture in the world, ruins from ancient Persia, nomadic tribes, hill walking, skiing and surreal Caspian Sea beach resorts. Learning, poetry and flowers are in abundance in the older towns such as Shiraz, which is a complete contrast to the contemporary city of Tehran. Politically, it may have very conservative leanings, but life on the street will surprise you. Foreigners are still a novelty in Iran and visitors are invariably overwhelmed by the friendliness and hospitality of the people.

Since the British Foreign Office lifted its advice for travel in 2015, Iran has become a travel hotspot. Having operated trips there for over 10 years, including throughout troubled times, Wild Frontiers is a leading expert on Iran.

When: Thursday 26 January

Where: The Frontline Club, 13 Norfolk Place, London W2 1QJ

Time: 6:30pm for 7pm presentation

Entry: £10 including a drink. Buy tickets here.

Any questions, email events@wildfrontiers.co.uk

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Persepolis

Adventures Across India

Filled with the colour, majesty and romance of ages past, India is one of the most intoxicating destinations on earth. From the towering peaks of the Himalayas, to the spice scented jungles of the Malabar coast, this is a country of astonishing cultural diversity and scenic grandeur. Here the cultural influences of the Buddha and the British Raj live side by side with the opulent grace of the Moghul emperors and the idyllic backwaters of the Western Ghats. Whilst beyond the bustling streets of Delhi and Lahore lie the hidden mountain kingdoms of the Himalayas, where isolated monasteries and shamanistic beliefs still cling to the sacred peaks as they have for centuries.

With 2017 marking the 70th anniversary of India’s independence, it is the perfect time to visit and join in the celebrations.

Join WF founder, Jonny Bealby, who fell for the charms of India almost 30 years ago. The lure of the land has enticed him back time and time again. Since taking his first group trip to Ladakh 15 years ago he has led over 30 trips across all corners of India and now returns regularly to visit friends and check in on the Wild Frontiers Delhi office.

When: Thursday 23 February

Where: The Frontline Club, 13 Norfolk Place, London W2 1QJ

Time: 6:30pm for 7pm presentation

Entry: £10 including a drink. Buy tickets here.

Any questions, email events@wildfrontiers.co.uk

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Undiscovered Europe: The Balkans and the Caucasus

We think we know Europe. But do we know its furthest frontiers, the remote foothills of the Caucasus Mountains or the Chechnya beyond the one in the news? These are lands that evoke memories of childhood legend, where wolves roam the dark forests and ancient monasteries can trace their ancestry back to the early beginnings of Christianity.

Many of the Balkan states are healing from wounds and, although not mainstream tourist trails yet, they offer fascinating culture amid beautiful, rugged landscapes. Montenegro is the short-haul destination of the moment. WF MD Jonny found himself tour leading there twice in two months in 2016 and will share what he found this small yet absolutely stunning country has to offer. Ukraine translates as ‘Land on the Edge’ and is a stunning destination we're introducing in 2017, on a two-week tour combined with Moldova. Marc spent two weeks in Bosnia this September and will tell us more about his fascinating time there.

We're also running our first trip to the North Caucasus in 2017, where our travellers will explore the fascinating regions which fed the imaginations of great writers like Pushkin and Tolstoy, Ingushetia, Abkhazia, Chechnya, Dagestan and North Ossetia.

Join us to hear more about the history, culture and scenery of these fascinating lands which share our continent.

When: Thursday 9 March

Where: The Frontline Club, 13 Norfolk Place, London W2 1QJ

Time: 6:30pm for 7pm presentation

Entry: £10 including a drink. Buy tickets here.

Any questions, email events@wildfrontiers.co.uk

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An Evening of Adventure with Michael Palin & Guests

We are delighted to be joined by Michael Palin for our second annual Evening of Adventure at the Royal Geographical Society in London on Tuesday, 14 March 2017.

As an actor, writer and traveller Michael has touched the hearts of many during a career spanning five decades. Having worked with Wild Frontiers on his Himalaya series, Michael will be talking about his appreciation of travel in Pakistan and the remote mountainous region of the Hindu Kush.

It was here in Pakistan’s north that we introduced Michael to the Kalash, a pagan tribe that still live a very simple and traditional existence in the isolated valleys. Proceeds of the evening will aid The Wild Frontiers Foundation and people of the Kalash, raising much needed funds to build new flood barriers and help keep their community safe from future devastating flooding.

Joining Michael in the adventure line-up will be:
Explorer and TV presenter Benedict Allen, speaking about his latest adventures in Papua New Guinea and
adventurer and expedition leader Spike Reid, who recently travelled the length of the mighty River Ganges in India by standup paddleboard. The evening will be hosted by Wild Frontiers founder Jonny Bealby.

Host: Jonny Bealby
Speakers: Michael Palin, Benedict Allen & Spike Reid



When: Tuesday 14 March
Where: Royal Geographical Society
            1 Kensington Gore
            London  SW7 2AR

Tickets: £20 per person. Click here to purchase tickets through Eventbrite.
Doors open at 6pm for 7pm presentation

If you cannot make it on the night, unfortunately we are unable to offer refunds. A portion of your ticket price will still be donated towards the Wild Frontiers Foundation.

*Due to the unpredictable nature of the speakers' schedules, there could be last minute changes to the line-up.

Photo credit – Basil Pao

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Adventure Travel Show - Olympia London
Saturday 21 - Sunday 22 January

Come along and see us at the Adventure Travel Show on Stand D25 to seek inspiration or chat about your next trip.

Along with exhibiting at the show, we will be sharing our knowledge and experience of travelling along the Silk Road as a part of the show's programme of talks and presentations:

Modern Travel Along the Old Silk Road
Sunday 22 January
2.15 - 2.45pm - Incredible Journeys Theatre
From the architectural wonders and romance of the Old Silk Road to its epic mountain and desert landscapes, Central Asia offers an incredible diversity of both scenery and culture. Follow ancient trade routes and explore the remains of a bygone age, while also discovering the unique and cosmopolitan cities of Central Asia today.

For further information about the show, including tickets and times, see http://www.adventureshow.com/.


Destinations Holiday & Travel Show - Olympia London
Thursday 2 - Sunday 5 February

If you can't make it to the Adventure Travel Show, don't worry - we will also be exhibiting over the four days of the Destinations Holiday & Travel Show. Our staff will be on hand on Stand AP141 to talk to you about our group tours and tailor-made holidays.

Along with exhibiting at the show, we will be sharing our knowledge and experience of travelling in India as a part of the show's programme of talks and presentations:

The Great Indian Adventure
Friday 3 February, 1.30pm

With 2017 marking the 70th anniversary of India’s independence, it is the perfect time to visit and join in the celebrations. Join Wild Frontiers founder, Jonny Bealby, who has travelled across remote parts of India, Pakistan and into war-torn Afghanistan in search of the mythical lands of Kafiristan. He took his first group trip to Ladakh 15 years ago and has since led over 30 trips across all corners of India.

For further information about the show, including tickets and times, see http://www.destinationsshow.com/london/.

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To view the video of our recent Silk Road talk at The Frontline Club click here.

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