BRISTOL TRAVELLERS’ CLUB Bristol, 8 May www.marcopolotravel.co.uk YHA, 14 Narrow Quay, BS1 4QA. £3.50 with a part of the entry fee donated to Wateraid. From 7.10pm. Tickets available on the door.
Alan Gilbert chats about his time in Japan and Colin Knowles talks Eastern European thrills.
GLOBETROTTERS CLUB London, 12 May www.globetrotters.co.uk The Church of Scotland, Crown Court, Covent Garden, WC2B 5EZ. Doors open at 2.15pm. £6; £3 for members. Tickets available on the door.
Jacek Obloj shares stories on the peoples and churches of Ethiopia, while photographer Jim Holmes documents life on the Mekong River. CUSTODIANS OF A SUNBURNT COUNTRY London, 2 May australiaconservation.eventbrite.com/au Royal Geographical Society, 1 Kensington Gore, SW7 2AR. From 6.30pm; tickets £22. Proceeds go towards protecting Australia’s wildlife. Book online.
Told through the stories of Leanne Liddle – a member of the Aboriginal community in Arrernte – learn how conservation organisation Bush Heritage works with native people across the country to preserve both land and culture.
BRADT’S BIG CAT FESTIVAL London, 20 May www.bradtguides.com Royal Geographical Society (see above address). 10.30am–6.30pm; early-bird £25. Book online.
Hear Jonathan Scott’s tales of lions in the Masai Mara, go behind the scenes of the BBC’S Big Cats with director Gavin Boyland, and Princess Michael of Kent talks you through rescuing and releasing an orphaned cheetah cub. Your ticket will also enter you into a prize draw to win a safari trip. Now that’s paws for thought.
KESWICK MOUNTAIN FESTIVAL Keswick, 8–10 Jun www.keswickmountainfestival.co.uk Crow Park, Keswick, CA12 5DJ. Tickets £75/£50 incl/excl camping. Book online.
The UK’S action-packed outdoor festival is back. Fine-tune your navigation skills, learn bushcraft, try Nordic walking, plus much more.