Celebrity Travellers & Expert Speakers
Access a wealth of travel expertise and inspiration at our Traveller’s Tales Theatre. Enjoy complimentary talks from our line-up of knowledgeable expert travel agents and celebrity personalities, be inspired as they share accounts of their own travel experiences and other essential advice for the discerning traveller. Headline speakers include:World Record Setting Adventurer Aldo Kane, Travel Photographer Tommy Clarke, Planet Earth II Producer, Chadden Hunter, Food Writer and Critic Matthew Fort, Comedian and Novelist Jenny Éclair, plus Explorer Pip Stewart.
Aldo Kane - Saturday 3 November, 1pm
Aldo Kane is a World Record Setting Adventurer, Explorer, a Fellow at the Royal Geographic Society, Producer, Author & TV Presenter with a penchant for the world’s most dangerous, extreme and remote locations. A former Royal Marines Commando Sniper, Aldo is an expert in all environments, making him the go-to man for TV & Film companies around the world. Aldo has operated and filmed in well over 100 countries so when things get tough in TV land, it’s Aldo they call.
Over the last 7 years Aldo has worked on well over 45 TV & Film productions, many of which were ground-breaking and fairly “tasty”, as he would have it. Aldo has been held at gunpoint, Charged by black Rhino, Abseiled into an active volcano, escaped Ebola, rowed across the Atlantic and dived on Captain Kidd’s pirate ship, and that’s just the last year or two. Most recently, Aldo co-developed a Series called Expedition Volcano with BBC 2, which saw him leading an international team of Scientists, film-makers and doctors inside one of the world’s most active and dangerous volcanoes, Mount Nyiragongo in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
Aldo has been on screen around the world on many broadcasters from the BBC, to Discovery, Nat-Geo, Channel 4, PBS, ITV, Channel 5, History Channel and many more. Recently Aldo has been paired by the BBC with Naturalist Steve Backshall with two high octane expeditions. Winning huge critical acclaim, Down the Mighty River & Extreme Mountain Challenge saw Aldo step out from behind the camera and take a more prominent on-screen role. Aldo has appeared on Discovery with Hollywood A-Listers like Tom Hardy, Adrien Brody & Henry Cavill in some of the most extreme environments on earth. With an inquisitive mind and an extremely unique skill-set, Aldo is well set up for hard-hitting investigative journalism missions.
Aldo runs a company called Vertical Planet providing technical safety consultation & risk management for TV & Film crews operating in remote, hostile and high-risk environments around the world. Aldo was recently the on-screen Expedition Leader for National Geographic’s latest flag-ship feature length Natural History series One Strange Rock, hosted by Hollywood star, Will Smith. This saw Aldo lead a prominent American Scientist deep inside one of Africa’s most dangerous volcanoes whilst it was erupting.
Aldo joined the Royal Marine Commandos at the age of 16 and went on to become one of the youngest Elite Commando Reconnaissance Snipers in the UK armed forces. No mean feat with the hardest, and longest infantry training in the world. Aldo saw active military service from Northern Ireland to the Middle East and became a survival expert in many environments. Aldo has become an instructor in many outdoor fields including Mountain Leader, professional climber, Skydiver, re-breather diver, SIA bodyguard & qualified medic.
Jenny Eclair - Friday 2 November, 1pm
Jenny Eclair is an award-winning Writer and Performer and has most recently been seen touring the UK with Grumpy Old Women to the Rescue. Preview to that, her solo show ‘How to be a middle aged woman (without going insane)’ toured for three years.
As a writer her novels include Moving, Camberwell Beauty, Having a Lovely Time, Life Death and Vanilla Slices. A collection of short stories ‘listening in’ based on the radio 4 series ‘little lifetimes’ which Éclair writes was published in 2017.
Television includes: IM A CELEBRITY 2010 (3RD PLACE), QI, LOOSE WOMEN PANELIST, ROOM 101, CELEBRITY STORAGE HUNTERS, CELEBRITY ANTIQUE ROAD SHOW, ETC
Acting work includes: Steaming (Piccadilly Theatre); Mum’s the Word (Albery Theatre); The Vagina Monologues (Wyndhams Theatre) The Killing of Sister George (DERBY).
Chadden Hunter - Friday 2 November, 12pm
Dr. Chadden Hunter is a Producer/Director at the BBC Natural History Unit where he has worked with Sir David Attenborough on wildlife programmes for over 15 years.
Dr. Chadden Hunter is an Australian wildlife biologist and filmmaker. After completing a PhD on gelada baboons in Ethiopia, Chadden worked with National Geographic and Discovery Channel, filming everything from tribes in Africa to snow leopards in Pakistan. On the BBC series Planet Earth he became known as 'the guy covered in bat poop', and whilst filming arctic wolves for Frozen Planet learnt that minus 40C was cold enough to freeze his eyes shut. His credits include Series Producer on Wild Arabia which was nominated for two Emmy awards and producer on Planet Earth 2, winner of four Baftas. While producing the ‘Grasslands’ programme for Planet Earth 2 Chadden discovered a new-found respect for any rhinoceros he meets on foot in long grass.
Tommy Clarke - Saturday 3 November, 11am
Tommy grew up on the south coast of England where he spent nearly every childhood holiday by the beach. This sparked a deep interest of the interaction between water and land and how people connect with that location. But it wasn't until he was living in Sydney that he embarked on his first aerial shoot over Bondi Beach, capturing the colourful surfboards strewn across the beach which became his first series - Bondi. Since then Tommy has hung out of helicopters and small aircraft everywhere from San Francisco and Mexico to the Canary Islands and, most recently, The Netherlands. Tommy is now based from his studio in London when not travelling.
Pip Stewart - Sunday 4 November, 1pm
Pip is an adventurer, travel writer and film-maker with a passion for meditation, health and wellbeing. A self-proclaimed hippy at heart, Pip is a firm believer that the great outdoors and connecting with people is good for the soul. As well as being an intrepid traveler, she is also a trained meditation instructor.
Pip studied history and politics at Oxford University and subsequently worked in Asia for five years as an anchor and reporter in Hong Kong. She also traveled extensively in Malaysia as a key reporter on the general election and produced political and travel multimedia stories for The Telegraph, BBC, CNN, and South China Morning Post, amongst others.
Pip’s journey back to Britain in 2013, to take up the role of Adventure Editor for Red Bull Online, was an epic year-long 10,000 mile biking trek, starting in Kuala Lumpur, taking in 26 countries. Despite narrowly avoiding being blown up by mortars on the Afghanistan-Tajikistan border, Pip is still a huge fan of adventure on two wheels.
Most recently, Pip’s passion for exploration took her on an epic expedition, kayaking the entire length of the Essequibo River in Guyana, as part of an all-female team, which took two months to complete. Starting their journey in the interior of Guyana at the true source of the river, the team paddled for 1,014km until they reached the Atlantic Ocean. Their journey saw them traverse the Acarai Mountains, Wai Wai land, untouched virgin rainforest, unexpected rapids and contentious gold mining areas until finally arriving at their ultimate destination on the coast, and achieving a world first.
In 2016 Pip embarked on a 3000 mile cycle, boat and terrifyingly small plane journey exploring Brazil to Peru, raising awareness of the environmental issues in the region. From the mouth of the Amazon River in the Atlantic, finishing in Lima at the Pacific, Pip documented the deforestation of the Amazon and its devastating effect on local indigenous communities. Transamazonica, a six-part documentary series about the journey, is currently being distributed globally by Boulder Creek International.
With her vast experience in news anchoring and TV presenting, Pip is a confident and proficient public speaker, with many stories to share regarding her adventures. Her public speaking appearances include The Adventure Travel Show, Proctor & Gamble (Beijing), A Night of Adventure, Campfire festival and Sunday Papers Live. Pip's warmth, inquisitive nature and down to earth attitude have endeared her to a core following of 45.1k across her social media platforms. Pip recently became a Craghoppers Ambassador, whilst in July 2018 she joined the Royal Marines on an expedition across remote northern Norway. She also plans to write a book about her epic Essequibo challenge later this year.