Past Events

In partnership with South Devon College

Beyond Horizons 21st November 2019 

@ University Centre South Devon 

This was the 4th year of Beyond Horizons in the South West and the first time at the University Centre South Devon where we greeted over 20 employers and over 130 students and apprentices from local schools, colleges, universities.  Below are details of the workshops and keynote speakers at the event. 

We are really pleased to announce our keynote speaker Liam Kirkham - kayaker, professional instructor and guide, adventurer and Lego enthusiast.

‘Alone In The Grand Canyon’ 











In 2016 Liam completed a solo paddle of the Colorado river, right in the belly of the Grand Canyon, Liam dealt with big white water, freezing nights and intense solitude during the 13 days it took him to paddle the 226 miles.  Liam will share his incredible adventure, his motivation behind this lonely pursuit and the bumpy learning curve that led up to his trip down the grand.  His story is sure to inspire anyone looking for a little encouragement for their next adventure, however big or small.  









Liam lives and works in Exeter, he started kayaking as part of his college course in outdoor education and he was instantly hooked!  He has spent much of his time since in a kayak or planning kayak trips.   Liam has paddled all over the world and guided in Nepal, Bhutan, America, the UK, Ecuador and the Grand Canyon for Small World Adventures. He particularly enjoys helping those paddlers who come with an ambition to improve as well as paddle some world class rivers.  He also works in local paddling shop AS Watersports. 

Afternoon Keynote - Ian Pitchford - Finding the Inspirational You 

Ian is a professional coach who helps people to connect with themselves and find their passion.  He is extremely passionate about the belief that we 'are all better than we know'.  During this keynote allow Ian to take you on a journey of self discovery and take the first steps towards finding the Inspirational You.  



















We have a fantastic selection of workshops run by industry experts  

Fire Demonstration with The Bushcraft Company 

Join our sponsors The Bushcraft Company for their flagship Fire demonstration, it is the perfect experience for learning and practical application with an obvious success, participants will get a chance to be actively involved in the experience that may be perceived to be dangerous. They will learn the necessity for fire and a safe method to light one using various methods.

Outdoor Instructing - What the future needs with John Byrom and Bryony Rees 
Join the TYF Team for an interactive workshop looking at what must be done to prepare outdoor leaders/instructors for the global climate crisis. 
As outdoor instructors, we have the honour of introducing 1000's of people to the greatest playground on the planet, this also comes with the responsibility of helping people understand the importance of protecting it. Join us to discuss the essentials in making this happen

Working in Outdoor Learning - Opportunities and Pathways with Ben Reynolds

Join Ben Reynolds from the Adventure Sports team at South Devon College to learn about job opportunities with Outdoor Learning and explore the different pathways available, including education, training and work opportunities, that can lead to this exciting career. 

How to have an adventure with Liam Kirkham 

Yearning for an 'adventure' but equally daunted by it or unsure where to start?

Join our "How to Have an Adventure" workshop for some tips and tactics to get your own adventure started.Our keynote speaker  Liam Kirkham will be discussing, the value of adventure, picking a team, whats stopping us, finances, sponsorship not feeling ready and some other lessons he wished he had known earlier!

Going solo - life as a freelancer with Matt Thomas 

This workshop explores the why, what, when & how of being a freelancer, developing your understanding of freelancing & working out if it's the right choice for you.  Get an honest take on this popular choice of career from a successful freelancer who'll answer the age old question, does freelancing mean getting the best work for pop star wages or is it more likely to mean seeing how many wetsuits you can dunk in 20 minutes & not having a day off...well ever?


Outdoor Photography with Richard Stemp Photography

An introduction to Outdoor Photography by looking at what makes a compelling image and how such images can be created. Then looking at some of the uses of imagery and creativity within the Outdoor Industry.

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If there isn't currently an event near you and you would like to host a Beyond Horizons event we would love to hear from you.  Please get in touch by e-mailing us on or give Cathy a call on 07894858729

University of Worcester - Thursday 7th  of  March 2019

Developing your future 

Keynote speaker - Calum Muskett - professional climber, mountaineer, guide,

coach, journalist and amature photographer (although we think he's pretty good)

'A Career outside the office'







Calum delivered a fantastic and engaging keynote to this years event.  Calum was born and brought up on the very edge of the Carneddau mountain range, a simple fact which has been hugely influential in his development as a climber. 

At 13, Calum discovered climbing and was instantly hooked by the adventurous traditional rock climbs of Snowdonia. Since his first outing on the Idwal Slabs, he has travelled all over the world climbing difficult alpine routes as well as free climbing big walls such as El Capitan in Yosemite.  He is always planning the next adventure!

At 19 Calum qualified at an MIA and he now currently holds the Mountain Instructor Certificate (MIC) which he achieved at 22 which made him the youngest person to achieve both at the time.  He is also an aspirant British Mountain Guide.


Afternoon Keynote - Will Batho - Journey with a purpose

On remembrance day 2018 Will was part of a team who summated the 6500m Mere Peak in the Himalayas.  He shared his heartfelt story of this Royal British Legion (RBL) expedition, gave insights into his own experiences of Adventure Therapy and how it has served as a metaphor in his life.  

Will currently lives in South Devon with his wife Amy and young family.  He is passionate about getting outdoors and having adventures.  Will's career has included time as an Outdoor Education Instructor, a Royal Navy Helicopter Pilot, a Lecturer, a Coach and he is the founder of South West SUP.  He enjoys exploring the link between our environment, our internal capacity and human performance/experience.









We had a range of industry experts share their knowledge and experience in a series of workshops including: 


The Outward Bound Trust 

What Employers Want - Developing Employability Skills through Outdoor Learning

Come along to this session to find out more about how The Outward Bound Trust make the most of adventures to help young people consider essential skills for the workplace and beyond. Also discover more about what we look for as an employer in the sector, and see if this work could be for you.


Chris Banks 

Exploring Outdoor Education Values with a Business mind-set’ 

This workshop will aim to encourage creative thinking through practically discussing how a range of activities can be made to meet the business needs of a commercial Outdoor Activity centre while remaining true to the Outdoor Education values which underpin these activites.


Lee Pritchard

'Outdoor Adventure at the University of Worcester'

Calum Muskett

'Developing personal performance in adventurous activities'

The workshop will concentrate on methods to up-skill personal performance both psychologically and physiologically as well as transferring personal performance into being a coach and leader.


Jay Jackson 

'Nuts and bolts of communication theory'

“Sharing information with clients and colleagues is a key task in all walks of life, however in the adventurous activities industry effective communication can be vital for safe participation and providing positive learning experiences.

This short workshop looks at some key elements of communication theory and explores some practical methods to improve the effectiveness of our communication with others.”

Workshop created by Jay Jackson (Director, Climb Cornwall Ltd, Mountaineering Instructor, and Coach) and Jenny Dart (Specialist Speech and Language Therapist, Mountain Leader and Rock Climbing Instructor). 

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