WILD NIGHT OUT
For one night each year we are encouraging you to get outside.
On 29th June 2019, people across the UK came together to have adventures outdoors, big and small. We are so grateful if you were able to join us. We believe that Britons are spending too much time indoors, and we think the answer is to encourage and support each other to get outside.
WILD NIGHT OUT 2019 HIGHLIGHTS
Wild Night Out 2019 was an absolute corker. With temperatures generally reaching 30+ degrees, the stage was set for some fantastic outdoor adventures across the UK. Highlights included... watching the sun go down over the Arrochar Alps; a breezy camp at 916m up Loch Cluanie; campfire tales of climbing Everest and falling out of aeroplanes; a wild camp in wedding gear; a foggy summit of Snowdon at 3.20am... and, A LOT of smores and toasted marshmallows!
PHOTO COMPETITION: SPONSORED BY ELLIS BRIGHAM
We were hugely inspired to see your Wild Night Out adventure photos, films and stories, and are pleased to announce the winners of our photo competition sponsored by Ellis Brigham. Vouchers will be winging their way in the post to these brilliant adventurers, who managed to capture the spirit of Wild Night Out perfectly…
PHOTO COMPETITION: SPONSORED BY BODEN
The winner of our 'Spirit of Wild Night Out' photo competition is Helen Pollard!
This prize is sponsored by Boden and was judged by Phil Banfield - course leader for our Adventure Photography Course.
With regard to the winning shot, Phil gave these comments:
“This photograph is well lit, contains detail and colourful elements, I can hear the laughter and feel the cold splashes as they hit my skin; it tells the story and conveys the fun and energy that these children were having on Wild Night Out 2019”.
If you'd like the knowledge and practical skills to develop your own photography portfolio for travel, outdoor sports or journalism, join us in Snowdonia this October.
WHAT IS WILD NIGHT OUT?
As a society we are spending too much time indoors which is adversely affecting well-being. Fewer people are getting outside. Only a third of children in Britain spend more than an hour a day outdoors. A quarter of UK adults are classed as physically inactive, getting fewer than 30 minutes of moderate exercise a week.
We believe the solution is to support and encourage each other to Get Outside. Spending time outside has been proven to help with mental health problems including anxiety and depression as well as the physical benefits to getting active. Its also fun! Wild Night Out is a dedicated date in the diary for us all to get outside to experience nature afresh under the cover of darkness.
Wild Night Out was started by Explorers Connect founder Belinda Kirk in 2016. After 20 years of taking people of all ages into the wilderness, she understands first-hand the positive impact that adventure can have on people's lives.
WILD NIGHT OUT NEWSLETTER
Wild Night Out raises awareness & funds to support the Youth Adventure Trust, a registered youth development charity working with vulnerable young people aged 11 to 16. The charity provides an outdoors programme enabling them to experience success, learn to go beyond their own expectations and grow in confidence These courses tackle long term issues and help to promote healthy, happy futures
So far 5,000 people have participated raising over £66,000 for charity. Participating or not you can still donate to this great cause.