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New events planned for Island’s 2008 Adventure Week 12 October 2007

Arrangements are already in hand for next year’s Isle of Man Adventure Week. The event, which is supported by the Department of Tourism and Leisure, will include an even wider range of outdoor activities than this year.

Event organiser Keirron Tastagh explained:

‘We are bringing in trainers from all over the world in the areas of sea kayaking, coasteering, rock climbing, towing and rescue training, diving and sailing with invitations going out to some of the best known names in outward bound activities. Johnny Dawes, one of the leading figures in the world of climbing, joined the team two years ago and other big names are being lined-up so people taking part in the festival enjoy the highest possible level of expertise from their instructors.’

The Adventure Week, which started life as a Sea Kayak Symposium before being turned into a full-blown outward bound festival two years ago, now attracts visitors from the North West as well as London and the south of England. This year, for the first time, visiting enthusiasts outnumbered locals and the current marketing drive to get the event better known is aimed at the previously untapped market of Ireland. A contingent from Finland has already made enquiries about taking part next year as Keirron, a qualified outdoor instructor in his own right, promotes the event during his trips to Europe to instruct at other festivals.

All levels of ability are catered for at the festival, ranging from beginners through intermediate to expert, with entertainment and campfires taking place in the evenings. The itinerary also includes fun activities at the festival’s base in Ballabrooie, Patrick and there are plans to add a few more – such as a team crate-stacking competition which Keirron saw demonstrated at an outdoor show in Birmingham.

Tourism and Leisure Minister Adrian Earnshaw said:

‘Adventure Week has become a major event on our calendar. Outdoor pursuits and activities are increasingly growing popular on the Isle of Man and I hope we can expand on this event in years to come.’

The 2008 Adventure Week will focus largely on the period between August 14th and 18th when the majority of activities take place, although many of the courses will begin, and end, either side of those dates. A four day circumnavigation of the Island, camping out overnight, will run from around August 19th to 23rd.

Further details of Keirron’s plans for Isle of Man Adventure Week will appear on his web site at www.adventurousexperiences.com but he advises anyone interested in the kayaking aspect to book early as demand is close to exceeding supply. A total of 40 kayaks were available this year and while more will be brought in this may not be enough to cope with late enquiries. Special package deals are available, via the website, for combined travel and accommodation.

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