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2 October, 2023


Dips, Kits and Sausage Rolls: Inject Adventure into your Autumn Days

As the leaves begin to change and a crispness fills the air, there's no denying that autumn is a season brimming with adventure.

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Nature transforms into a canvas of vibrant colors, inviting us to explore and experience the great outdoors in new and exciting ways. A walk and a pub lunch, a chilly swim followed by a hot shower, a early morning hike as the mist rises! Simple adventures are never far away.

Set yourself you own Autumn Adventure List and see how much adventure you can squeeeze into your week. In this blog, we'll give you 15 ideas to inspire you to create your own adventures and get involved in wider adventure community events, ensuring that your autumn is anything but ordinary.

So, grab your sweater, dust off your hiking boots, and let's dive into the world of adventure-themed activities that await you this autumn!

Here is my Autumn Adventure list:

Read Fearless Adventures with Extraordinary Women by Louise Minchin

Watch Smoke Sauna Sisterhood at my local cinema

Signed up for 6 week Community Sauna and cold water dips on Brighton Beach

Signed up for the National Geographic Webinar

Hike to Cuckmere Haven

Sewing Project - recycling my old wetsuit into something useful! I have no idea what I am doing but am going to give it a go!

Photo: Cat's Eye Photography

Back a crowdfunding project: Cold Water by Jack Hudson:
Back a project and help bring a book to life. Unbound is a crowdfunding publisher. Take a look at the rewards and see how your involvement can add to the bids and get Cold Water into print. Cold Water is a swimmer's journey from London's wintry lidos to Iceland's Atlantic bays.


Swim the distance of the English:  Runs from 18th Sept-11th Dec

Swim the distance of the English Channel for charity and raise money for people paralysed by Spinal Cord Injury. The challenge officially kicks off on 18th September and finishes on 11th December. Sign up on your own or in a team and take on the 22 miles over 12 weeks.

Dip a Day with Surfers Against Sewage Get involved from 1st-31st Oct

Whether it’s your shower, paddling pool, lido, local beach or river, you can get involved. Challenge yourself to dip in cold water every day throughout October. Not only to boost your wellbeing, but to raise funds to help save the ocean. Sign up & create your fundraising page.

Rent your kit out and join a new community of eco savvy adventurous:

Sign up to KitUp. A kit hire company that is all about reducing emissions with kit rental. KitUp want to create a world where everyone has easy access to kit even though most people don't own all of their own. Access instead of ownership is better for the people and for the planet.


Upload a photo - #OutdoorsTogether photo competition  23rd Sept - 23rd of Oct 2023
The competition is part of the European Week of Sport 2023, an initiative by the European Commission, launched in 2015 to respond to the growing crisis of inactivity. Most people get involved in some type of physical activity through their friends or family members. This is why the campaign want you to #takesomeoneoutdoors. Post a photo with #OutdoorsTogether + #BeActive + #itsgreatoutthere + @itsgreatoutthere on instagram.

Upload a photo to #MyGearChronicles: Share your gear stories.    
To celebrate the 90th Birthday Ellis Bingham are asking you to share your gear memories with us. Do you have a trusty piece of outdoor clothing or equipment that has been through it all with you? Share your images and memories with us and you could win goodies. Enter via the link below or on insta #MyGearChronicles

Cotswold Outdoor Competition  7th - 13th Oct 2023                                                                                  
The Exploration Hour Challenge log one hour of exercise and be in with the chance to win lots of kit. How does it work? Log one hour of outdoor walking, hiking, running or wheeling between 7th - 13th October to complete the challenge, for the opportunity to enter a prize draw for a Cotswold Outdoor bundle worth over £1,000.

Be curious about the RNLI: Learn about the RNLI                                                                                        Visit: the RNLI College you can Tour, Stay and Eat here – it is an impressive facility and I loved my tour here.

Support: My family got involved with this campaign in memory of my Dad. It is a great way to create a lasting memories for loved ones.


Watch New Series : Ben Fogle in Endurance: Race to Pole Channel 5, on 2 Oct 9pm                                 
This is a new three-part documentary series with Ben Fogle, who returns to Antarctica to re-experience the Edwardian missions of Scott, Shackleton, and Amundsen. Ben Fogle and Dwayne Fields will travel to Antarctica to try to find out what happened and to experience some of the hardships that these polar heroes went through on their way to conquering the unknown. Using only their Edwardian equipment, food supplies, and shelter, Ben will re-enact crucial events from Scott’s, Shackleton’s, and Amundsen’s differing missions in the early 1900s while recounting the story of the race to the South Pole.

Mountains on Stage Winter Edition Film Tour: Check out the tour dates.
3 Beautiful films featuring climbers, sailors, hikers and skiers in the mountains. You can also enjoy more of the winter mountain vibe by listening to the podcasts and watching the back catalogue of film .

They are also looking for volunteers and hosts

Explore Symposium at The Royal Geographical Society  4/5th Nov - London-Tickets from £85.00

With over 90 leading field scientists and explorers, this expedition and fieldwork planning weekend is perfect for anyone wanting inspiration, advice or contacts for their own project. Whether you're a seasoned traveller, or a student dreaming of your maiden voyage without detailed plans, the Explore Symposium is the place to be inspired by an extraordinary gathering of expedition professionals, visionary scientists and intrepid travellers - all willing to share invaluable knowledge gained from their own experiences. 

Book at Ticket for the Adventure Mind Conference  27/28th Nov - Sheffield -Tickets from £175.00

A conference series exploring the importance of adventure to wellbeing and mental health. For outdoor professionals, wellbeing practitioners, researchers, health professionals & all adventurers. This year’s theme is ‘Small Adventures, Big Impact’.

I am speaking at this event so please come and find me and introduce yourself.


National Snow Week 14th-22nd Oct 2023

National Snow Week is a week celebrating everything the UK snowsports scene has to offer. Kicking off with the third edition of The National Snow Show at the NEC, Birmingham on 14-15th Oct 2023, the week will play host to mini events across the country for brands, associations, resorts and destinations and will culminate in our newly launched London Snow Show at the Excel on 21-22nd October.VISIT National snow exhibition 21:22 Oct. Follow #SNOWSHOW
Become a National Snow Week Ambassador


YHA Festival of Walking 3rd Sept -19th Oct 2023
Join a social walk: Sign Up to the festival’s free guided social walks. Learn new walking skills, build your confidence and enjoy discovering something new – from wellbeing walks to pilgrimage routes, map and navigation basics to a taste of Nordic walking. Plus they have 20% off accommodation.

National Trust Free Visit this Autumn                                                                                                            
This single-use pass allows free entry for two adults and up to three children, one adult and up to four children, or two adults.Check the webpage of the place you’d like to visit to see if you need to pre-book. When pre-booking online, select the free member’s ticket option and use the code ESCAPEINTOAUTUMN2023 when asked for your membership number.

Bonus Tip: This ones a bit random but on the way back from your Autumn Adventures you could grab a free food/drink via the Greggs App!

If you are going along to the Adventure Mind Conference please come along to my workshop and say hello.

Have fun planning your Autumn Adventures and let us know if you have any ideas that we can add to this list. Email [email protected]

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Nicky Chisholm

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My very first adventure was on a Tall Ship called The Sir Winston Churchill when I had just turned 18.

I have loved adventures ever since. Although I still get seasick 30 years on!

I would describe myself as an everyday adventurer. I try and squeeze adventure into my every day from walks, swims and runs to film, podcasts and books. I am always on the look out for communities to connect with and adventures to be found.

I have just hit 50 and my adventure journey has changed so many times over the years, from a 20-year-old canoeing and sailing instructor, to a Mum with young children teaching them to embrace the outdoors through camping, building dens and cooking on open fires, to a mum of young teens when we surfed, coast steered, climbed Ben Nevis and swam in the North Sea!

My boys are in their late teens now and are slowly flying the nest, it is here I find myself now, ready to embrace the next stage of my adventure journey.

Embracing my new found freedom and loving being outside, I am ready to do some exploring!

My adventure journey has included Moonwalks, marathon walks along Hadrians Wall and the South Coast, firewalks, abseiling down castles, coast steering, a cross country ski marathon in the Arctic Circle, a wing walk and training in an Environmental Cold Chamber at the University of Sussex at minus 20!

I have just come back from running a 1/2 marathon in Greenland - the biggest and most extreme event I have ever taken part in. This Arctic adventure has definitely left me with a fire in soul for more adventures.

This year I am off trekking in Peru, visiting the Amazon Rainforest, hiking around the Isle of Wight and organising a mega sea swim for over 500 "mermaids" to celebrate International Women's Day.

When I am not on an adventure I am working with my beautiful VW Camper Van called Daisy on photo shoots - if you want you or your business to stand out from the crowd then its time to book a branding shoot with Daisy.

See what DaisyVW has been up to

Photo Shoot Dates: Private shoots also available on request

Check out The Big Mermaid Dip for International Women's Day in Brighton - March 11th - Watch out for March 2024 Dates

Happy Adventuring

Nicky Chisholm aka #PinkNicky

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