The Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour is bringing two nights of thrilling adventure films to the PLAYHOUSE, Whitley Bay on 23 and 24 April, 2020.

The whole tour will cover loads of venues across the UK and Ireland between now and the 26th of May 2020, so if you can’t make it on the above days, all the tour dates are listed here.

This year’s Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour has an all-new selection of
action and adventure films, and will be hitting more UK & Irish venues than ever, with 60 locations and 114 screenings.

The show consists of two film collections by some of the world’s best adventure film-
makers, featuring incredible feats of skill and courage and breathtaking cinematography of some of Earth’s wildest places.

“We can’t wait to share the latest inspirational films from the world’s most prestigious mountain film
festival on our biggest tour yet! And as well as exhilarating stories starring intrepid characters and pioneering journeys, an evening at
Banff is a celebration of the great outdoors, with a vibrant atmosphere and a real sense of community.
And we guarantee audiences will leave inspired to have an adventure of their own!”

~Nell Teasdale UK and Ireland tour director.

The films are picked from hundreds of candidates for the Banff Mountain Film Festival, which takes place each November in the Canadian Rocky Mountains. The tour started in Pitlochry, Scotland, on the 18th January, and finishes in Norwich on Tuesday the 26 May.

As well as the gorgeous films, there will be a free prize draw for
outdoors-related gear from the tour’s partners.


Some of the show’s highlights include:

Up to Speed

This film shines a light on the almost super-human sport of speed climbing, which will be part of the Olympic Games for the first time in Tokyo 2020.

Photo by Eddie Fowke


Sarah Outen travels across Europe, Asia, the Pacific Ocean, North America and
finally the Atlantic over four years, all by bike, kayak and rowboat. The weather is brutal at times, she’s alone for months at a stretch, and her 20,000-mile odyssey tests Sarah to limit.

The Ladakh Project

French athlete Nouria Newman takes on a 375km solo kayaking expedition down the wildest rivers in the Indian Himalaya. According to her, “I felt really vulnerable. I had a proper look at what my guts were made of.”

Nouria Newman in the Nubra Valley, Indian Himalayas, August 2018
Photo by Ali Bharmal, Red Bull Content Pool

“Spectre Expedition – Mission Antarctica”

Starring adventurers Leo Houlding (UK), Jean Burgun (France) and Mark Sedon (New Zealand), this snow-kite powered, 65-day journey tackles one of Earth’s most remote mountains: The Spectre, Antarctica.

Leo Houlding. Picture credit: Mark Sedon

For more info & booking, head over to

Banff Mountain Film Festival 2020 Full Tour Dates – UK & Ireland

25 Feb Glasgow, The Kings Theatre

1 Feb Llandudno, Venue Cymru
27 Feb Cardiff, St David’s Hall
10 March Brecon, Theatr Brycheiniog
11 March Llanelli, Ffwrnes Theatre
12 March Porthcawl, Grand Pavilion
25 March Cardiff, St David’s Hall
23 April Llandudno, Venue Cymru

28 Jan Oxford, New Theatre
29 Jan Reading, The Hexagon
30 Jan Stafford, Gatehouse Theatre
31 Jan Stockport, Plaza Cinema
4 Feb Salisbury, City Hall
4 Feb Leicester, De Montford Hall
5 Feb Poole, Concert Hall – Lighthouse
5 Feb Abingdon, Amey Theatre
6 Feb Weymouth, Weymouth Pavilion
6-7 Feb Leeds, Town Hall
7-8 Feb Exeter, Corn Exchange
11 Feb High Wycombe, Wycombe Swan
12 Feb Cheltenham, Town Hall
12 Feb Hebden Bridge, Picture House
13-15 Feb Keswick, Theatre by the Lake
14 Feb Brighton, Brighton Dome
15 Feb Dorking, Dorking Halls
18 Feb Leamington Spa, Royal Spa Centre
19 Feb Swindon, Wyvern Theatre
20-22 Feb Redruth, Regal Theatre
26 Feb Shrewsbury, Theatre Severn
28-29 Feb Malvern, Forum Theatre
4-5 March Bath, Komedia
6-7 March Christchurch, Regent Centre
10-23 March London, Union Chapel
13 March Guildford, G Live
14 March Tunbridge Wells, Assembly Hall
Theatre (mat & eve shows)
17 March Cambridge, Corn Exchange
18 March Reading, The Hexagon
19 March St Albans, Alban Arena
20 March Leamington Spa, Royal Spa Centre
21 March Birmingham, Town Hall
25-26 March Exeter, Corn Exchange
26 March Salisbury, City Hall
27 March Poole, Concert Hall – Lighthouse
27 March Dorking, Dorking Halls
28 March Wimborne Minster, Tivoli Theatre
28 March Canterbury, Gulbenkian Theatre
1 April Wimbledon, New Wimbledon Theatre
1-4 April Bristol, Victoria Rooms
2 April Portsmouth, The Kings Theatre
3 April Brighton, Brighton Dome
21 April Cambridge, Corn Exchange
21 April York, Barbican
22 April Shrewsbury, Theatre Severn
22 April Hebden Bridge, Picture House
23-24 April Whitley Bay, Playhouse
24 April Liverpool, Plaza Community Theatre
25 April Yarm, Princess Alexandra Auditorium
27 April Portsmouth, The Kings Theatre
28 April Wimborne Minster, Tivoli Theatre
28 April Cheltenham, Town Hall
29 April Buxton, Opera House
29 April Guildford, G Live
30 April Harrogate, Royal Halls
30 April Northampton, Derngate Theatre
1 May Nottingham, Playhouse
19 May Stafford, Gatehouse Theatre
20 May Stockport, Plaza Cinema
21 May Liverpool, Plaza Community Theatre
26 May Norwich, Theatre Royal

6 May Kilkenny, Watergate Theatre
7 May Dublin, National Concert Hall
8-9 May Cork, The Everyman
12 May Dublin, National Concert Hall
13-14 May Galway, Town Hall Theatre

15-16 May Newtownabbey, Theatre at the Mill

Cover Photo is of Valentine Fabre on Dent Blanche, Switzerland © Ben Tibbetts


— Also read about the Ocean Film Festival World Tour which came to Whitley Bay in 2019. —

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