Out & Wild have great spaces at the Festival to enjoy sports & hikes. Our sports zone is led by Lou, Director of Proud Sports. So far we have 5 aside football, softball and cycing agreed.

We also partner with the legendary swim movement the Bluetits to deliver wild swimming sessions and a local provider for stand up paddleboarding.

Our daily hikes are really popular and available for levels.

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Emily will be leading a number of rides over the festival weekend taking in the wonderful quiet ways and beautiful scenery of the surrounding Pembrokeshire countryside. There will be social rides of different distances to cater for beginner and more experienced cyclists, and nobody will be left behind - so if you fancy giving it a go, make sure you bring your bike (and helmet!) along with you to the festival this year.Emily is a cycle coach and instructor, ride leader and trainee cycle mechanic. Originally from Pembrokeshire, Emily lives and rides in and around South London, coaching kids and adults on and off-road at various venues, including Herne Hill Velodrome. Emily dabbles in various cycling disciplines herself, including road, track and gravel riding, mountain biking, and even a bit of cyclocross racing, and loves encouraging others to get out there and try new things on two wheels. Her ambition is to find a way to tie her experience and passion for sustainability and the environment with her love of cycling by giving people the tools they need to enjoy cycling for sport, for leisure, and as a means of getting around in a better climate future. 

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Swimming with the Blue Tits

Back by popular demand, we have the international swimming social movement leading our swim sessions at the festival.

We will have over 100 swim sessions available to book from the start of April. There will be a small charge to ensure no drop outs, as these spaces are very popular!

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5 aiside footy

We have a 5 aside pitch at Out & Wild and run football games for all abilities.

So whether you are a regular player or inspired by the mighty Lionesses, you can get involved.

Football sessions are run by the team at Pride Sports, with support from Welsh based LGBTQ+ footy teams. 

Pride Sports runs the international Football v Homophobia campaign providing year-round opportunities for football clubs, players, fans and administrators to stand up to discrimination in the beautiful game and help make football more welcoming for everyone.

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Daily Hikes

Back by popular demand! Susie is our walk lead. She and others will lead daily walks at Out & Wild. This includes trips into the beautiful Pembrokeshire National Park.

Susie Amann is an International Mountain Leader who has loved journeys in the outdoors since she did her first 'expedition' on the Duke of Edinburgh's Award scheme aged 14.

Since then she has spent over 40 years exploring all five continents and has a taste for deserts as well as mountains.

Stand up Paddleboarding

We work with local partner Outer Reef (we even love their name!) to provide instructor led paddle board sessions at Out & Wild.

For 2024 these will not be free, but you will be able to book from March.

Games with Val

Are you coming to Out & Wild…

��For the first time?

��On you own?

��To meet new people?

Why not join Val for Intro Fun & Games.

It can feel daunting to sign up to an event like Out & Wild, even if you know you’ll enjoy it once you are there. Even more so if it’s your first time and/or if you are coming alone.

This is an inclusive session designed to help you meet others and reduce any anxiety or apprehension you might be feeling about the weekend.

The games and activities are designed to help you get to know others in a safe and fun environment.

This session is open to everyone! And you can take part as much or as little as you want. All you need to do is bring yourself and anyone else you find on the way!

Val’s online profile starts with the attribute ‘Life Enthusiast!’ and she describes herself as someonewho seeks to enjoy life as much as possible, in  spite of the challenges that come with this existence.

Val is professionally qualified and experienced in Youth and Community Work, with over 10 years’ experience of delivering activities and workshops with both teenagers and adults. As someone who experienced social anxiety herself, Val has designed and run sessions like these to help alleviate social worries and encourage social interaction in a safe and fun environment. Val has also studied Women’s Studies at Ruskin College in Oxford and is keen to support all women and non-binary people to come together in supportive spaces. 

Walking Rugby with Gemma

Gemma is a qualified rugby coach and will be running walking rugby which is more inclusive, to players who are not able to run as fast as they used to. 

About Gemma Lewis

RFU women’s rugby pioneer.

Current Director of Female Rugby Old Leamingtonians RFC 

Current Vice Chair Old Leamingtonians RFC

Old Leam’s womens coach  2006- present 

• Earlsdon Ladies Head Coach 2002- 2006

• Warwick university Ladies Guest Coach 2005

• Under 16 Girls Regional West Midlands Head Coach2003-2004

• Senior regional Ladies West Midlands Forward Coach 2004- 2005 

• Staffordshire County Girls under 17’s Head Coach 2005-2006

• Martin Johnson Camp Coach 2006

• Senior regional Ladies West Midlands Forwards Coach 2005 - 2006

• Staffordshire County Girls under 14’s Head Coach 2006- 2007

• Senior regional Ladies West Midlands Forwards Coach 2006 -2007

• Camphill Ladies Guest Coach 2006

• Martin Johnson Camp Coach 2007

• Warwickshire Girls under18's 2007-2008

• Warwick University Guest Coach 2

Nordic Walking with Karen

Grab a pair of poles and join Karen for this enjoyable 75 minute ‘Learn to Nordic Walk’ workshop. Nordic Walking is an amazing workout, quite different to trekking or walking without poles. You will use over 90% of your bodies muscles and feel for yourself how to "rejuvenate the Finnish way!” You will learn the INWA 10 step method of Nordic Walking, up and downhill technique, plus play some fun games and drills to get you mixing and meeting new people, all while learning a new skill. By the end of the workshop you will have learned enough to get your own poles and begin to enjoy this great way of exercising outdoors. Poles are provided for the session As an International Nordic Walking Trainer, Karen has over 22 years experience of teaching Nordic Walking, Pilates and movement and specialises in chronic pain using a combination of movement and coaching. Karen has a post grad in Pain Science from the University of South Australia. She is a Senior Master Instructor and mentor for Peak Pilates and is an International Trainer for INWA (International Nordic Walking Federation . She is a published author and was short-listed for the business book awards. Karen presents internationally and is known for her fun and motivational sessions.  “I shall remember the high standard and the fun delivery of this course forever. Karen was friendly, professional, encouraging and so very funny! She has excellent teaching skills of which I was in total awe throughout.”  DAWN, Workshop participantKaren is based in Llantwit Major in Wales, where she lives with her partner Paula and their dog Max. Together they run the UK’s only dedicated shop for all things Nordic Walking.  When she’s not at the studio you are most likely to find Karen in the big outdoors, walking in the hills, mountain biking, messing about in the sea or out for a run with Max the dog.“I love helping people to move without pain and getting back to doing the things they love. I love anything to do with movement, being outdoors, running, skiing, cycling, walking the dog! Sitting still is the problem!”