Adventure Uncovered Outside, in association with National Trust
🌎 Celebrate Earth Day this April for a weekend of nature connection and unseen environmental and adventure films under the Dark Sky reserve of North Devon.
21st Apr 2023 – 23rd Apr 2023
The Buttery, Lorna Doone Valley, Malmsmead Brg, Lynton
£15 - £25
Outdoor Film Evenings, Nature Walks, Swimming, Stargazing, Yoga
The Buttery at Lorna Doone
Adventure Uncovered Film Festival is back. This time we're outdoors in North Devon.
At a time when nature connection is at an all-time low, we’ve carefully curated two unseen programmes of environmental and adventure films, bringing them outdoors to the often forgotten, deeply remote and mesmerising mystical part of Exmoor, known as Lorna Doone.
In celebration of Earth Day, we’ve teamed up with friends at the National Trust North Devon site Lorna Doone, to share inspiring stories of purpose-driven adventures, outdoor exploits and environmental protection, to motivate, educate and provoke mindful reconnection and conscious recognition of the beautiful fragility of our natural world.
What's in Store?
🌎 Earth Day Programme (Sat 22 April)
Saturday night is our main night. We kickstart the Earth Day proceedings at 6pm with a fire-lit feast of hearty, steaming bowls of home-cooked food, served up by our National Trust hosts, enjoyed together and washed down with drinks galore.
At 7:30pm, as twilight fades and dusk settles we’ll gather together and wander up to Cloud Farm Campsite for a series of inspiring adventure films under the stars. We're carefully curated a selection of short films to celebrate nature, showcase new perspectives and challenge prevailing narratives, interspersed with live talks from the filmmakers themselves. Films end at 10:30pm.
As the owls hoot and the moon rises, why not stay overnight in Cloud Farm for some world class stargazing in this Dark Sky Reserve?
Join us for the whole weekend! (Fri 21 - Sun 23 April)
Slow down and make a full weekend of it. Join us on Friday evening too for a lighter-touch film programme and no-less delicious food. Food served from 6pm and films at 8pm.
Book to stay at Cloud Farm Campsite (just 2 min walk from the film screening), camp or stay in a pod or holiday home for the weekend (we will be!). Wake up to hot coffee and on saturday morning join us for some laidback yoga and mindful nature-connection (included in the ticket price). Swim wild and wild swim in the babbling river, enjoy the daffodils, bluebells, rhododendrons and wander along the River Oare with us to Watersmeet for lunch in the tea rooms before the Saturday night commences*.
*Timings: On both nights dinner will be served from 6pm-7:30pm at The Buttery. Films screenings are taking place at Cloud Farm Campsite (20minute walk from The Buttery) from 8-10pm. For those staying over Friday night, Saturday morning yoga is at 9-10am at the Buttery followed by a walk along the river to Watersmeet at 10.30am (15km round walk including lunch stop in the ancient woodlands and river gorge at Watersmeet with wild swimming options). Yoga and hike are included at no extra charge, just join us for some informal, unstructured time in nature.
Join some easy breezy Sunday morning yoga before heading off post-coffee and breakfast.
Tickets & Prices
Films on Saturday 22nd - £15
Join us on Saturday evening, 22nd April from 8pm-10pm for a full evening programme of purpose-driven adventure and outdoor films.
*Films on Friday 21st & Saturday 22nd - £25
(Includes activities - morning yoga, walks, swims, and stargazing)
Join us on Friday from 8pm for a feature film and Saturday evening from 8pm-10pm for a full evening programme of purpose-driven adventure and outdoor films. Ticket includes (optional) access to all activities.
*Join us for a fire-lit feast on Saturday for just £15 extra
The fire-lit feast will be served up at The Buttery from 6pm. Fill your bellies pre-films with a steaming bowl of chickpea and potato curry, fresh flatbread from the oven, hot onion baaji and delicious brownie and icecream for dessert. Drinks not included.
*Join us for dinner on Friday for £10 extra.
Join us on Friday evening for dinner at 6pm too! Served up at The Buttery, Friday's dinner is a generous bowl of hot chili (Vg) with potato wedges and cheese. Drinks not included.
*Make sure you book your campaign spot at Cloud Farm Campsite for Friday and/or Saturday separately here!
Getting there and what to bring
National Trust's Lorna Doone site is beautifully remote, scattered along the River Oare at the bottom of the Lorna Doone valley. However, getting there isn't straightforward on public transport.
Address: The Buttery, Malmsmead, Lynton, Devon, EX35 6NU
By car: 5 miles East of Lynmouth and 13 miles West of Minehead. Take the A39 and turn off to follow New Road to Oare. From there turn right to take Hookway Hill to Lorna Doone Valley. Or type the postcode into Google Maps: EX35 6NU.
By bike: The site is on the National Cycle Network 51 route. It's hilly. Be warned. We'll buy a hot or cold drink for anyone who cycles up Portlock Hill (and proves it with the route on their Strava). Fair play!
The show must go on: We can't guarantee the weather. Regardless of the weather and in the event of bad weather, we'll be showing the films regardless. So come prepared with warm, dry clothes, a blanket and a flask of hot tea. We operate a no-refund policy. It's all part of the adventure!
Seating: Remember to bring a camping chair, blanket or cushion to kick-back, relax and enjoy the films.
Food: National Trust's The Buttery Cafe will be open all weekend serving up breakfasts, lunches, hot teas, coffees and chocolates, as well as sandwiches, soups, cakes traybakes and much more to keep you fuelled and fired up. On both Friday and Saturday night, The Buttery will be serving the Earth Day dinners - pre-order in advance to avoid disappointment. A bar will be serving delicious, delightful cold beers, wines and ciders to guests.
Firelit feasts of hearty, home-cooked food
Curated adventure and outdoor films that matter
Guided inland dips
Stargazing on the edge of Exmoor, an International Dark Sky Reserve
Meet and greet at The Buttery. Get set up and settled, wander along the River, set up your tent (for those staying over night).
Fire-lit feast of chili (v) and hot potato wedges with plenty of hot and cold drinks available. Buy food tickets in advance. Served up at The Buttery.
Gather at The Buttery and wander up to Cloud Farm Campsite to watch a selection of our finest purpose-driven films.
Films start at 8pm.
Wrap up and start of the evening star gaze.
Yoga and morning stretch (optional) with the brilliant Brixton Yoga.
15km walk to Watersmeet. Sets off from The Buttery (optional)
Fire-lit feast of chickpea and potato curry (Vg), hot onion baaji and fresh flatbreads, followed up with hot chocolate brownie and ice cream. Drinks available. Food pre-ordered at check-out.
Gather at The Buttery and wander up to Cloud Farm Campsite for fantastic films under a dusky sky.
Main film programme starts
Films wrap up
Star gazing all night long..
Morning yoga and stretching (optional) with the brilliant Brixton Yoga
Enjoy the rest fo the day at your own leisure, socialise or do your own thang!
The yoga and 'morning stretch' will be ran by Brixton Yoga.
For those of you who don't yet know Mr Gurpreet, the talented Founder and thriving engine behind Brixton Yoga: you are welcome.
Prior to teaching yoga, he played football for years, trained as a dance movement therapist, worked in the office of the leader of a political party in parliament etc etc. He hopes all this help him to connect to lots of different people from all walks of life and create super friendly and welcoming classes for all of you lovely yogis...
We are lucky to have him for this weekend. Whether you love it or hate it, this class will change your mind on yoga forever.
We'll be heading off on a long-ish walk (15km round trip) at 10:30. This is a flat, linear walk that follows the river from Malmsmead to the deep gorge and ancient woodlands of Watersmeet where there's a fantastic tea shop for lunch and other refreshments. Bring your swimsuit for optional dips and dunks and plenty of water and food. This isn't officially guided and do feel free to peel off and wander back at any point.
The River Oare runs rippling through Lorna Doone valley to Watersmeet. There's various dunking and dipping spots along the river so bring your swim stuff for a spot of cold water therapy. This is self-organised and at your own risk of course :)
Exmoor National Park boasts the darkest skies in the country. Lorna Doone is right on the edge of that. The skies at night are dark and (sometimes) clear so bring your telescopes, blankets, hot flasks and hip flasks and lay back to gaze at the milky milky way.
In association with:
Adventure Uncovered x National Trust
Get 'Outside' and enjoy an evening or weekend of outdoor films and nature connection activities, celebrating Earth Day - you won't be disappointed!