Workshops & Presentations
Our expert team and a host of our specialist instructors and partners will be providing a range of inspirational workshops in and around the HUB of the festival in Swanage. Come and find out what nordic walking is all about, how we can adapt it for children, wellbeing and tougher workouts plus how you can get involved. If you are a keen nordic walker you can brush up your technique, gain a freedom passport or experience beach sessions. Some workshops don’t even require poles!
Nordic Walking Taster
Beginners are welcome to come and try Nordic Walking with the NWUK team and local Instructors throughout the Festival weekend We will be holding regular Taster sessions so if you want to see what all the fuss is about book in for 45 minutes that will change your view of walking with poles…forever.
Get a taste of how light you will feel on your feet, how the whole body is mobilised and why you need to take the time to learn the technique. You will also find out the benefits of being active outdoors and how you can gain your passport and join in walks and events around the UK
Taster sessions are open to those without a Festival pass so ideal for Friends or Families of Festival goers – call 0333 1234 540 to book into these
Duration: 1 hour
FREEDOM Passport beginners course
For those NEW to Nordic Walking, we have the opportunity to come and learn at the Festival and to gain the FREEDOM passport. You will be able to join the NWUK experts for a Fast Track tuition courses conducted over two 1.5 hour sessions in the morning with access to suitable walks during the afternoon.
Places are limited on these courses – to book please register for your selected days and add on the beginners PASSPORT package (£10.00).
Are you a regular nordic walker but have never gained your NWUK FREEDOM passport?
These 1.5 hour conversion sessions will bring you bang up to speed on the latest 4 gear technique method so you can book on line and participate in our massive programme of walks across the UK. Passport also provides FREE membership of Nordic Walking UK.
Note this session is NOT suitable for beginners and the Instructor will advise within first 15 mins if they think you would benefit form a full tuition course.
Duration: 1.5 hours
Join the NWUK Ski fitness specialist Nicky Parsons to master the essential elements of fitness required to make skiing enjoyable and less painful!
Nicky will show you why you need to work on balance, weight transfer, stamina, flexibility and endurance if you want to maximise your time on slopes and be able to stay awake in order to enjoy the apres ski!
Advanced Technique Workshop
Join the NWUK Tutor team and learn how to get the most form Nordic Walking technique.
Be amazed at how a few tweaks to your technique will provide an immediate difference to your speed and comfort plus long term improvements to posture and results.
Duration: 1 hour
POLE’ATES (Pilates with Poles)
Join NWUK Tutor and Delivery Partner Becki for a one hour workshop that incorporates the postural and core exercises usually performed indoors into an effective outdoor workout with Poles!
Take the chance to take a breath, move, and simply enjoy being outdoors. This Pilates based class incorporates the Nordic Walking poles by using them to provide stability, resistance, and challenge to Pilates exercises. The class is suitable for complete beginners through to those with experience as the instructor offers adaptations for exercises to enable you to work at a level which is right for your body. This 1 hour class finishes with a short Nordic relaxation walk taking in the sights, sounds, and fragrances of the area.
A lovely combination of gentle but effective exercises that will compliment nordic walking and provide you with the skill to maximise your poles forever more!
Duration: 1 hour
Join our Mindfulness expert for a workshop in which you will learn some basic mindful techniques.
Learn how to switch off the noise of the world and reconnect with your body and nature.
This enlightening workshop culminates with a mindful walk in a stunning location. What better way to put the techniques into practice.
Duration: 1.5 hours
The Power of Purple – join our team!
The NWUK community is rapidly expanding across the UK and there are opportunities for YOU to become more involved.
Our vision is to create the largest and friendliest exercise club in the UK where everybody can join in at any level, anywhere! As you can imagine, that’s a tall order and we need more INSTRUCTORS, LEADERS and EVENT VOLUNTEERS to help us achieve it.
FREEDOM Programme and Passport process plus how we desperately need more Instructors and groups to get involved – So whether you fancy setting up a group, leading the occasional walk or representing NWUK locally or regionally we want to hear from you!
Ultimate Nordic Circuits
Want to up the ante with your nordic walking? This class will certainly add another dimension to the workout gained from your poles.
Not for the faint hearted, this workout class will have you pushing pulling lifting and puffing as you add resistance and strength exercises to a circuit based nordic walk!
Speed drills and functional exercises are included in the NWUK ultimate nordic format which is fast furious but a lot of fun too.
Duration: 1 hours
Equipment Advice Workshop
Want to understand everything there is to know about Nordic Walking poles, shoes and gadgets? Our retail team will be on hand to help you to appreciate pole research and development and they will be showcasing innovations such as the Lesu paws and latest kit.
Come and feel the difference between carbon and composites, try a range of paws and find out why certain shoes make your nordic walking experience more effective.
This is your chance to ask those questions you have always wanted to ask plus learn how to maintain and add to your nordic walking kit.
Duration: 1 hour
Pole Walking for Rehabilitation
This session is for NW Instructors, Physios and professionals interested in pole walking in a clinical or rehabilitation setting.
Join our rehab specialists to look into the adaptation of pole walking and why strapless poles are proving to be highly effective. Following extensive work with partners in the fields of falls prevention, neurological disorders, stroke rehabilitation and other conditions, NWUK now often find these poles are preferable to the typical nordic walking pole which the participant is strapped into.
This workshop explores this rationale which is based on features such as the ergonomic easy grip handle, postural/balance support, shorter learning curve and the risk of complications in the event of a fall.
Show us your SMOVES!
Have you ever SMOVED? If not here’s your chance to experience the invigorating feeling provided by these rings which vibrate as you move them and also provide resistance!
Come and try some of the basic ‘Smoves’ which you can incorporate into walks or as a daily whole body regime. Originally designed as a tool for those suffering from Parkinson’s disease because they are great for encouraging movement and neuro receptors, they are now a recognised effective fitness tool for all levels.
What is speedhyking? This workshop will explain how it differs from Trail running and Nordic Walking plus look at how to utilise poles to cover ground at speed.
Whether that is running on the flat, climbing a tough hill, bounding over rough terrain or skipping down a slope! This NEW and exciting sport is gaining traction all over Europe and is spot on for the Nordic Walker who wants to combine their NW technique with the freedom of running or increasing speed from optimum walking pace on occasion.
Be a Life Saver!
When out on a NWUK listed walk you can rest assured your Instructor/leader is first aid trained and able to perform CPR but would you feel as comfortable if an incident occurred in the street or when out walking with Family or Friends?
Join our experts from Adventure First Aid to master some simple basic skills that could save a life. This fun workshop is NOT a lengthy first aid course but it will empower you to act if you had to. A few simple tips that can literally be the difference between life or death – got to be worth and hour or so of your time?
NAVIGATION SKILLS WORKSHOP 1 - GETTING TO GRIP WITH MAPS
What is a map? This session will teach you about scales and symbols. Using simple and fun practical exercises the mystery of maps will be discovered. A fundamental skill for any navigator is being able to orientate a map. You will be taken through the stages of how to orientate a map using different methods and by the end of the session you will understand and be using a basic map skill confidently by yourself.
NAVIGATION SKILLS WORKSHOP 2 - MASTERING THE COMPASS
Confused by compasses, bearings and measuring distances? This workshop will take you through practical, easy and fun tasks to understand how the compass works along with additional tasks that you can use the compass for. You will take part in simple practical games and activities using the compass and you will be able to personalise your pacing to measure distance accurately. If you didn’t know that Naughty Elephants Squirt Water, then come and find out why!
We all do our basic stretches at the end of a walk but do you really know WHY?
This workshop will help you appreciate how keeping muscles long and supple can improve joint mobility, lessen pain and even make you stand taller!
Our experts will show you how to maximise on those basic stretches and learn how to include stretching into your daily life. You will be glad you did and you certainly won’t skip or cut short the stretches at the end of a walk after this workshop!
BBQ & SOCIAL EVENT
Join the NWUK Team and your lovely local Hosts for a magical outdoor (hopefully) supper at the HUB.
We have arranged for a Bar in our marquee and a top local caterer to provide sumptuous fare including a choice of freshly baked rustic breads, seasoned herby mini chicken fillets, local sausages and burgers plus delicious homemade veggie parcels.
Come and meet Nordic walkers from around the UK and enjoy the hospitality and views as you wind down after a day of walking
Prior booking essential
Join the NWUK experts to explore how to perfect your technique for climbing and descending hills with poles.
This workshop will not only help you to gain maximum propulsion and stability when walking in the hills but will enable you to use hill training as the ultimate fitness training aid.
This session involves exercise drills and (surprisingly) the climbing of hills!
Inspired by the Winter Olympics?
This fun workshop will be our take on the Nordic Biathlon where athletes combine laps of gruelling cross country skiing with shooting skills where missing a target provides a penalty (often an additional lap!) Our Binerflon was thought up by delivery Partner Mark Richardson but our commitment to health and safety means we only use foam (nerf gun) bullets .
Popular as part of our Young Explorers programme this session is great for big kids too – come and see how good you are at covering our 1 km loop and shooting targets at the end! No pressure but we do have ‘prizes!
2 MILE NORDIC WALKING AND SPEEDHYKING CHALLENGE
Why not try out our Nordic Walking or Speedhyking Challenge. It is possible to measure yourself against others and walk a timed 2 mile route as fast as you can.
Our measured route will be mapped out from the hub where you can register for the challenge and pick up your timer (pictured and known as a dibber!).
This will record your start and finish times and you will go on the live leader board! The route starts and finishes at the Festival Hub, goes through Tissington village, over quiet country lanes and the Tissington Trial. The route is mainly flat with a small incline, no stiles, so made to go fast! Choose either Nordic Walking or Speedhyking. For Nordic Walking a roaming referee will check whether the Nordic Walking technique is being used. If you would like to run part of the route, choose Speed Hiking. Prizes for the category winners are available for both Nordic Walking and Speedhyking – prize giving is at 3pm.
TISSINGTON HALL TOUR
Following the Tissington Walk on Friday afternoon, there is a unique opportunity to book a private tour inside the hall. (Can be booked without having to participate on walk)
Tissington Hall was built in 1609 by Francis FitzHerbert to replace the moated fortification that guarded the Norman Church that straddles the hill in the centre of the village. For over 400 years now the Hall has presided over the picturesque Estate Village at the south of the Peak District
We’re hoping that Sir Richard Fitzherbert will be able to supervise the tour