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
Location: A (start at Festival Hub) and B (start at Durlston)

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.

There are two choices available:-

You will do your tuition sessions at 9.30 on the Friday and Saturday mornings and be allowed to join selected walks/workshops on the Friday afternoon and participate in any suitable sessions on the Saturday pm and all day Sunday (subject to gaining the passport).

You will do your tuition sessions at 9.30 on the Saturday and Sunday and be able to participate in any sessions on the Saturday pm and all day Sunday (subject to gaining the passport).

Places are limited on these courses – to book please register for your selected days and add on the beginners PASSPORT package (£10.00).

Location: A (start at Festival Hub)

Conversion Courses

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
Location: A (start at Festival Hub)

ENDURANCE CHALLENGES – Tips for how to Prepare


A MUST if you are planning to join our Challenge events on the Saturday! Our experts will help you to prepare physically and mentally for these events plus any you might do in the future. Packed with tips about the routes, what to carry and wear, and even what to eat the night before! Hear from those who have completed the routes, ask all those burning questions and stock up on last minute essentials like energy bars and padded socks! Jason Feavers will also provide guidance on mental training for endurance events which will help you get going when the going gets tough!

This session will be on Friday just before the PASTA PARTY (well of course!)

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?

Power Hill Training with Marko Kantaneva

Marko Kantaneva is the most famous name in Nordic walking as he is credited with creating the concept of using pole walking as a fitness/exercise concept back in the 90s when he was at University.

Last year he wowed Purbeck with his technique workshops but this year he is upping the ante and is inviting you to take part in his POWER HILL TRAINING sessions.

The idea of this form of training is to develop all areas of fitness: basic endurance, pace endurance and maximum endurance. Marko combines his knowledge of Nordic walking and supreme use of Heart rate zone training to ensure you work hard and yet finish feeling refreshed.

The training session will start at a slow pace and gradually increase speed and it is for those who like to work hard. At the end of the session the tempo is reduced again and there are some long stretches!

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.

ultimate-nordic-circuitsNot 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
Location: A (start at Festival Hub)

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
Location: A (start at Festival Hub)

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
Location: A (start at Festival Hub)

SWALLOWS and AMAZONS workout walk

This session is proof that the world is a workout! Who needs a gym when you are gifted with natural terrain that is guaranteed to provide every element required to build total fitness outdoors in a location where you can look for dolphins and say goodbye to the swallows as they head to warmer climes!

Devised by NWUK Director Gill Stewart who has runs a weekly class called Hills and Drills on this circuit, this session has it all speed, balance, intervals, endurance training, technique, strength, flexibility and even mindfulness! NWUK Delivery Partners will put their own take on Gills circuit which provides a myriad of ways to make you work hard!

Durlston Castle
Seventh wave restaurant

Speed Hiking Workshop

What is speed hiking? 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.

INSTRUCTOR SKILLS – Client Engagement

Learn how to maximise your client engagement and retention with a simple philosophies that work!

In this interactive workshop, Instructor Janine Lewis will outline how she uses a simple ‘give in order to receive’ strategy whilst Sam Armstrong will description how she empowers her leaders and plans schedules that guarantee their regular walks are motivating, packed with variety and above all, sociable.

Note: This Workshop is for Instructors and Walk Leader.

MOTIVATION - Upping your levels!

Our ‘Mr Motivator’ Ian, will share some simple tips to help you master how to stay motivated to exercise, achieve and get more out of life!

These skills will transfer into every aspect of life from work or business to family and health.

You will leave feeling positive and ready to tackle anything!

Show us your SMOOVES!

Have you ever SMOOVED? 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 ‘Smooves’ 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.

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.

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
Location: A (start at Festival Hub)

Beach Workout Workshop

Join the NWUK Tutor team to learn how to master beach walking.

Simple tips to make it easier or HARDER depending on the results that you want.

Explore the pole types and tips plus expert ways to turn the shifting sands into a workout that beats all others.

Duration: 1 hour
Location: A (start at Festival Hub)

Nutrition Workshop

Join our nutrition expert Alice to discover some simple tips that will help you master healthy eating and enjoy it too!

It’s certainly not all chewing a lettuce leaf! Alice will outline the principles of a ‘Get Glowing’ kick start plan that ensures your body gets the nutrient’s it needs throughout the day in order to boost energy levels and maintain a healthy weight.

Duration: 1 hour
Location: L1

Things to do nearby
Swanage town centre

Mindfulness Workshop and Walk

Join our Mindfulness expert Paul for a workshop in which he will teach some basic mindful /meditation techniques.

Learn how to switch off the noise of the world and re connect 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 – 2 hours
Location: D
Meet at the Durlston Country Park visitor centre (not the Castle)

Things to do nearby
Durlston Castle Visitor centre
Seventh Wave Café
Swanage town centre

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-passports-smallFREEDOM 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!

Map Location: D
Location: Durlston Country Park