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 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 package (£30.00).

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)


One of the most popular sessions at the Seville festival last year and an opportunity to explore the origins of Nordic Walking from the man credited with creating it as a sport in its own right in the 90’s.

Marko was teaching P E at a school in eastern Finland when he began to ponder on how the activity might be developed. He went on to study at the highly respected Sports Institute of Finland at Vierumäki where he continued to develop his thinking about pole walking.

So much so, he went on to include his ideas and analysis in his graduation thesis of 1996. He was then commissioned to write an article describing his pole walking concept for publication and gained an educational scholarship to help fund his further studies.

Marko entitled the article “Sauvakävely” (pole walking) and, using an approachable style, he fully described the technique he had developed and documented the benefits and parameters of the activity. It might be said that this manuscript was the touchstone for what was to become known worldwide as Nordic Walking.

Marko has since witnessed the explosion of the sport and a variety of ‘techniques’ and is really open minded about it has now been adapted and adopted Worldwide – especially the simplistic gear method designed by NWUK to help engage more people which is now one of the most widely taught in the World.

Join him for a fun informative session which is likely to be different from NW as you know it but will give you a great insight into how it developed and can be used!

Duration: 1.5 hours
Location: A (start at Festival Hub)

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)

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)

Mindfulness Workshop and Walk

Join our Mindfulness expert Jason Feavers for an indoor workshop in which he will teach some basic mindful 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


Hill Technique Workshop

Master hill technique and learn how to fully use your poles to help you climb up or protect your knees when descending.

This session also includes using hill drill for workout sessions and is ideal for those preparing for a long distance trek or mountain trails (including next years Purbeck Marathon!)

Duration: 1 hour
Location: B (start at The Downs)

Join The Team Presentation

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-smallCome along to find out more about how we are building a support network across the UK in order to make inspirational walks and classes available to everyone who needs them. We will outline the FREEDOM Passport process and how we want more Instructors and groups to get involved  – So whether you fancy setting up a group, leading the occasional walk or representing NWUK regionally we want to hear from you!

Map Location: D
Location: Durlston Country Park

The Purbeck Nordic Walking Festival 2017

15th, 16th and 17th September 2017
Purbeck Nordic Walking Festival and Purbeck Nordic Marathon

Click Here to Register for the 2017 Festival