Peebles Outdoor Film Festival

Lights, camera and LOTS of action

Now in its third year, the Peebles Outdoor Film Festival at the Eastgate Theatre is fast establishing itself as another major annual event here in Peebles – with the Tontine delighted to be heavily involved in the 2017 festival later in the month.

Starting on the evening of Friday 27 January and running through to the evening of Sunday 29 January, the 2017 festival sees a dazzling line-up of speakers and adventure films scheduled across five themed sessions covering everything from ice diving, mountain biking and surfing to climbing, bikepacking and slack-lining.

Special appearances by mountain biking World Champion Tracy Moseley, extreme adventurer and ultra-triathlete Sean Conway, record-breaking fell runner Nicky Spinks, and Emmy-award-winning adventure cameraman Keith Partridge are among the many highlights over the weekend.

But as well as big name speakers and a ‘best of the best’ selection of adventure films from around the world, the festival also celebrates some of the inspirational local figures who have made a name for themselves across a range of sports. The Tontine is supporting the three main ‘local hero’ sessions, which run at 5pm on each day of the festival.

The fun starts with an appearance by pioneering mountain biker and celebrated local rider Crawford Carrick-Anderson on the opening Friday. In his presentation, Crawfy reflects on a hugely accomplished sporting life that began with skiing before two wheels took over – with his deafness only adding to the scale of his accomplishments.

On Saturday, it’s the turn of bikepacker and adventurer Ed Shoote to talk about his obsession with exploring far-flung places on two wheels. In what will be a visual feast of a presentation, Ed explains how he got into lightweight touring and shares stories from some of his most recent trips to Iceland, Tibet and right here in Scotland.

There’s another treat in store for audiences on the final Sunday when young Scottish climbing sensation Greg Boswell talks about his winter climbing expeditions around the globe. A speaker in hot demand – he comes fresh from entertaining packed auditoriums at last year’s Dundee and Kendal Mountain Festivals – Greg has plenty of riotous stories up his sleeve, including that of a now infamous altercation with a grizzly bear while climbing in the Canadian Rockies last year.

We hope you will join us for what promises to be a wonderfully wild weekend!

Further info

The Tontine is supporting the three main local hero sessions at this year’s Peebles Outdoor Film Festival:

Silent Speed – Crawford Carrick-Anderson, 5pm, Fri 27 Jan

Ride Fast, Travel Far – Ed Shoote, 5pm, Sat 28 Jan

When Climbing Gets Grizzly – Greg Boswell, 5pm, Sun 29 Jan

Tickets £5, £3 schoolchildren, available now from Box Office 01721 725777, or online

Do also check out the full festival programme here:

Photography: Crawford Carrick-Anderson; Ed Shoote; Greg Boswell