Plunge into a thrill-seeking world of adventure

SPEED climbing in Switzerland is just one of the adrenalin-fuelled adventures in which Leamington people can absorb themselves this month.

The town’s Apollo cinema branch is one of 30 locations in the UK chosen to host screenings from this year’s Canada’s West Adventure Film Festival.

Celebrating the spirit of adventure, the festival will give viewers the chance to immerse themselves in a world of extreme hobbies, inspiring journeys and epic expeditions that test the limits of human endurance.

Destinations in the short film collection include Canada, Kashmir, Greece, Yosemite, Hawaii and Chad, with confirmed films including an exclusive preview of Charley Boorman’s latest motorcycle adventure across Canada in Extreme Frontiers and a profile of Alpine speed climber Ueli Steck in Swiss Machine.

Other films include Into Darkness, a voyage into the subterranean world and psyche of extreme caving, Azadi: Freedom, an exploration into the unlikely skiers paradise of Kashmir, and Smitten: Lucky, a breath-taking plunge into the memories of BASE (which stands for ‘buildings, antennas, spans and earth’) jumper Lucky Chance’s 100th jump.

This is the third year the Adventure Film Festival has been sponsored by Canada’s West, the four season adventure playgrounds of Alberta and British Columbia.

Amanda Newby de Saulles of Travel Alberta said: “This is an extraordinary festival which brings the thrill of adventure from all across the globe to towns across the UK.

“From our fantastic boarding in the Canadian Rockies, not to mention phenomenal ice-climbing or heli-skiing all winter long, to mountain biking, climbing, sea-kayaking, white-water rafting in the summer, this is the place to come and have your own breath-taking adventure. No matter how young or old, active in inactive you are.”

The first of two themed nights takes place at the cinema in Portland Place on Monday (November 7), with ‘High altitude’ adventure films taking the big screen from 6.30pm. An evening of ‘Endurance’-themed films will take place on Monday November 14.

Tickets cost from £5. To book and find out more about the film festival, go online.