Festival Plus Event - Jason Lewis

Jason Lewis - Explorer

04 Feb 2020

Tickets £5/£6 Sherborne TIC, Winstone's Bookshop and online

Jason Lewis is an English award-winning author, explorer and sustainability campaigner credited with being the first person to circumnavigate the globe by human power. He is also the first person to cross North America on in-line skates (1996), and the first to cross the Pacific Ocean by pedal power (2000). Together with Stevie Smith, Lewis completed the first crossing of the Atlantic Ocean from mainland Europe to North America by human power (1995). Jason joins us to talk about his adventures, his life and his Expedition Trilogy.

THE DAILY TELEGRAPH “Lewis is an engaging and polished public speaker with an excellent ear for a story. His achievements are undoubtedly remarkable but his message is not solely one of adventure. He is a committed environmentalist who speaks lucidly about “the impact of humans on Earth”. Having spent months alone at sea, entirely self-sufficient on his boat, he argues that our planet could be compared to a lone vessel in the vast ocean of the universe. Mankind’s challenge, he stated, is to survive within finite means, for the alternative is disastrous.” —Rupert Hawksley

This event will take place at the Quarr Hall at the Gryphon School, Bristol Road,  Sherborne DT9 4EQ starting at 7 pm (doors open at 6.30pm)

Festival Plus Event - Dame Kelly Holmes

Dame Kelly Holmes

20 Mar 2020

Tickets £9/£10 Sherborne TIC, Winstone's Bookshop and online

7pm at Digby Memorial Hall in Digby Road


Double Olympic Champion Col. Dame Kelly Holmes MBE (mil) is one of the UK’s most popular athletes, respected throughout the world as a role model and an inspiration.

Setting, and still holding, the British records in the 800m and 1000m, Kelly is an Olympic, Commonwealth and European champion who has achieved seven Gold, eight Silver and four Bronze medals throughout her career. This includes her double win in the 800m and 1500m at the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens, becoming the first Briton in over 80 years to do so.


After her Olympic success, she won BBC Sports Personality of the Year, European Athlete of the Year and was honoured with a Damehood from the Queen.

Kelly was raised by her mum on a council estate in Kent. She attended the local secondary school where, due to the belief and support of her PE teacher, she pursued her talent at running. Ferried to race meetings up and down the country by her family, she knows the importance of having a supportive team.

At 18, Kelly left professional running to pursue her first dream, to be in the British army. She became an HGV driver and then a Physical Training Instructor, before being awarded an MBE for services to the British Army in 1998. In 2018, Kelly was appointed Honorary Colonel of the Royal Armoured Corps, marking her return to the army. The accolade was approved by Her Majesty the Queen, making it the first time an individual has been appointed Honorary Colonel to a regular unit.

Kelly could never shift the dream of Olympic gold that she had since a child, but it was a very tough journey there. Her running career was overshadowed with repeated injury and disappointment. Recurring physical injuries contributed to periods of clinical depression and self-harm that continued to affect her just one year before her Olympic double win.

Soon after this win, Kelly set up the Dame Kelly Holmes Trust. The charity helps guide disadvantaged young people, getting their lives back on track by using world class athletes to engage, enable and empower, attitudes they need to fulfil a positive life. She encourages the same philosophy that she lives by, nothing is impossible.

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