An essential feature of all the Adventure Overland Shows are the Seminars, talks given by both professional and amateurs.

In fact so popular have they become, the rooms dedicated to these informal talks have also grown over the years as their popularity have increased.

We are indebted to the following speakers, all of which are non-paid it has to be said … each and every one a dedicated enthusiast in their own right, only too willing to pass on their considerable knowledge for those that follow.


10:00-11:00   Paul Crittenden   “Get Out of That – Vehicle Recovery”

When your vehicle loses traction, breaks down, or gets stuck, whether it’s in a remote desert, a vast salt pan or a muddy riverbed, it’s a little too late to start thinking about how to recover yourself and your vehicle safely and successfully. Paul has almost 100,000 miles of 4×4 exploration on four continents under his belt, including a 4½ year circumnavigation of the world. In this session he’ll share how he prepares himself and his gear for those hopefully rare occasions when forward momentum is lost.




11:00-12:00   Emma Print          “Encouraging More Women to Say Yes to Overlanding – Some Tips and Tricks for Live on the Move”     

Emma has spent seven years living and working in confined spaces; from the heat of a 4×4 in the desert and the cold of a Rocky Mountain winter, to the trials and tribulations of a superyacht chef. Along the way she has accumulated experience learned the hard way, that she will pass on so that you don’t have to!




12:00-13:00   Duncan Gough    Travel to Bring the World Into ‘You’, Not ‘You’ Into the World

Author Duncan Gough will be talking mainly about one of his favourite destinations – Spain – and how as a cultural and geographical bridge to Africa and Arabia it is a great place to develop significant techniques for making the most of your travelling.

NOTE: At 14:00 hrs on Saturday in the “Adventure Travel Author’s Zone” (located in the main grandstand), Duncan will be giving an additional talk entitled Writing Your Adventure” – Travel Writing techniques to get the best from recording your travels. Whether your transport is 2 or 4 wheels or even more for that matter, the concepts for writing blogs to full-blown books is basically the same.




13:00-14:00   David Lovejoy       “Bushcraft & Overlanding, They Go Hand-in-Hand”

How bushcraft compliments successful overland travel. A self-confessed, adventurer, cynic and overland nut, Dave’s spent a ridiculous amount of his life travelling near and far – on foot, canoe, boat, motorbike and by 4×4. In his spare time he is a builder for, designer of, teacher and instructor, plus ‘friend on the phone’ for many overland travellers. Also Captain of a group entitled ‘Beardy Overlanders On a Budget Society’ (yes … BOOBS), he and the group can be found virtually opposite the white Semiar Sessions marquee. It’s open house so by all means call in and say “hello!”


14:00-15:00       Paul and Marilyn Longden                   “Overlanding in North America”

Everything you wanted to know but we’re afraid to ask. 10000 miles of guns, bears, private healthcare, language difficulties, escort agencies, probably the world’s friendliest people and some amazing landscapes. Vehicle of choice – a 1996 Mercedes 814d van, possibly the only one in North America. What could possibly go wrong?!?

 15:00-16:00   Linzi Anne Allcock & John Bowling  “Converting Overland Vehicles”

The pros and cons of the different vehicles; how they practically cope on the road/when travelling; mistakes; the ultimate overlanding vehicle + showcasing the latest project called ‘Icarus’.




16:00-17:00   Van den Bout and friends   Kalahari from Buckinghamshire to the Bush”

Our Journey Around South West Africa. Planning the trip, the route we took, the complications and the recommendations.




10:00-11:00   Jenny and Gavin Lowrie   Ruby the Landy Drives the Americas”

Jen and Gav spent 2 years in Ruby, their Land Rover Defender 300 Tdi driving across the Americas, returning at the end of May 2018. Their talk will include a whistle-stop tour of the planning and preparation for the trip, useful kit, the journey, the breakdowns, the magical moments and the things they learnt along the way.




11:00-12:00   Austin Tucker  “Through The Alps & Pyrenees in 4 Weeks”

What it’s like to live out of your rig for an entire month off-road through some of the best areas Europe has to offer overlanders, plus what to plan for. 



12:00-13:00   Bill Lawler       “Adventure Overlanding Across Three Continents With Our Xpcamper”

For for the last 18 months Bill and his wife Julie have been touring in their V2 XPCamper. Starting in California they have done both American continents from Alaska to Patagonia. They shipped from Uruguay to Belgium early this summer, have just left Russia en route to Stratford-upn-Avon via Spain. They intend to cover Africa, Asia and Australasia in the next two years.



13:00-14:00       Jo Vansittart and Bruce Lee     “Travelling Around Southern Africa”

Our trip across Southern Africa over the winter of 2017 travelling in Betty Buster, a 4WD Mercedes T2 814 Vario converted by Bruce. Having shipped it down to Namibia we spent 5  months travelling round the southern states of Africa from Walvis Bay to Durban via Botswana, Zimbabwe and Mozambique.


14:00-15:00   Paul Crittenden   “Creating an Overland Vehicle That Works For You”

There are no end of people exerting that theirs is the ‘Ultimate Overland’ vehicle build,  but is this an irritating concept and a dangerous fantasy? It’s easy to get drawn in by the excitement and technical hype and create something shiny, expensive, and impressive –  but unsuited to your actual needs. Currently on his third overland vehicle build, in this talk Paul will help you to think about your build in a different way, and come up with solutions and answers that work for you.

The original Global Convoy was a ‘Round The World’ overlanding adventure which crossed 4 continents, 46 countries, 5 deserts, 5 seas and 7 mountain ranges and it had hundreds of different people – from 33 different nationalities – involved from beginning to end.



15:00-16:00   Richard Matthews  “Overlanding in Central Asia with a Budget Vehicle”

Don’t all round-the-world travellers look like this?

Based on his adventures on the Mongol Rally and the Global Convoy Expedition, Richard will be talking through his experience of overlanding through Central Asia in more impractical vehicles and what the benefits are for taking this novel approach.

An Adventurer, Public Speaker and Expedition Planner, Richard will open your eyes what can be achieved WITHOUT breaking the bank!