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Celebrities who love the great outdoors shared their experiences and passion for the natural world at the Show. Register for the Show's e-newsletter to get the latest news about next year straight to your inbox!
Tim and Etienne
A childhood interest in canoeing turned into a gold encrusted Olympic dream for Tim Baillie MBE and Etienne Stott MBE when they claimed a hard fought battle in the thrilling final of the C-2 at the London 2012 Olympic Games. Tim and Etienne came and showed off their skills on ‘Paddles Up’ (the Show’s indoor pool) on Sunday 24th February and offered practical tips and advice to budding canoeists, as well as sharing their own sporting adventures.
TV presenter and outdoors fan Julia Bradbury will be joined us at the Show on Saturday 23rd February. Julia's love for the outdoors started as a child when she would go walking in the Peak District with her father. She has been able to further that passion into a career spanning over 15 years, with many adventures both overseas and in the UK. The Countryfile and Wainwright Walks presenter shared some of her on and off screen adventures with visitors and took questions 'from the floor' at the Show.
Nick Baker is a naturalist and wildlife TV presenter who has traveled to the wildest parts of the planet in search of weird, bizarre and incredible creatures. With a particular fondness of bugs and insects (his nickname is ‘Bugboy Baker’), Nick introduced us to a few of his favourite six (and eight) legged friends at the Show’s “One to One with Wildlife” attraction, in association with Dudley Zoological Gardens on Friday 22nd February.
Kate Humble is a writer and presenter. Her most recent television credits include Volcano Live (BBC2, 2012), Orbit: Earth’s Extraordinary Journey (BBC 2 2012) and The Spice Trail (BBC 2, 2011). Her other television credits include Lambing Live (BBC 2 2010 and 2011) and the long running popular wildlife series Springwatch and Autumnwatch. She is a qualified commercial diver and is the second woman ever to be appointed President of the RSPB. She lives in Wales with her husband Ludo, her dogs Badger and Bella, a hive of bees and various other hoofed, furred and feathered livestock. Kate talked about her favourite walks in Wales and her experiences with wildlife on Thursday 21st February.
Growing up on a farm in rural Dorset, cook, writer and broadcaster, Valentine Warner learnt early the important connection between the natural world and the table. Described as ‘a cook, fisherman and culinary adventurer’, his best selling books “What to Eat Now” and “What to Eat – More Please” led to a successful TV series of the same name. His third book “The Good Table” was published by Mitchell Beazley in 2011 and he is currently writing his fourth. Valentine joined in the action in our Campsite Cooking feature on Wednesday 20th February as well as taking a trip down to our 'One to One' with Wildlife feature to meet the creatures there.
Andy at the NEC
Fresh from filming dramatic “Operation Iceberg” with the BBC is extreme diver, climber, kayaker, author, zoologist and all round adventure seeking ‘action man’ Andy Torbet. As you can see Andy joined in some of the more dynamic and energetic Show attractions. He also shared some of his on and off camera experiences in the natural world. Andy was at the Show on Tuesday 19th February.
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