Wainwright Weekender

Wainwright Workshop weekend hosted by Chris Butterfield 27th – 29th Jan 2024. Book a place on this fully catered weekend to find out more about Alfred Wainwright’s history. Learn facts about the Coast to Coast. Check out rare memorabilia and footage. Ending the weekend with a Wainwright-related walk around Kirkby Stephen and a chance to win a Wainwright-related giveaway.

A lifelong love of the outdoors and admiration for Alfred Wainwright inspired Yorkshire-born engineer Chris Butterfield to build an archive honouring the world-famous fell wanderer and safeguarding his legacy. Assisted by his wife, Priscilla, Chris has amassed an extensive private collection of Wainwright material and created a popular Facebook group, Alfred Wainwright Books & Memorabilia, and a website, alfredwainwright.co.uk. Chris has published numerous articles about Wainwright and has appeared on television and radio to discuss the life, work and achievements of the late, great fellwanderer.

At Kirkby Stephen Hostel, Chris details the publishing and printing history of Alfred Wainwright. He not only reveals interesting facts about the Coast to Coast Walk but also Wainwright’s follow-up to his world-famous trail that was never completed. As well as revealing some rare pieces of memorabilia (with plans for an exhibition in 2024), Chris will show some old Wainwright footage that few have seen.
Chris talks about his new book – Wainwright Memories, which chronicles three little-known stories involving Alfred Wainwright that took place over three consecutive years, 1988-90. The stories are based on reminiscences by Wainwright’s former publisher, Andrew Nichol and include illustrative maps by Pictorial Guide reviser Chris Jesty.

Chris Butterfield takes Andrew Nichol on a journey to revisit several locations featured in each story. Andrew reminisces about Wainwright, and they recreate many photographs taken over 30 years earlier.

There will be a question-and-answer section and a Wainwright-related giveaway.

Chris also invites you to join him on a Wainwright-related walk around Kirkby Stephen.

The price for the weekend is £120 included meals and a comfortable bed.

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