Get inspired and get outside this winter

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Next Friday sees the beginning of the inaugural Peebles Outdoor Film Festival, a three-day showcase of film and live events celebrating the great outdoors.

One of the contributors is Borders doctor Andrew Murray, who will be dropping in on Saturday to share his experience of running 50km a day across the Namib desert.

The festival will have something for everyone – from nature lovers to extreme sports enthusiasts, as well as the chance to see a great line-up of high-adrenaline documentaries, features and short sharp shockers. There will be opportunities to hear first-hand accounts by intriguing and inspiring people.

The festival opens tomorrow (February 6) at 6pm with short films, including a bird’s eye view of the Tweed Valley and an introduction to ski mountaineering. Later, downhill bike racer and stunt rider Rob Jarman will talk about his near-fatal accident and introduce an excerpt from the gripping and emotional film, All My Own Stunts.

On Saturday, Tweed Valley Mountain Rescue will tell you how to get the best out of the Borders hills. Saturday evening is all about bikes. Among the treats on offer is the feature film Wadjda, which tells of a young Saudi girl’s dream to race her own bike.

On Saturday evening, cyclist and writer Richard Moore will introduce Slaying the Badger, the story of the chaotic 1986 running of the Tour de France.

Sunday is full of adventurous offerings, including author and motivational speaker Alastair Humphreys, who will introduce his ideas for microadventures that you can have on your doorstep.

Only weeks after professional climbers Tommy Caldwell and Kevin Jorgeson made the first 19-day ascent of the Dawn Wall in California’s Yosemite National Park, the film Valley Uprising (at 4pm) captures the history of the climbers’ struggle against the laws of gravity.

The festival culminates in a Celebration of Wild Women, at 7.30pm, a selection of Lukasz Warzecha’s stunning films, capturing breathtaking outdoor adventures.

For ticket info and a full list of events, see www.eastgatearts.com