Simon Parker

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Riding Out: A Journey of Love, Loss and New Beginnings

The remarkable and inspirational true story of how one man battled grief and anxiety, one pedal stroke at a time, on a 3,500-mile adventure around Britain.

In March 2020, as Britain entered its first lockdown, Simon Parker’s life fell apart; his travel journalism career vanished overnight and shortly afterwards he received the tragic news that a close friend had died. With a long-suppressed anxiety disorder starting to rear its head, he turned to the only therapies he knew and trusted: travel and exercise.

Riding Out is a story of optimism and hope, and a ground-level portrait of Britain as it transforms from a country in crisis to a nation on the mend. From Shetland to the Scillies, Dover to Durness, Simon learns that life’s sharpest corners are best navigated at the gentle pace of a bicycle.

Riding Out Live: 2022 Tour Dates

March

28 London Royal Geographical Society. Tickets here.
30 Beverley East Riding Theatre. Tickets here.

April

2 Street Strode Book Festival. Tickets here.
11 Banbury Mill Arts Centre. Tickets here.
19 Brighton Grand Central. Tickets here.
22 Chipping Norton Literary Festival. Tickets here.
26 London Stanfords. Tickets here.
29 Portsmouth Groundlings Theatre. Tickets here.

May

2 Chiddingstone Castle Literary Festival. Tickets here.
4 Stratford Literary Festival. Tickets here.
9 Bristol Redgrave Theatre. Tickets here.
10 Oxford Tap Social. Tickets here.
12 Taunton Brewhouse. Tickets here.

July

5 Farnham Maltings. Tickets here.
7 Oxford
University of Oxford. Tickets here.
13 Grimsby Central Hall. Tickets here.
14 Norwich Arts Centre. Tickets here.
15 Coventry Albany Theatre. Tickets here.
19 Cambridge University of Cambridge

August

5 Charlbury Wilderness Festival. Tickets here.

September

3 London Financial Times Live. Tickets here
8 Chesterfield Winding Wheel. Tickets here.
10 Inverness Eden Court Theatre. Tickets here.
11 Aberdeen Arts Centre. Tickets here.
12 Stirling Macrobert Arts Centre. Tickets here
13 Ayr Gaiety Theatre. Tickets here.
14 Edinburgh Assembly Roxy. Tickets here.
15 Kendal Brewery Arts. Tickets here.
16 Helmsley Arts Centre. Tickets here.
18 Stockport Plaza. Tickets here.
22 Middlesbrough Theatre. Tickets here.
23 Otley Courthouse. Tickets here.
24 Seaton Gateway Theatre. Tickets here.
26 Exeter Phoenix. Tickets here.
27 Falmouth The Poly. Tickets here.
28 Newquay Lane Theatre. Tickets here.
30 Corby The Core. Tickets here.

October

5 Portland Royal Manor Theatre. Tickets here.
6 Stafford Gatehouse Theatre. Tickets here.
17 Nairn Community & Arts Centre. Tickets here.
18 Kirkwall Orkney Theatre. Tickets here.
19 Lerwick Mareel. Tickets here.
20 Glasgow Eastwood Park Theatre. Tickets here.
7 Ludlow Assembly Rooms. Tickets here.

November

4 Cardiff Acapela Studio. Tickets here.
6 Bridport Literary Festival. Tickets here

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