Natural History Cameraman, Doug Allan, is coming to Ilkley

in Ilkley

Doug Allan is an award-winning natural history photographer, documentary filmmaker, diver, author, and public speaker. He will be touring the UK this Autumn with his latest show It’s A Wrap, sharing his extraordinary filming challenges and successes. He visits Ilkley’s King’s Hall on Monday 11th September 2023.


It’s A Wrap – what’s it all about?

Part retrospective, the show is also Doug’s perspective on climate change and its impacts on the world’s wild places.


Watch a trailer for the tour below:


Where’s your favourite place to visit in Yorkshire?

I love the wild and open places so the dales and the moors attract me. I did a lovely short walk at the Ribblehead Viaduct one memorable afternoon. Pure luck that a train ran over it as I walked round it.

Do you have a favourite place to eat in Yorkshire?

Whitby has great fish and chips! Munch on them and take in the sea air and the spooky Draculoid atmosphere.

Have you ever travelled to Yorkshire for sport – if so, tell us a bit about those visits?

Way back in my youth I was into rock climbing, and took on some routes at Almscliff and Brimham. I remember starting with the simple stuff then progressing to climbs that were way too hairy for me, and being amazed at how some folk could move up them like spiders.

What sort of accommodation do you prefer to stay in when filming?

That hugely varies. Filming is often very early or late in the day, so ideally a B & B close to the wilderness or the location. In a wee village with a friendly pub within walking distance, now that’s the icing on the cake. It’s a big plus to have comfort overnight with the chance to recharge batteries and download the memory cards.

Will you get a chance to go sightseeing while in Yorkshire? Anything in particular you’d like to see – or film?

The theatre tours are pretty full on starting with the tech check 2 hours before curtain up, then the 2 hour show itself and the chatting with folk afterwards. Then the following day, off to the next venue. But I definitely like a walk through the day so if I’m anywhere near a 3-4 miler whether in town or country then I’ll go for that. If I’m sightseeing it’ll be something in nature, get that fresh Yorkshire air in my lungs! I haven’t yet had the chance but the Yorkshire Sculpture Park is on my list. Mix the outdoors with art!

While fans wait for your appearance in Ilkley, where can they hear from you or see your work?

Find me on, Twitter (X) @dougallancamera and Instagram dougallancamera

Books by Doug Allan

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