Throughout the year we run a number of free-to-attend SwimQuest Seminars, bringing together insights from fascinating individuals and experts. Our talks are designed to inform and inspire.


Thursday 17th May 2018
Inspirational Quests: Using Sport for Charitable Fundraising 

SwimQuest Holidays and The Garden Museum are delighted to invite you to a free-to-attend seminar on Thursday 17th May from 6.30pm – 8.30pm. Guest speakers will be Director of the Garden Museum Christopher Woodward, and actor Bertie Portal, who will both give talks about their own unusual and inspirational fundraising challenges.

Date: Thursday 17th May 2018
Venue: The Garden Museum, 5 Lambeth Palace Rd, Lambeth, London SE1 7LB
Timings: 6.30pm-8.30pm (registration from 6.30pm, talks start at 7pm)
Two 30 minute talks each followed by 15 minutes Q&A
Cost: Free to attend, places allocated on a first come first served basis.
The Garden Museum Bar will be open during registration, and it is also possible to book a table in the restaurant after the seminar finished at 8.30pm. The Garden Museum set menu is £18pp for two courses, £22 for three courses – the menu changes daily, click here for a sample of the menu and to book your table.

To book: please email with your name and telephone number to reserve your place. Places will be allocated on a first come first served basis.

Christopher Woodward “Swimming to Mordor”

Christopher Woodward SwimQuest Arctic ChallengeHaving swum The Hellespont, Straight of Gibraltar and The Thames from Oxford to London to raise money to enhance The Garden Museum, in September last year Christopher Woodward completed his swimming story with a 30 kilometre swim in the Arctic Circle, retracing part of John Tradescant’s own journey to Russia in 1618. Christopher’s Arctic Circle swim raised enough money to allow The Garden Museum to display two specimens which were once in John Tradescant’s Museum: the skeleton of a right whale and a Nile crocodile.

Bertie Portal “Swimming The Atlantic”

Bertie Portal SwimQuest SeminarActor Robert (Bertie) Portal describes the highs and lows of his epic charity transatlantic rowing expedition with crewmate James Cash in 2012. Bertie was raising money for Facing the World, a charity started by his friend Martin Kelly in 2002, offering pioneering surgery to young children with facial deformities and he raised a staggering £400,000.00.  Bertie is best known as an actor, and was recently in the BBC Two crime drama Collateral.  He has been in numerous TV and radio dramas as well as many West End plays.  His other works include Welcome to the Punch, The King’s Speech, My Week With Marylyn, The Iron Lady, Mr Turner, and The Huntsman: Winter’s War.  Apart from rowing the Atlantic Ocean, Bertie has also completed the 350 mile Marathon des Sables in Morocco.  He is a keen cold water swimmer and member of the South London Swimming Club based at Tooting Bec Lido.