Bridport Camera Club is to welcome two men who travelled the world to give a fundraising talk at the town hall.

Matt Bishop and Reece Gilkes had never ridden a motorbike or sat in a sidecar – so they decided to be the first people to circumnavigate the globe on a scooter with a sidecar.

They tell all about their ridiculous journey on Wednesday, May 31 as part of the camera club's fundraising Travel Night.

The 15-month, 34,000-mile trip took them across five continents, through the extremes of the Sahara Summer and the Siberian Winter and earned them the Official Guinness World Record for the longest journey ever made in this rather niche kind of vehicle.

In the process, they collected donations of £7,215 for organisations fighting modern slavery before the pandemic put a stop to their fundraising.

They now run a sidecar experience centre in the UK and are hosts of the Armchair Adventure Festival based in south west England, a festival devoted to celebrating adventure travel in all its many forms.

They continue to travel and have recently completed a ten-day trip on a Ural motorcycle on the Back Country Discovery Route from Seattle to Los Angeles.

The evening is organised by Bridport Camera Club as a fundraiser for the club, and is the first of what used to be an annual event that they have been able to hold since the pandemic. 

The club hopes proceeds from the evening will help to sustain the diversity and quality of their programme while keeping members’ fees affordable.

The club welcomes anyone with an interest in photography, whether they use sophisticated equipment or even just a smartphone.

Tickets for the event will be £5.

It takes place on May 31 at Bridport Town Hall, doors will open at 7pm for a 7.30pm start. There will be a raffle and refreshments.

More information, including how to buy tickets, can be found on