We are Kendal Mountain Festival

Each year we bring thousands of outdoor enthusiasts from across the globe together to share and celebrate the best stories from the world of adventure. Stories of human endurance, breathtaking environments and soul-stirring journeys. We live for adventure. Join us on our UK tour Feb - June 2020 and at our Kendal Festival 19 - 22 November 2020.

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Book tickets to our 2020 tour

With 40 dates across the UK from February to June.

Watch the best outdoor films on the big screen and hear talks from the world's top explorers and adventurers. With thanks to our Tour Partner Fjällräven.

2020 Tour Speakers

We've begun to announce the talented adventurers and athletes who will be joining us to share gripping tales on our 2020 Tour. Who will be coming to a venue near you?

Discover our tour speakers

Patagonia Adventure Activists Tour

We're heading to North Wales

Join our Patagonia Adventure Activists Tour as we continue to inspire change through adventure, exploring the issue of how best to protect our wild places. Tickets just £5.

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Save the date

Our 2020 Festival will take place 19 - 22 November

Tickets will be on sale next year, but it's never too early to book accommodation and travel for the Festival.

Browse our Festival guide

Share your stories

Our 2020 Film Competition is now open for entries

Will you win a famous 'Kendal' award?

Enter your film

Discover the 2019 Film Award Winners

Thanks to our Film Programme Partner Pertex

Discover the winners

View the 2019 Photography Competition Winners

Presented by Heart of the Lakes

View the winner

Open Out

Presented by Columbia

We're delighted to share with you our 2019 Festival Trailer – 'Open Out' presented by Columbia.

Watch the 2019 Festival Trailer

Thanks to our Presenting Partner – Columbia

For more than 80 years, Columbia have been making gear for people who enjoy the outdoors

We are honoured and proud to have Columbia as our presenting partner.

Delve into their world

Help us to buy & protect a mountain range!

We're working with the World Land Trust to raise vital funds of £24,100 to protect 241 acres of threatened habitat in the Sierra Gorda Biosphere Reserve, Mexico.

Donate now with Just Giving


Kendal Mountain Festival Tour 2020 North Tyneside

Playhouse Whitley Bay





Watch an incredible collection of short films on the big screen, plus hear gripping tales from diver Jason Mallinson who made headlines around the world as a part of the team who rescued a group of schoolboys from a submerged cave in Thailand. And local open water swimmer Fenwick Ridley who completed an upstream (yes, upstream!) 60-mile swim of the North Tyne, from Newcastle to Kielder!

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Kendal Mountain Festival on Tour 2020 Harrogate

Ashville College





Fire up your imagination, watch an incredible collection of short films on the big screen, plus hear from award-winning travel writer Antonia Bolingbroke-Kent who joins us to share tales from difficult journeys through remote regions.

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Kendal Mountain Festival on Tour 2020 Caernarfon






Watch an incredible collection of short films on the big screen plus hear stories of the many bold and audacious ascents from one of Britain's finest alpinists and rock climbers – Nick Bullock.

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