We are Kendal Mountain Festival

Every November, 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.

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14 – 17 November 2019

Literature tickets now on sale

With over 30 incredible events, there's something for everyone!

Our wider Festival programme will go on sale in September.

The big screen

International film competition now open for entries

Film is at the heart of the Festival, with a vibrant programme of hundreds of screenings curated across the event.

Enter your film

Call for submissions

OPEN MOUNTAIN: INCLUSION AND CONNECTION

We want to open the mountain to everyone and we're on the look our for five five-minute performance slots.

Enter your work

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

Early bird hostel offer

Book before the 31 August for this fantastic deal

Stay at the Festival Hostel at the Dojo for just £100 or bring a camper van for just £60. Limited availability.

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Run away with us

VOTED ONE OF THE TOP 50 RACES BY RUNNER'S WORLD

Taking place over the Festival weekend, our adidas TERREX 10k Trail Run follows a classic route with lots of great ascents, jaw dropping vistas, grassy trails and a great town centre finish.

Book your place

Take a trip to yesteryear

The Festival Highlights

Over the years, we've featured an incredible lineup of films, speakers and (of course) parties! Get a taste of Kendal through our Festival highlights.

Delve into our Festival archives

Plan your visit

Information is beautiful

Our tickets might not be on sale yet, but it's never too early to book accommodation and travel for the Festival.

Browse our Festival guide

FEATURED EVENTS

The Sharp End of Life: A Mother's Story

Kendal Town Hall

2019

Nov

17

2:30pm

Coming over from the USA, join us as we welcome Deirdre Wolownick to share her new memoir The Sharp End of Life. Inspired by her son, Alex Honnold, at 66, Dierdre became the oldest woman to climb El Capitan. A honest, passionate and captivating read.

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Edmund Hillary - The Biography

Abbot Hall Social Centre

2019

Nov

16

5:30pm

Michael Gill shares his new work: Edmund Hillary - A Biography. Michael was a close friend of Edmund for nearly 50 years and goes further than anyone before to reveal the humanity of this remarkable man.

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AlpenGlow

Shakespeare Centre

2019

Nov

15

7:00pm

Discover photographs, drawings and stories from the highest peaks of the European Alps with mountaineering photographer Ben Tibbets.

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