For adventurers of all ages, the UK’s largest and longest-running annual gathering of the outdoor community, Kendal Mountain Festival returns with a packed 4-day programme of events between 14 - 17 November.
From Free Family Adventure Film sessions, supported this year by Volvo, showcasing a selection of mesmerising short films on the big screen, to incredible stories of outdoor exploration and discovery read in person by some of the UK’s best children’s authors at Children’s Story Camp, part of the Kendal Mountain Children’s Literature Festival supported by Treetop Trek.
Kendal Mountain Festival CEO, Jacqui Scott says: “Since its inception in 1980, Kendal Mountain Festival has grown to represent and encourage a greater diversity in the people, places and forms of adventure shared. Today our annual 4-day festival encompasses a vibrant literature and arts, family and speaker programme in complement to the International Film Competition upon which the festival was originally established. Our core vision remains unchanged with a continued commitment to seeks to inspire adults and children alike to enjoy, respect and represent mountains, wilderness, and their cultures.”
Adventure Film Company, Salt Street Productions wowed young audiences last year with a screening and athlete Q&A of their action-packed series for Channel 4, Britain’s Abandoned Playgrounds. On Saturday 16th November, the crew return to this year’s festival to premiere Salt Street Versus Kendal, expect to see live tricks on stage as sports go head to head; Skaters vs BMX, Fell Runners vs Mountain Bikers and Drones vs Motocross.
Highlights of Story Camp include:
Fantastic Female Adventurers - Do you know how it feels to run for 1,900 miles? To look down at the Earth from a space station? Or swim alongside a hungry shark? Find out at this special book launch!
Kid’s Fight Plastic - Discover how to fight plastic and become #2minutesuperhero with writer, surfer and anti-plastic campaigner Martin Dorey. Presented by Fjällräven.
Everest - A breathtaking story, battling frost-bit temperatures, tumbling ice rocks, powerful winds and death-defying ridges to climb the world's highest mountain.
Alfred Wainwright's Mountain Guides - A chance to create your own Wainwright illustrations at this free family event at Kendal Library, is on at various times over the Festival weekend.