Are you ready to meet your heroes?

Each year we are joined by legends and leading lights from the outdoor world with the largest and most diverse speaker programme of any event of its kind on the planet. 

Joining us from all walks of life and going beyond glossy narratives; these adventurers, explorers and athletes come to Kendal to share spine-tingling stories and the gritty truth with you – our welcoming and genuinely passionate audience. 

Here are a few highlights from our 2019 speaker programme.

View all of our speaker and specialist sessions here.

We're also delighted that many of our film premieres & special film screenings feature live Q&A's with the athletes on stage.

Harvey Maps Fell Running Session

Brewery Arts Centre Theatre

2019

Nov

14

7:30pm

Join us for a journey over fells, crags, bracken and bogs, celebrating the grassroots of this unique and historical sport.

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Ozone Free-Flight Session

Kendal Town Hall

2019

Nov

14

7:30pm

Our Free-Flight Session has become a traditional opening event and what better way to start the Festival than with a celebration of the best aerial sports including paragliding, BASE jumping and acro.

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Findra Everyday Adventure

Brewery Arts Centre Screen 1

2019

Nov

15

12:00pm

Join us to hear from four inspirational people who have embraced new opportunities in their lives and how they have overcome their own barriers to access everyday adventures.

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Patagonia Action Works

Brewery Arts Centre Studio

Multiple
Dates

2019

Nov

15

1:30pm

If you’ve been paying attention, you’ll know that things haven’t been going very well for the planet. It’s time to answer with action. Introducing 'Patagonia Action Works' - a new online platform to fight for the planet.

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Wilderness Songs

Brewery Arts Centre Screen 2

2019

Nov

15

2:15pm

Join Justin Anderson, the producer of BBC's Planet Earth II Mountains episode, as he takes you on a journey in sound. From the Frozen seas of Antarctica to the vibrant jungles of Costa Rica.

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Montane Secret Session

Brewery Arts Centre Box Office

Multiple
Dates

2019

Nov

15

3:00pm

Do you trust us? Our secret sessions are one of a kind, never to be repeated events. Hosted by some of our top presenters and featuring some very special guests.

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Lowe Alpine Friday Night Adventures

Kendal Town Hall

2019

Nov

15

5:15pm

Celebrating adventure tales from around the globe with incredible polar explorer Ben Saunders and full time nomads Faye and Matt Doyle.

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Trek Bike Night

Kendal Leisure Centre

2019

Nov

15

7:30pm

Trek Bike night is our legendary unmissable event for off-road bike fans. Our hosts Rob Warner and former World Champ – Tracy Moseley will guide us through the world of MTB adventure and a year of incredible racing.

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Petzl Underground Night

Kendal Town Hall

2019

Nov

15

8:00pm

Join us in Kendal for one big night of stunning caving films and fascinating talks. Curated and presented by UK Caving, we have speakers on varied aspects of cave exploration and underground tech. Plus films you're unlikely to see anywhere else!

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BMC TV Night Club

Brewery Arts Centre Malt Room

2019

Nov

15

9:00pm

The infamous and sell-out BMC Breakfast Club is being reinvented with a special Friday night slot. A wild ride through climbing and mountain life to celebrate BMC turning 75. There will be swag.

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Black Diamond Rock & Ice Session

Kendal Town Hall

2019

Nov

16

9:30am

Our session partner Black Diamond exists at the very heart of alpinism, and their Rock & Ice Session showcases the best stories and climbing pioneers from around the world.

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Salt Street versus Kendal

Kendal Leisure Centre

2019

Nov

16

11:45am

After bringing the incredible Britain's Abandoned Playgrounds to Kendal in 2017. Salt Street Productions are back, full details will coming soon, but we can guarantee a fantastic performance of live tricks on stage!

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Ed Drummond: A Tribute

Brewery Arts Centre Screen 1

2019

Nov

16

12:00pm

A very special tribute to Ed Drummond, one of the greatest characters ever to grace the British climbing scene, who died earlier this year.

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Rapha Road Bike Session

Kendal Leisure Centre

2019

Nov

16

2:15pm

On the back of our legendary (Mountain) Bike Night we’re delighted to finally launch an all new Road Bike Session for lovers of dropped bars, paved roads, byways and gravel track adventures. Presented to you with our new partner Rapha.

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Palm & Pyranha Paddlesports Session

Kendal Town Hall

2019

Nov

16

2:30pm

Every year we are in awe at some of the most incredible content of the Festival on show from the paddlesports world. This watersports dedicated slot returns to Kendal for the second year with our partners Palm Equipment and Pyranha Kayaks.​

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Behind the Scenes - The Berghaus Dragon's Back Race Film Premiere

Kendal Town Hall

2019

Nov

16

5:30pm

Behind every great race is an even greater event team…this is their story.

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The North Face Futurelight™ Snow Night

Kendal Leisure Centre

2019

Nov

16

7:30pm

The hot ticket for Snowsports lovers returns to Kendal this year presented by The North Face and featuring some of their top European athletes.

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Dryrobe Outdoor Swimming Session

Kendal Town Hall

2019

Nov

17

9:30am

An exhilarating morning of swimming tales from lidos and lakes, to rivers and the sea.

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Mountain Equipment Alpinism Session, in partnership with The Alpine Club

Brewery Arts Centre Theatre

2019

Nov

17

11:45am

Alpinism: Alive and Well? This provocative theme forms the core of this year's event, exploring where alpine climbing sits in today's world.

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THANKS TO OUR PRESENTING PARTNER – COLUMBIA

WE ARE HONOURED AND PROUD TO HAVE COLUMBIA AS PRESENTING PARTNER OF OUR NOVEMBER FESTIVAL

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

Delve into their world