Family friendly events

Our mission, to inspire more people to explore and enjoy the outdoors, is something we strongly feel starts with the youngest members of our community.

Be entertained and inspire your children with amazing landscapes and awe-inspiring adventures.

Craghoppers Forest Adventures

Saturday 18th & Sunday 19th November

Immersive experiences offering families the opportunity to find their playful selves and delve into the wonders of nature.

Families embark on a journey into nature guided by skilled and passionate Forest School practitioners. Each event is carefully curated to foster a sense of exploration, curiosity, and respect for the natural world.

Presented by Craghoppers and hosted by Stomping Ground, a local Not-For-Profit organisation who specialise in play and community-led participation.

One adult can attend for free with every child's ticket purchased.

Family Adventure Film Sessions

Inspiring the whole family

Enjoy a selection of thrilling short films on the big screen and inspire your children for life with the world of outdoor adventure!

Fri 17th - 4.30pm

Sun 19th - 9.30am

We're proud to offer this event for free, though booking is essential.

Free Children's Book Events

These events are all free but you will need a ticket

Lizards in a hurricane: Discover the awesome power of evolution - Ben Martynoga

Saturday 18th November - 12.30pm

Chloë Wilson - Spirit Of The Fells

Saturday 18th November - 2.15pm

Lobuche - A Mountain of Friendship

Saturday 18th November - 4pm

Allie Mason - The Autistic Guide to Adventure

Sunday 19th November - 10am

The Mermaid, the Otter and the Big Poo - Lindsey Cole

Sunday 19th November - 11.30am

Komoot Community Family Walk with Blaze Trails

Sunday 19th November - 10am start

Come and join komoot and Blaze Trails on a family walk from Kendal Mountain Festival. This is a community walk for all the family!

The walk takes you on a 2-2.5 mile loop around Serpentine Woods, which is a great route for all weathers. It's an ideal amble for catching a breath of fresh air between talks at the festival and a great way to meet other families.

Kendal Mountain Festival Opening Ceremony

Join us as we kick off the Festival in classic Kendal style at the Opening Ceremony!

We come together to watch a couple of short films on the big outdoor screen, outside Basecamp at Abbot Hall Park (LA9 5AL) before dancers and a band lead us to Market Place via Highgate to join Kendal Town Council's Christmas Light Switch On.

With the incredible Saltrock ambassador Andrei Burton performing bike stunts at Basecamp from 5pm and Columbia ambassador Lukas Irmler performing across a slackline above Kendal's Market Place from 6pm.

And best yet - it’s completely FREE!

No ticket required.

Family Adventure Film Afternoons at Lanty Slee (Sticklebarn)

And here are four events to look forward to after the Festival...

Come and join us for an afternoon of films and a hot chocolate to warm up after an adventure in the Langdales!

The National Trust and Kendal Mountain Tour are working together to deliver an exciting collection of films to inspire and excite young and old adventurers alike.

The ticket includes 60 mins of films and a Hot Chocolate - Tickets are non-refundable within 48 hrs of the event.

Under twos (and sitting on a lap) don't require a ticket for this event.

Saturday 9th December 2023 - 3pmSaturday 17th February 2024 - 3pmSaturday 16th March 2024 - 3pmSaturday 13th April 2024 - 3pm

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