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Every November, the picturesque town of Kendal in the Lake District transforms into a vibrant hub for outdoor enthusiasts from around the globe. As the leaves change colour, adventurers and storytellers alike converge on this destination to revel in the collective spirit of exploration.
This year, the much-anticipated Kendal Mountain Festival is returning for its 43rd edition from 16th to 19th November. This four-day extravaganza promises to be a gathering like no other, where all those who cherish the great outdoors can come together to share their tales of adventure through the diverse mediums of film, book events, music, outdoor activities, and unforgettable parties.
This year’s festival is set to feature a stellar lineup of headline speakers, including round the world cyclists Mark Beaumont and Jenny Graham, acclaimed nature writer Rob Macfarlane, adventurers Dwayne Fields and Phoebe Smith and endurance athlete and presenter Louise Minchin. Adding a melodic touch to the festivities, the renowned folk singer and environmentalist Sam Lee will serenade audiences with his soulful melodies.
The heart of Kendal Mountain Festival lies in its celebration of outdoor sports that ignite our collective spirit. From the snow-capped peaks to the vertical cliffs, enthusiasts can immerse themselves in sessions dedicated to climbing, snow sports, outdoor swimming, biking, and the empowerment of women in adventure. These sessions, led by seasoned professionals and charismatic athletes, provide a platform for exchange, learning, and inspiration that transcends boundaries and unites outdoor lovers from all walks of life.
From ski descents down the world’s highest mountains to gripping rock-climbing expeditions, these carefully curated cinematic experiences will transport viewers to the edge of their seats
Alongside the captivating events, Kendal Mountain Festival is renowned for its unparalleled selection of films, showcasing breathtaking adventures from every corner of the world. From ski descents down the world’s highest mountains to gripping rock-climbing expeditions, these carefully curated cinematic experiences will transport viewers to the edge of their seats, stirring their own desires for exploration and discovery.
Entry to the festival’s Basecamp tented village is free for all and no ticket is required. This vibrant hub serves as the heart of the festival, where you can explore a myriad of outdoor exhibitors, engage in interactive activities, and grab a beer with fellow adventure enthusiasts. Whether you’re seeking inspiration, looking to try out the latest outdoor gear, or simply soaking in the festival atmosphere, Basecamp offers a welcoming space for all to enjoy.
Tickets for the vibrant roster of films, talks, specialist sessions and activities are now on sale on the KMF website, and they’re selling fast! For those unable to attend the event in person, fear not! You can still catch up on all the excitement through the Kendal Mountain Player online streaming platform. With subscriptions starting at just £9.99, you can enjoy the thrill of Kendal Mountain Festival from the comfort of your own home.