The Kendal Mountain Festival. An outdoor festival on the edge the Lake District, where adventure and the beauty of the landscape is just a stones throw away. Filled with some of the most awe inspiring, creative filmmaking that the outdoor industry has to offer – what more can we say! A truly great event not to miss out on.

Kendal Mountain Festival is a true global adventure gathering, with some incredible speakers appearing alongside the epic films. It is award-winning and is the most diverse, creative event of its type in the world. Kendal’s vision is to inspire more people to explore and enjoy mountains and their wilderness and cultures.

Conveniently positioned as the Southern gateway to the Lake District, the historical town of Kendal provides a dramatic backdrop to the annual festival – hosting an international line-up of adventurers, film-makers and speakers as well as an audience of locals and visitors hoping to be entertained, impressed and inspired.

For Climbers and Mountaineers

Adam Ondra – Tipped as the best climber in the world, Adam joins Kendal for a stand-alone session, fresh from conquering the hardest route in the world, the steep, overhanging face of Hanshelleren Cave in Flatanger, Norway.

Paul Ramsden – A standalone session with one of Britain’s foremost mountaineers.

Pete Whittaker & Tom Randall – AKA The Wideboyz will be shareing unbelivable tales from their latest exploits climbing some of the most exciting crack projects in the world.

Black Diamond Alpine Session – Back for 2017, the Black Diamond Alpine session aims to entertain and inspire with a packed session of guest speakers and film screenings. This year, on stage is Fanny Schmutz reliving extreme alpinism in the Garhwal Himalaya alongside Andy Houseman.

Mammut Mountain Speed Session – A new session for 2017, providing an opportunity to meet the world’s most exciting big mountain skier-of-the-moment Jérémie Heitz and speed climber Dani Arnold.

For Bike Lovers

Mark Beaumont – Who joins Kendal fresh off the back of his world record breaking cycle ‘Around the World in 80 Days’.

Bike Night – Kendal’s infamous night returns with a bang, featuring more top bike personalities, ace films, great gear to win and the usual fun, drink and music. The evening will be presented by Adventure Syndicate bike rider Lee Craigie.

For Families

Family Adventure Sessions – Thrilling short films showcasing wild adventure from around the world, expect stars of the films and special guests along to isnpire the next generation and answer any questions. Free entry.

Alfred Wainwright’s Mountain Guides – A free 60 minute interactive session for families, exploring how Alfred Wainwright produced his guidebooks, with the option to create your own Wainwright illustrations too.

Mini Explorers Childcare – A number of childcare options are availiable over the festival period.

Other Fantastic Events

The Art of Survival – a thrilling and fascinating insight into the world of survival and safety with experts Megan Hine and Aldo Kane alongside award-winning filmmaker Nick Shoolingin-Jordan.

Alpkit Outdoor Swimming Session – Celebrating achievements in swimming, featuring Beth French, Jenny Landreth and Tanya Shadrick.

Ortovox Snowsports Session – Returns with big mountain skier-of-the-moment Jérémie Heitz.

Patagonia Adventure Activist Tour – Featuring renowned climber and Patagonia’s vice president of environmental affairs Rick Ridgeway and Olympic rower, world class kayaker and river environmentalist Rok Rozman.

Petzl Underground Session – An awesome mix of caving films and lectures brought to you by Petzl and in association with UK caving.

Lowe Alpine Adventure & Exploration Session – expect to be thrilled with tales of epic adventure with Jenny Tough and Ben Page.

Film premiere of Bonington: Mountaineer – followed by a Q&A with Chris Bonington and Psychovertical – based on Andy Kirkpatrick’s autobiography


If you love adventure, meeting new likeminded people with a passion for the outdoors then why not grab a ticket! The festival runs between the 16th – 19th November. The full festival programme has been announced and available to view on the Kendal Mountain Festival website.