Keswick Mountain Festival is set to be bigger and better than ever when it kick-starts the festival season from 8th to 11th June this year.
Keswick Mountain Festival (KMF) is preparing to kick off the UK’s 2017 summer festival season with more family friendly events and activities than ever before. Open from 8-11 June, KMF has grown into one of the biggest and best loved outdoor events in the UK calendar, attracting over 20,000 visitors last year. With a huge variety of attractions, it promises a fun-filled start to the summer. The packed four-day programme includes a host of sporting events for all ages, outdoor adventures, an impressive live music line-up, high profile speakers, camping, exhibitor stands and a wide variety of taster activities. The beautiful shores of Derwentwater, on the edge of Keswick in the heart of the Lake District National Park, provide the main base for this one-of-a-kind event, with the stunning backdrop of the Lakeland fells. Ticket sales are tracking 50% up compared to the same time in 2016, so the event is set to be more popular than ever.
SPORTING AND OUTDOOR EVENTS
This year's programme is the biggest and most varied yet. It includes Blacksticks Blue Triathlons, the Salomon Trail Runs, open water swims and cycling. The 2017 sports schedule has nine competitive events, all of which start and finish in the Festival Village, offering excellent vantage points for spectators. In addition, launching this year is a busy programme of dedicated junior races for children aged 11-16. Several events, including ‘aquathlons’ (swim-run races) and trail runs, will take place across the weekend, and the KMF Mini Triathlon for local primary school children will make a welcome return.
The KMF Hike programme, sponsored by Salomon, features over a dozen guided walks for all levels of fitness and ability, including the introduction of two new family walks to local hills Catbells and Walla Crag. It gives visitors the opportunity to explore some of the most famous Lakeland fells, including nearby Blencathra, and classic routes on Great Gable, Helvellyn and Scafell Pike. The festival is also running navigation courses for beginners, while ghyll scrambling, canoeing and windsurfing are also on offer for outdoor enthusiasts.
KT Tunstall and Cast are set to headline what is KMF’s strongest live music line-up yet. Tunstall, one of the UK’s most successful and popular solo acts of the 21st Century, will bring the live music programme to a fitting climax when she performs on the KMF Live Music Stage in its iconic lakeside location on Saturday 10 June. She will be preceded by chart toppers The Christians, who enjoyed a string of major hits in the late 80s and early 90s. On Friday 9 June, 90s Britpop stars Cast will get the crowds going when they headline, with iconic tracks and new material, supported by KMF ‘house band’ and fan favourites the Peatbog Faeries, who are guaranteed to get toes tapping with their up-tempo folk tunes.
KMF brings together a line-up of high-profile speakers from sport, mountaineering, and art and film, hosted at the Theatre By The Lake adjacent to the Festival Village. Running to Extremes on Friday 9 June sees premier sportswomen Jasmin Paris and Nicky Spinks give an insight into the world of adventure racing and ultra running. Saturday’s Mountain Evening features three separate talks from Alfred Wainwright inspired artist Andy Beck, legendary mountaineer Sir Chris Bonington and double-act Alan Hinkes OBE and award-winning filmmaker Terry Abraham, who will bring the inspirational speaker programme to a fitting finale.
The Festival Village is packed full with thrills, challenges and new things to try. There will be a wide range of taster activities for all ages, including a free fall air bag, a bike air bag, mud pie making, den building, tree climbing, caving and two climbing towers. The Berghaus Adventure Hub will be a hive of activity, where visitors can meet some of the company’s world-renowned outdoor athletes, and start many of the festival’s events, or book onto last-minute activities. Visitors will also be inspired by a full schedule of talks in the Adventure Tipi sponsored by Keen, visit the village’s many exhibitors and retail partner Blacks, and enjoy a huge range of festival food and drink, with three bars, including the Timothy Taylor’s Mountain Hut and Lakeside bars, stocking a selection of cask ales and other refreshments.
For those visitors who want to enjoy the full outdoors experience, Keswick Mountain Festival even has its own campsite, only a few minutes’ walk from the Festival Village. Ideal for a full day out or a whole weekend, KMF is a family friendly festival that’s designed to kick off the summer in style.
Tickets for all 2017 KMF events are available from www.keswickmountainfestival.co.uk. For more information visit the website, email firstname.lastname@example.org, call 03300 555734, follow @keswickfestival on Twitter, or find the event on Facebook.