Later this week, Keswick Mountain Festival will provide visitors with a timely escape from the electioneering that has dominated recent months. Between 14-17th May, the festival will offer a unique programme of family friendly live music, sporting events, adventurous outdoor activities, high profile speakers and chances to meet outdoor heroes such as Ray Mears, Jonny Brownlee, Sir Chris Bonington, and Bonita Norris.
The event will be based on the shore of Derwentwater at the edge of Keswick, with the Lakeland fells in the background, and people can even make their own dramatic entrance via a giant zip line.
Founded in 2007, Keswick Mountain Festival (KMF) has grown into one of the most varied and family friendly festivals on the UK calendar. Among the main highlights for the 2015 festival are live music from acts such as Badly Drawn Boy, Seth Lakeman, Dodgy and the Peatbog Faeries, and high profile speakers including Ray Mears, Olympic triathlon medal winner Jonny Brownlee, climber Leo Houlding and many other outdoor personalities.
The festival has received a boost in the lead up to this year’s event, with news that it has been shortlisted as Event of the Year in the Cumbria Tourism Awards 2015, with public voting now open at http://www.golakes.co.uk/do/vote-event-of-the-year.aspx.
The Keswick Festival Village, open 15-17 May, is free to enter during the day and will host a huge variety of taster activities for visitors to try, from tree climbing to caving, canoeing to cycling, and from mud pie making to family yoga. Some of the biggest names from the outdoor world will also be in the village to meet people and talk about their adventures.
Many festival activities will start from the Berghaus Adventure Hub, while other renowned names from the outdoor world will meet visitors to share stories and advice in the Adventure Tipi, and visitors can relax with food and a drink in the Wild Alaska Wigwams.
The festival will host a packed programme of sporting events, including an open water swim, cycling, trail runs and triathlons, as well as other adventurous activities such as stand up paddle boarding, canoeing and climbing. Over 30 guided walks will help visitors to explore many Lake District hills and mountains, including hikes on classic peaks at sunset, midnight and sunrise, and walks at all levels hosted by HF Holidays. A special festival campsite will allow visitors who stay there to immerse themselves in the full outdoors experience.
Tickets for all 2015 Keswick Mountain Festival events are available on the KMF website or by calling See tickets on 08712 305537 (calls cost 10p per minute plus standard network charges). To find out more, visit the website, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01539 232104.