Keswick Mountain Festival (KMF) has unveiled more details of its programme for 2015, and tickets are now on sale on the event’s new website.
Festival director Lucy Scrase commented: “We made some bold changes to the festival last year in adding live music and a campsite, and both proved to be a great success. In 2015, we are continuing to develop what we offer, while retaining the strong outdoor character and family-friendly atmosphere of the event. We look forward to welcoming thousands of visitors again in May.”
The festival has once again secured an extremely strong line-up of speakers, who are expected to attract big audiences. On Thursday 14 May, the focus will be on climbing, with Leo Houlding, Doug Scott and Andy Kirkpatrick.
Olympic Gold medal winning triathlete Alistair Brownlee will take to the stage on Friday 15 May, in conversation with the BBC’s chief sports writer Tom Fordyce. He will be followed by Cumbrian fell running legends Joss Naylor and Steve Birkinshaw, who will appear together for the first time to talk about their respective record-breaking Wainwrights runs.
Completing the schedule, on Saturday 16 May, the ever popular Ray Mears will speak during two sessions in the theatre.
As always, outdoor activities will be at the heart of Keswick Mountain Festival, the centre of which is an extensive hike schedule of over 25 walks across all levels, including the Hi-Tec Big Walk, which will be a major part of each day of the festival.
Keen hikers will also be able to participate in two special walks that will provide perspectives on the Lakes at both ends of the day. Helvellyn at Sunrise will see walkers set off with a professional guide at midnight, and reach the summit of the mountain as the sun rises over the Lakeland fells.
Meanwhile, Blencathra by the Stars will offer an opportunity to reach the top of the classic fell as darkness falls. In addition, Wainwright baggers can tick off 60 tops in a series of four guided hikes over four days.
In revealing more details of the 2015 programme, Keswick Mountain Festival has also unveiled its new website. Organisers decided to build a new site to better showcase the wider range of activities on offer at the festival, and make it easier for visitors to select options and build their ideal ticket packages.
Tickets for all 2015 Keswick Mountain Festival events are available now: