The festival includes film screenings, panel discussions,
One of 2019’s special headliners is Lake District resident Paul Tierney who recently set a new record for tackling all 214 Wainwright climbs. Paul is a running coach based in Windermere and ran for six days and six hours covering 318 miles of mountain terrain, scaling the equivalent to four ascents up Mount Everest!
Other ‘big acts’ that are an established part of the KMF circuit, include a dinner talk from non-other than the adventure duo Doug Scott and Sir Chris Bonington.
Over the festival, as is to be expected of the KMF, there are several world film premiers. ‘Eastbound’ follows the endurance cyclist Jenny Graham on her round-the-world trip. There’s the premiere of the behind-the-scenes film of The Berghaus Dragon’s Back Race, the world’s toughest 5-day mountain running race and is sure to be inspiring to say the least. For family-friendly activities, there’s several free Volvo Family Film session at Kendal Leisure Centre and the Children’s Story Camp is in the tent village in the Brewery Arts Centre. The vertical dance performance from Cumbria Youth Dance will certainly spark little imaginations too. Take the kids to Kendal Leisure Centre for ‘Skootervs BMX’, with live tracks on stage. We’ve even heard there will be some drone flying tricks!
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Take a break from binging on films to complete the Adidas 10K, which starts at 11am on Saturday. The trail takes you out of Kendal centre and up Scout Scar, returning with a town centre finish.
If this trail isn’t for you, but you fancy taking part in something, join Sir Chris Bonington for the Opening Ceremony, which includes a ‘descent’ down Captain French Lane to the festival village at the Brewery Arts Centre.
Don’t miss a visit to the Festival Book Shop in the grounds of the Brewery Arts Centre too - a little-known gem.
A festival would not be a festival without letting your hair down with a few beers, and for both Friday and Saturday nights there’s plenty of choice for some
The Basecamp Village
There’s lots of goodies and giveaways to collect from brand tents and stages. Plus you’ll also see the latest in outdoor gear from the likes of Marmot, Lowe Alpine, Patagonia, Columbia and Mountain Equipment to name a few. If you’re turning up at the festival without any tickets, there’s still lots to take in. The Columbia and Marmot Stages both have a busy schedule of speakers and workshops all over the festival weekend and they are all free. There are free Alfred Wainwright Mountain Guides Art Sessions as well, which you can get involved in at Kendal Library. And we’re looking forward to having a go with the VR headsets from clothing brand TenTree and go on a journey through Madagascar.
7pm on Saturday, the Basecamp Stage hosts the festival awards ceremony, including the announcement of the Heart of the Lakes Photography Exhibition. There are a
The Brewery Arts Centre is in Kendal town centre, and is ‘basecamp’ for the festival, so this is where most of the action is. There are six other venues, all in Kendal: Kendal Town Hall, Shakespeare Centre, Abbott Hall Social Centre, Kendal Leisure Centre, Kendal Library and new for 2019, Ye Olde Fleece Inn. These are all within 20-minute walking distance of each other, so no need for the car. Parking in the town centre should be avoided really, to avoid disrupting your mountain-inspired zen. Alternatively, stay in a nearby town or village. Windermere, Ambleside and Keswick are well-serviced by the local bus station. Also, it is worth noting that this year the Festival has partnered with Lift Share where drivers can offer to pick up other people going to the festival if you have space, or you could get a lift yourself as a passenger. Going car-free also means you can enjoy the festival as well as Kendal town centre’s superb hospitality.