Goosemire Cottages Blog

Kendal Mountain Festival

Date: 13th October 2011
Filed under: Events, Things To Do, Uncategorized
Tagged: availability, kendal, kendal mountain festival, lake district, mint cake, short breaks, ullswater

Thousands of outdoor enthusiasts from around the globe descend on Kendal each November to celebrate their love for mountain culture through film, lectures, art and literature.

This year’s festival takes place from Thursday 17th to Sunday 20th November. Tickets are now on sale for the various lectures and films throughout the four day event, and can be purchased by telephoning 01539 725133.

The Kendal Mountain Festival also known as the Kendal Mountain Film Festival is by far the largest event of its kind throughout Europe, and is internationally known as one of the leading festivals of its kind in the world. This is an amazing achievement as it is only in its 12th year. The festival attracts the world’s top adventurers, climbers, writers, lecturers and film-makers. By far the main part of the festival is the mountain film competition, which attracts film premieres from all around the

world from various film makers and TV producers. From over 200 entries, over 50 of the premieres are screened throughout the weekend. The entries don’t just cover adventure sports and adrenalin adventures; there are also film genres for wildlife, conservation and culture. There are 10 coveted prizes for the best entries. The winner for the highly respected mountain literary award, the Boardman Tasker Prize, is also announced at the Festival.

APA – The Adventure Photography Academy also run a course which is limited to 30 places, during the festival. Photographers who have paid and signed up for the course are given 48 hours to learn outdoor photography techniques, guided by professional landscape and adventure sport photographers. They are then given the opportunity to enter their photography into the Kendal Mountain Festival award night which is held on the Sunday. There are prizes for best Outdoor Action and best Mountain Landscape shot during the weekend.

As the festival grows in strength each year so do the number of venues used throughout the weekend. These include The Brewery Arts Centre, The Parish Hall, Kendal College, The town hall, Dojo, and The K Village. The festival is expected to generate an extra 1.5 million pounds revenue for the local economy.

If you want to have your own mini adventure whilst visiting over the weekend and are struggling to find accommodation please refer to the short breaks and availability pages on the main site. Kendal is the gateway to the Lake District, and also has one of Europe’s tallest indoor climbing walls. You can contact Kendal Climbing Wall on 01539 721766.

Also whilst visiting Kendal it would be rude not to pick up a bar of Kendal Mint Cake which is well known to mountaineers and explorers for its high energy content, and has been taken on many expeditions around the world. These include the Imperial Trans-Antarctic Expedition 1914–1917, which was led by Sir Ernest Shackleton, Edmund Hilary when he and his team made the first successful ascent of Mount Everest in 1953, and more recently in 2004 when the actor Ewan McGregor and his friend Charley Boorman set off on their motorcycle trip around the world. This adventure was shown on BBC2 - the series Long Way Round.

If you are staying in the Ullswater or Northern side of the Lake District or Eden Valley, and cannot make the trip down to Kendal Mountain Festival, then on Sunday 20th November the Reghed Centre near Penrith will be showing the winning films on the very night they are announced in Kendal. Tickets for the event are £7.50, and you can contact the Reghed Centre direct on 01768 868000.